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Friday, September 23, 2011

Painting a Dream


I'm really enjoying Katie Kendrick's class, Layered Impressions. One of our assignments was to paint a dream we've had. I sometimes write them down if I remember them but I've never painted one.

My mom is in a lot of my dreams. They aren't necessarily about her but she's in them. Last night she was in another one. I recently lost an aunt who died in a fire. That's been on my mind a lot. In my dream last night all I remember was a room, kind of cave-like, but with couches and rugs, like a living room. Mom was there and she was apologizing for the room being so dark because we were going to read. We used to love to read together. We would have our books and just sit for hours reading. I said it was okay but I remember thinking the room was just too dark.

In our assignment we were to capture the feelings as well as the dream itself. I call this "Turbulence" because of the unrest that I felt when I woke up. I think all of the emotion surrounding the events of the fire plus Mom's presence always with me all came out in the dream. I found it a very healing exercise.

I've been absent from Paint Party Friday for too long and wanted to have something to show today. Check out the other artists who participate. They never disappoint!

33 comments:

David Allen Waters said...

Oh Puck, what a beautiful dream it is :)

Martin (starwatcher521) said...

I like this painting like so many of yours. Even if you hadn't spoken about its inspirational background one would clearly see the peril, the fear and the turbulence.
My condolences to this horrible event.

Gloria said...

Hi Pam, glad you are back. I think it's great that you can paint your dreams. I think it can be very healing. I may try that some time when my son enters my dreams. He is missed so much and when I think of him deeply, I do dream of him. I still have a very vivid dream in my mind of him that could be painted. Oh my, now you've got me going. Have a wonderful weekend and great job on your piece. Love it!

Franz said...

Beautiful dream! Have a nice weekend Pam!!

craftattack said...

Beautiful, serene picture, glad it helped you, too! Hugs, Valerie

Teri C said...

You illustrated that dream just wonderfully, very vague and eerie.

HPPF

Joni Nickrent said...

Beautiful and in vivid color! love it! POP ART MINIS

carlarey said...

Wow, as someone else said, even without your background story, this would be a powerful painting. I imagine painting it was very cathartic for you. Hope it helps you come to terms with losing your aunt so unexpectedly.

Netty said...

Hi Pam, Happy PPF. Your piece is very moving and you can certainly feel the turmoil. Wonderful mood piece. Enjoy the weekend, xx

Kristin Dudish said...

This is such a wonderful way to process the emotions you're feeling and the results are so beautifully powerful.

xo
Kristin

laurie said...

this painting is amazing and has such a very dream like quality, beautiful,

Christine said...

I do see the turbulence, beautiful interpretation of your dream.

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

awesome dream painting ~ Wow! ~thanks, namaste, Carol (Share the Creative Journey) Happy PPF

Annabelle said...

You've captured your dream perfectly with this painting .... no words needed to explain the sadness, hurt and loneliness of the dreamer.Love the work ; )

Theresa said...

I love your dream painting. I see a heart and the figure. The colors are stunning and powerful imagery. It is amazing how you captured the feelings & dreams. xo Theresa

Stephanie Mealor Corder said...

Oh this is SO profound- bittersweet and beautiful at the same time....just wonderful! I'm so glad you're back, I've really missed you!
PPF Hugs,
Stephanie
P.S. Your kind of painting is where I dream to be someday......

Rosie Kaplan said...

This sounds like a truely great course. Next time. And good to have you back Pam. I follow so I do get to see the odd thing.

Ayala Art said...

Sorry to hear about your aunt :o9
I like your painting. When I dream of a house, it is always my grandma's

Scarlet said...

There's such a beautiful dream-like quality to your piece. You've achieved what you set out to do.

So sorry to hear about your aunt.

PS - I would love to hear more about this layering effect. Please e-mail me if you can: ileanasays@yahoo.com

Thx and Happy Saturday!!

Bill said...

The painting is so beautiful that I didn't see turbulence in it at first. Then I thought it looked like she could be carrying someone's heart. So many interpretations! Wonderful work. I am so sorry to hear about your aunt, also.

KAT said...

love it ! what a good idea ...to paint a dream you have... interesting idea glad you are back at PPF
happy autumn to you
peace
- KAT -

Mary C. Nasser said...

So sorry to hear about your aunt.

But your art is luminous and beautiful. Glad you're back to PPF!
It's only my second week with PPF, but I love it and find a lot of great insights and encouragement and inspiration!

All the best,
Mary
Mary C. Nasser Art Blog

La Abela said...

Beautiful! texture and colors that I love and really is like a dream. Saludos

Julie said...

you've captured so much emotion here, it is very dreamlike.

Pointy Pix said...

welcome back Pam. i love your art as there is always so much depth and meaning to your pieces. this is a great depiction of your dream as you described it.

Catherine... said...

Hi Pam, wow, I love your painting and it looks really dreamy, just gorgeous..

Geckostone said...

Wow, Pam, this is beautiful!!! I can see where it would be very healing and painting a dream sounds wonderful! I will have to try this!Deb

Hybrid J said...

Your interpretation of the "dream" painting is just beautiful. Truly dreamy ...

creatingme said...

wow, this is really incredible. Dreamy.

Kiki aka Victoria said...

Powerful post on all levels..beautiful art..I feel captured in it..and yet safe on the inside...thanks for sharing your healing and transformative experience!
Victoria

iamrushmore said...

wow - such a beautiful painting and powerful dream. thanks for opening up and sharing this experience.

Pat Tillett said...

Hi Pam! The painting has a very dreamlike quality to it. Good job!
As always, your colors are amazing!

Pearson Report said...

Incredible piece of work Pam, and the write up with it is quite moving.

You have a way with your brush strokes and colours that always leaves me feeling a deep affinity with your work...this piece in particular hits a chord.

This was quite an exercise - Painting a Dream...and you did it splendidly.

Hugs, Jenny