Chanel Fall/Winter runway show, 1990
Portrait of the Joaquina, nee Tellez Giron y Alfonso Pimental, 10th Marquesa de Santa Cruz as the Muse, Euterpe, 1805, Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes
Still life, plucked turkey and pan with fish, 1812, Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes
Sometimes when I can’t sleep, I list things out.
I lay there in the dark, huddled under my covers as the minutes tick past, thinking of all the things I have loved, my dreams about the future, my redeeming qualities. Sometimes I feel better after listing the things I like about myself. Sometimes I sigh as I list the qualities I want in my future partner. Sometimes I start to despair as I list out my favourite characters, a sense of sadness welling up knowing I’ll never meet them.
These lists usually vanish into nothingness when I wake up the next morning, stumbling around in sunlight. But at night, when everything is silent and it’s 3:30am, the lists help drown out the thoughts in my head, and my mind drifts, little by little, off to dreamland.
Water Girl, 1895, Charles M. Russell
Saint-louis Seen from N'dar-tout, 1889, Edouard Riou
Ferdinand Leaping from the Ship (fragment of ‘The Tempest Act I, Scene 1’), George Romney
Portrait of M.V. Shishmarev, 1827, Orest Kiprensky
Tantalus, 1799, Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes
Part of the Façade San Michele Lucca, 1845, John Ruskin
Bronc for Breakfast, 1908, Charles M. Russell
Journey to the Center of the Earth, 1864, Edouard Riou
High mountains with chamoises, 1849, Arnold Bocklin
Sioux teepee from Volume 1 of ‘Travels in the Interior of North America’, 1833, Karl Bodmer
Agrippina with the Ashes of Germanicus, Lawrence Alma-Tadema
Image of women and an exotic pet, 1869, Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Arable land corridors in the early spring., Arnold Bocklin
An Earthly Paradise, 1891, Lawrence Alma-Tadema