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“My French Bouquet”
12 x 12in oil on museum quality panel
NFS

When is a Painting Finished? Part 2
(…according to Dreama)

Undeniably, this is one hot topic and one that’s fun to turn inside out to look for truths 🙂

Triggered by a comment left via FB “I like that you know when to stop on a painting” got me to sharing my thoughts on the subject.  (If you missed the first post on this you can read it here.)

For the non-artist this might seem like the most ridiculous question on the planet.  For those who paint, the horrors of realizing we should have stopped 20 minutes or 2 days ago on a painting are well known 😉
(It’s even worse now that we can now take a pic of a painting in progress.  We can view it later and see the point at which we wish someone would have ripped the brush out of our perfection seeking little paws!!)

So…maybe perfection isn’t the answer for ‘when is the painting finished’.  Each change made in a painting creates a new painting with new choices so perfection is a target that is ever moving and changing.
Sometimes in our searching for answers though  one question leads to an even deeper one.
This one definitely does…

Why are we so bent on getting it perfect?

Or maybe…why do we need for it to be perfect?

Let’s face it.  Making art is personal and darn scary at times. If the painting which I created isn’t perfectly awesome then what does that say about me? Yeah, pause and ponder on that little tidbit 😉

It’s easy to mix up our personal worth with how a painting “turns out”.
Crazy? Yes.
Does it happen? You know it!

Part of the struggle in knowing when to stop is the ‘us’ that we see in the artwork we make…

“Every artist dips his brush in his own soul and paints his own nature into his pictures.” ~Henry Ward Beecher

I think part of the need to keep “fixing” a painting is a fear of really being seen in our work.

Being able to stop when it’s not perfect could be a sign of accepting ourselves as we are.
Perfectly imperfect.  A new definition of what ‘perfect’ means.

Life as we know it is beautifully, awesomely, perfectly imperfect.

We love not perceived perfection but the presence of beauty and truth.

Children’s art shows us the way. It is perfect because it is THEM we see stamped all over it. They (and their art) are beautiful, awesome and dare I say it…their own type of perfection…as are each of us who create.

Getting to that mindset of embracing ‘you’ frees the self. It puts you in the place to make the painting and to let go of that endless quest for perfection.  Suddenly you are able to see the big picture and not overthink each nuanced stroke.

Getting happy with our imperfectly perfect selves AND our paintings can result in some real moments of beauty and truth occurring.  There is a resultant freshness that simply can’t be achieved otherwise!

  1.  You may find that you are actually starting to have a good time painting.  While you’re doing it.  Letting go of the perfection monster frees one up to just have a darn good time.  Who knew?
  2. Leaving off the “just one more thing” approach to painting results in…FRESH as an iced cupcake brushwork!
  3. Less nibbling away with a brush in search of the perfect ending means colors don’t become muddied down from over blending. They retain their vibrant personalities!

There are no doubt more things to add to this list but this is one I think that perhaps eclipses all the rest…

Leaving off the hunt for perfection will result in your imprint, your signature look being visible.
In short, you’ll be allowing your real self to be seen.
How beautiful is that??

 

And isn’t that the real reason for making art?  To allow ourselves to be seen in order that we truly connect with one another 🙂

So how do I know when to stop on a painting? My personal story on this…

It’s the one single thing that was and still is both life changing and life affirming for me.  Coming in my next post!

What do you see around you that is perfectly imperfect?  I’d love to hear from you in the comments below 🙂

 

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  • Judy Giannettino - May 30, 2017 - 3:42 pm

    Your post made me smile. I can totally see how this truly relates to me and my painting. You should be a psychologist! Time to let loose and enjoy!ReplyCancel

  • Mary Sumner - May 30, 2017 - 7:38 am

    Dreama, you must be part psychiatrist. That is such an insightful answer to the question. It explains why we are so self-critical over every stroke. Thanks for your generous sharing of your talent.ReplyCancel

  • Kim Boyer - May 30, 2017 - 6:57 am

    This is fun to think about…As I look around I see beauty in “things” but I also get hung up on the order and placement and detail of “things”. My art room could be full of “things” but I find comfort in the collage of “art making” items of imperfection. But if I walk into another space, I may not find comfort if the space if it’s not decorated quite right. I’ll get hung up on wanting to redecorate it. I think that idea transfers over to my painting. I think our painting becomes intuitive to who we are and what speaks to us as individuals. I know that my painting is done when it feels or looks right to me. Someone else may look at what I’ve painted and feel differently and that’s okay. Its then that I may have to be open to learning something new or not. 💕ReplyCancel

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“Playful Light of France” 
12 x 9in oil on museum quality panel
NFS

Talk about the $64 question!  For painters, that question tops the list of things most often wondered about.  How to know when a particular stroke is THE last one and the painting is perfect!  When do you stop, drop the brush and walk away??

Let me introduce you to the “just one more thing” painting approach.  Stop laughing…I know I am not the only one to have fallen victim to this belief 😉
You know it well.  Belief that one perfect stroke will carry us to the magical pinnacle of the perfect painting.   Only problem is the stroke doesn’t become the last stroke but more akin to the opening of Pandora’s box.  
(And even if you don’t remember the details, you know that particular story didn’t end so well.)

We are not the first to have pondered the big question:

 

Art is never finished, only abandoned. ~Leonardo da Vinci

*A painting is never finished, it simply stops in interesting places. ~Paul Gardner

A painting is finished when the artist says it is finished.  ~Rembrandt

 

Obviously, opinions on this vary widely.
At the risk of giving you one more thing to think about, I’ve decided to place my 2 cents worth squarely on the table.
And I should probably tell you straight up that it doesn’t involve a methodical approach of technical calculations.
Remember who you’re talking to 😉

I was prompted by a comment that someone had left on a FB post of mine, “I like that you know when to stop on a painting”. Which got me to thinking about how do I decide when a painting is done.  Known for my looser, painterly pieces you should know I have not always painted that way. Leaving mystery and unfinished business as part of a completed work is more “me” than how I used to paint.

Before I get to the “how I decide when to stop on a painting” part, I need to take you back to an earlier epiphany.  We will call it….

LETTING GO OF THE IDEA OF PERFECTION

Most of what has gotten me in trouble on a painting is trying to get it “just right”.  Which is code for “perfect”.  Not liking the idea of being a perfectionist, I have other words to justify my “need” to do one more thing.  The obvious problem with this is that perfection doesn’t exist in a painting.

Not really.
And especially not how we define it.

Which means that the harder one works at it, the more elusive it becomes.

You might be surprised why. It seems simple.  We’ve narrowed down the problem.  It’s that one little thing.  We’ll just tweak it and then we’re done.
Easy peasy, right?

Except…
when the tweak is made we find that a new problem has now reared its head.  Just a wee one.  So we “fix” it.  Except, except…now there’s something else that seems a little off.  And on and on it goes until we realize we “lost” the painting about 200 strokes ago and now feel the urge to trash said painting.

We all need a T-shirt that says
“The Perfect Painting: Been there, ruined that”

There actually is a reason for this for this widespread phenomenon.  (I know…isn’t that the best news you’ve heard in awhile??)  We aren’t crazy after all!  It  really does keep needing ‘just one more thing’ and the reason is…

Everything in the painting is connected.  
One thing can’t be tweaked or adjusted without it impacting the rest of the painting.

Our paintings are just like a room full of people, each time someone new enters or exits the room, the group shifts a bit. Conversations change, new topics are broached.

When one stroke is added, one value adjusted, one little thing changed..well, you get the picture.  It’s akin to nailing Jello to a tree.  The desire for perfection, like the carrot on the end of the stick, has no happy ending when it comes to painting. Each decision is merely a transition to the next decision.  Which brings us back to the question of when is a painting finished.  Obviously not “when everything is perfect”. (* per Garnder’s quote above, paintings aren’t ever really finished, they simply stop in interesting places.) 

Obviously, there are things we see that need adjusting or correcting in a painting as it nears completion but the conversation here is specifically targeted on stopping on a painting while it still feels fresh, still retains the vibrancy and liveliness that you had in at the beginning.

Perfection isn’t the answer for ‘when is the painting finished’.  Each change made in a painting creates a new painting with new choices so perfection is a target that is ever moving and changing.
Sometimes in our searching for answers though one question leads to an even deeper one.
This one definitely does…

Why are we so bent on getting it perfect?

The conversation in my next post!

Meanwhile, I’d love to hear your thoughts on this  🙂

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  • Becky Fulton - May 31, 2017 - 10:08 am

    I’ve been wanting to comment on this for awhile now. I’m reading all the comments made in the Provence group and I realize that we all admire Dreama’s loose style, palette and alla prime technique. I notice a lot of beginner painters in the group and would encourage them to realize that this knowledge gained is simply a good start on a lifetime path in exploring art/painting. Dreama’s information can be ‘tools’ we add to our toolbox. Finishing a painting in one sitting or in a day, satisfying as it is, leaves out other techniques like ‘dry brush’, ‘glazing’, ‘texturing’ trying different color palettes and much more.
    On a different note, I’ve come back to earlier sketches sometime later and realized I now consider them finished because I now see something special in their ‘undoneness’. This has happened many times. I’ve also gotten to a stuck point, relegated a painting to the basement, come back even years later and I’ve discovered the answer in the interim. I’m about to complete a large portrait commission I’ve been working on for two years. Like running a marathon compared to a sprint. For me, a good balance between working towards my vision of perfection and also allowing things to just ‘be’ leads to positive growth.ReplyCancel

  • Randy Weisbin - May 30, 2017 - 9:03 am

    Wonderful insights and responses. Good to know I’m not unusually hung up. I did stop painting for years because of fear of taking the next step on a painting. Taking photos at different stages actually helped me get through that, although, as Dreams says, there IS often regret at losing a fresher stage. But a lot of learning comes from these “mistakes”. We’d never continue learning if we didn’t take the risk to push a little further, and we learn from messing it up as well. All the great artists had the same struggles, so we’re in good company. In this digital age, I’ll admit I’ve posted an earlier stage on my Facebook page a few times so my friends can see my painting before I messed it up (with full disclosure. I’m not trying to sell the piece, so it’s ok). As an art teacher I feel it’s my job to give positive critiques to help students improve their skills. In the process, I try not to instill fear, but it’s a delicate balance.ReplyCancel

  • Sue Taylor - May 25, 2017 - 7:20 pm

    I was one who said you taught us how to start a painting and when to stop! What has really helped me is going thru the phases of the painting and then saying “Okay, its finished”! I may know it could use another stroke but I’m learning thru eachainting, that gives me permission to stop and not reminding me to make another stroke!ReplyCancel

  • Nancy Shewchuk - May 23, 2017 - 7:43 pm

    I know! Perfection…my opinion is that a painting should look like a painting and not a photograph. If you want your painting as perfect as a photograph – take a picture and skip the painting! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Pamela Wedemeyer - May 23, 2017 - 2:01 pm

    At this exact moment, I am struggling with this very issue. My husband, being a very detailed guy due to a life time of analyzing details, wants it all spelled out. He is intuitive and has a good artistic sense, and I value his critiques and inputs. However, I am always reluctant to go the whole distance. I go for bigger, bolder strokes with the edges blurring…allowing the eye to complete the message. However, I’m never sure when that last stroke is made!! It usually happens when I’m beginning to loose interest! That’s a sure hint for me. I want that t-shirt!!ReplyCancel

  • Vonnie - May 23, 2017 - 1:48 pm

    This in a wonderful post, Dreama! I think it is the best explanation I’ve ever read on when a painting is finished! Such a difficult question to answer, and your response is right on. We’ve all been there, done that, so we all relate to your post, and it’s so good to have it in writing, right under our noses, so we can reread it when tempted with “just one more stroke”. You are a terrific teacher, we’re so lucky to have you sharing your heart and experience with us so freely. We appreciate you immensely!👩🏻‍🎨💕ReplyCancel

  • Jan Jensen - May 23, 2017 - 9:07 am

    I have a larger work right now that I plan to work on once again. I am telling myself that I have to be ok with the fact that no matter what I do to it it will not be the same painting!ReplyCancel

  • Vivian Sathre - May 23, 2017 - 9:02 am

    Haha. I call this the Dominos Effect. And we–or at least I–want to get it perfect because that’s what we were taught in art for the first 18 years of life. Strive for perfection: Color inside the lines. Straighten the side of the building. Grass is green. Etc.ReplyCancel

  • Pat macri - May 23, 2017 - 7:30 am

    Interesting because I have been there and still am…..maybe it has to do with confidence in ones ability. I tend to stop a painting when I am stuck or don’t know what to do next. When time passes and I finally go back to that painting with more confidence I mess it up..this is what is happening now. I am now not going back to old paintings. They were the lesson of that time. Right now I have a painting started last year in the dreama way. I want to say it’s done because I am giving it as a gift. I know it is not…some might say my background is too bright or my edges are too sharp..those are the only things I question. But as you said I don’t want to put a stroke that will make everything off….because on the whole of it …I like it….but it is the other person that makes me doubt…interesting…huh? Maybe writing this down will give me the confidence to say…that’s a wrap😉ReplyCancel

  • Judy Giannettino - May 23, 2017 - 6:24 am

    This post was meant for me! And I’m sure many, many more. When I think my painting is really good, I decide just this one tweet will make it better and, you guessed it, NOT! Thank you for your words of wisdom. Maybe this will sink in now!ReplyCancel

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There is an art to traveling light.

‘Traveling is a fool’s paradise. We owe to our first journeys the discovery that place is nothing. At home I dream that at Naples, at Rome, I can be intoxicated with beauty, and lose my sadness. I pack my trunk, embrace my friends, embark on the sea, and at last wake up in Naples, and there beside me is the stern Fact, the sad self, unrelenting identical that I fled from.’  ~Emerson

It pays to check your ‘luggage’ often..and as thoroughly as you possibly can 🙂

Like an old purse that can become heavy with forgotten items, we can become filled with stresses, fears and weariness that we’ve accumulated.   Things that we have thoughtlessly allowed to settle to the bottom of our bags.  Our hand-wringing, laying awake at night selves that Emerson spoke of.

In real life travel, I usually discover that I’ve packed way too much.  I overthink things and take lots of ‘just in case’ stuff.  Personally, as much as I hate to admit it, I think it’s a subconscious attempt to try and control life which of course just smacks of fear 😉 .  (Being spontaneous comes with a measure of risk so the ‘just take it all, including the kitchen sink AND then you will be safe’ mode kicks in 😉 )
Well, as any fool will tell you,  excess baggage ain’t no picnic.  You might be prepared for a tsunami but you’ll drown due to the sheer weight of your preparedness!

Unnecessary baggage impedes the ability to enjoy the present
which is all we ever have.

 

I’ve been observing myself of late.  With many things on my plate I have been actively choosing to not place extras (like worries) in my bag for the day.  I am finding an abundance of peace in this.  I mention it here to remind you and me that we do have a choice.  Like packing our suitcase for an around the world trip, we get to select what we are willing to travel with.  Granted, there are certain things in life that cannot be changed but there are many more things that can.  We get to pick what we will carry forward with us into life, into our day, and so important…into creative work.

We can’t do our best stuff when exhausted from carrying around overstuffed bags. One can only imagine how much of our JOY, our energy, our enthusiasm for life is swallowed up and lost to us.  And creativity! Don’t even get me started!

I want to free up those spaces in my bag for beauty.
For fun bits.
For laughter and peace.

And with all the space that is left, I want to flood it with lighter than air LOVE.

For the gift of this life.
For saying yes even when I’m scared.
For believing.
For trusting.
For traveling
into the light.

What do you think you are carrying with you that you might be able to discard?  Leaving room for the good stuff which weighs nothing at all?

It’s only natural to share.  I found a vintage train case, circa 1950’s, in a color I thought you’d like (it’s the same size/shape as mine that I use for my watercolors and shared in this post)!
Ready to fill with lovely, soulful things and to serve as a reminder to only pack the things you love!  Enter below:

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  • Linda Johnson - May 21, 2017 - 10:07 am

    You are absolutely right! We weigh ourselves down with heaviness of spirit and must learn the life lesson of letting go. Giving ourselves permission to just be! Be in the moment, Be authentic, Be transparent, Be intentional, Be purposeful! Once we learn to let go of our unrealistic expectations of ourselves, our life, our dreams or …………….(you name it) we can be truly free to exhibit our best creative self!ReplyCancel

  • Pamela Johnson - May 18, 2017 - 10:52 am

    Thank you for the reminder to travel light…so blessed to have that choice…ReplyCancel

  • Anne Merrick - May 17, 2017 - 9:10 am

    I love your musings and insite. You get me to ponder life when I need to.ReplyCancel

  • Rhema Shepardson - May 17, 2017 - 12:44 am

    Great article Dreama! I have found daily journaling is a great place to dump the old and embrace the new! I am always amazed what comes to Light that I unintentionally picked up as I walked through my day!ReplyCancel

  • Nina Snyder - May 16, 2017 - 7:04 pm

    Such a great reminder to take stock of what we are carrying around each day. So easy to remember that choice plays a big role!ReplyCancel

  • Betsy Glass - May 16, 2017 - 2:52 pm

    What a lovely train case…would be perfect…..Thank you for your writing.ReplyCancel

  • Karina - May 16, 2017 - 2:34 pm

    I needed to hear this blog post today! In fact I wrote down several parts into my journal. There has been so much turmoil in the last few years that at times I can barely breathe! Trying to learn to step back and take a big breath and just be. It is freeing to let things go and to realize there is so much I can not controll..and that’s okay. Oh I also love the little carry on. Thank you for the opportunity to win it and for the encouragement!ReplyCancel

  • Cindy Stierhoff - May 16, 2017 - 1:52 pm

    Just recovering from surgery and the world is going by too fast for me…don’t know how to be patient with recovery…live in the moment is what I take from your thoughts Dreama.ReplyCancel

  • Robin Flynn - May 16, 2017 - 1:18 pm

    If want to make room for abundance and JOYReplyCancel

  • Christine - May 16, 2017 - 11:12 am

    Sounds trite, but it isn’t….shedding pounds and expectations and both are making me feel lighter!ReplyCancel

  • JoAnne Jacobs - May 16, 2017 - 11:04 am

    Enjoy your commentaries. I’m trying to let go of all of the unnecessary things that we carry around. The case would be just perfect for all of life’s necessities.ReplyCancel

  • Marion Mercer - May 16, 2017 - 10:38 am

    Trying to weed out the old/unnecessary and focus on what’s really important in my life that brings joy. God, family, cherished friends, art, travel, great movies, children, our puppy, pretty things, sentimental things… all bring me joy!ReplyCancel

  • karen smith - May 16, 2017 - 10:28 am

    When I was a very young girl, I desperately wanted a train case like the ones that my friends had.. of course I had no money. My father told me how to take out a “loan” from one of his friends who happened to work for a bank. I had six weeks to pay back the loan without being charged interest. I did many chores to earn the money and just made it! I was so worried that I would have to pay that interest!! This train case brings back so many memories…I loved that thing!ReplyCancel

  • rebecca - May 16, 2017 - 10:14 am

    Simple fear. I’d like to rid myself of this rather sneaky fear that disguises itself and yet is still fear.ReplyCancel

  • Holly - May 16, 2017 - 9:53 am

    I desire to ‘pack up’ negative stressors that are out of my control. To hold dear and cling to what brings joy, creativity and gratitude to my life. So happy to have found you!ReplyCancel

  • Diane - May 16, 2017 - 9:01 am

    Love the train case and I’m leaving what other people think out of my bag. So funny that the baggage we carry that physically weighs nothing often weighs so heavy on our hearts. I’m leaving that out! Thanks Dreama!ReplyCancel

  • Pamela - May 16, 2017 - 8:48 am

    Sharing beauty and having a purpose! This little vintage travel bag could be a great reminder to make your life contain both. I’d love to own it!ReplyCancel

  • Linda Stratton - May 16, 2017 - 8:39 am

    Sometimes it’s hard to let go of things that you’ve been l’ugging’ around for a long time. We form habits, but once we shed that burdensome weight, it’s so freeing & light. We worry about things that, frankly, we have no control over. I have found that my painting time takes me away from almost everything that weighs heavy and gives me the peace of mind that I need. Painting nourishes the soul, relaxes the mind, frees our imagination. That little carry-on piece ‘carries’ some magic inside of it …Go for the magic!ReplyCancel

  • Peggy Thibodeau - May 16, 2017 - 8:36 am

    It might help me to let go of hoping for people to be different.ReplyCancel

    • Brenda - May 31, 2017 - 4:56 pm

      Timely article for me. Plagued with self doubt. As you might guess, it
      Robs me of the joy in painting. I’m plenty old enough to realize how much this hinders. I look forward to being a part of this venture. Love your style.ReplyCancel

  • Irma - May 16, 2017 - 7:46 am

    Enjoyed your post. Will be packing for my trip to France in the fall with renewed determination to travel light.ReplyCancel

  • Pam - May 16, 2017 - 7:41 am

    Thank you for this timely reminder!ReplyCancel

  • debi - May 16, 2017 - 7:31 am

    Love this darling case. It is perfect for traveling with the things that bring you joy. I purchased some of the recommended items from Amazon & love the tropical water colors. Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • M.J. valdes - May 16, 2017 - 7:07 am

    💕your posts both about life and art..ReplyCancel

  • Etta yeary - May 16, 2017 - 6:44 am

    This could not have come at a better time! It’s 6:30AM….. Just read this …….hoping to leave by 8:00AM for “Plein Air South” in Apalachicola, Fl .
    Dreama,Your words will definitely help me regroup on the luggage thing!!!ReplyCancel

  • Ruth Roberts - May 16, 2017 - 6:38 am

    Lately I have been worrying about having enough. But, I know that the world always gives me not only enough but abundance. So I’m ready to let go of that stinkin’ lackin’ thinkin’. And just be grateful for the abundance that surrounds me.

    Emersons quote reminds me of another. Where ever I go, there I am. I tried to run away from myself once and all I got for that was a lumpy mattress.ReplyCancel

  • Tacy Marsh - May 16, 2017 - 6:25 am

    I have been healing from a trauma that happened to me two years ago. Even though my life is different now, I want to look forward with gratitude for my life and all the new things God is doing in me instead of focusing on what I have lost.ReplyCancel

  • Kate - May 16, 2017 - 6:24 am

    I loved the timeliness of this article. It’s a great reminder to continually check the bigger suitcase of things we can’t control at the door.ReplyCancel

 

Watercolor Journaling with Dreama

 

Color for color’s sake.
Just because.
Wee palettes of color cakes.
Just because.

Tiny journals with tiny paintings in them.
Just because.

Watercolor Journaling with Dreama

 

‘Just because’ is short hand for things that can’t really be explained.   Like how we feel about the color turquoise (known to those in the Dreamette circles as Caribbean Blue 😉 )

 

Watercolor Journaling with Dreama

‘Just because’ comes to our defense when a dear friend unwittingly asks why we would need yet one more art thing.

 

Watercolor Journaling with Dreama

 

‘Just because’ has our backs when our mind starts to wander because it sees a label called PASTEL DREAMS.

 

Watercolor Journaling with Dreama

 

‘Just because’ is a knowing phrase passed between the lips of those who understand that there’s simply so many things that just can not be explained but are oh so needed to get us through one more day.

The earth laughs in ‘just becauses’ 🙂 !

Peacock tails.
Cat whiskers.
The scent of lavender…and roses!
Frost.
Dew on the spider’s web.
The lone snowflake.
Dogs when they dream.
Dust particles in sunlight.

We are here to love and to be loved.

Just because 🙂

 

Watercolor Journaling with Dreama

With a grateful heart, I am preparing for some time in Tuscany.  On a mission to gather all that I possibly can to infuse into our next online painting adventure together, “Timeless Tuscany” 🙂    I’m taking my oils, my watercolors….and you in my heart!

Pack and Play Note:  I am loving my Richeson w/c brush set, shown in the pic above.  Multiple choices, short handles and a rigid carrier to keep brush tips in top condition! (I’ve added it and the Prima watercolor sets to my Amazon store affiliate link.)

Meanwhile,  I want you to have some watercolor fun!  Just because.
I am giving away 3 sets of the Prima Watercolors shown above…you can enter in the box below.
(Leave a comment, I’d love to know what you’d like to do ‘just because’!)

Note:  I may have purchased an extra vintage train case to give away..in my next post.  Just because.
You know you want one 😉

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  • Patty Burks - June 13, 2017 - 5:18 pm

    Wonderful colors.ReplyCancel

  • Scheria H Houston - May 23, 2017 - 9:37 am

    Love this”just because”. My just because is I love to paint with beautiful color.ReplyCancel

  • Lynette - May 16, 2017 - 8:31 pm

    I’m signing up for a chance to win this treat from you “Just because” i can!
    Seriously though.. I have found so much JOY in using your oil palette that I would love to have your watercolour palette too!! So that I can enjoy painting in watercolour – which is my first love.
    LynetteReplyCancel

  • Karina - May 16, 2017 - 2:43 pm

    Thank you for validating that its okay to “Just Because”. There need not be any other reason why passing by a certain little cottage down the road, watching swallows swoop, or seeing my grandmothers handwritten recipes makes me go all sqishy inside…it is Just Because!ReplyCancel

  • Pam - May 16, 2017 - 7:47 am

    Would love to be more disciplined in my journaling – just because it surprises me at what I can do and create and I am almost always excited with the end result!ReplyCancel

  • Christine - May 12, 2017 - 11:07 pm

    Just because the beauty of those lovely watercolors make me feel like a kid again!ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl Rene' Pennington - May 12, 2017 - 9:46 am

    I would love to have the discipline to sketch and watercolor In my journal every day. Your paintings brighten my world, as does painting here at home. I give it a good try. Dreama taught us not to whine about what we can’t do and about criticizing ourselves too much.ReplyCancel

  • Lynne Koliha - May 11, 2017 - 6:23 pm

    I would love to have the capacity to travel. Because, however, I do not, I must create my home-bound adventures. I have found various art classes of assistance in bringing forward a creativity I never suspected I posessed.

    Now, after working only in black, grey, sepia and white, I am readying myself to expand into colors.ReplyCancel

  • Linda - May 11, 2017 - 5:42 pm

    Dreaming of three days in the Smokey Mountains learning watercolor.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Maisonneuve - May 10, 2017 - 11:18 pm

    ….Life is great! And I beed to paint rainbowsReplyCancel

  • Pamela Johnson - May 10, 2017 - 8:21 pm

    just because…I’m grateful for the ability to see the beautiful colors and inspired by your lovely paintings and words…ReplyCancel

  • Julia Byrnes - May 10, 2017 - 4:13 pm

    Light candles in the evening, just because.ReplyCancel

  • Sally Wimberly - May 10, 2017 - 8:13 am

    Painting every day for the rest of my life (undisturbed)…..just becauseReplyCancel

  • Janel - May 10, 2017 - 7:15 am

    Watching the sunrise…just because☀️ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Flynn - May 10, 2017 - 1:01 am

    I would love to see all of these beautiful colors swirled together to see what magic is created! I especially love caribbean blue (aka Turquoise 😉 swirled with a burnt sienna. I am traveling to Provence in a month and plan to sketch little vignettes with watercolor every day! Having little cakes instead of tubes would be so divine!!ReplyCancel

  • Shelley Sears - May 9, 2017 - 10:14 pm

    A day off from work that nobody know about just because I want to paint all day without any interruptions.ReplyCancel

  • Mary Hendricks - May 9, 2017 - 10:10 pm

    Love, love, love your art! Really want to be in on your next workshop!ReplyCancel

  • rejane eagleton - May 9, 2017 - 9:46 pm

    Last month I planted some daisies in front of the house.The name Daisy in Brazilian Portuguese is “Margarida”, which is the name of a close friend I had in my teens. I don’t know if I planted daisies in honor of my friend or because I miss those days where our worries were to study hard and have good grades. I’m not sure. Maybe I planted those daisies just because…ReplyCancel

  • rejane eagleton - May 9, 2017 - 9:35 pm

    I know the house needs sweeping and there are days I don’t even make my bed. The timing and the weather have been nice — to prepare the flower beds, to plant those bulbs I want to see transforming themselves in explosions of live colors. Yes, I want to be outside. Just because.ReplyCancel

  • Alanna Woodfin - May 9, 2017 - 9:07 pm

    Just because ….it is color…and colors whisper to my heart.
    Just because it is paintReplyCancel

  • Marion Mercer - May 9, 2017 - 8:46 pm

    Lift my face to a warm summer rain…just because.ReplyCancel

  • Linda Dunlap - May 9, 2017 - 8:24 pm

    I love taking art workshops these days. Nothing makes me happier!ReplyCancel

  • Linda Stratton - May 9, 2017 - 8:12 pm

    LINDA STRATTON – MAY 9, 2017
    Just because …Paint, brushes & canvas’ all bring us to another land! Always love how I feel when painting!ReplyCancel

  • Janet Hunter - May 9, 2017 - 8:11 pm

    Just because watercolor is my medium
    Just because God let me see the colors
    Just because at 76 I’m not going to stop
    painting, just because………ReplyCancel

  • Denyse Fenelon - May 9, 2017 - 7:11 pm

    getting up before dawn to be ready to paint the sun coming up on the Catalina Mountains… just becauseReplyCancel

  • Ginny N. - May 9, 2017 - 5:59 pm

    Just because my 18 year old cat and I will be moving out of state and painting (even not very well) will help relieve the stress for both of us! =^..^=ReplyCancel

  • Anne Presutti - May 9, 2017 - 4:54 pm

    LOVE…LOVE …LOVE THE COLORS!ReplyCancel

  • Mari - May 9, 2017 - 4:47 pm

    Enter to win a watercolor set…just because.ReplyCancel

  • Xavier Carrubba - May 9, 2017 - 3:38 pm

    The Joy of walking and working in my garden, taking in the fragrances of Spring and the beauty of color…”Just because”ReplyCancel

  • Cindy Englert - May 9, 2017 - 2:42 pm

    Hold my grandson Leo the entire time he takes a nap, enjoying his snuggles…just because.ReplyCancel

  • Ildy - May 9, 2017 - 2:35 pm

    just because I love watercolour
    just because I love sunshine in my hair
    just because I love my baby dog smell
    just because I love to live
    just because I love your posts ….
    xxxReplyCancel

  • Dobbsie Koeman - May 9, 2017 - 1:42 pm

    Your website is an inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • sheryll maddox - May 9, 2017 - 1:32 pm

    Hold a newborn baby! Just because!ReplyCancel

  • Robin - May 9, 2017 - 1:24 pm

    Getting a massage…just because 🙂ReplyCancel

  • marguerite@logic.bm - May 9, 2017 - 12:29 pm

    Journal and paint with these delicious watercolors. Just because I love art!ReplyCancel

  • Marguerite Lovell - May 9, 2017 - 12:26 pm

    Love the colors. Love Dreama’s posts. Love to paint. Just because it feeds my soul.ReplyCancel

  • Nancy - May 9, 2017 - 12:24 pm

    I would walk through French flower markets and smell the flowers…just because!ReplyCancel

    • Katie Richcreek - May 9, 2017 - 1:09 pm

      I would absolutely love to win the watercolor set. Just seeing how you paint little pictures I. Your journal is so inspiring and I want to do that too!!!ReplyCancel

  • Carolyn Tober - May 9, 2017 - 11:50 am

    I would love to go for a long walk, come home, pour me a tall glass of ice tea and relax the day away reading a good book! Just because life happens and I’ve had WAY too much of that to do this!ReplyCancel

  • Susan McManamen - May 9, 2017 - 11:48 am

    I like to sit on my deck and watch the wind play through my geraniums…just because. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • LeAnn - May 9, 2017 - 11:26 am

    Just because….I was given the gift of life to live and live.ReplyCancel

  • Cynthia Grover - May 9, 2017 - 11:23 am

    Beautiful, luminous sunlight, just because….. Ohh, those lucious colors!ReplyCancel

  • Roxanne Current - May 9, 2017 - 11:07 am

    I walk around my yard taking in the fresh spring air and giving thanks for the amazing ‘new life’ that is blossoming everywhere….just because.ReplyCancel

  • Suzanne Dungan - May 9, 2017 - 10:17 am

    Walking barefoot on the beach…just because!ReplyCancel

  • Linda Johnson - May 9, 2017 - 10:12 am

    I like to rise to the sound of the birds and go for a swing in my hammock just because! Love to look at the sunlight and shadows under the leaves of the maple tree! It’s my happy place.ReplyCancel

  • Sandra - May 9, 2017 - 10:04 am

    Just because….I love the colors in the palettes–perfect for painting in my journalReplyCancel

  • Debi Murray - May 9, 2017 - 9:52 am

    Order those water colors – especially the pastel ones – because they speak to my heart!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Monica Dahl - May 9, 2017 - 9:39 am

    just because we love all colors…ReplyCancel

  • Angela Alter - May 9, 2017 - 9:37 am

    I sit with a cup of tea amidst an armful of knitting patterns spread around me on the floor, dreaming of possibilities. … just because.ReplyCancel

  • David - May 9, 2017 - 9:31 am

    JUST BECAUSE THEY ARE A DOOR TO EXPLORATIONReplyCancel

  • Valerie Davies - May 9, 2017 - 9:28 am

    Just because i need perking up .ReplyCancel

  • Wendy Rogers - May 9, 2017 - 9:19 am

    Just because I love Dreama’s posts… <3 <3 <3ReplyCancel

  • Andrea - May 9, 2017 - 9:16 am

    I would like to take a cooking class – in Tuscany – just because!ReplyCancel

  • Andrée C - May 9, 2017 - 9:16 am

    Just Because…I love your tiny journals!…And I want “la persévérance” to continue mines everyday! Enmène-moi dans tes valises vers la Toscane, Dreama!ReplyCancel

  • Laurie May - May 9, 2017 - 8:56 am

    Purchasing another art journal because you like the feel of the paperReplyCancel

  • Mooneen Mourad - May 9, 2017 - 8:46 am

    I appreciate Dreama’s talent and personality.ReplyCancel

  • debi - May 9, 2017 - 8:18 am

    Really enjoy your rich colorful blog. TY.ReplyCancel

  • Christy Brink - May 9, 2017 - 8:15 am

    Just because the day dawns fresh and new with the cooing of mourning doves.ReplyCancel

  • Sharon - May 9, 2017 - 8:12 am

    Just looking at these paints makes me happyReplyCancel

  • Jeanne - May 9, 2017 - 8:04 am

    ToTo nurture my subdued, insecure artist soul, to find my true self again just because…..ReplyCancel

  • Connie Conway - May 9, 2017 - 7:58 am

    Love your art.ReplyCancel

  • Linda Borch - May 9, 2017 - 7:51 am

    I run outside to see the rainbow and incredible light after the storm… just because!ReplyCancel

  • Etta Yeary - May 9, 2017 - 7:20 am

    Love your Watercolors ……… Love to journal, especially when traveling. It makes memories of the things that are most special to the traveler……..more meaning than a photo. I love seeing your journaling books, thanks for sharing.
    Would love to win these……if I do I’m on a quest to find that cute Samsonite train case! Antique booths here I come!!!! I still have my mothers Samsonite hat box with the hats. She wore to my brothers wedding and my wedding……ReplyCancel

  • Colleen Gilgenbach - May 9, 2017 - 7:10 am

    Just because I might win!
    Just because I want to.ReplyCancel

  • Anita Cook - May 9, 2017 - 7:08 am

    With so few sunny days here in New Hampshire this Spring, a cup of coffee on the back deck, soaking in the Sun, just because….ReplyCancel

  • Connie - May 9, 2017 - 6:56 am

    Taking a paint class. Just because!!ReplyCancel

  • Joan Creamer - May 9, 2017 - 6:35 am

    I never knew there was a name for “IT”. Trying to explain “IT” had me justifying until I would look silly. Thank you Dreama, you’ve helped me define “IT” in TWO WORDS! Besides you’re incredible talent, teaching and genius thought process, i can only say Thank You for sharing your life and heart with us! You are more than Just Because!!!ReplyCancel

  • Cindy Harris - Harris Studios Inc - May 9, 2017 - 6:33 am

    I just love your work. For many years I painted primarily in watercolor and loved it… but about 10 years ago really started to explore oils and left my watercolors behind. I am ready to play again with new depth and life.ReplyCancel

  • Ghillie - May 9, 2017 - 6:28 am

    Cup of tea with my fat pug Cosmo snoring on my lap💙Just because it’s a great way that start the dayReplyCancel

  • Judy Jubien - May 9, 2017 - 6:16 am

    Just because…..I want watercolors too!ReplyCancel

  • Paul Rybarczyk - May 9, 2017 - 6:14 am

    because they’re cute!ReplyCancel

  • Linda - May 9, 2017 - 6:10 am

    Dark decadent chocolate! Just because!ReplyCancel