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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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  • 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

Create like there is no tomorrow.
Live to your heart’s highest expectations.

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  • Nadia Louderback Fine Art - June 21, 2015 - 10:37 am

    I am sharing this article and saving it to read over and over. Aside from your beautiful art you have a gift for inspiring and communicating. Thank you Dreama and good luck with your new venture. Can’t wait to hear about it 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Joyce Corns - June 21, 2015 - 8:36 am

    Just yesterday I decided to do a painting for me. It was from a photo of a beautiful spot on a trip I made to England. Since it would not be sold I did it to simply please myself and the love for myself in it shows. Yes, I would create even if no one ever saw it. This is definitely a keeper to re-read when I find myself painting to please others. Thank you for this reminder Dreama.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Gibson - June 20, 2015 - 12:39 am

    LOVE this post, it’s a “keeper” for sure to refer back to when I lose my way. Thank you so much, I realize it’s an “old” one, but new to me and the timing is perfect!ReplyCancel

  • Silver Hamlin Geras - June 19, 2015 - 9:29 pm

    I would keep creating, my mind works constantly and I have to release it some how. I do what my heart wants and enjoys. An ex-friend once said to me, wow I didn’t think you would stick with that for long…I looked at her and said I am an artist and creative person I follow my heart. She looked at me not doing something anymore as a failure, quitter, I looked at it as NEXT what can I do now, I love working with my hands and pray I can till I am no more.ReplyCancel

  • Don Melissa Jander - June 19, 2015 - 5:35 pm

    Thank you, Dreama, I needed to hear this today. Thank you for for following your heart’s desire!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Yoder Strong - June 19, 2015 - 4:23 pm

    Perfectly stated! Well done.ReplyCancel

  • Ruth Roberts - June 19, 2015 - 1:58 pm

    Dreama, I am a jewelry artist at a little gallery just on the outskirts of Kansas City, MO. This question is one I have been deliberating over for the last week. I was told a week ago on Thursday I have only 4 – 5 months to live. What should I do with this time? I won’t be putting anything else in the gallery. But do I still want to make jewelry? To what end? Who for? Your post today clearly answered my question. I’m going to do it, because it brings me joy. I’m going to go to the big local nursery just to smell the fragrance of the flowers. I’m going to do all the things that fill my heart with bliss.

    I love your work, Dreama. Many times the color palette that you used became the inspiration for a piece of my work. Keep painting and writing and reposting. Your post today, changed my life.ReplyCancel

  • Susan Bennett Galassi - June 19, 2015 - 12:44 pm

    Thank you Dreama for writing this. I too often think about painting to satisfy others. I am that person who needs to let that go and paint for ME! That alone will help me to paint what I enjoy and finally be fulfilled. You are wise and beautiful in thought and I thank you for sharing that with us all.ReplyCancel

One cannot plan for what LOVE does.

It always results in a thing that is more perfect
and more soul satisfying than anything the mind can conceive.

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  • Linda Colgan - July 17, 2014 - 3:00 pm

    Derma , this journal page is wonderful, sure wish I could of watched you do this your watercolors are so lose and the colors are beautiful. Thank you so much, for the time you take on your journey to let use be in the joy of it all,

  • June - June 3, 2014 - 3:23 am

    Beautiful colours. Beautiful images. Beautiful thoughts. Beautiful words, all from a truly beautiful human being and spirit.

    You’ve inspired me to go out into my backyard this morning, with my Dreama journal in hand, and a cup of tea in the other, and sit quietly and take in all the joy, all the beauty and serenity all around me. The birds, the wind gently whistling through the trees, the beautiful flowers in all their glorious colours, and reflect on and bask in how much love and beauty is offered to us – all we need to do is truly see and truly listen, and then feel all those gifts of nature, and of life.

    Thank you for this, Dreama. As well as wishing and hoping to one day be a part of one of your workshops, one day I hope to nourish my heart, my soul and my spirit at Sabbath Song Farm. From all that you’ve shared with us about it, it looks and sounds like a slice of heavenly serenity.ReplyCancel

  • Nancy Martin Piros - June 2, 2014 - 11:40 pm

    Hi Dreama, I love the loose free form brush strokes . You just let the emotions flow simply beautiful!!!!! HUGS & ♥♥♥ MeReplyCancel

  • Cindy Rutherford - June 2, 2014 - 11:07 pm

    I not only love your art, but I love your heart <3 Ministry to my soul and spirit!ReplyCancel

  • jobi - June 2, 2014 - 5:47 pm

    Oh, your journal painting is so gorgeous! I love the curves and playfulness…and always your color!!! Excited for my trip to France with you! (Via my lounge chair by the pool!) I will WC journal along with you. Can’t wait to see the pics you send us this year! Thank you for taking all of us without summer vacation plans along with you. :0) xoxoReplyCancel

  • Susan Masten Drawbaugh - June 2, 2014 - 3:41 pm

    Beautiful and inspiring words. And so true! I wasn’t loving the illustrations I’ve been doing for years. The medium was way too time consuming, and my style was going on a different path. I decided to do some research and change up, and now I LOVE the work. “Loving” is absolutely the answer. And, of course, taking the time to smell the roses. Thank you Dreama.ReplyCancel

  • Clare Strohman - June 2, 2014 - 3:18 pm

    Hi Dreama!

    Thank you for the peaceful journal entry…..is that a bit of Twinkling H2O’s I’m seeing? I love adding Twinks to my regular watercolor sketches, they are just such happy colors.

    Speaking of happy:) I’m getting oh SO excited for the upcoming

    I’ll be wearing pink so you can find me, just in case I’m sleepwalking at that time!!ReplyCancel

  • Flynn Gentry-Taylor - June 2, 2014 - 12:41 pm

    So pretty, a nice treat this morning. What size sketchbook/journal do you use most? I see you have several on your list…thanks and have a great week Dreama..and Eddie of course!ReplyCancel

  • Tommie Stewart - June 2, 2014 - 12:35 pm

    how awesome to wake up and find your beautiful watercolors…started my day and week off with joy…gonna doodle a bit in my journal!!! thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Suzanne Dungan - June 2, 2014 - 12:20 pm

    Absolutely beautiful! What wonderful words and watercolor. Thank you for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Carol Hopper - June 2, 2014 - 11:10 am

    Your writing is a song of beauty in verse. The watercolor of Sabbath Farm in the journal is so perfect, it is breathtaking. BEAUTY LOVE JOY CARING ReplyCancel

1. If no one ever saw anything you created, would you still create?

2. Are you letting your heart have what it really, really wants?

Believe it or not, the answers for these two questions are very connected.

The first question was posed to me many years ago and at the time it was very disquieting to me. The exact question was, ‘If no one ever saw any painting you ever did…would you still paint?’ and although that person was confident of their own answer, I was silent on the matter.

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  • Gloria Callahan - April 22, 2014 - 8:49 am

    Dreama this comes at such an important time for me. The nature of my exacting color pencil paintings demands a preciousness as well as it in my style. But since I began teaching more and more I’m finding it not hard to inspire my students but harder to stay inspired to complete new work. Have you ever dealt with that? Teaching although I love it while doing it seems to zap my energies to fall in love the creating of my own work.
    With as busy as you are how do you nourish your soul to create at the same time?ReplyCancel

  • Rhonda Tolle-Beaman - April 18, 2014 - 4:44 pm

    Dreama, love this! Words to live by! Words to create by!ReplyCancel

  • Jean Bradbury - April 16, 2014 - 8:04 pm

    But what about art as a form of communication? If we make it just for ourselves and never show it we lose that very important aspect. Aren’t expressing the state of being human so that others can share the wonder of it all?ReplyCancel

  • Jean Bradbury - April 16, 2014 - 8:04 pm

    But what about art as a form of communication? If we make it just for ourselves and never show it we lose that very important aspect. Aren’t expressing the state of being human so that others can share the wonder of it all?ReplyCancel

  • Elaheh Ghods - April 16, 2014 - 6:12 pm

    I love so much beautiful great

  • Blake Honeycutt - April 16, 2014 - 12:25 pm

    Add my name to the list for a watercolor workshop! (In North Carolina if possible 🙂 There are many of us who would adore it!ReplyCancel

  • Renee - April 16, 2014 - 1:15 am

    You have asked two very important questions. I have recently decided to let go and have fun just for me, and not worry about the outcome and comments, but just enjoy the process! It feels so invigorating to release myself to create and to explore!

    Your words of wisdom and experience, continue to fill my mind with thought, and my heart with reflection. Thanks for writing from the heart and expressing yourself in your own style of your art!ReplyCancel

  • Mel Hicks - April 15, 2014 - 6:46 pm

    I have a REALLY big request. Would you please do a workshop dedicated to watercolors? This may be a little outside of your box, but it would also inspire many of us to do more quick studies of things we see in every day life. I am the Academy Director for the Eastern Shore Art Center in the lovely “artsie” community of Fairhope, AL. Would love to host this workshop for you. Visit esartcenter.com to take a peak at our wonderful Art Center. I look forward to hearing from you. ReplyCancel

  • jobi - April 15, 2014 - 4:11 pm

    Thank you for your wonderful insight, Dreama! It was easy to answer YES to the first question, so I guess it’s up to me to get busy creating from my heart. My hubs has been pondering what his passion will become when he retires soon, so I left your post on his desk this morning so he could benefit from it. He came out to my desk and said, Dreama can sure paint and WRITE! I know it will help him on his journey, too. We all truly benefit from your time and talent. You are much appreciated and loved! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Linda Levine - April 15, 2014 - 12:23 pm

    Every day I read lots of lovely platitudes…have a nice day, hang in there, follow your heart’s desire….and after awhile they don’t truly mean what they set out to accomplish. But I will keep this piece of yours, because it forces true EXAMINATION, and gets to the heart of the question…why do we paint? I will think about your words each day, and continue to paint with joy and in the moment. LindaReplyCancel

  • Kami - April 15, 2014 - 12:06 pm

    Hi, Dreama, but what if the toughest critique is the creator himself/herself:O/…ReplyCancel

  • Brenda - April 15, 2014 - 11:56 am

    I am a brand new subscriber, a self-taught, relatively new painter. I don’t yet consider myself an artist! I loved receiving your first email yesterday!! It hit me smack on top of my head! Last year we moved cross country. In the fall I took a class/workshop, hoping to connect to like-minded souls! Instead I got emotionally beat to death. I attended for six weeks – always working on the same painting. It wasn’t until my painting morphed into the instructors that she was remotely happy with my work. I didn’t attend the last two sessions. I felt worthless and completely without merit. Several months passed without me even entering my studio. My husband pointed out my sour mood to me. I started fiddling with paints again and my mood lifted. I realized that I paint FOR ME!! I don’t care if anyone else likes or approves (although good feedback does wonders for the ego). Your writing nearly made me weep. Thank you for putting yourself out there like you do! I loved it! I’m only sorry I hadn’t stumbled across it a long time ago!! I am so looking forward to your next email!! THANK YOU!ReplyCancel

  • Teri - April 15, 2014 - 10:58 am

    Well said!!!ReplyCancel

  • Ursula Marquardt - April 15, 2014 - 10:51 am

    Beautiful watercolor!
    And again – so enjoy your very inspirational writing – so true – you are true!

  • Ursula Marquardt - April 15, 2014 - 10:51 am

    Beautiful watercolor!
    And again – so enjoy your very inspirational writing – so true – you are true!ReplyCancel

  • Kim Minichiello - April 15, 2014 - 8:56 am

    Hi Dreama, Wonderful post! Really got me thinking today as I get to work in the studio. I think I will have a fresher and more free attitude painting today, because I’m painting for me!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - April 15, 2014 - 7:51 am

    I loved this post, Dreama. Last Saturday I did a workshop for a group of fiber artists on listening to your heart and how that relates to our work individually but also the beautiful connections in workshops, retreats, etc. Thank you for helping to validate something that felt a bit out there!!

    I have been a subscriber for quite awhile. Am not a watercolor painter but am so moved by your words. Thanks for having such an impact on my life.

  • june - April 15, 2014 - 7:04 am

    Your words from the heart resonated with me and in my heart and to my spirit, on such a deep level. Your thoughts and words and art always touch me and move me, inspire and motivate me with every post, with every painting…today’s thoughts and words went soul-mining and heart-mining even deeper still.

    I can answer a resounding ‘yes’ to the first question you asked, but to the second question, like many of us, while I yearn to get there, I find myself struggling to give to my heart what it is truly, deeply, really, really asking me for. But these are the important questions we need to ask ourselves, and more than even the questions themselves, we need to find the answers and give ourselves – our hearts and our spirits – are yearning for.

    Thank you for taking us along to the beautiful Louisiana – another part of the US I would love to return to. Although every part of the US has its own special and unique magic, there’s something about the south/southeast (as well as the southwest) that attract me. The sunny, warm, bright and happy watercolour you shared with us today brought a much-needed smile to my face. Beautiful, as always.ReplyCancel

  • Carol Hopper - April 15, 2014 - 6:43 am

    I will read and reread your post of today. I heard it clearly in your recent workshop, and could loudly answer “yes” to the first question. I am ready for the second step, having only taken the first step (being able to answer question one) earlier this year. Today I add another large post-it in my studio: “I LET MY CREATIVE HEART RUN WILD!” Huge thanks Dreama. Keep writing and sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Sheri Hall - April 15, 2014 - 5:39 am

    Oooooeeee!! If you could only know how much your writing inspires my soul (i.e., mind, will and emotions), you would never again question yourself about it. Your own heart’s expressions through your hands — paintings and written words — would keep on flying into the hearts of countless others. So please continue to give your heart what it really wants and keep on sharing. Blessings, Dreama. SheriReplyCancel

  • Kim Guthrie Art - April 15, 2014 - 3:56 am

    Thank you..I needed to hear these words

  • Carol Collier - April 15, 2014 - 1:34 am

    I always find your writings inspirational! My heart’s desire is to take a workshop with you, but I do watercolors and only a little acrylics. Any chance you’ll do a class where I can use those?ReplyCancel

  • Patti Vincent Art - April 15, 2014 - 12:50 am

    I love Natchitoches! So glad you found it. ReplyCancel

  • Valee Sewell Penn - April 14, 2014 - 11:39 pm

    Dreama, You speak from your soul to my soul. Thank You for being so brave and letting your heart run wild and go where it wants to go!