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A Thousand Reasons for Joy


“A Thousand Reasons (and more) for JOY”
12 x 12in oil on museum quality panel


Isn’t it amazing how good giving into joy FEELS?

What delight to simply fall back, with complete abandon, into what we know for certain holds only good.  It doesn’t require deep thought, soul searching or weighing of things.

It is simply an open invitation to something that feeds our soul.


Bare feet in new spring grass.
First sip of a perfectly brewed cup of coffee.
Hot shower on a tired body.
Summer rain.
Clean sheets.
Pure. Maple. Syrup.
Sunrise on the water.
A glass of red at an old Italian vineyard.

The scene in the painting above was one of those giving into JOY moments for me.    So much to experience and feel.  All those thousands of pink petals—spending themselves in a brief burst of blooming before falling to the ground—what an exuberant message nature sends us!!

I decided to give into the JOY –to take a ride, pedaling through the petals, powering through the pink, panting from the sheer JOY of it all!!  

It felt like the tree, the blossoms AND the bike were were all in agreement.  It’s time to.Take our foot off the brake, spend what we have, and create a blaze of glory that shines some JOY for everyone to experience.  

At any given nano second of time, there are a thousand reasons (and more) for JOY.

Places and moments that invite us to shed our responsible, adult armor and be a kid again.  To jump into that puddle of water, tuck a flower behind our ear and smile at a stranger for no good reason—to simply JUST GIVE IN to joy.

FYI:  JOY is out there looking for you today.  Hunting you down as it were.  You may as well go ahead and give yourself up, turn yourself in.  RUNNING IS USELESS.
It knows where you live and is not going to go away 🙂

  • Sharon Hodges Trainor - March 5, 2014 - 4:16 pm

    Dreama, Ophs, the class in CA is in the fall. Have a beautiful day!ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Hodges Trainor - March 5, 2014 - 4:08 pm

    Dreama, Recently discovered you and your beautiful color work! Love, love, love, your relaxed way of painting. Your use of color makes me want to taste and sit in the middle of it all. I am a painter of people and animals have never painted a landscape but so want too. I spoke to your husband via email (on the waiting list) and hope to join your CA class this summer. I’m on the waiting list. Thanks, Dreama, for sharing so much of who you must be with us.ReplyCancel

  • Maureen L. White - March 5, 2014 - 3:56 pm

    Dreama this made my day. it is so good to know that Joy is looking for us and wanting to surprise us. Happy painting!ReplyCancel

  • jobi - March 5, 2014 - 10:50 am

    Hi Dreama, I can actually feel those sweet, pink petals on the ground! Reminds me of something from my childhood. So lovely! Wish I could hop on that bike and ride through them too! Have a great day! Loved your pondering…I will do some of my own. xoxoReplyCancel

  • Mandy Parrett - March 5, 2014 - 6:33 am

    This one’s a beaut, Dreama! some of my FAVE colours here! 🙂

    • Dreama - March 5, 2014 - 8:16 am

      Thanks Mandy 🙂 Color is JOY!ReplyCancel

  • Kathy Cousart - March 5, 2014 - 1:06 am

    A wonderful reminder to give into that feeling and just be…in that time of JOY…Love your list of ponders…all good! 🙂

  • Marilyn Leslie - March 5, 2014 - 12:34 am

    Oh yes!

  • Dale Bernard - March 4, 2014 - 11:38 pm

    Love this. Thanks, DreamsReplyCancel

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