Creativity and a sense of beauty.
2- We need to make use of our desire or ability to be creative. We may also be linking with that part of ourselves which records events for posterity.
3- The Creator, the Guiding Principle often manifests as the artist in dreams.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary
If you dream of a famous artist, you need to ask yourself what this particular artist means to you, and how you feel about his or her work.
If you’re a fan, then you’re on the right track, either with regard to a specific matter you’re concerned about or your life in general.
If the artist is an unknown male figure, then your intellect is trying to convey a message about something you’re working on. Consider the picture: Is it just begun, half finished, nearly complete? Is it a good painting, or is it a mess?
If the artist is an unknown female figure, then the picture concerns matters of the emotions. Again, look at the picture itself, as well as the other symbols in the dream, to judge what the picture is trying to tell you.
The same goes if YOU are the artist.... Dream Explanations of Astro Center
A painter in a dream also represents someone who conceals his acts, or hides his true face. He also could represent alcoholism, falling in love, marriage, or having children. Some of the painter’s works are beneficial while others are harmful. All depending on the quality of his work, its objectives, balance, resemblance to the object painted and authenticity.
The characteristics of such a person in the dream may be that of a hypocrite in wakefulness, or an ostentatious person, a toadying person, a hypocrite, a panegyrist, or a lauding person, though he mostly looks as a good, sincere and a hard working person.
The value of his paintings varies depending on the subject treated.
A painter in a dream also represents a person who loves flattery, self-adulation, an eloquently speaking person, a liar, one who fails his promises, or he could represent strength and authority. (Also see Architect; Artist; Paintings; Weaver)... Islamic Dream Interpretation
Depth Psychology: The painter means you want things in your life to change. You would like to start over and give your life and love relationship more “color.” See Painting and the chapter on “Colors in Dreams.” Painting (a House or Wall) When dreaming about painting a house or a wall, the color of the paint is important. White paint: you are feeling threatened or pursued by another person. Brightly colored paint (particularly red): soon you will have reason to rejoice.
Black paint: a warning of impending illness. (See the chapter on “Colors in Dreams.”)... Dreamers Dictionary