“Shady Business in France”
9 x 12in oil on museum quality panel


It has been said the  best defense is no defense at all (that’s an Eddie quote).  Since my last posting from France was…ahem….a couple of hours a few days several days (okay, okay…weeks ago!)
I am not sure if I need a defense or not but just in case:
Blame it on slow internet (one 3 minute video took 5 days to load to the internet….the price for being out in the country….worth every minute;-)
Blame it on enlarged eyeballs STRAINED from looking at so much beauty;-)

2014JulyFranceMontFaucon Dreama Tolle Perry

2014JulyFranceCahorsMarket Dreama Tolle Perry

Blame it on whip creme eating Loki cats.

Blame it the 20 loaves of french bread and 8 pounds of butter I consumed.
Blame it on the laundry.

Big Girl Panties Go to France

Yes, the big girl panties did indeed travel to France and were duly washed and hung out to dry….;-)

(Please Note:  the posting of big panties after I mentioned eating 20 loaves of bread and 8 pounds of butter are totally UNRELATED.)

Blame it on the crepes.

Blame it on the cats Eddie sent to spy on me.

2014JulyFranceCatSpy Dreama Tolle Perry
2014JulyFranceCatSpy2 Dreama Tolle Perry

Blame it on the sunflowers.

2014JulyFranceSunflowers Dreama Tolle Perry

Blame it on the watercolors.


Blame it on the oils.
(See “Shady Business in France”)
Blame it on “Olé” and “I Don’t Speak English” (direct quotes overheard from conversations my second group of artists inflicted had with local villagers in France—-see what I was working against???)

I would take the title from the old song…Blame It on My Youth—but that would not hold up well since I also managed to have a birthday in the middle of all this mayhem.

All I’m saying is we can pick up the pieces from here if you agree to not bring it up.  I’ll be back next post with a few more videos for you and a few things to giveaway:-)

Thanks for loving me and keeping the reprimands to a minimum:-)

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  • Adele Bower - July 29, 2014 - 11:06 pm

    I just blamed it on my computer, Dreama. You got off easy!ReplyCancel

  • Maryjo Warstler - July 29, 2014 - 11:11 pm

    Thought perhaps you became lost in the lavender fields!

  • Kathy Cousart - July 29, 2014 - 11:58 pm

    Good for the soul and no explanations needed…so happy that France agrees with you in every way shape and color:) Cannot wait until I get to go…..

  • Teri Jordan Towse - July 30, 2014 - 12:54 am

    I finally ordered a watercolor journal and can’t wait to try it. Enjoying your blues Dreama and lavenders, pinks, burgundy etc. etc. ReplyCancel

  • Carol Collier - July 30, 2014 - 2:00 am

    Glad to know I hadn’t missed any posts after all. You did! But I look forward to reading about this time in France in your next blogposts.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Stantz - July 30, 2014 - 2:13 am

    So glad to see you back! ReplyCancel

  • Valee Sewell Penn - July 30, 2014 - 3:38 am

    Glad you are back Dreama! Seriously, I was starting to wonder if Lokie might be holding you hostage for more whipped cream. (I give it to my German Shepherd dog, and she loves it!) I guess now the Eds will be asking for whipped cream.I love the photos you share!ReplyCancel

  • Teresa - July 30, 2014 - 5:22 am

    Perfect complements Art, Cats, and Whip Cream not necessarily in that order. Ejoy them to the fullest.ReplyCancel

  • Eileen - July 30, 2014 - 5:37 am

    Blame it on anything you want. I’m just happy to have you and your beautiful blog back! (And I always blame things on my cats–they seem pleased to take the credit!)ReplyCancel

  • The Blank Canvas - July 30, 2014 - 6:19 am

    Umm who could possible blame you for enjoying and loosing yourself in France painting away in bliss! It looks like it was an amazing trip. I am Dreaming of taking a class in Italy with you sometime ???ReplyCancel

  • Leslie Fehling - July 30, 2014 - 6:54 am

    It’s actually rather comforting to me to know that you were too busy to post. When I traveled and sketched in Italy last year, I only managed one Facebook post the entire two weeks, and never got around to visiting my blog even once. I was too busy having fun! I’ve always wondered and marveled at the fact that you communicate so much when you’re away. I’m glad to know now that you’re just human like the rest of us. :) ReplyCancel

  • Lois Keffer - July 30, 2014 - 11:35 am

    No excuses needed. International travel really takes it out of you. And, boy, do I love you!ReplyCancel

  • Yvonne Palmer - July 30, 2014 - 1:35 pm

    Dreama, there is only so much one person can do! I feel strongly that next trip I should accompany you as your assistant!ReplyCancel

  • Karen Horswood Swanker - July 30, 2014 - 4:48 pm

    Just saw a play with a line that will apply…BUTTER, just looking for a place to happen.ReplyCancel

  • Rick Harder - July 30, 2014 - 8:10 pm

    I think I’ll blame it on the Internet (I know how it is “out there.”) And I’ll also have to blame it on the fromage and vin, if you partake of either of these. I was wondering where you went, glad to see you back.ReplyCancel

  • Paula Jones-dauzickas - July 30, 2014 - 10:22 pm

    Ahh, glad you are having a wonderful time! Your notes and photos are wonderful. Enjoy . It’s the next best thing to being there!ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Chapman - July 31, 2014 - 12:05 am

    Happy Birthday Dreama. What a way to celebrate!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Sue Kemnitz - July 31, 2014 - 12:33 am

    Happy birthday! May you continue to bring warmth and goodness into many peoples homes and hearts for a long time!ReplyCancel

The Color of Joy in France Dreama Tolle Perry V3

“The Color of Joy in France”
12 x 12in oil on museum quality panel

Lavender spreads JOY no matter what form it takes:-)

Atop a cupcake


On a silk pillow made by Suzie (Queen of the  lavender fields of Lherm)


a wee hanging basket at St Cirq Lapopie


or gated entries to special places


Wishing you soft landing places for your soul today!

I couldn’t resist—this cute petite lavender pot from the farm with some dried lavender is the giveaway this time:-)!


(Please note: The photos I share here, of our time in France, are to be used as reference for doing watercolors for  journals or postcards only.  I please ask that they are used solely for that purpose:-)

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If you have a friend who needs some JOY in their life, share this post and encourage them to have some fun playing in the water (colors) and traveling along to France—everybody needs a holiday in France once in awhile:-)!

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  • Cheryl Pennington - July 16, 2014 - 12:34 pm

    These pictures and comments are the next best thing to being there. Such joy and beauty.ReplyCancel

  • Cherry Loney Fisher - July 16, 2014 - 3:45 pm

    Lavender & linen!ReplyCancel

  • Flynn Gentry-Taylor - July 16, 2014 - 4:20 pm

    Won’t let me get my pin it link, when I click on see it now it opens up workshop on this page..ReplyCancel

  • Maryjo Warstler - July 16, 2014 - 5:00 pm

    Happens to be lavender and the color of my bridesmaids dresses in our wedding!ReplyCancel

  • Chris Claussen Brandley - July 16, 2014 - 5:16 pm

    Favorite scent: brownies baking….or fresh clean linen!ReplyCancel

  • Mary Beth Attix Harrison - July 16, 2014 - 5:36 pm

    baking bread and vanilla!

  • Lois Keffer - July 16, 2014 - 6:45 pm

    Lavender and tea roses together. Ahhh!ReplyCancel

  • Ginny Good - July 16, 2014 - 7:07 pm


  • Sandra Robbins - July 16, 2014 - 7:15 pm

    lavender makes me a joyful soul!ReplyCancel

  • Linda Sartin - July 16, 2014 - 7:47 pm

    The scent of lavender makes me happy. Love you, Dreama.

  • Janell Mithani - July 16, 2014 - 8:26 pm

    My favorite scent is peonies.ReplyCancel

  • Nancy Laliberte - July 16, 2014 - 9:16 pm

    I love the scent of lavender. I use hand-made lavender-scented soaps, lotions, and even have a patch of lavender growing in my herb garden. It’s my little piece of France. :) ReplyCancel

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  • Dianne Cox-Weiss - July 17, 2014 - 3:06 am

    Lavender is one of my favorite scents. I put a little lavender oil on my hands before I go to bed, then I spread it on my arms, my temples and under my nose. The scent helps me get to sleep. I also love the scent of roses and gardenias.ReplyCancel

  • Alice Craig - July 17, 2014 - 5:22 am

    Hello dear Dreama,

    Thanks so much for reminding me of lavender – I can’ believe we don’t have any growing in our garden so I must fix that immediately because I love everything about it, the scent, the color, the texture…and it reminds me of other places I have lived too.ReplyCancel

  • Monica - July 17, 2014 - 5:32 am

    I love the scent of citrus – lemon,
    lime, orange… always feels like summer
    so fresh. But I also adore lavender, for a l l
    reasons — the color, the look… the scent.ReplyCancel

  • Mandy - The Sticky Fig - July 17, 2014 - 5:42 am

    Lavender is such a unique plant isn’t it – I love how its little purple heads seem to float in mid air and how they stay in colour for weeks and weeks! It’s also a pretty fab taste, as you so rightly say. Have you tried lavender, honey & lemon roast chicken?! YUM :)

  • Rebecca - July 17, 2014 - 5:54 am

    Lemon & lavender.ReplyCancel

  • Marion - July 17, 2014 - 5:59 am

    Hey Dreama! I went to St. Circ myself earlier this month. Wouldn’t it have been a hoot to meet there? It certainly is a beautiful part of France.ReplyCancel

  • Betsy Adams - July 17, 2014 - 6:39 am

    Would love to be there with you but this is this next best thing. I’m a new follower and am wondering where you’ve been all my life. I feel your peace and you have given me a peace with my paintings. I am no longer trying to be a “pleaser” but just going where the heart leads me. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us all.ReplyCancel

    • Katherine Fleming - July 17, 2014 - 10:56 am

      Love love love lavender!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Eneida - July 17, 2014 - 7:15 am

    Thank you for the joy you share!
    Love you!

  • Andrée - July 17, 2014 - 7:42 am

    Lavender and geraniums mixed together….ReplyCancel

  • Katherine Baker - July 17, 2014 - 8:03 am

    It’s hard for me to pick one favorite scent. Lavender is near the top of the list, which includes pines in a forest, bread baking, Christmas spices simmering on the stove, new mown hay, and the air after a rain. The list goes on; they all bring me joy.ReplyCancel

  • Suzanne - July 17, 2014 - 8:20 am

    Love the painting on your blog today!ReplyCancel

  • Jan Tilker - July 17, 2014 - 9:08 am

    I love the scent of pine or cedar after a rain. Of course, anything baking and Christmas is is always a dream.ReplyCancel

  • Gayle - July 17, 2014 - 9:15 am

    I love a spicy smell and the smell of the garden after a rain. GayleReplyCancel

  • Sylvina Rollins - July 17, 2014 - 9:54 am

    Lily Of the Valley wafting through the air in the spring ~


    Gayle is that you?ReplyCancel

  • Annika F - July 17, 2014 - 9:57 am

    This painting is absolutely delightful!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Sheffield - July 17, 2014 - 11:17 am

    I love lavendar, but you know, lilac is really sweet too :-) ReplyCancel

  • Teresa - July 17, 2014 - 11:50 am

    Can only imagine the wonderful scent in the air. Gorgeous photosReplyCancel

  • Terri Pennell - July 17, 2014 - 12:06 pm

    That is so cute – I collect old buckets.

    I would love to add that bucket to my collection.ReplyCancel

  • Patricia Stoelting Langley - July 17, 2014 - 12:10 pm

    I love the scent of lavender and vanilla.

  • Alan Cayton - July 17, 2014 - 12:25 pm

    Didn’t the ancient Romans burn lavender in the belief it would rid the atmosphere of evil spirits?ReplyCancel

  • Liesel Lund - July 17, 2014 - 12:30 pm

    Ponderosa pine ; ) or maybe the smell after it rains in the autumn… or…. : )ReplyCancel

  • Carol Collier - July 17, 2014 - 12:53 pm

    Lavender and rosemary, together!ReplyCancel

  • Sandra Robbins - July 17, 2014 - 12:58 pm

    Lavender is the music of the earth and the song in my soul!!!ReplyCancel

  • Sea Dean - July 17, 2014 - 1:36 pm

    Star Gazer Lily ReplyCancel

  • Carol Lavoie - July 17, 2014 - 2:06 pm

    Hello dear Angel of Beauty and Generosity! You just keep giving and giving and giving.. what Joy you bring to us all. Thank you, Dreama…..our planet needs more souls like yours who understand the Cosmic Laws of Life. Blessings to you, CarolReplyCancel

  • Prudy weaver - July 17, 2014 - 2:16 pm

    Your ideas and giveaways are so fun and innovative! Thanks for sharing your time there with us!ReplyCancel

  • Claire Southward Snyder - July 17, 2014 - 2:18 pm

    The scent of a freshly baked loaf of bread sitting next to a vase of lavender–a stunning mingling of scents.ReplyCancel

  • Cathy Joerger - July 17, 2014 - 2:52 pm

    You guessed it – lavender!ReplyCancel

  • Christine Osgood Holzschuh - July 17, 2014 - 3:46 pm

    ohhh I love this painting! I have a bike with flowers leaning agains a tree in my front yard! OK, now I am going to have to paint it since yours is sold!ReplyCancel

  • Judy - July 17, 2014 - 4:32 pm

    Lavender :) ReplyCancel

  • Sherry Defazio - July 17, 2014 - 5:16 pm

    Love the scent of lavender and rosesReplyCancel

  • Sharon Chapman - July 17, 2014 - 6:45 pm

    I have two favorite scents lavender and rosemary!ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Chapman - July 17, 2014 - 6:46 pm

    I have two favorite scents lavender and rosemary! Lavender makes me dreamy and rosemary makes me hungry,ReplyCancel

  • Jane DeLorenzo - July 17, 2014 - 7:32 pm


  • Karen Oliver - July 17, 2014 - 7:51 pm

    A favorite scent….yellow roses!ReplyCancel

  • Valerie M - July 17, 2014 - 8:52 pm

    There are so many scents that bring about good memories and smiles but I have to say cinnamon just makes me feel good! And peppermint brings a freshness to the air!ReplyCancel

  • Leslie Newman - July 17, 2014 - 11:00 pm

    I love lavender. My favorite thing to do is
    Rub my hand against the plant and crush a few
    Buds and enjoy the wonderful scent!ReplyCancel

  • Carol Hickerson - July 18, 2014 - 12:30 am

    Pine treesReplyCancel

  • Joy - July 18, 2014 - 3:27 am

    Lavender is my favourite colour and scent, it looks wonderful in my bathroom, love your creativatity. JoyReplyCancel

  • June - July 18, 2014 - 5:28 am

    So many favourite scents, that it’s difficult to pin it down to just one.
    The sea…the ocean…
    Lemons…oranges…ylang ylang…lavender…
    the autumn air just after it has rained…
    opening an old book, complete with yellowed pages…
    freshly brewed *real* coffee…fresh baked bread….just out of the oven cakes and pies…

    See what I mean? :) ReplyCancel

  • June - July 18, 2014 - 5:35 am

    Ohhhhh…I am on that lovely bicycle, enjoying the French summer breezes and the summer scenes (and all that lush greenery (and all that lavender!).

    A beautiful, wonderful, happy and sunny painting. Might be a candidate for the upcoming 2015 calendar, yes? :)

    And then afterwards, since I’ve gotten in my daily and invigorating exercise, those lavender cupcakes are calling my name (completely guilt-free and loving every single bite), waiting to be enjoyed with a cup of coffee and a good friend.

    And then, after being a bit tuckered out from all the day’s ‘exhausting’ activities, it’s time for a nap – or reading a good book with this beautiful pillow propped up on my bed or sofa?

    After my nap or my journalling or my reading, it seems to me that the only other thing I want to do today is get out my watercolour pad and get to painting at least one – if not all – of these lovely photos you’ve shared with us.

    And tomorrow…can we do it all over again, please? :)

    Thanks for being so generous – not just lavender giveaway, but for everything you share here with us.ReplyCancel

  • anne paulsen - July 18, 2014 - 11:38 am

    New born babies… <3ReplyCancel

  • Donna Knight - July 18, 2014 - 1:29 pm

    Balsam would be my favorite scent.ReplyCancel

  • Carol Watson Miller - July 19, 2014 - 2:40 am

    … my mother’s perfume.ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Lynn - July 19, 2014 - 11:49 am

    Gardenia and the smell after it rains in the Tennessee mountains :-) ReplyCancel

  • Laurie Johnson - July 19, 2014 - 2:34 pm

    Thank you Dreama for bringing France right to our doorsteps! :) ReplyCancel

  • jobi - July 23, 2014 - 10:07 am

    Lily of the Valley!!! Muguet! ;0)ReplyCancel

All is Well Dreama Tolle Perry V3

“All Is Well”
12 x 12in oil on museum quality panel

Soothing sound of church bells that ring out over the valley, roses cloaking stone walls made smooth by passage of time and cooing of birds in early morning hours.  With one voice they all tell the same story—all is well.

Gratitude lays on my mind this day—gratitude for you and for all the beauty that rests so sweetly in all the corners of the Earth.  May you find renewed strength and JOY in the day!

A giveaway for you today and some pieces of France for you to capture with your watercolors:-)!

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(Please note: The photos I share here, of our time in France, are to be used as reference for doing watercolors for journals or postcards only. I please ask that they are used solely for that purpose:-)

If you have a friend who needs some JOY in their life, share this post and encourage them to have some fun playing in the water (colors) and traveling along to France—everybody needs a holiday in France once in awhile:-)!


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  • Martha - July 13, 2014 - 11:28 am

    the lessons in your workshop last October are still teaching me today. Amazing how that happens! Teaching doesn’t finish when the mini-van is loaded up and rolling away. It continues.ReplyCancel

  • Yvonne - July 13, 2014 - 11:47 am

    All is well- when I have stopped to breath and remember God is in control and I am not expected to be :) ReplyCancel

    • Jobi - July 18, 2014 - 11:05 pm

      So perfectly said, Yvonne! :0)ReplyCancel

  • Jeanne Brail - July 13, 2014 - 2:57 pm

    Love your artwork. All is well when my family – husband, children and grandchildren are all well and happy.ReplyCancel

  • Carol Collier - July 13, 2014 - 4:49 pm

    Cool breeze through the trees early on this Northwest summer day…..birds flying and singing, picking beans in the garden…I can BREATHE.ReplyCancel

  • Dianne Cox-Weiss - July 13, 2014 - 5:02 pm

    All is well when I feel healthy and at peace with the world.ReplyCancel

  • Kathy Cousart - July 13, 2014 - 5:17 pm

    This one is my favorite so far!! Love that soothing sound of church bells…nothing better and a timely post too! How do you do that? Love thinking of the commonality of all things positive and that all is well. Adore the painting…you call them postcards but they are truly the most beautiful pieces of art- love them! ReplyCancel

  • Donna - July 13, 2014 - 7:24 pm

    These paintings in France just take me away!
    Beauty lies in simple pleasures.
    Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Valerie M - July 13, 2014 - 7:39 pm

    I just love all of your pictures and sketches! It brings a sense of calm and peacefulness to a chaotic world. Thank you for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Cherry Loney Fisher - July 13, 2014 - 9:53 pm

    During this season, all the blooming plants come to mind, from roses, geraniums, petunias & wildflowers, to tomatoes & hot/sweet peppers.ReplyCancel

  • Valee Sewell Penn - July 14, 2014 - 12:32 am

    A soft breeze and the purr of a kitty say “All is well”

  • Karen Adams Smith - July 14, 2014 - 12:33 am

    oh my..the colors are beautiful!

  • moyra blayney - July 14, 2014 - 2:32 am

    …this looks like a gorgeous location especially for painting Dreama! Hi from a fellow artist in N.Ireland xx Mo


  • Prudy Weaver - July 14, 2014 - 5:44 am

    Your comments were much needed today! And your painting touched my heart.ReplyCancel

  • Joy - July 14, 2014 - 5:55 am

    All is well, the sun is shining in my heart, what more could I want!
    Thank you Dreama for the sunshine you bring to so many, JoyReplyCancel

  • Mandy - The Sticky Fig - July 14, 2014 - 6:18 am

    You are SO RIGHT (as ever), Dreama: ALL IS indeed WELL – ALWAYS! Your paintings are a great touch stone of joy, beauty and appreciation and whenever I look at them I’m right there. Keep on Keeping On, lady! :)

  • Dee - July 14, 2014 - 6:31 am

    Pure joy is what I see! Thanks for sharing your journey.ReplyCancel

  • Kathy Ericksen - July 14, 2014 - 6:36 am

    Makes me want to find beauty and draw and paint! Thanks for the encouragement.ReplyCancel

  • Gayle - July 14, 2014 - 7:13 am

    All is well when I am able to find that one thing to appreciate, to find the gratitude.ReplyCancel

  • hilda - July 14, 2014 - 7:25 am

    Your paintings are beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Monica - July 14, 2014 - 7:30 am

    Beautiful paintings of summer in
    France! Looking forward to more
    inspirations and painting here at home
    as well!ReplyCancel

  • Andrée - July 14, 2014 - 8:12 am

    All is well when I am painting in an ambience bucolique…avec les chants d’oiseaux ,le vent doux,la sérénité dans le ” Ici et maintenant” !ReplyCancel

  • Deborah - July 14, 2014 - 8:40 am

    Thanks for sharing your trip with us.ReplyCancel

  • Tracey Mardon - July 14, 2014 - 8:48 am

    I have that wonderful feeling that things are just as they should be. Thanks for the sweet reminder!

  • Terri - July 14, 2014 - 9:06 am

    Lovely! Hope everyone is having a great time!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - July 14, 2014 - 9:10 am

    Your lovely posting, so full of beauty and joy, really make my day. I’ve shared them with friends, who feel the same lift.
    Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Kaye Rhodes - July 14, 2014 - 9:43 am

    Beautiful France, captured with all its charm!ReplyCancel

  • LB mcbain - July 14, 2014 - 10:02 am

    Beautiful COLORS!!!ReplyCancel

  • Judy - July 14, 2014 - 10:04 am

    All is well when I am home.ReplyCancel

  • Verna Hall - July 14, 2014 - 10:23 am

    The need to create is like hunger. The beauty around you is desert and you just have to fill your mind with it.
    Verna HallReplyCancel

  • Donna Heil - July 14, 2014 - 10:26 am

    Your inspirational words and luscious colors pop up in my inbox and I know all is well here in North Carolina.ReplyCancel

  • Jo Df - July 14, 2014 - 10:59 am

    Your work is beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Pamela S. Sweet - July 14, 2014 - 11:30 am

    Dreama, When ‘All is Well’ with my family and friends, I feel blessed, grateful and at peace. Yours in art, Pamela ReplyCancel

  • Joni - July 14, 2014 - 11:42 am

    Thanks for your time to make our days wonderful “in” France !!!.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - July 14, 2014 - 12:21 pm

    Happy safe family!ReplyCancel

  • Judy Baker - July 14, 2014 - 12:30 pm

    Your post is absolutely beautiful–the postcard is lovely as well as the photos. Love it that you share it with us. Made for a beautiful morning read!ReplyCancel

  • Karri Street - July 14, 2014 - 12:36 pm

    All is well for me means God is here right now with me in this experience. I have courage to move through my day letting go of fear as it comes up. I am free from the grip of my mind, and let my heart open and receive the gifts of the day without judgment, criticism or negativity. All is well. B R E A T H E….and let go.ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Chapman - July 14, 2014 - 1:01 pm

    When at the end of the day I have accomplished what I set out to do and I am curled up with my puppies watching the sun set. All is well.ReplyCancel

  • Janet Johnson - July 14, 2014 - 1:06 pm

    Absolutely beautiful!! It’s been a long time since we first met ms dreama. Your work is glorious. Thx for sharingReplyCancel

  • Leslie - July 14, 2014 - 1:21 pm

    “It is well with my soul” the wonderful hymn.ReplyCancel

  • Marcia - July 14, 2014 - 1:30 pm

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts, paintings and photos!ReplyCancel

  • Christine Osgood Holzschuh - July 14, 2014 - 1:33 pm

    So you should know that one of my ‘escape routes’ is looking for color….when I need color I say, “where are those Dreama colors” and sure enough I can find those luscious blues, violets and hot pinks…and “all is well!”ReplyCancel

  • maryjo warstler - July 14, 2014 - 2:11 pm

    The sun is shining.ReplyCancel

  • Marilyn Troutman - July 14, 2014 - 2:12 pm

    Thank you for sharing your paintings in France with you!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Sheffield - July 14, 2014 - 2:25 pm

    All is well when I use those luscious transparent colors I learned to use in your workshop.ReplyCancel

  • Sydney Lynne Stocks - July 14, 2014 - 2:27 pm

    I just received the beautiful post-card from your give-away and am thrilled! Had been checking the mail each day after hearing it would be coming (I never win anything so couldn’t quite believe it). What a wonderful treat to receive such a beautiful gift! I love reading your blogs, especially your posts from your travels, and your painting is even more lovely “in person”. Thank you so much for such a special gift!ReplyCancel

  • Cathy Joerger - July 14, 2014 - 4:01 pm

    Today my “all is well” image is of the birds flocking around the bird feeder – a cool, sun-filled morning before the “heat of the day” . . . ReplyCancel

  • Lois Keffer - July 14, 2014 - 6:00 pm

    Because of a brain injury I have to fight for my “all is well” attitude. But I get there almost every day. Your posts and paintings help! Do I owe you a therapist’s fee? :) ReplyCancel

  • Sandra Robbins - July 14, 2014 - 6:17 pm

    A beautiful view of the mountains with a lake in the forefront and the time to spend just being!ReplyCancel

  • Carol Watson Miller - July 14, 2014 - 7:38 pm

    Grateful. Very grateful. OK, that’s two words!ReplyCancel

  • Nancy Martin Piros - July 14, 2014 - 11:16 pm

    Hello Dreama, “All is well” is such a refreshing breathe of fresh air. Colorful but much of it soft relaxed and a new favorite of mine. I would have to say ” All is right with with the world” means to me today. A nice cool home with outside temp 93 and very hot. But, we are inside staying cool my two Bichon Frise’s by both sides of me taking naps. Life is good just watched GORGEOUS Brian Williams on the nightly news on NBC….. waiting to have dinner with my husband all is well alright. Plus a wonderful message from you in France, what more could I ask for! ♥ HUGS , MeReplyCancel

  • Sea Dean - July 15, 2014 - 3:45 am

    Watching an English drama on PBS.ReplyCancel

  • Gaylynn - July 15, 2014 - 7:01 am

    Happy Birthday to me for finding this beautiful post in my inbox! :}ReplyCancel

  • Lou Everett - July 15, 2014 - 7:06 am

    All is well when my family is healthy and at peace, and I have turned my life over to God and His guidance.ReplyCancel

  • Susan in TX - July 15, 2014 - 8:37 am

    All Is Well when the story in my head finds its way to the page.ReplyCancel

  • jobi - July 15, 2014 - 8:52 am

    All is well….after a family supper when everyone texts me that they are home safe and sound. Nothing better than time with family and then everyone tucked in safely at home.ReplyCancel

  • Carol DeMumbrum - July 15, 2014 - 10:59 am

    All is well when I am painting God’s beautiful creation.ReplyCancel

  • Sylvina - July 15, 2014 - 11:11 am

    Just beautiful ~ReplyCancel

  • Mary Crook Moran - July 15, 2014 - 9:48 pm

    “All is well” means that I am in my groove and following my heart’s desire, no matter what is happening around me. Your art always inspires me!ReplyCancel

  • Monique - July 16, 2014 - 10:42 am

    Love the colors in this! Well done.ReplyCancel

  • Flynn Gentry-Taylor - July 16, 2014 - 4:26 pm

    all is well with my soul…wonderful song.ReplyCancel

  • Patricia - July 17, 2014 - 10:03 am

    You sure know how to find the beautiful spots! But then again, that’s the beauty within you that leads you!ReplyCancel

  • Claire Southward Snyder - July 17, 2014 - 2:44 pm

    All is well with my world when my little grandson’s sleep-warmed body is snuggled next to mine on a cool summer morning and I can hear my hens gently cooing as they welcome the start of a new day. Weird, huh?ReplyCancel

  • Karen Oliver - July 17, 2014 - 8:02 pm

    I feel alive when all my senses are engaged.ReplyCancel

  • June - July 18, 2014 - 5:46 am

    Seeing these beautiful images and the warmth and joy and love that are expressed in each one brings to mind the phrase, ‘all is well.’

    Hearing my beloved cats’ purrs, and feeling those purrs while they’re snuggling on my lap also gives me that calm, contented and serene ‘all is well’ feeling.

    Thank you so much, Dreama, for sharing all this beauty and all these beauty-filled French moments with us. It’s the next best thing to being there. Maybe one day, I’ll be able to. :) ReplyCancel


A Page from My Watercolor Journal/ Autoire, France


While you were eating ice cream….


Some of us were playing working;-)!

My videographer/photographer/friend —Justin Platt— traveled with me and we did a quick video between rains just for you.

Here’s the latest entry in my journal, complete with the sights and sounds of France.


And here’s a couple of photos to keep you busy in your own journal:-)




(Please note: The photos I share here, of our time in France, are to be used as reference for doing watercolors for  journals or postcards only.  I please ask that they are used solely for that purpose:-)

If you have a friend who needs some JOY in their life, share this post and encourage them to have some fun playing in the water (colors) and traveling along to France—everybody needs a holiday in France once in awhile:-)!


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  • Lin Frye - July 9, 2014 - 11:49 am


  • Carol Collier - July 9, 2014 - 1:16 pm

    I look forward to each posting from your trip to France!! This didn’t diappoint!ReplyCancel

  • Pauline Caffrey - July 9, 2014 - 2:14 pm

    I needed that boost…thank you!

  • jobi - July 9, 2014 - 4:19 pm

    Oh goodness, what a feast for the eyes! The watercolor! The ice cream! The espresso! The beauty of France! Thank you for the wonderful video too! I’m sure enjoying my summer trip to France ;0)ReplyCancel

  • Cinthia Ruscak Griffin - July 10, 2014 - 12:37 am

    Thanks SO much for sharing your methods & the picturesque scenery ! Also for the lovely reference photos we may use ! I feel like I went to France w/ you ! ReplyCancel

  • Teri Jordan Towse - July 10, 2014 - 12:48 am

    Love the scenery. ReplyCancel

  • Donna Dale Abbott - July 10, 2014 - 2:46 am

    Thanks for the video! First time I’ve had the chance to see someone paint with watercolor. Nice.ReplyCancel

  • Joanne Moore - July 10, 2014 - 3:12 am

    Thank you for your lovely demo, I enjoyed it so much!ReplyCancel

  • patty - July 10, 2014 - 6:50 am

    thanks Dreama. When I was watching this video I felt I was taking one of your classes again. Thank you for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Judy Baker - July 10, 2014 - 7:40 am

    What a beautiful place! Love the video!ReplyCancel

  • Susan in TX - July 10, 2014 - 8:35 am


  • Mandy - The Sticky Fig - July 10, 2014 - 8:52 am

    I do believe that water fountain is the finest watercolour I’ve seen you do! Perfect and understated – you’re SUCH a talented lady. Thanks for sharing the video – keep having fun!! x

  • Gaylynn - July 10, 2014 - 11:49 am

    I am going to try your journaling sketch while I am at the beach today. Then some beach umbrellas. ReplyCancel

  • Irma - July 10, 2014 - 12:11 pm

    Dreama — You are so kind and generous and so inspiring! I have a painting of yours of a Venice Canal Doorway that I just love! And I also love my Dreama Calendar with all your paintings! And after watching you do the watercolor sketch of the fountain in Antoire, France — I thought — perhaps (maybe — please!) you could put together a calendar for sale of all your watercolor sketches!!! It would be wonderful and so beautiful — and I know I would purchase it! It would be great! Thanks for all your inspiration. I am too old to go with you to France or Italy on your wonderful trips — but I so love your blog.ReplyCancel

  • Nana Spires - July 10, 2014 - 1:07 pm

    Lovely! Great Video……looking forward to seeing you in Florida! Hugs to Edie when you get home…..that devil. ReplyCancel

  • Lou Belcher - July 10, 2014 - 3:42 pm

    Wonderful post. Enjoyed it…..ThanksReplyCancel

  • Nancy Martin Piros - July 10, 2014 - 5:44 pm

    Hi Dreana, what fun watching you watercolor the water fountain in the rain. W hile eating icecream that was a real treat no pun intended I love the explaination on how to work with watercolor. A tough mediyn to work with. I have a better feel on how to make the colors stay in place. Such a beautiful courtyard to paint in. The video only let me watch a sentence at a time stopping after each. That was harder to follow . Thank yiu so much for the wonderful time in France this morning. HUGS & ♥, MeReplyCancel

  • Mary Hagler - July 11, 2014 - 11:12 am

    What a delight almost like being there… Simple and beautiful ! Enjoyed it ! Thank you ! Nice work !ReplyCancel

  • Ginny Good - July 11, 2014 - 9:16 pm

    Thanks for the video and inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • susie - July 12, 2014 - 7:34 am

    I really enjoyed your video on the fountain. Thank you so much for the inspiration. It looks like a wonderful place to paint and sketch. Love that you used your twinks just for fun, adding sparkle to your lovely watercolor.ReplyCancel

  • June - July 14, 2014 - 3:10 am

    I have to agree with all the artists and their comments and echo their sentiments – I feel like I’m right there with you, enjoying every beautiful moment of (y)our holiday in France. Thank you so much for sharing all this with us. The video diary is wonderful – especially as it’s an extended one. I learn so much from your blog posts, but am inspired additionally when you share with us your tips and your joy for painting (and joy for everything else) on your video blogs.

    I tried to do the first photo, but it was ‘fighting’ me (or perhaps it was fighting with the perfectionist in me) a little bit, so I took a step back, came back about an hour later and went for the second photo. Challenging and anxious as I was about sketching or painting steps or stairs, it came out better than I’d hoped, so I’m pleased. Thank you for these photos, Dreama, and thanks, as always, for inspiring me and sharing the joie d’vivre with me and all of us.ReplyCancel

  • Carolyn Joyce - July 14, 2014 - 2:51 pm

    You make it look to easy Dreama.. Thank’s for sharing.. It took me back to France..

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  • Dale Bernard - July 23, 2014 - 11:51 am

    Your video was very enjoyable and educational. Thank you for giving this to us, Dreama. I am Appreciative, Dale

    Must go so I can take the inspiration and apply it now.

    I loved the bells and kitty talk in the background.ReplyCancel

  • ann gorgone - July 27, 2014 - 10:39 am

    Dear Dreama: I love your website and follow all the time. Can you tell me what size sketch book you are using in the video painting the fountain. It looks like 6×6 or 8×8. I want to buy one and like the size you are using. Thank you. Ann GorgoneReplyCancel