3 Dream Symbols You Should Know

If the world around you were a dream, what symbols would stand out?

Here are 3 dream symbols to get you started interpreting landscapes of the heart.

Marigold oil painting
Marigold, I Love You Buckets, oil, 6″ x 6″

Marigold, I Love You Buckets

The title of this small painting contains all three. Marigolds, buckets, wildflowers ~ so what do they mean?


Let’s start with the last one first. The first thing I do is break the word into syllables. Wild flowers, or wild flow-ers ~ The first thing that pops to my mind is, “oh, I AM a wild flower!” A new way of seeing myself, I never thought of myself as a flower.

Then I catch myself re-reading the syllables, wild flow-ers, and the question of flowing comes to mind. Do I flow wildly? Am I a flow-er? Are we in the flow together? You get the idea.


I had a pre-conceived idea of marigolds from long ago when they were the only flowers I could grow in my garden. So strong in my mind, I hesitated even to paint these at all. Yet I painted them anyway. So what do they mean? Could it mean that I am giving them a second chance? What else am I giving a second chance in life?

Mari -gold. Could Mari be a woman’s name? Could it mean marry? Be wed to an idea? or a way of doing things? What am I married to? Or is it an instruction for my second chance in life?

Gold? What does the color represent to you? Riches? Precious? Sacred? Write your thoughts in the comments below, or join me in a free online class Exploring the Meaning of Wildflowers & Dreams.


So what about buckets? Why buckets and not flowerpots? Buck – it? Buck what? What do I really want to buck? Or is it a container??? If it holds love, what are we doing with it? Who is the bucket?

As you can see, interpreting just these three symbols raises more questions than answers. However, it is living with questions like these that moves the flow of inspiration. If one sticks in mind, write it down in a journal. Giving it physical form on the page magnifies the flow of ideas. Write anything else that flows with it.

Wildflowers at the Light House

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Painting in a Backyard Garden | Mine or Monet’s?

What grows in my garden is never quite as awe inspiring as what I’d imagined it would be when I planted it. I’ve had this dream of a lush garden like Monet’s Giverny. Really? A staff of gardeners, volunteers/NOT!

backyard garden
pinks and coneflower in my studio garden by the pond

Gardening and Painting have much in Common

I doubled the size of my sunny flower bed this past year. Tilling an oval shape out into the lawn, it is the only really sunny spot for flowers. Added leaf mulch from the compost, tilled it in, I finally got some flowers planted this spring.

You can see the pinks and magenta coneflower, and some shasta daisies in the foreground. Those glads are new too, along with some zinnia seeds I threw in below them.

giverny gardens
The Monet house is a wonderful backdrop for the Giverny Gardens.

Visiting Monet’s garden when I was in France was a dream come true. I am still thinking about the relationship between Monet’s paintings and his garden.

Structure plays a big role in any garden, especially true for Monet. The long horizontal facade on Monet’s house creates a wonderful backdrop for the entire Giverny Garden. Even this simple photograph shows off the purple flowers ~ more prominently than if the pink and verdigris backdrop were removed.

Painting in a Backyard Garden

This gave me an idea I’d been pondering about painting a series of cottage gardens. A pink cottage on my walk to the bay has been niggling away in the back of my mind for weeks. I still haven’t been back to paint it, the question about it remains and fuels this painting idea further.

backyard garden painting
my backyard garden by the pond

I tested it out on my own backyard garden. Using the silhouette of my house as a backdrop, I painted the pinks and purple Coneflowers in the foreground.

This is a small painting, 16″ x 16″. Though I envisioned a larger one, I resisted the temptation to paint larger.

This painting captures how I feel about my garden, my dream of having that Monet garden by the pond. Dreams are way more tangible than we give them credit. Dreams actually fuel many of the real things in life. This painting has made me realize that I DO have my own “Monet Garden” ~ it looks like my heart, not Monet’s!

Would you like me to paint your backyard garden? If you live within 150 miles of my Virginia studio or somewhere that I travel, I’d be thrilled to paint your garden. Learn more.

garden paintings
detail, palette knife painting