18 Visions of a Dream ~ Which One are YOU?

What do YOU see in this painting? The more I look, the more I see.

Do you see a painting? Or do you see a dream?

LIKE if you see a painting.

SHARE if you see a dream.

Eight months after being in Venice, I looked back at my photos and saw them ALL as backyard gardens. In a heartbeat, my vision for this painting clarified and I couldn’t wait to get it on canvas.

Painting in my backyard garden at home, my experience of living the Tuscan lifestyle permeated it’s way into paint. A year ago I’d wanted to let the Tuscan lifestyle seep into my life and art. But how? I was clueless.

I have been adrift wondering. Asking for directions, doubting myself, feeling lost, still wondering if I am crazy?

Ten months ago I moved my studio into an apartment in Tuscany. With my easel on the balcony overlooking my host’s gardens, vineyards, olive groves, and a view of Florence ~ I painted tiny 5×7 inch canvases.

Exuberantly sharing their backyard garden, my new Tuscan family demonstrated their famous family recipe for extracting the essence of heart from every precious moment of life. I let it in, one-brush-stroke-at-a-time. It was too overwhelming to take in all at once.

Feelings are more real than we give them credit. I am ALL of these ~ not just one. Without them, how could I paint a dream and have it be so true?

17 Visions of a Dream ~ Which One are YOU?

Vote for the Title of this Painting

I really love this painting because it captures how I felt being in Venice for three magical days. We arrived late in the afternoon. Stepping out of the train station onto the Grand Canal, the sun was already back-lighting people walking about. Immediately I was drawn into the light and shadows of their silhouettes. I chased them up and down the streets and alleys until nightfall.

Over the Independence Day weekend, I posted this painting on my Facebook Page and asked for suggestions for it’s title. Instead you gave me a vision of myself as an artist ~ and for that I am forever grateful. Every single one of these speaks to my heart and soul. Many have shown me deeper meaning in the painting. Several show me new direction for how to allow this new way of living seep into my life and art. I will write more about this in another article ~ welcome to my barco poco!

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For today ~ Thanks to everyone who contributed. I LOVE all of these! I will be delighted with any that you select. Please help me pick the title …

You may vote for up to 3!

Vote for Your Favorite Painting Title

  • Venice Dream (17%, 3 Votes)
  • Lavender Sunrise (11%, 2 Votes)
  • Almost Home (11%, 2 Votes)
  • Barca Poco (Little Boat) (11%, 2 Votes)
  • Serenity (11%, 2 Votes)
  • Venezia Romanza (11%, 2 Votes)
  • Off the Beaten Path (6%, 1 Votes)
  • Reflections of a Day (6%, 1 Votes)
  • Lavender Beckons (6%, 1 Votes)
  • Venice Amorozo (6%, 1 Votes)
  • Shadow Dancing (6%, 1 Votes)
  • Venezia Al Fresco! (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Soft Morn (0%, 0 Votes)
  • A Lovely Day (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Morning has Broken (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Drifting Homeward (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Always Sunny (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Il. Canal d'Acqua (The Water Canal) (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 9

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A Peek into Joy’s Garden ~ Plein Air Painting Lesson

Searching for small pastel papers to continue my journey back into pastel, I came across 3 plein air studies I’d done in 2013. Just after Dad died, I attended a plein air painting event in western Maryland. Mountain Maryland Plein Air in Cumberland and Allegany County is a wonderful intimate event. I welcomed the chance to paint in some beautiful private gardens.

plein air garden painting
inspiration plein air oil painting on gessoed paper, 12 x 9,

Stumbling across the old paintings in the drawer, they felt dark and lifeless. It got me wondering how they would look today. I set one beside a fresh pastel paper and began blocking in the background shapes.

I resisted the temptation of painting back into it directly. Moving on, I worked with the new palette for awhile. Nothing like it’s inspiration piece, I felt unsure.

I sucked it up and kept going.

A Peek into Joy’s Garden

Setting it in the frame helped me step back and see it away from my previous vision. I like to keep a few frames in the studio for just that purpose. So many times I can’t see a painting’s strengths and weaknesses until I see it in a frame.

plein air garden painting
Late Bloomer I, pastel on sanded panel, 10 x 8, PURCHASE INFO>

A day later I found myself in the botanic garden photographing tulips. Sitting in the cafe garden with a cold drink, I felt at home. Mind racing with painting images, colors for the new palette I’d ordered. I can taste the sweetness. Can you feel the shift in the two paintings?

I sure can. The difference between saying goodbye to Dad and stepping into Joy’s Garden is profound. I hadn’t realized until I finished writing this, that today is the anniversary of Dad’s passing. Rest in Peace Dad.

abstract floral pastel painting
Late Bloomer I, pastel, 10 x 8, PURCHASE INFO>
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If this Painting were YOUR Dream, what do the Trees Symbolize?

If this Painting were YOUR DREAM …

Paintings are like dreams. They come into the artist’s vision filled with symbolism and messages from the creator. Like most people, deciphering them is still a mystery to me.

I have explored dreams and paintings avidly for many years. Over time I have acquired a substantial vocabulary and a systematic approach to working with them. In this new series of posts, I will share what I have learned.

I invite you to participate by adding your thoughts in the comment section. Together we can use this opportunity to discover what I believe will be a deep connection via dreams and paintings.

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Rite of Spring II, oil, 30 x 40

This painting is inspired by a plein air pastel I painted three years ago as my father lay on his death bed. Not sad, rather inspiring as he took me to the river with him as he crossed. I watched his spirit rise on the other side. Last week I felt compelled to paint this large oil painting based on the pastel.

If this painting were YOUR DREAM …

While this painting may have personal specific meanings to me. It also carries personal meaning to others who are attracted to its colors and imagery. Dreams and paintings are universal connections that we share.  

SO . . . If this painting were YOUR DREAM, what would the line of trees symbolize to YOU? What other symbols jump out to YOU in the painting?


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