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“Doorway to Tuscany”
8 x 8in oil on museum quality panel

One of the many things to love about Italy are the door curtains:))  Used in lieu of air conditioning to help keep the heat out and the cool in (just like the wooden shutters) they add such a poetic touch to the entrata:))!
Have you ever wondered what would happen if you got set up to paint and couldn’t find your paint brush? And you were like 50 miles of curvy road from the nearest art supply store in Italy? 
 I used to wonder about that too;))
Please note the above painting was done with palette knife….:))

The curtained doorways are everywhere:))

Here’s one where we could each have our very own door curtain:)))

First things first though—I think we need to get us a scooter to ride on:))
Then we can meet at this little sweet spot for lunch! 
I am still on the hunt for us a place to hang our cappellos–and I always check the back yard.   You just gotta be able to dine al fresco!!
So for dinner—are we gonna eat fresh bread with olive oil and crema balsamica again???
Of course WE are—we’re in Italy:)))
And we’ll have the fresh buffalo mozzarella on our insalata as well.
No point in holding back.  I mean, it’s not like anyone here knows us or anything.
We will worry about fitting into the airplane seats later…..(I have had someone warn me that for some reason the return flights have smaller seats…what’s THAT about??)

As word of the two gelatos a day habit has started to spread amongst the locals though, I fear we must be very careful whom we take into our confidence.

There are places they send folks like us with these kind of habits.

I had heard the rumors but suspicions were confirmed today when I spied this place just across the street from the ristorante…..

Eeegads!!  Someone told me it meant farmhouse, but I am not buying into that.  From now on the gelato is coming back to the house with us….no more being seen in public snorkeling down the salted carmel pistachio chocolate stuff;))

It’s time to give away another original watercolor postcard from Italy:)))!!

“Cartolina #3”
Vineyard Pot, Italy

And the winner is….

Rosetta Rice Morgan!!!

Sweeet:))–Congrats Rosetta!  Email me with your snail mail and I’ll get your card to the Italian post:))
Spread the Italian beauty and share this post with a friend:)!!
You know what to do by now–7 more cartolinas to draw for! One a day–just leave a comment (click here) or email me (click here) and I’ll be sure and have Eddie add your name to the hat.  He likes sticking his claws in the hat and pulling out the winning name:))
Check back here tomorrow to see whose name goes on the next Postcard from Italy!!

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  • Anonymous - September 25, 2012 - 6:36 pm

    Loving all the new posts! Sure would like to be there right now also! Have a wonderful time.

    Would love to have an original “Dreama.”!
    Jana RookeReplyCancel

  • Teri Towse - September 14, 2012 - 7:34 am

    last chance and yes, I am resorting to bribes. Eddie, how does a nice large piece of tuna sound to you???? I will meet you at the airport and you can eat on the way to Paris, KY…. there is only one teeny tiny little catch. Take those beautiful, sticky, fishy paws of yours and PICK ME!!!! Please.

    I have had a blast Dreama. Thanks for all the inspiration.ReplyCancel

  • Teri Towse - September 12, 2012 - 7:43 pm

    Throwing my hat into the ring. Love the giaormous paint brush Dreama. The photos are so inspiring. Thanks for sharing!!!ReplyCancel

  • Nancy at Finch Cottage - September 8, 2012 - 7:17 am

    Thank you for sharing. Its the next best thing to being there.ReplyCancel

  • Sea Dean - September 7, 2012 - 11:48 pm

    Silly me, I’m on sabbatical too and I had the crazy thought I’d diet for a month at the same time. More likely I have to check into that Fattoria when I return. Still DREAMAing of a posta carta. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - September 7, 2012 - 11:43 pm

    You’re having toooo much fun. I’ve seen a Vicki winner and a Morgan winner. Put them together and send a postcard to me. Your email says you are partying in Italy, so I’m trying this route.
    Love you,

  • Anonymous - September 7, 2012 - 9:16 pm

    I hear that cappuccino and lots of Italian red wine speed up the metabolism so that you can eat those 2 a day gelatoes without adding any additional inches.

    Chris Bart


  • Dana - September 7, 2012 - 7:58 pm

    It is so delightful to be viewing Italy through your artist’s eyes!ReplyCancel

  • Kathy Cousart - September 7, 2012 - 7:14 pm

    I especially love the photo of you in Italy….Just fitting somehow! Happy for you and just love the watercolors….each one is more beautiful than the next…Yay for you!!ReplyCancel

  • Susan in Texas - September 7, 2012 - 6:24 pm

    What beautiful scenes! Makes me want to go RIGHT now. Alas.

  • Cathy Amos - September 7, 2012 - 5:46 pm

    Is there such a thing as too beautiful!!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - September 7, 2012 - 4:16 pm

    Hi, Dreama,
    Oh, how I love pistachio ice cream. And then they add caramel and chocolate?! Did I get that right? Whew. GayleReplyCancel

  • Valerie McMullen - September 7, 2012 - 2:53 pm

    Looks like you are having a wonderful time exploring the sights and eating all that yummy food! Fab!ReplyCancel

  • Linda Cardella - September 7, 2012 - 2:42 pm

    You’re seeing the side of Italy most tourists don’t get to see. An absolutely beautiful country and I’d love to go back there again and again.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - September 7, 2012 - 2:38 pm

    Oooooh, takes my breath away — curtains instead of ye olde wooden screen door, who knew? Lovely trip — for all of us. Thank you for saving us from all that Jet Lag 🙂 I knew Italy would be lovely, but it’s more beautiful than I ever imagined!
    Karen, deep in the heart of TexasReplyCancel

  • Unknown - September 7, 2012 - 2:35 pm

    The doorways are wonderful, similar habit in little towns in mexico, there however it is also to help keep the flies out. Just keep wishing I was there, and hoping to win. TeresaReplyCancel

  • Tessera - September 7, 2012 - 2:19 pm

    Beautiful – I saw doorway curtains on the island of Burano!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - September 7, 2012 - 1:50 pm

    Love the door curtains! I have never heard that; thanks so much for all your sharing!

    Ruth Ann SturgillReplyCancel

  • Joni Leaf - September 7, 2012 - 1:07 pm

    Door curtains in Italy and little clear bags filled with water hang in the doorways in Mexico. Who needs an air conditioner? Joni LeafReplyCancel

  • Joni Leaf - September 7, 2012 - 1:06 pm

    Door curtains in Italy and little clear bags filled with water hang in the doorways in Mexico. Who needs an air conditioner? Joni LeafReplyCancel

  • June - September 7, 2012 - 12:43 pm

    All of these photos, including the cartolina, are doorways not only to Tuscany, but for me, doorways to bliss. All of them…well…except for the doorway to the Fattatoria!!!

    I am truly enjoying day-tripping in Italy with you, Dreama, and cannot wait to see what tomorrow will bring. Thanks for sharing your words, your art, your wonderful wit and sense of humour and your style. I love every moment of every post – your blog brightens up every day around here. Ciao, mia amica in Italia!ReplyCancel

  • Marian Fortunati - September 7, 2012 - 12:39 pm

    Dreama.. Your photos are dreamy… Real art all by themselves.

    Happily there’s not an excess baggage charge for the seats when you fly back… ENJOY!!!ReplyCancel

  • Mary Jo Querry - September 7, 2012 - 12:18 pm

    I only “know” you through your blog and seeing your work at Randy Higbee Gallery shows. Your art, beautiful way with words and sense of humor are always welcome in my in-box. Curtains into Tuscany is stunning. Thank you for sharing your talents with the world. Mary Jo QuerryReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - September 7, 2012 - 11:52 am

    Your paintings are so beautifully calming. They are an escape in a otherwise hectic day!
    Love them all.ReplyCancel

  • Sandy Murray Ward - September 7, 2012 - 11:36 am

    Hi! I had never seen the door curtains, either, but I love the idea and I am going to use it for my screened-in porch. Really. I have a bad habit of leaving the door to the garage open and the flies and bees move right on in. I’ll find something sheer to use for the curtain. Thanks for the idea! Nearly choked on my coffee when I read about your gelato intake and up popped the photo of the fattoria! Hilarious. Have a fun day.ReplyCancel

  • Lori Quarton - September 7, 2012 - 11:24 am

    You crack me up! Your email is a great way to start the day.ReplyCancel

  • Lori Quarton - September 7, 2012 - 11:23 am

    You crack me up! What a fun way to start my day!ReplyCancel

  • Corinne Murphy - September 7, 2012 - 11:17 am

    OMG!! I’m out of adjectives to describe how you’re making me feel about Italy!! I’ve never been, but now….it’s a MUST DO. Be sure to bring back some of that amaaazing olive oil. A friend brought some to me and there’s just no comparison, so stock up!! Ciao BellaReplyCancel

  • Anita Tresslar - September 7, 2012 - 11:07 am

    I’ve never been to Italy so thank you for taking me along.ReplyCancel

  • margaret - September 7, 2012 - 10:49 am

    Fresh Mozzeralla…
    What a challenge it would be to paint that!

  • Anonymous - September 7, 2012 - 10:21 am

    Gelato….A GOOD thing. Isn’t it one of the basic food groups? Love the photos and the watercolor postcards. Let the journey continue.Annette,NYCReplyCancel

  • Chris Brandley - September 7, 2012 - 10:15 am

    You inspire me so much! I would absolutely love to win one of your postcards!

  • Adele Bower - September 7, 2012 - 10:05 am

    Eddie Bill,
    Abby Cat here. What’s up with you? Why the excuses? Clearly, you have not seen the glamour shot photo I sent to you last week. Check your email.
    Adele Bower (For Abby Cat)
    Houston, Texas

  • Sandy Murray Ward - September 7, 2012 - 9:50 am

    Hi! I had never seen the door curtains, either, but I love the idea and I am going to use it for my screened-in porch. Really. I have a bad habit of leaving the door to the garage open and the flies and bees move right on in. I’ll find something sheer to use for the curtain. Thanks for the idea! Nearly choked on my coffee when I read about your gelato intake and up popped the photo of the fattoria! Hilarious. Have a fun day.ReplyCancel

  • Patricia - September 7, 2012 - 9:44 am

    OMG, Dreama, u r tooo funny! All that talent and fun too!ReplyCancel

  • Joanne Hoffman - September 7, 2012 - 9:32 am

    Great fun! I love the palette knife painting! Keep us posted!!!ReplyCancel

  • Kpeters - September 7, 2012 - 9:18 am

    I am so enjoying your trek thru Italia!! If only it were ME!!! I miss Italia soooo much! and SI!! I would like to throw my name into the proverbial “ cappella” !!
    And it’s all about Italy……where I grew up! [Literally!!]


  • Karen Budan - September 7, 2012 - 9:07 am

    I have to say…I am loving your posts. You are taking me back to our tip to Italy. We stayed in Cortona…..sigh….ReplyCancel

  • Pamela Nichols - September 7, 2012 - 9:07 am

    Just wanted to repeat that your door curtain painting is fabulous!ReplyCancel

  • Barb Nelson - September 7, 2012 - 9:05 am

    Love the painting and the photos and “fattoria”
    Thanks for sharing with us !!ReplyCancel

  • Deb LaRocque - September 7, 2012 - 9:04 am

    Love the postcard, the new painting and the pictures. Looks like you are having a great time. Thanks for sharing. Enjoy!ReplyCancel

  • Maryann Leake - September 7, 2012 - 8:33 am

    Yes..let us go to the Fattoria together..I see they have wine. That makes it so easy.ReplyCancel

  • Gail Kirkham - September 7, 2012 - 8:29 am

    Thank you so much for taking me on this trip with you! Your photos (and talk of gelato, buffalo mozzarella, and door curtains) all make me want to return, this time with art supplies!ReplyCancel

  • Sue Barrasi - September 7, 2012 - 8:28 am

    Your blog delights all senses!!!! I feel the sun shine! My mouth waters over the wine and sweets! Your paintings are such a visual feast! I feel the breeze as the draperies blow in the wind! And I hear the birds (and the car horns!!! I’ve been there!!!)ReplyCancel

  • Judy Baker - September 7, 2012 - 8:27 am

    Oh to be in Italy. Love your painting and postcards. Glad one of us could go. Have enough fun for me.ReplyCancel

  • Katherine Baker - September 7, 2012 - 8:26 am

    I wish door curtains would be enough to keep the heat out in Houston. We’ll tie a record of 98′ today! Hey, where’s that gelato???? A girl’s got to keep cool somehow…..Love your palette knife painting!ReplyCancel

  • Linda Stratton - September 7, 2012 - 8:14 am

    Beautiful…Bella !!! Love it, LindaReplyCancel

  • Linda - September 7, 2012 - 8:12 am

    love the photos and the paintingReplyCancel

  • Sarah - September 7, 2012 - 8:08 am

    Your posts from Italy bring so many great images, and I just love your photo and comments on the “Fattoria”.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Morris - September 7, 2012 - 8:06 am

    I miss Italy! I’m coming with you next time–in the meantime-I’ll live, paint and eat vicariously through you!

  • Pam Newell - September 7, 2012 - 7:56 am

    I love your latest painting. You are an inspiration to all artists.ReplyCancel

  • Pam Newell - September 7, 2012 - 7:55 am

    I love the latest painting. You are an inspiration for all artists!ReplyCancel

  • Hoda Nicholas - September 7, 2012 - 7:54 am

    These photos are beautiful… makes me want so bad to be there…. Thanks for sharing Dreama…ReplyCancel

  • Vicki Carol - September 7, 2012 - 7:49 am

    I did reply to your email and Eddie sent back a smart rebuff that you were away in Italy. Now, I have to ask again who is the “We” you keep referring to? Not Eddie or Hubby. Someone gets to share the trip with you. Love your colors and your colorful conversations. Palette knife or brush your work is stunning.
    Vicki carolReplyCancel

  • Debra Pruskowski - September 7, 2012 - 7:45 am

    Each day just keeps getting more beautiful and funnier! Thanks again DreamaReplyCancel

  • pat - September 7, 2012 - 7:43 am

    All that Italian food is making me hungry!
    Settings are so beautiful, I would not want to get up from the table.ReplyCancel

  • Helen Farson - September 7, 2012 - 7:35 am

    You are taking me back there, Dreama…Wish the door curtain thing would work in NC,but somehow the mosquitos would find their way through! Mille grazie for another wonderful post!ReplyCancel

  • Patsy Walton - September 7, 2012 - 7:29 am

    Dreama, your paintings always make me smile…and think of my trip to Italy…and now, plan a new one! Thanks for your inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • Janetta Adams Blevins - September 7, 2012 - 7:28 am

    Wow…I have always wanted to go to Italy and now through your eyes, photos, comments and paintings I feel like I am there! Hope you have the best time!!ReplyCancel

  • Patti Del Checcolo - September 7, 2012 - 7:28 am

    Can we use your photos to paint our own? They’re great references….I’ll pay! Paint more with a knife…it’s beautiful. Love the contrast best…oh and put me in for the postcard please. PattiReplyCancel

  • Janetta Adams Blevins - September 7, 2012 - 7:26 am

    Wow, I have always wanted to go to Italy and now through your eyes, photos and comments I feel like I am there! Love your daily updates. Hope you have the best time ever!!ReplyCancel

  • Susan Young Artist - September 7, 2012 - 7:22 am

    So when is the painting trip to Italy planned? Can I please paint from your wonderful photos????? Loved the curtains. Didn’t see those on my trip. Thanks for the wonderful posts. They make my day.

  • reneestegersimpson - September 7, 2012 - 7:21 am

    Another post of great artistic inspiration….thanksReplyCancel

  • Fay Terry - September 7, 2012 - 7:19 am

    Thanks for another great post with wonderful photos and lots of humor!
    The door curtain painting done with palette knife is fresh and lively.ReplyCancel

  • Jayne Waldrop - September 7, 2012 - 7:03 am

    I didn’t notice the door curtains either! Dreama, you just “see” better than most of us! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Patty Haynes - September 7, 2012 - 7:03 am

    Dreama without a paintbrush near? I’d like to hear the story on that one! Love the door curtains. Didn’t see those when I was over there, but I wasn’t painting then. Isn’t it wonderful how painting (and photography) open your eyes to the little details of life? Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - September 7, 2012 - 6:49 am

    Hello Dreama ~

    Am really enjoying your photos and watercolorings.

    Many thanks…. Julie Reagan, 1231 St. John St., Lafayette LA 70506ReplyCancel

  • Marcia - September 7, 2012 - 6:47 am

    Love the latest postcard! One of my favorites. The “Fattoria” comment made me laugh. I don’t speak or read italian but I would have wondered about that too!


  • amy donahue - September 7, 2012 - 6:40 am

    Oh my, i’m cracking up about the Fattoria! too funny! and good food and many snacks always enhances a painting. eat up! and don’t worry about the flight back. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Jerry Stocks - September 7, 2012 - 6:39 am

    I am in love with curtained doorways. Here in the Lowcountry, we curtain our porches. Continue to have a wonderful painting and sightseeing time.ReplyCancel

  • Rose. Kingston - September 7, 2012 - 6:23 am

    Having a wonderful vicarious time on our Italian vacation!!! The pics are beautiful——looking forward to mt postcard!!!!

  • Cherry Liles - September 7, 2012 - 6:21 am

    Can’t wait to meet you in Lexington next summer. Your Italy photos and paintings are wonderful! Thanks for the inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • Maria Hock - September 7, 2012 - 6:02 am

    I love seeing Italy with you and I love your palette knife painting! What a fun accident! Can’t wait to see what you come up with next!ReplyCancel

  • Marion Corbin Mayer - September 7, 2012 - 5:53 am

    Love it! Here I thought your painting style was different because of Italy!ReplyCancel

  • Kathy Cousart - September 7, 2012 - 5:18 am

    Love learning about the door curtains! And beautiful painting!ReplyCancel

  • Beulah - September 7, 2012 - 5:13 am

    That salad is calling my name! Yummm! Seriously is there any reason to mention the bread…double yummmm! Keep the photos coming!!!!as they are launching thousands of daydreams! 😀

    c.paints [at] yahoo [dot] comReplyCancel

  • Marjorie Jordan - September 7, 2012 - 4:56 am

    Love the palette knife painting . . . is that Caribbean Blue?ReplyCancel

  • Marjorie Jordan - September 7, 2012 - 4:55 am

    Love the palette knife painting . . . is that Caribbean Blue?ReplyCancel

  • Sandra - September 7, 2012 - 4:30 am

    I thought there was something a little different about this one – it’s the palate knife! It’s gorgeous! And that food is right up my street. I love Italian cuisine :0)ReplyCancel

  • RoseAnn Hayes - September 7, 2012 - 2:12 am

    I’ve never seen the door curtains before! How charming! Am enjoying the photos so much, every photo could be a painting! So much fun!ReplyCancel

  • Debi Murray - September 7, 2012 - 1:36 am

    Thank you for the lovely photos and sharing your trip with us@ReplyCancel

  • Laura - September 6, 2012 - 11:12 pm

    i just tried to eat my phone. please have some mercy with the food pics.

    (by the way, that painting of the door is amazing.)ReplyCancel

    • Laura - September 8, 2012 - 12:55 am

      ah patricia, if only it worked that way. no… something about a cat. and a hat.ReplyCancel

    • Patricia - September 7, 2012 - 9:41 am

      Laura, I think you deserve a card for that comment, Too funny!ReplyCancel

  • rum - September 6, 2012 - 11:09 pm

    Amazing work of art. I love all your paintings. They are so full of life…Please do visit India sometime..would love to see India through your paintings..your paintings are truly magical!


  • rum - September 6, 2012 - 11:06 pm

    Amazing work. I love all your paintings..they are so full of life! 🙂 Pleas do visit India sometime :).


  • Pamela Nichols - September 6, 2012 - 10:11 pm

    Your palette knife door curtain painting is FABULOUS!!ReplyCancel

  • Pamela Nichols - September 6, 2012 - 10:10 pm

    So…door curtains. Pretty. Do you mean to say that they don’t have AIR CONDITIONERS in Italy??? How about ceiling fans?


  • darbydog4 - September 6, 2012 - 8:23 pm

    Beautiful…you are really expressing the true beauty of Italy! I’m looking forward to your next post full of beautiful photos, words, along with you works of art!ReplyCancel

  • drenie157Aaol.com - September 6, 2012 - 7:41 pm

    The flights turn around and return to the US, if you went over on a US airline company. So, eat all the gelato you want.
    Loved the postcard of the day.ReplyCancel

  • Dave Casey - September 6, 2012 - 7:39 pm

    You did the whole painting with a palette knife? Leslie will be so proud. Beautiful painting. And you can keep them gelatos. My blood pressure doesn’t need them things.ReplyCancel

  • Tania Bogenschneider - September 6, 2012 - 7:32 pm

    What a wonderful trip you’re on – thanks for sharing! I still don’t “get” the curtains on the doors, unless it’s a substitute for a screen door? I suppose they open the wood door when the curtain is pulled…
    Keep sharing your bread, olive oil and gelato with us! My fave was the carmel flavored gelato – can’t remember the name of it in Italian, but you’ll figure it out!ReplyCancel

  • Linda Stratton - September 6, 2012 - 7:22 pm

    i really loved this last postcard!!! ~i guess we’ll have to wait for tomorrow’s now!?! You are in such beautiful country and i loved how you improvised with your palette knife on your oil painting…what a girl scout! (Even Eddie would be proud! 😉 Ciao, LindaReplyCancel

  • Carol Morris - September 6, 2012 - 6:56 pm

    Love the painting & the postcards!! Enjoying the photos of Tuscany. Look forward to your daily shares on Italy!!ReplyCancel

  • Robin Roberts - September 6, 2012 - 6:16 pm

    Very Nice Dreama. Those palette knives can be an awesome weapon. Love the idea of the watercolor postcards too. Keep em coming.ReplyCancel

  • julia bell - September 6, 2012 - 6:08 pm

    Dreama – Italy looks WONDERFUL!! Can’t wait to see your lovely paintings that are inspired by this trip! Enjoy. Julia B.ReplyCancel

  • Tammy N - September 6, 2012 - 5:54 pm

    Love your everything you paint-oil, watercolor, with and without brushes. Its all wonderful!ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth McCrindle - September 6, 2012 - 5:40 pm

    Beautiful painting and love the postcards. The photographs are scrumptous as I’m sure is the delicious looking food….such a tease :))ReplyCancel

  • Lyn - September 6, 2012 - 5:28 pm

    Love Cartolina #3 painting! Love pots, and flowers!ReplyCancel

  • Art World - September 6, 2012 - 5:22 pm

    OMG catolina #3 is lovely!!! Hurray for Rosetta!!!

    Charming is “Doorway To Tuscany”… and more so using a palette knife! So much talent. Thank you for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Paintdancer - September 6, 2012 - 5:07 pm

    Dreama, I was having a rather lousy day and then I came to your blog and it picked me right up! LOL at the fattoria! So glad you’re having fun. Thanks for the laugh and the inspiration to just be joyful!ReplyCancel

  • Teri Towse - September 6, 2012 - 5:04 pm

    Love the new painting Dreama. Awesome photos.ReplyCancel

  • Crystal Cook - September 6, 2012 - 4:54 pm

    Absolutely love this painting Dreama! It has a feeling about it that says you were certainly inspired. 🙂 I love it. And the salad and bread looks soooo good!ReplyCancel

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