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"Cartolina #7"

“Cartolina #7”
Farmacia in Certaldo

Bicycles abound in Italy—I decided I needed to get some exercise in—thank goodness for spandex;))  

Can you spot me in the crowd??

No??  Well, maybe you just need to look a little harder–could be your eyes are getting weak from gelatoitis….jus’ sayin’;)) 

As you know, antiquities

And trattorias 

Abound  in Italy–so much to paint!

Thank goodness my missing paintbrush finally turned up…

Walk softly and carry a big brush…you never know what you’ll come upon that needs painting:)!

It has been a bit warm, so I figured you needed to cool down with one of the local drinks….

and some tiramisu…
Well, it’s not my fault.  I tried to share with you, but doggone it, you just eat too slow!!

 I am curious.  Have you ever run into the BSS guy??

He’s everywhere.  He poses  somewhere right in sight of the camera shot you are wanting, usually doesn’t move and is ALWAYS wearing a Bold Striped Shirt.

Jus’ wonderin’.

I mean, there is a real art to wearing a shirt that can actually make you look at it instead of the world famous Ponte Vecchio in Florence;))

Well, I am toying with the idea of drawing for the 3 remaining cartolinas from the response on this very blog post.  I mean, with Eddie running amuck here in Italy,  I am left to do it myself.  So it may be one grand finale post with 3 names announced.  I haven’t decided for sure yet.  Sorry to be ambivalent, but I am not thinking too clearly these days, what with all the gelato, coffee, pastas and Eddies in my life.

So stay tuned and make sure to leave a comment on this blog post (click here) or email me (click here) to get your name in the hat:)))

And oh yeah—the winner for Cartolina #7 is…

Ruth Ann Sturgill!! 

Yippee Ruth Ann!!!  Send your address to me so I can pop it in the mail:))
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  • Patty Schwarz - September 14, 2012 - 10:02 pm

    Hi Dreama,
    I would love for your to drop my name into the ole cappella for one of your last cartolinas. I’ve loved every twist and turn of your journey and it brought back wonderful memories of our many visits to Tuscany.
    Best wishes,
    Patty SchwarzReplyCancel

  • Patty Schwarz - September 14, 2012 - 9:59 pm

    Hi Dreama, I’d love for you to drop my name into the Ole cappella for one of the last three cartolina’s. I’ve enjoyed every twist and turn of your trip. It brought back a lot of good memories.
    Patty SchwarzReplyCancel

  • Lal Abraham - September 14, 2012 - 6:15 pm

    Love the image!!!ReplyCancel

  • Debi Murray - September 14, 2012 - 3:06 am

    Have loved the trip, Dreama – thanks for sharing with us!

  • Carol Kershner Pighin - September 13, 2012 - 9:16 pm

    Thanks for letting us travel along by viewing your blog.

  • Paulette Braucher-Watton - September 13, 2012 - 8:08 pm

    Thanks for impromptu trip to Italy. I have enjoyed your cartolinas and your comments.ReplyCancel

  • Sheila Tansey - September 13, 2012 - 8:04 pm

    Love the big brush…heck all the photos are great! AND I get to finally meet you next week! Thanks for the lovely blog posts. Italy is on my list of places to visit!

  • Anonymous - September 13, 2012 - 11:06 am

    Love reading about your adventures!! Thanks for taking us to Italy :). I would really LOVE to win a postcard so please put my name in the hat as many times as you wish.
    Wendy SloneReplyCancel

  • Teri Towse - September 13, 2012 - 11:02 am

    Hello Dreama,
    I will miss seeing you in class but Tuchy will more than make up for it. She is soooooo much fun. Thank you for all your inspiration, guidance, and example of how to do it. I love the book you wrote and I treasure our time together. I now have my own website, business cards, and Bleu Tent… I can’t thank you enough.

  • Rose Baggs - September 13, 2012 - 10:46 am

    Beautiful Postcard!! I would love to be the winner! Have fun in Italy Dreama!ReplyCancel

  • Clydetta - September 13, 2012 - 10:42 am

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  • Clydetta - September 13, 2012 - 10:41 am

    You have a life that most can only dream of through your art..you do a wonderful job in taking me to places I will never see..this one is truly one of my favorites & hope you will make it in a bigger size so one day maybe I will once again own a Dreama Painting..LOL..I love watercolors too:) I know without saying..you are having a great time:)ReplyCancel

  • Nancy Laliberte - September 13, 2012 - 10:40 am

    This whole series has been wonderfully beautiful! Thank you, Dreama!ReplyCancel

  • Clydetta - September 13, 2012 - 10:39 am

    This is just one of my favorites!! Are you doing bigger size in this? OH MY WORLD..how I love it. You are one amazing lady!!ReplyCancel

  • Crystal Cook - September 13, 2012 - 10:24 am

    Hi Dreama,

    I just wanted you to know how much I have enjoyed your posts about your trip. I have never been out of the US so it feels like my own little mini vacation seeing and experiencing it with you. And of course I’m crossing all my fingers in the hope that my name will be pulled out of the hat for a post card!ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth - September 13, 2012 - 9:10 am

    Hi Tolle Perry!;)

    Your “Cartolina #7” is a beautiful postcard inspired by Italy and I love it! <3

    Love it!

  • Elizabeth - September 13, 2012 - 9:09 am

    Hi Tolle Perry!;)

    Your “Cartolina #7” is a beautiful postcard inspired by Italy and I love it! <3

    Love it!

  • Carrie'sCreations - September 13, 2012 - 9:07 am

    Okat you have 3 chances you can do it. You can pull my name out of that hat. I mean all my Eddie bribibg attempts have failed me since he’s run amuck. And I’ve heard from a trusted source he’s not even traveling with his passport. So all my efforts are going towards you Dreama. Just kerp thinking Carrie, Carrie, Carrie.ReplyCancel

  • Chris Brandley - September 13, 2012 - 8:54 am

    Hoping for a postcard! You inspire me!ReplyCancel

  • Linda Stratton - September 13, 2012 - 8:37 am

    Gorgeous little painting! You have found the perfect painting supply store! ‘Tagging’ along on your trip to Italian has been a real treat. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Cathy Hart - September 13, 2012 - 8:30 am

    Hi Dreama! Thank you for sharing the highlights of your trip with us! Have a safe trip home. I’m looking forward to meeting you in Lexington in Nov! I would love to win one of the remaining postcards! Thanks! Cathy HartReplyCancel

  • Margaret - September 13, 2012 - 8:30 am

    Love your work! Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Margaret - September 13, 2012 - 8:29 am

    Love your work!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - September 13, 2012 - 8:21 am

    I love bicycles. And I love Dreama. Thanks for the joy you bring me. Phyllis ElliottReplyCancel

  • A Time For Art - September 13, 2012 - 8:12 am

    I would like a watercolor lesson when I take your workshop next so I can paint these little gems in faraway places and send them to you

  • Sally Doerner - September 13, 2012 - 8:09 am

    So glad you are having such a wonderful time in Italy! (But then, also not surprised.:) And thanks for sharing it all so beautifully – it’s great to get to live vicariously. Hope Eddie is behaving himself in your absence.
    Have a wonderful rest of your stay!ReplyCancel

  • Donna Abbott - September 13, 2012 - 7:59 am

    Can’t wait to plan MY trip to Italy.
    I have enjoyed your photos and postcards!ReplyCancel

  • rockingchair_antiques - September 13, 2012 - 7:38 am

    Enjoyed seeing Italy through your eyes,and I love the big paint brush.Hoping my name is in the hat for the postcard!ReplyCancel

  • Tania Bogenschneider - September 13, 2012 - 7:17 am

    Gorgeous postcards, Dreama! Please send one my way! It will complement my home nicely in a frame!ReplyCancel

  • Susan Parker - September 13, 2012 - 7:11 am

    Would love to win a postcard!!ReplyCancel

  • Susan Parker - September 13, 2012 - 7:10 am

    Would love to win a postcard!!!ReplyCancel

  • Kathryn Fisher - September 13, 2012 - 6:37 am

    Hope my name name name is in the hat hat hat and gets pulled out for one of the three! Thank you for sharing all of the wonderful cartolinas, photos and stories from your trip. You give so much joy to so many. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Laurie G. Miller - September 13, 2012 - 6:11 am

    After all that gelato, will you need a seat belt extender for the flight home?!?!?! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • MDS - September 13, 2012 - 5:46 am

    What a wonderful trip it’s been…
    Now hurry home and I’ll meet you on Pasedena!
    Bon voyage!ReplyCancel

  • Kathy Cousart - September 13, 2012 - 5:45 am

    You have been so generous to share with us and take those of us who can’t be there at this time in our lives and it is much appreciated! Can’t wait to see the final trifecta of cartolinas! Wonderful idea to do all three and then give yourself the gift of a few days of peace!

  • Claudia Finn - September 13, 2012 - 5:34 am

    Tres adorableReplyCancel

  • Laura Baughman - September 12, 2012 - 11:58 pm

    not that you asked for a vote… but i think you should go ahead, draw 3 names, and kind of forget about us for a few days. you’ve worked hard and been extremely generous. turn off the computer, dreama! we’ll miss you, but we’ll be here when you get back. enjoy italy and thanks again.ReplyCancel

  • Pamela Nichols - September 12, 2012 - 11:15 pm

    Dreama, just send us all copies of your photo with the giant paintbrush! Priceless!ReplyCancel

  • Roseanne Campagna - September 12, 2012 - 7:19 pm

    Tee Hee!! I know you are having too much fun for one person, so thank you for sharing another wonderful day of adventure in Italy!

  • Susan in Texas - September 12, 2012 - 2:54 pm

    Ahh, love the bicycle. And ahhh, Florence. Again I want to say how much I enjoy your sharing this trip. Maybe a watercolor workshop in Tuscany soon? Ahhh, again.ReplyCancel

  • amy donahue - September 12, 2012 - 1:39 pm

    that’s what my tiramisu usually looks like too. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Tessera - September 12, 2012 - 1:37 pm

    I have so enjoyed taking a trip to Italy again through your eyes! Is the paint brush going to be one of your carry-ons??ReplyCancel

  • Sea Dean - September 12, 2012 - 12:10 pm

    I suppose the link doesn’t work so you can see who’s really serious about getting a post card. Well I found a way around it. After all that huffing and puffing to find another way I need that drink. Don’t be surprised if I empty it.ReplyCancel

  • Fay Terry - September 12, 2012 - 12:02 pm

    Thanks for all you’ve done, your photos, paintings, writing, and Cartolinas have been such a joy!ReplyCancel

  • Cathy Hart - September 12, 2012 - 12:02 pm

    Hi Dreama! Looks like you’re really enjoying your trip. The dessert looks yummy! I hope i win a postcard! Cathy HartReplyCancel

  • Valerie McMullen - September 12, 2012 - 11:50 am

    Love your pictures and posts! The paintbrush is perfect! That would make an nice studio accessory!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - September 12, 2012 - 10:28 am

    I want to win a super special postcard. Wishing I was in Italy ! Carol HickersonReplyCancel

  • Art World - September 12, 2012 - 10:22 am

    Love your cartolinas, love your postings, love your blog and love the trip we are on 🙂

    Here’s my name…please drop it into the good ole cappela.


  • Tracy Verdugo - September 12, 2012 - 10:11 am

    What a delight you are Dreama!…I really look forward to your posts…you are inspiring me to keep creating the life of my dreams whilst living your own!ReplyCancel

  • Pamela Nichols - September 12, 2012 - 9:22 am

    You should have worn your BIG STRIPED SHIRT for the bikers’ picture!

    ~Pam in Pensacola, FLReplyCancel

  • Pamela Nichols - September 12, 2012 - 9:20 am

    You’re gonna have to paint a really BIG CAT with that paintbrush!ReplyCancel

  • June - September 12, 2012 - 9:10 am

    I think I can see you in that photo, yes…but surely you’re cycling for enjoyment and pleasure, and not for any need whatsoever for excerise (I don’t know how you do it, but even with all those pizzas and gelatos and of course, the tiramusu and gorgeous wine and other libations – you don’t look like there’s any need to go to the Fattatoria!).

    I’ve loved all your cartolinas – each and every one of them – in France as well as here now in Italy – is so beautiful. But I think I love this one a bit more than the rest of them, as I am instantly ‘drawn’ (sorry…pun irresistible) to scenes with shops or cafes, like this one. I love the colours in this one especially. Hopefully Eddie will draw my name out of the cap this time ’round).

    I’ve been loving these day trips all around this part of Italy with you, Dreama. Thanks so much for taking us along, and enjoy your remaining days there.ReplyCancel

  • Hoda Nicholas - September 12, 2012 - 8:25 am

    Definitely a wonderful trip and I’m enjoying it with you… Thanks Dreama….ReplyCancel

  • Suzy Pal Powell - September 12, 2012 - 7:52 am

    i absolutely love your bike ptg! i LOVE bikes anyway..and this is just so charming!
    and the brush! hahha..are you bringing that home on the plane?
    i enjoy your blog posts.ReplyCancel

  • Deb LaRocque - September 12, 2012 - 7:44 am

    Does it ever rain there or is it beautiful sunshine everyday?ReplyCancel

  • Rhonda and Jeremy - September 12, 2012 - 7:34 am

    Feel sure that Eddie is sabotaging my posts or else I would have won a card by now. (He knows I connected you with Pierre). Very soon I will get Pierre in on the clawings and drawings and I will then have an “in”.ReplyCancel

    • Anonymous - September 13, 2012 - 11:08 am

      Wait!!!! You’re family!!! You can’t enter the drawing! Lol 🙂

      Wendy SloneReplyCancel

  • Judy Baker - September 12, 2012 - 7:06 am

    So loving the trip through Italy! Your postcards are delightful! Thanks for all you do, the time you spend, to include us in your journey. Love it all!!!ReplyCancel

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  • Anonymous - September 12, 2012 - 7:02 am

    Congrats to Ruth! Lets do this! Please enter me again. My cats all have their toes crossed!! Than you! This is so much fun!! 🙂 Monica AvilaReplyCancel

  • Cath- - September 12, 2012 - 6:40 am

    Thank you Dreama for taking us along with you on your wonderful trips!! France AND Italy, what beautiful countries!! It is a joy to wake up find a blog post from you in my inbox – your humour and ‘joie de vivre’ or should I say, ‘gioia di vivere” is the perfect way to begin a day! May God continue to bless you in your travels!!ReplyCancel

  • LindaHunt - September 12, 2012 - 6:21 am

    Love,love your posts from Italy! Amazing that ‘Eddie’ showed up with adventures of his own, I am sure. It’s about tht brush…my gosh..is it real? Please enter my name for one of the delightful postcards.
    Linda HuntReplyCancel

  • Kathy Cousart - September 12, 2012 - 5:29 am

    Favorite photo is that landscapey one…so beautiful!! What a feast for the eyes! And dang it…I bought more Gelato….just not quite the same here in Georgia though. :):)ReplyCancel

  • Kathy Cousart - September 12, 2012 - 5:27 am

    Oh…And Love the photo of you with the big Brush!!ReplyCancel

  • Kathy Cousart - September 12, 2012 - 5:27 am

    Truly love this one! That bike is pure charm! You are so generous to share your visit and your art with us! Thanks Dreama!ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth McCrindle - September 12, 2012 - 2:08 am

    Be bold, think big, use big brushes and boy is that a big brush lolReplyCancel

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