Sunday, April 11, 2010

Romancing Sleep

Romancing Sleep - by Constantine Darling & Terri Salvatore-Swahn
I've been meaning to post this for awhile, but the great thing about this one is that it's not a one time deal in a magazine; it's a lovely book! so if you feel like reading you can go get it anytime right here: Romancing Sleep.

*EDIT 7/25/11: I was saddened to hear that Constantine Darling passed away after battling Throat Cancer. My respects to the family and friends of this lovely person, who had such a positive and loving influence on so many lives!

"Romancing Sleep" is a self-help book, written by Constantine Darling and Terri Salvatore-Swahn, that offers tips on how to get a better night's sleep in natural ways. It covers numerous techniques like trance induction, breathing exercises, massage, nutrition, and relaxation methods.

I was initially contacted by Terri for this. She said they liked the use of nature in my work, and told me how the book focused on nature and how to "receive it's calming cues" when preparing for sleep. Terri asked me to match the nature theme and create imagery with dream-like/ flowing effects.

Water is a particularly strong symbol in the book, often used as a metaphor to describe different levels of consciousness.

I also created a handful of spot illustrations, but I'm not posting them all here. So if you're inclined to see them, or if your java-toked hi-reved lifestyle is killing your ability to sleep easy, please take a look at this wonderfully helpful and beautifully written book!