|Sunday, April 25, 2004|
PAINTINGS are classic representations of emotions, both in real life as well as in dreams. The colours used, the figures or scenes depicted in a painting—everything has a significance as a dream symbol.
As per Indian thought, dreams of paintings with bright and loud colours are not a good omen. They foretell poverty and penury though this state of affairs shall be temporary. Seeing white colour predicts a death in the family. To see broken, old paintings in a dilapidated state spells bad tidings and troubled times ahead.
Should you dream of an unfinished painting, you shall have to abandon your plans midway. Should you see yourself or someone else completing a painting, you shall succeed in any endeavour you undertake.
As per western thought, a newly done painting foretells success in future or ongoing plans. Should you see yourself looking messy, with paint all over your clothes, be prepared for criticism.
To see yourself painting predicts happiness in your present occupation. Should you dream of beautiful paintings on display, be prepared for falsehood in friendships. The pleasure and happiness you seem to be experiencing at present is illusionary and temporary.
Psychoanalytically, a painting in dreams can have several kinds of significance. It could portray hidden or suppressed creative abilities. It could also portray a desire to paint that has remained unrealised in reality for lack of required talent or ability. To see yourself concentrating on a particular aspect of a painting implies introspection on your part. Self-expression is a major aspect of paintings in dreams.
Colours speak volumes about the mood or temperament of the dreamer. Dark colours predict moodiness and depression, while vibrant and bright colours imply passion and liveliness. Of course, the cultural context of the dreamer has a lot to do with the interpretation of colours. White could portray spiritual purity or even a wedding, depending on the cultural background of the dreamer. Among the Hindus, it could stand for the sorrow of a widow.
The manner of painting and the content of the dream are also important. For instance, minute paintings requiring intense concentration could be telling you to be more concerned with details in whatever activity you undertake.
A woman of 36 would often dream of going to a painting exhibition. She would buy huge, costly paintings of beautiful sceneries although she had no knowledge of or interest in painting. She would derive a lot of mental peace from observing these sceneries. Obviously, the woman craved beauty and peace in her life which may otherwise have been eluding her. The buying of these sceneries represented her desire to go to a location where she could find solace and serenity. This is a common enough desire among people caught in the hustle-bustle of big-city life with scarcely any time for themselves.