As I Lay Me Down to Sleep … (a portrait of Eve in the Garden of Eden)

As I Lay Me Down to Sleep… a portrait of Even in the Garden of Eden?

Week 44 of my Art Challenge 2015 rolls around and I’m scrambling for ideas… Fortunately, I stumbled across an illustration of a sleeping beauty lying asleep in a garden of flowers, so began sketching my own interpretation…

Originally I was thinking of Sleeping Beauty, and set out with the intention of painting her in her pink dress and finery. However, as I progressed, I saw Eve emerging in her gently sleeping form, in the Garden of Eden.

She began to represent innocence, peace, escaping the world into the bliss of the timeless spaceless place beyond conscious thought.

eve in the garden of eden

That led me to a childhood prayer that must be buried deep in my psyche, because the words kept bubbling forward, until there was nothing I could do about the title of this piece… And so, I give to you As I Lay Me Down To Sleep

I am not religious, however, so took some liberty in modifying the prayer for my own purposes today…

A Child’s Bedtime Prayer

Originally by Henry Johnstone, but modified by Anita Revel

Now I lay me down to sleep.
I pray to Spirit my soul to keep.
If I should die before I wake,
I trust in Spirit my soul to take.
If I should live for other days,
I’ll party on, in sacred ways.


I like to look at her peaceful face and think that Eve’s sleep, in the Garden of Eden, would have been every bit as restful and restorative. Yum.

Shine on!
❤ Anita Revel

PS This is week 44’s piece for my Art Challenge of 2015…  Follow me on Facebook to stay in the loopity-loop of my produce-a-piece-a-week challenge.

PPS Wanna buy THis piece? You can!

Original: TBC cm, acrylic on ply, $640, framed, excluding freight. (She is also on display at the Heartland Studio during Margaret River Region Open Studios 2016)


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Behold the light!