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Delicate Beauty in France

“Delicate Beauty in France”
12 x 12in oil on museum quality panel



France is painted.  Italy awaits 😛

Get ready to get your Bonjournaling on!

In just a few days I’ll be posting pics and videos and drawing lots of winners for some fun goodies like….

*watercolor journals with handmade paper (you can get your name in the hat for this starting today! Read below…)
*watercolors that sparkle
*original watercolor postcards of Italy—mailed to you from Italy


*little treasures from special Italian places  🙂
(‘Cause armchair travelers need a souvenir or two!)

Sept 3, 2013 will be our first day in Italy.

Make sure you are subscribed to receive the daily news from Italy and share with a friend if you’d like to bring someone along;)

Just click here!


In Other News:

As a kid I grew up seeing signs on roofs of barns all over the south that said:

See Rock City

Well, I managed to do just that in between my two workshops in Chattanooga, Tennessee.  It was amazing and awe inspiring and all good ’til I hit Fat Man’s Misery which led into a cave filled with carved gnomes that were it up with black lights.  I think it may be where the “It’s a Small World” theme at Disney Land got it’s inspiration from…..Gnomes and Black Lights.  In a Cave.  And they (the gnomes) had been hand carved. By an artist.  Over a period of six years.

Did I mention the gnomes were in a CAVE????

Six years of gnome carving in a cave.
Yeah, just let that one settle on your mind….

Okay, I have gotten totally off topic here but there was a reason that I was there.  Not in the gnome cave, but in Chattanooga, Tennessee home of Rock City and Lookout Mountain and Mt. Vernon (one of the best southern food restaurants around anywhere and known for its amaretto pie!!)

It was to teach a workshop.

On painting.

That did not involve gnomes or black lights.

And most importantly….was not HELD IN A CAVE!

Here are the non-gnome, non cave dwelling artists!

Charlsie, Kay, Maddin, Carol, Julia, Crystal, Julie, Diana, Nancy, Kay, Sharon, Ginny, Rena, Nancy, Valee, Mignonne, June and my host for this workshop, artist Lisa Seago!

This was one lively bunch of artists.  One lived on Monkey Island and another  had her lip bitten by Elvis.
Obviously, they will let anyone into a workshop these days….

Artists may be a lot of things but one thing they are never is boring :))

Just have a look at all the beauty they spun in a few days of painting!



I love that I get to meet so many funny, talented, and warm people that share a love for beauty, color and painting…(and equally thrilled that none of this took place in a cave.)

Workshop II in Chattanooga in my next post and after that…..ITALY!!!!!!!

P.S.  Make sure you don’t miss a thing…click here to subscribe 😛

P.S.S.  Did I mention giveaways?  And ways to get your name in the proverbial berretto more than once?? —the more things you check off on the list below, the more times your name is entered (the Facebook share gives you an entry for each person who follows your shared post and enters!).

The fun starts today!!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

  • Dana Burton - September 8, 2013 - 8:02 pm

    I would LOVE to participate in one of your workshops. A dream come true.
    Dana BurtonReplyCancel

  • Loree - September 8, 2013 - 7:07 pm

    I just love the blues and greens in those paintings. Beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Nancy London - September 4, 2013 - 1:55 am

    I’m looking forward to following your Italy trip. Spero che tu ti diverta.ReplyCancel

  • Karri Street - September 2, 2013 - 1:14 pm

    Hi Dreama….your life is so inspiring.

    Blessings to your European travels.

    Luv n Hugs….Karri & DavidReplyCancel

  • Kay - August 31, 2013 - 12:23 pm

    I’m so jealous (again). Everyone is off to Italy and I’m not! Oh well, I’ll live vicariously through all of your posts. Ciao baby!ReplyCancel

  • […]  This too was a gnome free/cave free workshop (click here for the that […]ReplyCancel

  • Tracey - August 30, 2013 - 1:15 pm

    Wallking and walking in Leiden and keep seeing scenes you’d love! Looking forward to Italy!ReplyCancel

  • Roxann Little - August 29, 2013 - 2:49 pm

    Your work is so inspiring! Makes me smile!ReplyCancel

  • Janell Sills Mithani - August 29, 2013 - 6:31 am

    I really enjoyed your pictures from France and I am looking forward to following along with you on your trip to Italy.ReplyCancel

  • maureen h freyne - August 28, 2013 - 11:05 pm

    I can’t wait to see your pictures of and paintings in ItalyReplyCancel

  • Diane - August 28, 2013 - 5:50 pm

    Looking forward to seeing your artwork from of Italy. Buon viaggio.ReplyCancel

  • dianne - August 28, 2013 - 4:56 pm

    loved the view from rock city. HATED the cave!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Kathleen - August 28, 2013 - 3:43 pm

    Woweeeeee! beautiful colros and we can always use a bit of sparkle!

    I love art journaling and this would just be so much FUN!ReplyCancel

  • Sandra Foy - August 28, 2013 - 2:17 pm

    Love your paintings, journals, post cards and writing. You are one busy artist and I appreciate your sharing your wonderful talents with me. My sister gifted me one of your calendars this year and I am really enjoying it:)ReplyCancel

  • Kathryn Ikeda - August 28, 2013 - 1:40 pm

    Somehow this reminds me of the “Eds”. Or maybe Ed is just too cool to indulge in anything like this?ReplyCancel

  • Christy - August 28, 2013 - 11:59 am

    I love the cave!!! How fun. I can’t wait to attend your class! Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • jobi - August 28, 2013 - 10:37 am

    and now that I think about it…6 years in a cave carving gnomes doesn’t really sound all that bad to me!!!! I think the stress of throwing this September wedding is warping my brain! haha and I’m delighted there is no more math required 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Leada Wood - August 27, 2013 - 10:54 pm

    Can’t wait to see your photos from Italy! Such fun when you shared your French ones!ReplyCancel

  • Fannie Narte - August 27, 2013 - 10:22 pm

    Hi, Dreama! Thanks! Hawaii needs to have you do a workshop in the islands. ;-D Want to come? HugsReplyCancel

  • Marilyne Fitzgerald - August 27, 2013 - 7:30 pm

    I have been receiving you posts, jpurnals for some time and very much enjoy your writing , humor, and paintings. Really enjoyed the spy cats all over Paris…Now I am excited about your journey in Italy. pint and eat well, blessing.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - August 27, 2013 - 7:04 pm

    Hi Dreama, can’t wait for Italy sketches. Can’t wait any longer for Marco Island workshop in January. to meet you and learn all those beautiful paint strokes! aww……I want Christmas to be over now! lol..lolReplyCancel

  • Ginny Good - August 27, 2013 - 6:52 pm

    Can’t wait to go to Italy with you! That’s a dream of mine and I can get dreaming and painting with Dreama in my armchair:)ReplyCancel

  • Carol Conrad - August 27, 2013 - 4:55 pm

    On your way home from Italy, I would like to invite you and your husband to stay in our 300 year old English farm house. You can be picked up and dropped of at Heathrow airport. Stay for a week painting English cottages and gardens. ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Lynn Williams - August 27, 2013 - 4:30 pm

    Can’t wait to travel with you to Italy -I will be there teaching my own workshop at the same time. Lets pray for sunshine!ReplyCancel

  • Jaquelin Perry - August 27, 2013 - 3:39 pm

    Have a blast in Italy! Happy Painting!ReplyCancel

  • Susan Dunker - August 27, 2013 - 2:50 pm

    Where are we going in italiaReplyCancel

  • Dawn Davis - August 27, 2013 - 2:48 pm

    Have a fabulous time in Italy–i’ll be following you from Burgandy! hmmmm…painting France and Italy at the same time…life is wonderful!ReplyCancel

  • Addie Hirschten - August 27, 2013 - 2:39 pm

    Looking forward to living vicariously through you once again Dreama!ReplyCancel

  • jobi kocher - August 27, 2013 - 2:33 pm

    I am so ready for another Dreama vacation! Can’t wait to see beautiful Italy this time! What a fun summer you have given us all, Dreama! Thank you! Have a wonderful, safe journey. I’ll be looking forward to each and every post. xoxoReplyCancel

  • Nancy Finch - August 27, 2013 - 2:19 pm

    Italy, I can hardly wait. CiaoReplyCancel

  • Patty Lewis Schwarz - August 27, 2013 - 1:52 pm

    Dreama, you are the energizer bunny! I can’t wait to see what you’ll come up with next….ReplyCancel

  • Barbara Hackney - August 27, 2013 - 1:42 pm

    Loved the French journaling, can’t wait for Italy!ReplyCancel

  • Elaine Cook - August 27, 2013 - 1:39 pm

    Love your painting Dreama…both watercolor and oils. They inspire me. Thanks.ReplyCancel

  • Suzanne Lipke - August 27, 2013 - 1:38 pm

    I would so love to join you in Italy. It will have to be “virtually” for now. Thanks for sharingReplyCancel

  • Carol Hickerson - August 27, 2013 - 1:17 pm

    Love the peace and calm this painting brings!ReplyCancel

  • Renee Steger Simpson - August 27, 2013 - 1:06 pm

    Looking forward to your posts!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Vicki Miller Strode - August 27, 2013 - 1:04 pm

    So excited to follow along on your Italy trip! Can’t wait to see your pictures and paintings.

  • Dawna Dziedzic - August 27, 2013 - 1:03 pm


  • Joyce Howard - August 27, 2013 - 1:01 pm

    My paints and brushes are ready for following you in Italy! I had a great time at your workshop in Chattanooga. Have a wonderful trip!ReplyCancel

  • Judy Baker - August 27, 2013 - 12:56 pm

    Happy painting in Italy!ReplyCancel

  • Donna Dale Abbott - August 27, 2013 - 12:52 pm

    I look forward to your trips abroad and hope to paint with you one day!ReplyCancel

  • Janet Greer - August 27, 2013 - 12:44 pm

    I so enjoyed my first “Dreama” experience in Chattanooga! You have renewed my love of painting…I haven’t stopped since my return home!ReplyCancel

  • Pamela S. Sweet - August 27, 2013 - 12:34 pm

    I am looking forward to reading all about your painting adventure in Italy with you online. Now that I am trying my hand at painting in gouache, it would be wonderful to have that beautiful handmade journal to paint into. Hint, Hint, Hint! : ).
    Yours in art,

  • Linda Chapman - August 27, 2013 - 12:33 pm

    I want to be you when I grow up, can’t wait to get your postcards from Italy!ReplyCancel

  • Yvonne Kimbrough - August 27, 2013 - 12:21 pm

    We’ll be in Italy at the same time! Do wish our paths could cross! I’ll be checking everyday from the road to read your blog and see your lovely work.ReplyCancel

  • Angela - August 27, 2013 - 12:19 pm

    I just discovered you in the last couple weeks, I am enjoying all your beautiful art, and I can’t wait to see what goes on in Italy!
    Ciao, bella!ReplyCancel

  • Terri West - August 27, 2013 - 12:03 pm

    I am in IN IN!!!so wish I could go to all the places you paint!ReplyCancel

  • Susan Norman - August 27, 2013 - 11:54 am

    Looking forward to the trip!

  • Kim Whitaker - August 27, 2013 - 11:41 am

    Soooo looking forward to my armchair experience !ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Furner - August 27, 2013 - 11:30 am

    Where do you receive all your energy and enthusiasm? I find it remarkable. Such a blessing to have this positive and generous nature. Will see you in Cary workshop. Expect some fantastic stories. And how about a bit of Bonjournaling? Safe travels. ReplyCancel

  • Ruth Ann Sturgill - August 27, 2013 - 11:16 am

    Love it, as always!ReplyCancel

  • Laurie G. Miller - August 27, 2013 - 11:11 am

    Can’t wait to leave for Italy!ReplyCancel

  • Ruth Walsh - August 27, 2013 - 11:11 am

    Your work is always inspiring! I love the poetry too and Eddie is a hoot!!!ReplyCancel

  • Debra LaRocque - August 27, 2013 - 10:52 am

    I love that you share your travels with us. I look forward to your posts. Thank you in advance. Safe travel!ReplyCancel

  • Rosemary Donati - August 27, 2013 - 10:44 am

    Traveling with you (first time via online) to French country side was the best time! Your truly and inspiration! Now can’t wait to join you and everyone in lovely Italia to see more painting, writings, color, open markets and I hope some kitties. Safe travel. Sempre Avanti!ReplyCancel

  • kim - August 27, 2013 - 10:39 am

    I have been following you for awhile and keep a close watch to see when you are workshopping in my area..until then I wait and look forward to every pic you post, Thankyou!ReplyCancel

  • Debbie - August 27, 2013 - 10:37 am

    Love your painting above Dreama! What a fun and generous giveaway. Wishing you safe travels and lots of fun/creativity in France!! Wish I was going. 😀ReplyCancel

  • Kim - August 27, 2013 - 10:34 am

    Do you have room in your suitcase for me? I don’t weigh that much. I’ll pay for any extra weight and treat you to a gelato everyday! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • MaryAnn McCarter - August 27, 2013 - 10:19 am

    Can’t wait – lots of talent to share with us.ReplyCancel

  • Gay - August 27, 2013 - 10:14 am

    Have as great a time in Italy as you did in France – I loved hearing the daily stories and seeing the beautiful watercolors.

  • Angela DeWitt Averill - August 27, 2013 - 10:09 am

    Wish I was able to go with you!ReplyCancel

  • Kat Cook - August 27, 2013 - 9:59 am

    Hope I win the drawing:)ReplyCancel

  • Annette P. - August 27, 2013 - 9:29 am

    I am packed and ready to paint Italy, my ancestral home, from my armchair. Thank you, Dreama, for taking me along. AnnetteReplyCancel

  • Monica - August 27, 2013 - 9:29 am

    Dreama, I would love the journal…but if I don’t
    win (and even if I do) I’d love one of those cute
    bags you picked up the last time in Italy?!!!
    I’ll even catsit for you…ReplyCancel

  • Chris - August 27, 2013 - 9:08 am

    Can’t wait for Italy! :o)ReplyCancel

  • Marjorie Jordan - August 27, 2013 - 9:06 am

    Dreama– I always love to see your name in my email message list because I know I will be opening into a magical world of color and beautiful images and music and interesting tidbits and videos and suggestions and just an upbeat view of the world and never any bad news.

    Thank you for your positivity, for your adventuresome heart and spirit . . .

    Keep at it!!!

    Love, mjReplyCancel

  • Lisa - August 27, 2013 - 9:01 am

    A friend told me about your work and I have been in such awe and wonder! I love your color palette and technique! I hope to be able to take one of your workshops one day! Thanks for sharing your talents!ReplyCancel

  • Chrissy - August 27, 2013 - 9:00 am

    You’re so inspiring Dreama! Combining two of my biggest loves – travel & art!!! Can’t wait to see & hear of your Italy adventures 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Roxanne Steed - August 27, 2013 - 8:57 am

    What a lovely journal! and the little pan paints are so pretty- (they DO look like jewels!) That would be so wonderful to win them!! I know you’ll have a beautiful time in Italy!! (and I’m headed out to Ireland the same week!) Slainte!ReplyCancel

  • gayle - August 27, 2013 - 8:43 am

    It’s always a delight to awaken to your newsletter. GayleReplyCancel

  • Elisabeth Phillipson - August 27, 2013 - 8:25 am

    Love your paintings – wishing you a lovely, productive,and tasty trip to Italy. Put my name in the hat, please!ReplyCancel

  • nina snyder - August 27, 2013 - 8:07 am

    Looking forward to returning to Italy with my armchair watercolors!ReplyCancel

  • June - August 27, 2013 - 8:04 am

    Another very happy bunch of shiney, happy artists – as their faces and their paintings clearly express.

    Looking forward to packing my virtual bags and going along with you to bella Italia. I love the word you’ve used – ‘bonjournaling’ (kinda also springs to mind the word ‘Bon Jovi’, lol – and he’s of Italian descent, so he – Mr. Bongiovianni – fits in quite nicely with your Italian holiday. At least, for me he does 🙂

    But I digress – I’ve got my ‘bonjournal’ at the ready, just waiting for our trip to begin. And maybe some more video diaries, too? The ones you did while in France were so brilliant.

    Another giveaway? More goodies? You are a beautiful soul with an extremely generous heart, so a huge thank you goes out your way for your generosity. A new ‘bonjournal’ would be lovely, as would those gorgeous new colours you’ve found, so yeah, put my name into the hat, please. 🙂 And again, thank you for taking us all along with you to this molto bene, molto bellisimo country that is Italia….especially Venezia (where my great grandparents were born)ReplyCancel

  • Debra Houts - August 27, 2013 - 7:47 am

    Love your newsletter and inspiring thoughts. Looking forward to painting with you one fine day!ReplyCancel

  • Pat - August 27, 2013 - 7:18 am

    Can’t wait to go to Italy, and share with the world!ReplyCancel

  • Lana Manis - August 27, 2013 - 7:07 am

    Your paintings are gorgeous… as always!ReplyCancel

  • Fran M - August 27, 2013 - 7:05 am

    I can’t wait for the Italy pictures. I loved the France watercolour postcards and journal pages and the insight into France. Its wonderful for those of us who can’t afford to be there in person! Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Sheffield - August 27, 2013 - 7:01 am

    Excited to “go” to Italy with you before seeing you in October for in person workshop.ReplyCancel

  • Cathy - August 27, 2013 - 6:54 am

    I know you will have another wonderful trip! Looking forward to my armchair travels with you!ReplyCancel

  • Amber - August 27, 2013 - 6:32 am

    Gnomes, caves and black lights. OH MY! But amaretto pie ~ all is well. Love reading your newsletters Dreama. Safe travel to gelato land. :>)ReplyCancel

  • Donna Vacca - August 27, 2013 - 6:31 am

    Ciao Bella, can’t wait to see your Italian videos…so fun to travel along with you. Thanks for sharing…grazie mille!ReplyCancel

  • lw - August 27, 2013 - 6:15 am

    You make me so happy. The beauty you share is a treasure. Anxiously awaiting every post.ReplyCancel

  • Rhonda Boyd - August 27, 2013 - 5:47 am

    I enjoy reading your newsletter so very much! (:ReplyCancel

  • Nancy Laliberte - August 26, 2013 - 9:38 pm

    Just need to get some LavAzza and gelato and I’m all set! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Sonia Kane - August 26, 2013 - 8:55 pm

    I’m excited to travel to Italy (with my watercolor journaling) even though I’m not leaving North Carolina 🙂ReplyCancel

    • Dreama - August 26, 2013 - 6:24 pm

      Yeah Sonia! I’ll be happy to have you along:)))ReplyCancel

  • Teri Jordan Towse - August 26, 2013 - 7:07 pm

    Looking forward to virtual Italy. Bon Howdy ; ).ReplyCancel

    • Dreama - August 26, 2013 - 6:25 pm

      Bonhowdy to you Teri—and it’s just about a week away:))ReplyCancel

  • Charlotte Evans - August 26, 2013 - 5:38 pm

    ohhhh please pick me pretty pretty please 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Pam Johnson Brickell - August 26, 2013 - 5:37 pm

    All together yummy looking colors in your, Dreama. Thanks for brightening the world!ReplyCancel

    • Dreama - August 26, 2013 - 6:26 pm

      Thanks so much Pam:)) Yum colors are a good thing;)ReplyCancel

  • Flynn Gentry-Taylor - August 26, 2013 - 5:19 pm

    Dreama, if you HAD to choose, where would be your favorite place to paint, France, or Italy? Remember if you HAD to choose…lol.ReplyCancel

    • Dreama - August 26, 2013 - 6:27 pm

      Flynn–that is not the first time I have been posed that question:)) I think I need to do more “research” before I can come to a conclusion;))ReplyCancel

  • Flynn Gentry-Taylor - August 26, 2013 - 5:07 pm

    I would love to see the Italy photos too…like the idea of the journal Nancy, did you go to France with Dreama?ReplyCancel

    • Dreama - August 26, 2013 - 6:28 pm

      Flynn–I’ll be posting photos for you to use for your watercolor journals. Stay tuned!ReplyCancel

  • Durinda - August 26, 2013 - 4:50 pm

    What a wonderful time we had in Dreama’s workshop in Chatt. Painting intimate French scenes that only she can capture! Dreama has such a way to bring joy and inspiration to painting. Looking forward to journaling Italy with you, Dreama!ReplyCancel

    • Dreama - August 26, 2013 - 6:29 pm

      Thanks Durinda! It was so wonderful to see you again—:)) I’ll be glad to have you journaling along:))ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Brown - August 26, 2013 - 4:45 pm

    Just drove Route 66. Took photos with a different view after your workshop. Glad you liked Rock City. I thought it was way cool. ReplyCancel

    • Dreama - August 26, 2013 - 6:30 pm

      That’s great Melissa. I am guessing you danced your way home:))!ReplyCancel

  • JoAnn Blazer Nibert - August 26, 2013 - 4:22 pm

    Beautiful pictures, would love to take a class!ReplyCancel

  • Sylvina Rollins - August 26, 2013 - 4:01 pm

    What a beautiful Journal!ReplyCancel

  • Nancy Johnson Standlee - August 26, 2013 - 3:47 pm

    Waiting for Italy pictures.. to add to my France journal.ReplyCancel

  • Marion Corbin Mayer - August 26, 2013 - 3:19 pm

    Pick me! Pick me! 😉ReplyCancel

  • Hoda Dimitri Nicholas - August 26, 2013 - 2:59 pm

    Hi Dreama, thanks for spreading the joy and fun….ReplyCancel

  • Marie Mustard - August 26, 2013 - 2:52 pm

    A what are the pan watercolors Dreama?ReplyCancel

  • Lucinda Hathaway - August 26, 2013 - 1:03 pm

    Your worhshops look wonderful! Someday! Love the enthisiasm….CindaReplyCancel

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