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“Shady Business in France”


Sometimes we forget.
We taste only the icing. We see only the end result. We hear only the applause.

We forget that creative inspiration wears many disguises.

We either forget or are not privy to what led up to…..

Monet’s Waterlily Paintings

Musical Artist Adele’s latest hit song

Actor Morgan Freeman’s sterling performance

Comedian Jim Carey’s ability to make us laugh

Creativity in it’s raw form can appear….

Off-track (Monet on waterlilies..”It took me time to understand my water lilies. I had planted them for the pleasure of it; I grew them without ever thinking of painting them.”–what, you mean he spent time GARDENING instead of painting?!)

Foolish (Actor Jim Carey of comedic fame openly admits he has made faces at himself in the mirror for years with threats from his mother that he would go to you know where for doing so!)

Childish (Rob Dyrdek of skateboard fame has probably endured more than a few looks of “get a real job man” before parlaying his skateboarding talent into 15 ml net worth)

Lazy (Truman Capote said of himself, I am a completely horizontal author. I can’t think unless I’m lying down, either in my bed or on a couch….)

Creativity often springs from times of inactivity (translated, things that are not obviously related to our creative work) Inactivity that we and/or those around us might interpret as lazy, as waste of time and money, decadent, or selfish.

Note to Self: Inspiration can’t be scheduled, it must be allowed for.

Notice when and where your creative ideas happen. Is it during or after a recent trip to the movies, from discovering a new musical artist, a long walk in a new place, a nap in the middle of the day, a drive to no where in particular, in the tub or shower, the latest novel?


Creative inspiration arises out those times when we take time to fill our well instead of drinking from it.

Be a sleuth.
Uncover the mystery of when and where your creative inspiration happens.


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There is still time to get your name in the hat for The Book of Joy giveaway.
I’m giving away 5 copies because it’s that good and because…I love you.

So please, tell me what brings you to JOY?

And enter to win a copy of The Book of Joy just below.

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  • Deborah - December 14, 2016 - 1:28 pm

    my joy comes from many things daily. Family, friends, walks in nature, relishing reading The Word (Bible), and kindnesses given and received . . . and encouragement given and received. That includes encouragement received from your online painting class. My heart overflows with JOY.ReplyCancel

  • Jackie Czanik - December 13, 2016 - 7:28 pm

    My beautiful grandchildren bring me joy. They are all so individually special. I am blessed to watch them grow and enjoy them so closely.ReplyCancel

  • Barbara Somerville - December 13, 2016 - 6:44 pm

    Holding a newborn baby while gently rocking in a rocking chair.ReplyCancel

  • Courtney - December 13, 2016 - 3:16 pm

    While not great, I’ve been surprised how much joy I receive when making painting efforts!
    ….and any time I spend with, talk to, or see pictures of me grandchildren in Tucson! 😉ReplyCancel

  • Jan koss - December 13, 2016 - 12:14 pm

    Joy comes to me when I see God in all life that he has created, all life that surrounds me, human, animal and natures life.in the love of my family, in creating and in beautiful, wonderful oolor.ReplyCancel

  • Diane Lenamon - December 13, 2016 - 11:10 am

    Joy is waking up each morning and thanking God.ReplyCancel

  • Diane Lenamon - December 13, 2016 - 11:08 am

    Joy is waking up each morning and thanking God for another Day.ReplyCancel

  • Judy D - December 13, 2016 - 10:58 am

    Having a roof over my head is my current joy.ReplyCancel

  • Nancy Salyer - December 13, 2016 - 9:33 am

    Catching a fish! Being in the forest, hearing the water gurgling in the creek, smelling the earthy goodness of the earth and having a trout take your bait ! It is exhilarating and peaceful and I am always filled with gratitude for this harvest from the wild.ReplyCancel

  • Karen Kircher - December 13, 2016 - 8:48 am

    Joy for me is helping others in our senior community, and assisting in doggie rescues…all make me happy !! And others , too. !!ReplyCancel

  • Christine Allison - December 13, 2016 - 7:48 am

    At 62 I have found complete joy and I’m constantly amazed. For over 30 years I served a church as the director of music, until one day the pastor decides I’m no longer needed…because I was a lesbian. (I had been with one person for 28 years and it fell apart.) Try and find a job, quickly, at the age of 55…ha! So after about 3 months I decided to start my own community chorus. There was a work called “Sing for the Cure” that I had wanted to do for about 10 years but never had time because of my job. (I had a very busy full time church job, directing 7 ensembles.) so I started spreading the word that I wanted between 100-200 singers to sing for breast cancer. To make this shorter…we performed with 105 singers and a volunteer 52 piece orchestra 5 months later after rehearsing all summer. My dream came to then because 80 of the 105 wanted to continue. Speed ahead 7 years and I direct a chorus of 80 voices year round called A Chorus for a Cause…where every concert we do is for a different cause. It is amazing and I love what I’m doing! As a side note, I started an auditioned handbell choir in 2011 and what a fun, hard working group it is. So out of darkness came beauty. I still make music but I feel like I’m doing more good now than I ever did in the church job and I have no doubt that God is responsible for what I’m doing today. (On a side note…I’m now married to a wonderful woman.)ReplyCancel

  • Traycee Williams - December 13, 2016 - 7:14 am

    Joy, for me, comes in so many places, but mostly in my quiet places; my cat’s purr, the chirp of the birds or the flight of my bees. When I learned how to sit still, I learned this new language that nature had to offer.ReplyCancel

  • Dorothy Pullo - December 13, 2016 - 7:12 am


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“Heaven Scent”


Be the first to love what you do.

“Art is what we call…
the thing an artist does.
“…what makes it art, is that the person who made it overcame the resistance,
ignored the voice of doubt and made something worth making.”
                                                                                   ~ Seth Godin

Be the first to love what you do.

“When we are willing to make what wants to be made rather than make what we want, we become open to new directions”
~ Julia Cameron

Be the first to love what you do.

“Creativity is the mind at play with the materials that it loves.”
~ Carl Jung

Be the first to love what you do.

“The best way to get approval is to not need it.”
~ Hugh MacLeod

Be the first to love what you do.

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.”
~ Steve Jobs

Be the first to love what you do.

“Reject the tyranny of picked. Pick yourself.”
~ Seth Godin

Be the first to love what you do.

“Eventually, you will realize that the world didn’t give you what is etched on your soul-character, nor can it take it away. Only you can choose to let it remain unexpressed–don’t hang back, waiting for approval from others to be yourself.”
~ Michael Beckwith


Stop waiting for external validation.
Be the first to love what you do.


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A GIANT P.S.  Oh my…we have been editing the France videos for the upcoming ONCE UPON A TIME IN PROVENCE online course and doggone I wish I could share one!!!– but mum’s the word ’til the week between Christmas and New Year’s…;-)  THEN I’ll be sneaking you some previews and singing like a canary 🙂

I actually think I may be crazy to be putting all this content into just one course (the jury is still out).
But then again maybe you’re IN the market for crazy in which case, we’re the perfect match!! 🙂

As I have kept my head down, working away, a book has shown up in my life.  As often happens, it has helped me keep on track.  It keeps coming to my mind to share it here so the best way I know is to do it as a giveaway.
Because I love you.

I’m giving away 5 because it’s that good and because…I love you.
And yes, I did say I love you…twice.  Because I do 🙂
Love you.

Tell me, what brings you to JOY?

And get your name in the hat to win a copy of The Book of Joy just below.

Enter here ⇓

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The Next Dream.Love.Paint ONLINE PAINTING ADVENTURE continues....in FRANCE!!P.S.S. Coming soon…more details on the next Dream.Love.Paint ONLINE adventure. It transports us to France! Get the scoop and sign-up to win a spot in the course — Click Here!

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  • Betty Long - December 14, 2016 - 9:33 pm

    I feel joy when I’m with family and /or friends. I especially feel joyful when I am painting with friends. Watercolour is my medium.ReplyCancel

  • Jackie - December 8, 2016 - 10:03 pm

    Joy to me is when I open my eyes in the morning; so many possibilities… Receiving love and kindness is great but I love giving love and spreading kindness.ReplyCancel

  • Flynn Gentry-Taylor - December 8, 2016 - 10:34 am

    Affirmations such as your posts which I keep handy to review and remind me of the joy all around us, if only we look up.ReplyCancel

  • Elda Loredo - December 7, 2016 - 1:34 pm

    I love: sharing stories about my children when they were kids, sharing my love of reading with the children I tutor, sharing my knowledge of grammar and writing with my students, praying, going to Mass and telling God about the good in my life.

    Suggested reading for Dreama and her followers — those who love flowers:

    The Flower Arrangement by Ella GriffinReplyCancel

  • Suzanne McCurdy - December 7, 2016 - 8:55 am

    This very minute, I am sipping fresh-brewed coffee with my dearest friend of 44 years. It is quiet beyond description because the world is still asleep. I have found that the little moments bring great joy.ReplyCancel

  • Chris - December 7, 2016 - 12:00 am

    The joy of God and everything that He has provided for us, down to the most minute pleasure and need. I am humbled and in awe when I stop to look at all that surrounds me.ReplyCancel

  • Nancy Laliberte - December 6, 2016 - 10:30 pm

    Being present in the moment whether with my family, art, or faith time is what brings me JOY! <3ReplyCancel

  • Carolyn Taylor - December 6, 2016 - 6:16 pm

    Painting and teaching art with my first grade students brings me joy! Also, painting with friends brings me JOY! ?ReplyCancel

  • Susan Warwas - December 6, 2016 - 6:07 pm

    Thanks, Dreama. Love your work!!!ReplyCancel

  • Gail Fee - December 6, 2016 - 3:24 pm

    My greatest joy is the bliss I feel when I am with my 3 1/2 year old granddaughter.ReplyCancel

  • LeAnn Kalita - December 6, 2016 - 12:28 pm

    What brings me joy? Watching others react to their moments of joy.ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl Zacher - December 6, 2016 - 12:03 pm

    Totally gorgeous art that I would love to learn about to free my gifts. Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Ginny Scavuzzo - December 6, 2016 - 12:00 pm

    I know that I am in good company here….like so many of you my joy comes from my grandchildren and children, my painting, and from nature.ReplyCancel

  • Katherine Hall - December 6, 2016 - 10:41 am

    Finishing a work of art gives me such pleasure and a feeling of accomplishment as I cannot get elsewhere.ReplyCancel

  • Gail - December 6, 2016 - 10:07 am

    I love the way you paint .You paint so lose . It is so beautiful !ReplyCancel

  • Katrina Johnston - December 6, 2016 - 9:53 am

    Thanks for always being so uplifting.ReplyCancel

  • Elena Kulevska - December 6, 2016 - 9:51 am

    Every new day I experience , the potential and possibilytes it brings gives me joy. The dance of the sunlight on the wall in the morning , the smell of the freshly cut grass in the summer or the soaring fly of the dragonflys also brings me joy, My family all cozy in the living room waching a movie together, brings me joy too. Joy is everywhere we jus have to let it in .ReplyCancel

  • June - December 6, 2016 - 9:10 am

    My four cats bring me joy…painting brings me joy…and your paintings, specifically, as well as your thoughts and words in your blogs and on Facebook, bring me joy, lighten my heart and spirit, and make me smile from the inside.ReplyCancel

  • Holly Rose - December 6, 2016 - 9:10 am

    Almost always my cats bring me joy!ReplyCancel

  • Laury - December 6, 2016 - 8:49 am

    moments of joy of this morning—-your creativity & inspiration, tailwags and love from my furry muse Lucy, the snowflakes twinkling in the tree on this gray day, my fuzzy robe, slippers and hot coffee to sip while reading your post! big hugs & smiles headed your way…..ReplyCancel

  • Andrea H - December 6, 2016 - 8:22 am

    Some days joy is found in all the little things like the birds coming to my window feeder.ReplyCancel

  • Sherry Stringfellow - December 6, 2016 - 8:17 am

    Joy is having my family together for fun, food, fellowship, and laughter!ReplyCancel

  • Soni..(sunny) - December 6, 2016 - 7:59 am

    Joy is family! Listening to my grandkids play…family gatherings. And the peace and joy of creating at my studio table.ReplyCancel

  • Ellen Williams - December 6, 2016 - 7:45 am

    What brings me joy – so many things! A walk in the woods, friendship, music, my family, poetry and art.ReplyCancel

  • Dianne Tant - December 6, 2016 - 7:29 am

    Painting and 12 grandchildren bring me JOYReplyCancel

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“For the Love of Color”



It seems reasonable.

We’ll start this just as soon as we have that.
Once we have that then we’ll wait for this so that we can do the other which will of course open the door to….to…the perfect whatever it is that we are ultimately wanting.
So we wait.

Until we get smarter.
‘Til we understand computers better.
‘Til our spouse comes round to our way of thinking.
‘Til our family gets it.
‘Til we feel more confident.

Waiting for this, that and the other.

We want, in effect, to get it right.

To have the perfect solution in sight before we begin. The perfect way to write a novel, the perfect subject matter to paint, the perfect website to represent us…and on and on it goes.


The dictionary (depending on who you consider has the perfect definition for perfect 😉  states it as this:
Being entirely without fault or defect.

We may not see ourselves as perfectionists, yet if we listen to our internal chatter, often we can be very critical on anything and everything surrounding our creative process—to the point of being paralyzed about starting at all!

Painfully, acutely aware of all the ways it doesn’t “measure up” in our efforting to write the perfect book, paint the perfect painting, or craft the perfect song.

Forget Webster’s!

What does Mother Nature have to say about such things?

Pearls, which we set such value on, come from a lack of perfection. An irritant lodged somewhere that it’s not supposed to be which causes the oyster to create a barrier over it resulting in a natural pearl. The “imperfect” Pearl of Lao Tzu is valued at 60 million dollars.

Mined diamonds usually have imperfections whereas a cubic zirconia is “flawless”. The “imperfect” Star of Africa diamond is valued at 400 million.

Kind of looks like Mother Nature doesn’t give a flying fig about our idea of “perfection”.

What if….what if….

Instead of waiting until everything is perfect maybe, just maybe…
starting now?


There are two mistakes one can make along the road to truth. Not going all the way, and not starting.
~ Siddhartha Gautama

With whatever it is that you have
Almost everything comes from almost nothing.
~ Henri Frederie Amiel

No more waiting to “get it right”

To banish imperfection is to destroy expression, to check exertion, to paralyze vitality.
~ John Ruskin

Art is never defect-free. Things that are remarkable never meet spec, because that would make them standardized, not worth talking about.
~ Seth Godin

What if….what if….

Instead of waiting until everything is perfect maybe, just maybe…
starting now?

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Don’t forget…I am giving away another Dream.Love.Paint limited edition, not for sale anywhere, apron. If you haven’t put your name in the hat you can do so below!

Enter here ⇓

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  • Linda Tagg - December 8, 2016 - 12:05 am


  • Jolene - November 30, 2016 - 1:32 am

    What a great reminder. Like other things in life, it’s about progress, not perfection. And we each can choose to move ahead toward a goal–that’s progress. And progress is a wiser choice than perfection. So I choose to aim for progress. How about you?ReplyCancel

  • Laury - November 29, 2016 - 9:41 pm

    awesome post and awesome apron—i’d love to win it! thanks for the opportunity—-maybe the new moon will be lucky for me:-)ReplyCancel

  • CAROLE GENTILE - November 29, 2016 - 3:46 pm

    SEND IT ON! GOT COOKIES TO MAKE. co xgReplyCancel

  • Fay Bohlayer - November 29, 2016 - 3:41 pm

    on “Perfection”; the Joy’s in the process, not the product!ReplyCancel

  • Linda Binford - November 29, 2016 - 12:35 pm

    I’m inspired by this lovely apron! Looking forward to your online class! <3ReplyCancel

  • Ann Rode - November 29, 2016 - 11:44 am

    This really hits home for me in so many areas!! Not just painting but getting new carpeting and the house painted etc. The list goes on and on!!!ReplyCancel

  • Teresa Hamby - November 29, 2016 - 11:37 am

    Are the aprons available for purchase? I must have one…they are the most beautiful I’ve ever seen!!❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️ReplyCancel

  • Patti Wilkinson - November 29, 2016 - 10:54 am

    Would be proud to have a beautiful colorful Dreama apron!ReplyCancel

  • Helen Burroughs - November 29, 2016 - 8:54 am

    Love your poemsReplyCancel

  • Andree C - November 29, 2016 - 8:18 am

    Ho! I would like to win this colorfull apron …Beautiful colorsReplyCancel

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“All Aglow”


There is a naiveness, a childlike joy that happens when we first try something creative.
We are simply happy with the process.
We enjoy the results and are eager to do it again.

Much later on that path though, we start to pick up the fears, perfections, patterns of the collective world around us.
We “grow up”.

We become fearful, stilted, stymied, and sadly— we are confirmed in our doubtful thinking. Given a nod by the world around us that this indeed is how it works.

Life is hard.
Few make it.
Dreams are for fools.
Don’t expect much.

Sometimes it feels as if the collective way of thinking and approaching your gift is to give you barely enough to keep you alive,
most definitely not enough to thrive
or experience JOY.

Is this really how our lives are intended to be?

Is this where collective thinking about what defines great art is intended to bring us?
So that you can see how miserably far from the mark you really are
and how unlikely you are to ever get there?




Remember why it was that you became an artist.



Embrace that story of who you are.

Return to the Source.

All the JOY, the smiles, the passion of when you first began to create emanated from somewhere within you.

Shove back the collective thinking of what great art is.

Allow room for your Source to breathe your gift.

Rest in the knowledge that you have been given exactly what you need
to be the artist that you were born to be.


Change the collective thought

live into

your individual greatness.

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I had so much fun giving away the first apron that I’m doing it again. Thanks to all who participated, and Laurance (our first apron winner) – your apron is on the way.
Get your name in the hat for the next limited edition, not for sale anywhere Dream.Love.Paint apron below!

Enter here ⇓

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The Next Dream.Love.Paint ONLINE PAINTING ADVENTURE continues....in FRANCE!!P.S. In case you haven’t heard — the Dream.Love.Paint adventure continues — in France! Get the scoop and sign-up to win a spot in the course — Click Here!

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  • Lori Smith - November 28, 2016 - 10:28 am

    Would love a chance to receive you beautiful apron!

    Also interested in painting Christmas cards. Do you teach it?

    Thank You

    Lori SmithReplyCancel

  • Ann P Price - November 24, 2016 - 2:50 pm

    Hoping to win the apron!ReplyCancel

  • Aurelia - November 22, 2016 - 11:31 pm

    Your paintings are so inspired and beautiful. It reflects joy and happiness! I would love to win this beautiful painting, but sure will not wear it when I paint otherwise it will gets dirty! I think I will rather frame it!! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Barbara Somerville - November 22, 2016 - 3:12 pm

    If I win the apron I would only wear it when guest come and I am cooking a feast! I wouldn’t want to get oil paint on it!ReplyCancel

  • Jan - November 22, 2016 - 1:53 pm

    I lov Your color I lov u and your spirit that makes me feel that I can do it. Your apron is a reminder of both.ReplyCancel

  • Jan - November 22, 2016 - 1:49 pm

    I have looked at my work when I started and see how free and confident I felt. Now rules and knowledge have changed that. Thank u dreama. I do still have the passion.ReplyCancel

  • Sandy Graham - November 22, 2016 - 1:33 pm

    Love your cheery colors in your paintings—-and I would love to have one of your aprons!ReplyCancel

  • Dana Wood - November 22, 2016 - 11:31 am

    The perfect companion for creating masterpieces! :).ReplyCancel

  • clover - November 22, 2016 - 11:09 am

    Want an apron!ReplyCancel

  • Colleen Gilgenbach - November 22, 2016 - 10:33 am

    I’d love an apron. I love the color in your paintingsReplyCancel

  • Linda Levine - November 22, 2016 - 8:56 am

    What good thoughts on an overcast morning…yes, we do have those occasionally in Tucson. Get up! Get going! Get back to your easel!
    Thank you Dreama. You will never know how many people you REALLY touch with your words of encouragement.ReplyCancel

  • Andree C - November 22, 2016 - 8:07 am

    What a blooming beautiful apron that I would like to winThanks Dreama!ReplyCancel

  • lisa grinter - November 22, 2016 - 7:42 am

    want to learn more about your technique and palette.ReplyCancel

  • Jenny Hare - November 22, 2016 - 7:28 am

    Yes, yes, yes – whenever I get stuck I try to remember to get going again and paint (or write) purely for joy and the colours – and then no matter how it turns out it’s always fun and feel-good. Dreama – you’ve reminded me this dull, cold morning in Wales to ‘wrap myself in colour’! Thank you – you’re a true star!ReplyCancel

  • Phyllis Elliott - November 22, 2016 - 7:17 am

    So beautifulReplyCancel