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“French Blue Welcome”
9 x 12in oil on museum quality panel

Feeling a bit spent?  Maybe put off when it comes to walking away from your creative stuff for a break?
It happens.
I know the feeling and have some thoughts on this that might just be what you need to hear 😉
For starters, with a ‘regular job’, it’s usually clearly defined how much time a year one has to unplug.
It’s simple. 2 weeks, 4 weeks, 2 months—whatever it is, there are definite parameters to plan one’s time away.
This will not be news to you. There is though a hidden something that comes with time off from a ‘regular job’.  Something that escapes most of us doing creative work on our own time.
It is this…Vacation/time off equals guilt free time away from our work.  Someone else has mandated the what, where, when…the ‘how long’ of it!
It is absent of fear of loss (if I’m not working will I be replaced, forgotten? Will I lose my creative mojo? Am I losing my creative mojo??)
For artists, writers, anyone doing creative work at any time, there is a fear that lurks below the surface of time off, time away…that great beyond of non-creative time.
We fear what it means, what it might be leading too, where it might end.
We concern over coming to a complete stop…we are wary that we may never arise again.
Taking a break makes us uncomfortable in our own skin.  Even though we may be drowning in a sea of non-inspiration, just stopping seems like the worst thing to do!
Logically we understand that creativity needs to be fed. It can’t endlessly produce without having space to replenish. This is somehow relatable in the ‘real job’ world, but seems all wrong when it comes to our creativity.
Sometimes it’s hard to discern between a challenge and a need for down time.  Sometimes we are avoiding our work out of fear of failure (which is another topic for another day) but sometimes we have overlooked the fact that we need FED!  


We need deep breaths and no agendas and time to absorb and ponder what ifs.
We need space.
Empty space.
We need to not do for awhile so that when we DO show up we are thinking clear.  


It is at this point that I find my inner self stirring itself with a knowing. An understanding that there is a defined road for our lives. A new one, built in every moment, just for you, just for me.
It takes a bit (or a lot) of faith to believe and trust in this part.
That we are hardwired to stop and BE.  
To do some stuff that has nothing to do with ‘being creative’.  Maybe even the chop wood/carry water variety of stuff.
How much time do we allow ourselves to step away from our ‘job’? Who decides what is enough?
In our innermost being the truth rings out to us from every corner, every turn in the path but it seems at odds with what we have come to believe about how this life works.


We were made to walk, to rest, to take time away.
There is replenishment and inspiration in the non-doing.


If you’re feeling like you need time away from your creative work, it’s okay to give in.  In the letting go is where we are restored.


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I think we can all take a tip from my painting, ‘kicking back’ and  resting itself on the back porch of the Dream.Love.Paint cottage 🙂















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  • susan drawbaugh - July 17, 2017 - 12:53 pm

    Your writing, Time Away, very much tapped into my creative life! I’d been working long focused hours on an illustrated product line- and finished it only to feel pressure from the outside to start on another one for my holiday launch! When I went to my computer to start my research, and pictured myself at my drawing board I realized there was zero in my right side brain! I mean NOTHING!! Almost like I’d lost all talent! I walked away and concluded that I had BURNOUT. A new experience for me. So got into bed with a soothing cup of tea and left all creative thoughts behind. Two weeks later I felt the creative ping back in my system – good as new!ReplyCancel

  • Robin Wellner - July 17, 2017 - 10:46 am

    Boy did I need to read this!! I just finished preparing for a solo show recently and I truly reached burnout. Can’t hardly look at my paints right now! And it’s scary!! What is I’m never interested in painting again?!? It’s such a part of my life right now. I’ve always bragged about how I love it so much I would do it no matter what!!! It doesn’t feel like that right now. Hopefully a break will give me what I need to get back. But I’m worried…ReplyCancel

  • Susan - July 15, 2017 - 8:28 am

    I will sometimes knit or bake (something creative) during my easel break. However, lately I am making excuses not to paint out of my frustration and expectations at the easel. People tell me I’m a good painter but I’m not as good as I’d like to be and I’m struggling to get over this hump! Can anybody relate and tell me how you work through this dilemma?ReplyCancel

    • Anne Conover - July 15, 2017 - 10:01 am

      I think we all feel we are not as good as we want to be. I think we have to look at as a journey and that we learn something new with every painting we complete. My mentor always reminds me that ” even Rembrandt would have gotten better if he had lived longer!”ReplyCancel

  • Carol - July 15, 2017 - 7:08 am

    Thank you Dreama! Almost heaven as I read and my soul is inspired. Let go and trust! Happy Tails to all who dive in or not;)ReplyCancel

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I have a penchant for journals, I can’t deny it 🙂
Particularly those filled with handmade paper and bound in ‘soft as butter’ leather.
It may be because reading has always been a love of mine and I dream of what can find voice in these empty ‘books’. They are THE book that has yet to be written. Holding more possibility, adventure and mystery than the books that now exist!
I have often wondered why we buy beautiful journals but often end up never using them (tell the truth, you know you have a ‘good’ one stuck back, saving it for…what?!). Why that when it comes time to write, we opt for a ninety-nine cent notebook.
What’s up with that??
Could it be that we aren’t sure if our thoughts are worthy of being captured in a thing so lovely? That our thoughts, our ways of being in the world, are neither profound nor remarkable?
I suspect that the reason we do allow ourselves to get a magnificent little journal from time to time is this…we are hopeful that one day we’ll have some rich, page worthy thoughts.
But..and this is a big but…we decide that until that time arrives we will not fill it with our mundane, ordinary, run of the mill life.
Never realizing that

Beautiful truths and wisdoms are within the folds of our regular days.
Hiding in plain sight, in ordinary-run-of-the-mill moments.

The secret is the allowing of your natural self, your nature—to be expressed as it is. What and who we are is to be honored by us at every turn of the path.
Every twisting and turning are intricate parts that complete this beautiful life mystery.
This truth is evident for all forms of creativity.

Don’t ‘save’ the dress, the canvas, the vintage dinnerware or the handmade journal.

Use them each day to fully express that day of living.

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Profoundness, truth and beauty come through living our ordinary lives. 

Which closer inspection reveals are anything but ordinary 🙂

Buy the journal.
Then use it.
Write (and paint) your life.


“Normal day, Let me be aware of the treasure you are.
Let me learn from you, love you, bless you before you depart.
Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow.
Let me hold you while I may.”

~Mary Jean Irion


And now a big thank you is in order!

What a super response we had to series of questions to get to know you better.  You all are amazing!
I so appreciate all the response we received on your likes​, wishes and interests. It will be super helpful as I move forward with all I’m​ ​planning for you 😉
​As promised, we drew a name from all those responses and we have a winner for the $200 Blick Art Supplies Gift Certificate​!

Barbara B​—get ready to do some art supply shopping –You are the winner!

​(​Barbara – we will be sending you the gift certificate via email shortly.​)​
Thank you again to​ ​​each of you who participated – Merci beaucoup and grazie mille!
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  • Kim Pagano - July 10, 2017 - 11:18 am

    Yes! I do the same thing. Heaven forbid that I should make an ugly drawing or say something someone would think was stupid. I also tend to be negative. How do you keep it positive. I read your stuff Dreama and think, “why don’t I think like that?”ReplyCancel

  • Nancy Robinson - July 9, 2017 - 8:32 am

    Dreama your journal is beautiful . What a beautiful way to “stand still withbeauty” .ReplyCancel

  • Nancy G - July 8, 2017 - 7:45 am

    Love your watercolor journal pages! I wish you would do a course in painting with watercolor! I’m not able to do oils although I love what they look like. I signed up for your first course and tried doing them in watercolor… they did not work out but I still enjoyed the course. Love your style and share similar life philosophy. Spent three weeks in France last year and loved every minute of it, sketched while I was in Monet’s garden so that I could paint it later.

    Thank you for sharing your talent with travels. I look forward to more!ReplyCancel

  • Brinda - July 8, 2017 - 6:28 am

    My day started with the thoughts ….Every small step in the right direction makes a big difference…Really glad to read your blog dreama …ReplyCancel

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“Love in All the Right Spaces”
9 x 12in oil on museum quality panel/ SOLD



Stillness and Creativity:
You Need the One to Get to the Other


“Creativity flourishes in solitude.
With quiet, you can hear your thoughts, you can reach deep within yourself, you can focus.”
~Leo Babauta

It is only in the moments we attempt to still the mind that one becomes aware of the frantic pace with which it is moving. Repetitive thinking, worries, and to do lists expanding. Taking up every square inch of real estate in the head, 24/7, 365 days of the year.
It actually becomes quite the arduous task to “drop” the busy and enter into stillness. Bringing the mind to a place of stillness seems to verge on the impossible and yet we know…

Stillness and creativity are partners in our creative process.
The one definitely leading to the other.

Problem is, there’s this crazy little thing called time…
and we tell ourselves that with all the stuff we HAVE to do, there simply isn’t time.

No time to do that “get quiet” and “be still” stuff. Which of course is perhaps THE biggest lie we tell ourselves in the course of our art lives. And you KNOW we tell ourselves many. Those lies of no talent, too old, too young, no education, wrong education, too rich, too poor, no support, too much pressure to perform.
We say it loud and long. Long enough until the habit of living life devoid of time spent in stillness seems normal, in a really not fun way.
We live in this place of busy mind, no stillness, and our North star starts to dim. Everything seems demanding and important. The more lost we become, the louder the drum of beat of no time, no time, can seem!

Hear me now—the “not enough time part” is a lie!

Here’s what really takes precious time that you don’t have:

  • stressing to meet deadlines only to realize later, it didn’t really matter
  • delaying making choices because of indecision, not knowing
  • running in circles
  • wondering about your self-worth
  • feeling creatively blocked

Making/taking time for stillness, even 10 minutes a day, tends to:

  • clear the thinking mind
  • set our priorities in order
  • open doors of creativity and peace

In stillness, we find ourselves beginning to listen.
And as Eckart Tolle so eloquently put it, stillness speaks.

It speaks of truth. It speaks of things the chaotic mind has no awareness of. Out of that stillness comes your clarity, your knowing, and your inspiration.

Clarity which beams the light of wisdom onto what our life is about.
The knowing of which road to take, what truly needs us and what truly will never matter.
And ahh…that breath of inspiration! For those of us so desirous of plunging into deep waters of creation, it becomes  a surety that this is our calling.  The words to write, the thing to paint, the song to sing.

Stillness and your creativity are fellow sojourners. Introduce them to each other once again and take delight in what appears!

“Let stillness direct your words and actions.” ~ Eckart Tolle

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  • Cynthia A Rutherford - June 29, 2017 - 2:44 am

    Timely =)ReplyCancel

  • Gloria - June 27, 2017 - 11:27 am

    Stillness is crucial to me. This is the first summer I refuse to have something on my calendar each day. I have learned to say “no” to many requests that sabotage any possibility of silence. That is no longer acceptable. For the first time I feel alive.ReplyCancel

  • Cindy Stierhoff - June 27, 2017 - 9:52 am

    Your words hit home to me this morning, Dreama…thanx for the precise, clear thoughts on how important stillness is…I loose track of it more than I care to admit. Your a blessing in our lives, for sure.ReplyCancel

  • Wendy Trommer - June 27, 2017 - 8:01 am

    This really spoke to me. Many years ago I made one of a kind art dolls and fiber chess sets. Unfortunately, circumstances made getting a job necessary. Shortly after getting back into the corporate world, my ability to focus on creating the dolls and chess sets went out the window. I could quilt, knit and do any number of other “creative” endeavors, but the truly creative part of me disappeared under the weight of “no time”. Perhaps it’s now time to take the time to be still, slow down and breathe. Thank you for the timely reminder.ReplyCancel

  • Peggy - June 27, 2017 - 7:47 am

    I put my painting on hold for 2 years because of other things. I have just begun the journey back. This is what I needed to hear. Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Diane Klock - June 27, 2017 - 6:49 am

    In God’s perfect timing , this is exactly what I needed to read this morning . Thank you so much for sharing .ReplyCancel

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“A Room with a View”
12 x 12inoil on museum quality panel


Status quo anyone?
I confess, I have lots of questions. I even surprise myself sometimes by my questioning of the status quo. There lies within a higher self that challenges me (the me who wants to belong and fit in).

You know that higher voice—the “mother hen” in your head that asks you if everyone is diving off the cliff does that mean you’re going to do it too?!?

Not wishing to stand out (being different can be both wonderful and horrifying at the same time!) one tries to do the status quo thing.  And yet there lies within a true North that pulls so strong it will not allow for doing what has been done before!  To take the safer, known route.

Creative folks get this.  And let’s face it—we are all, to a person, creative.  
This higher self is what creates the unrest. It’s like having an internal compass that won’t allow for getting too comfortable.

On some level we know dissatisfaction is a beautiful thing. We stretch and reach, toss and turn. In our search from this unnameable thing within that simply will not let us rest, not let us call it a day and go home.

I’m guessing a good portion of this stems from our awareness. An innate knowledge of the incredulous gift arriving on the breath of each new day. That awareness carries within it responsibility. If we have this gift, how can we become complacent, settle for this will do, a folding of the hands and withdrawal from doing?

And by this ‘gift’, I’m not only referring to your creative gifts, but the the larger gift from which it arises.  Your very life.  The knowing that the days matter, even when they don’t appear to.

That chance encounters, words penned, inspirations dropping down are all significant.
Even when we can’t see it from where we are standing.
It’s a tremendous gift this life we have.
What will we do with it?
Sort of pulls the plug on status quo 😉
Yeah, I knew you would get this.
If you are here, if you’re eyes are falling upon these words, incline your ear to the whispers in your heart. Uncomfortable? Dissatisfied? Sure signs your inner fires are burning bright.  Your path is opening upward to something beautiful and amazing…just like you!  


Realize that the dissatisfaction is there for a great reason.
Without it nothing magical would ever be accomplished.


P.S.  I once knew a lady who was closing her art gallery because she had become dissatisfied with the retail side of it. She was wanting to spend more time traveling to places like Europe.  The gallery was one she had owned for 6 years and I had stopped by to see about getting my work shown there.  She apologized but said she was ready to move on and do something else.

P.S.S.  I should let you know she was 94.  Georgianna had opened the gallery at the young age of 86 🙂  Pretty sure she wasn’t into status quo thinking.


Note:  We’ve been having fun reading all the great responses to our ‘getting to know you’ campaign–if you missed it, you have until June 25 to get in on the fun (and get your name in the hat for the $200 Gift Certificate for Blick Art Supplies..I know you need more art stuff!)

I’d love to know more about you—your tastes, loves, your interests!  

The Dream Team has put together an organized way of doing just that…


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I’d love to know what you think!
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Thank you so much!


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  • Karen Meredith - June 21, 2017 - 5:43 pm

    I’m reading “Dark Nights of the Soul: A Guide to Finding Your Way Through Life’s Ordeals” by Thomas Moore and wanted to share this quote with you.

    “Start with some ordinary creative work and then discover what it feels like to be a creative person. The idea is not to make you a star, but to give your work the shine and sparkle that are the signs of divinity.”ReplyCancel

  • Virginia - June 21, 2017 - 12:51 pm

    I’ve thought and thought about learning to paint but that’s as far as I’ve ever gotten. And then Dreama tells the story of Georgianna who at 86 opened her art gallery and now at the ripe old age of 94 wants to sell it and move on and do other things. This is so inspiring to me because at age 66 and a run of bad health, I was beginning to think I was too old to venture into anything new at my age. Well, guess what???? I’m rethinking that mindset beginning today. If Georgianna can do it at 86 and again at 94, why not me at 66? Thank you for this great message of inspiration.ReplyCancel

  • Judith madsen - June 20, 2017 - 11:08 pm

    I love reading your spirit words for life Dreama. I have been feeling very very flat. So reading others responses has helped me know I’m not alone in “is this all there is?”
    Isn’t that gallery owner inspirational. Thank you for sharing. With joy. Cheers.ReplyCancel

  • Beth Nelson - June 20, 2017 - 6:59 pm

    Dreama, I have newly learned of you and the beautiful art you share. I absolutely love your style. The words you pen are wonderfully inspiring, thank you.
    With this writing I am not only inspired, but relish in the joy of hearing someone say dissatisfaction has a plus side. I’ve been questioned many times about not being satisfied. It seems folks relate it to unhappiness; not so at various parts of life in my opinion. Thank you for sharing your insights.ReplyCancel

    • Donna Foste - June 21, 2017 - 7:32 pm

      Wow, Beth! I totally relate to what you said here. I have a very melancholic temperament and that is often mistaken for unhappiness. It’s not a BAD thing to hope for, or strive for something more or better, is it? I expect a lot out of the world and a lot out of myself, so that means plenty of restless periods.ReplyCancel

  • Robin - June 20, 2017 - 11:05 am

    Gosh, these words really moved me today. I smiled as I read them. Your words affirm that I am not alone on my journey and how we are more alike than we are different. Love the story of the 95 year old gal and her gallery adventure… Giving me hope and certainty that more magic awaits, and it’s not about age. Love reading your offerings. Mahalo, Dreama, you made my day.ReplyCancel