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Lazy Days in France

Lazy Days in France
12 x 12in oil on museum quality panel


Filled with grace and beauty, every day in France is full of new wonders.
Andre, who lives next to our cottage, invited us over to see his roses and garden today.
We have permission to paint there as well:))

What can you say about a French gentleman who has coaxed his roses to climb all the way
to the top of a tree and bloom?


Hope you’re hungry….we have five kinds of quiche to choose from  for lunch:))

And the perfect spot to eat it and do your watercolor sketch afterwards while nibbling on some chocolate;))

Today seems like the perfect time
to paint the bit of whimsy that we passed on the way to Saint Cirq.
Bicycles filled with flowers and watercolor journals make a perfect match!

(Please note:  The photos I share here, of our time in France, are to be used as reference for  doing watercolors for  your personal journals or postcards only.  I please ask that they are used soley for that purpose:-)

A visit to Saint Cirq means lots of walking (best get your sturdy sandals on:-)

If video doesn’t appear, just click here:))

And now it’s time for some winners:-)

….winners of my first three original watercolor postcards painted here in France are:

Valee Sewell Penn
Kathy Cousart

So happy for you gals who won and for those of you who were so gracious to leave a comment, there are more postcards to come so you may yet end up winning one:)))!  (Random.org is used to select the names of winners)

P.S. If you missed the watercolor tips I posted the other day, just click here to download them.

P.S.S.  I will be giving away the watercolor postcards I do while here in France:))  Love making them, love sharing them!
To get your name in on the drawing, just leave a comment on my site:))

P.S.S.S.  If you think you’d like to come paint with me, you can check out my workshops by clicking here:))

  • Anonymous - June 17, 2014 - 7:04 am

    Heaven is a place in France…ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Warren Greene - July 13, 2013 - 1:46 pm

    Love your work and would love to take a class from you! It would be wonderful to go to France with you.ReplyCancel

  • william brison - July 1, 2013 - 2:30 pm

    Love to be in the drawing for one of your watercolors


  • Cindy Gilberti - July 1, 2013 - 12:59 am

    I’m new to your site but already hooked. Wish I were there to share and paint the beautiful countryside. (maybe next time?). Your site is truly one of my favorites!ReplyCancel

  • Sherry DeFazio - June 28, 2013 - 8:34 am

    So, coffee please under the umbrellas shade and next to the roses.ReplyCancel

  • Diane Scifres Howard - June 28, 2013 - 2:59 am

    Look forward to your videos, photos, and paintings each day…..they inspire me!ReplyCancel

  • Josephine Runnels Hardison - June 28, 2013 - 12:24 am

    Looks like such a fabulous place! Hope to get there one day! Until then, loving every moment with you.ReplyCancel

  • Terri Littlejohn - June 27, 2013 - 6:37 pm

    Please keep the beautiful images and lovely words coming. I am enjoying it all!ReplyCancel

  • Joanne Perry Coviello - June 27, 2013 - 1:28 pm

    What a heart you have to give your gifts back to the world, asking nothing in return.
    France is a looking like a fairyland to me! See you in Oct.ReplyCancel

  • Starr Hull - June 27, 2013 - 12:26 pm

    The views of the village in the video are breathtaking. The colors in the tablecloth of your painting remind me of melting rainbow sherbert. Luscious! Please keep the photos coming. I love them.ReplyCancel

  • Ursula Marquardt - June 27, 2013 - 7:43 am

    So beautiful – and you Dreama look very french in your white jacket and lavender blue scarf!ReplyCancel

  • Mary Crook Moran - June 27, 2013 - 12:08 am

    We are all enjoying every moment with you. How clever of you to have come up with this plan! Thanks again.ReplyCancel

  • Paulette Braucher-Watton - June 26, 2013 - 11:21 pm

    It is so hot here and watching your video with the wind blowing and you wearing a jacket was so cooling. Your postcards are gorgeous and I love France. Wish I were there with you painting, maybe someday I will be:)ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - June 26, 2013 - 11:10 pm

    Dreama, you are amazing! thanks for sharing all the beauty of your workshop in France, your watercolor postcards are beautiful everyday. Can’t wait for Marco island workshop! ;)) to meet you and learn from you. Anita ZorrillaReplyCancel

  • Teresa Rodriguez-Ross - June 26, 2013 - 10:21 pm

    Love this vicarious trip. Asolutely wonderful.ReplyCancel

  • Cathleen Connell Perkins - June 26, 2013 - 10:02 pm

    What a delicious day! Especially those quiches & fruit! It all looks so wonderful! I feel blessed to be along for the ride!ReplyCancel

  • Sherri Burritt - June 26, 2013 - 9:46 pm

    Love the bike!ReplyCancel

  • nina snyder - June 26, 2013 - 9:32 pm

    I love to see one of your posts in my mailbox! I was inspired to watercolor after a 10 year hiatus!ReplyCancel

  • Sherri Burritt - June 26, 2013 - 9:31 pm

    Love the photos and video!ReplyCancel

  • Barbara Hackney - June 26, 2013 - 8:42 pm

    This painting is my favorite so far, such outstanding color in the table cloth and umbrella, thanks for the videos, such fun.ReplyCancel

  • Mary wheeler - June 26, 2013 - 8:25 pm

    Love, love love!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Darlene Williams - June 26, 2013 - 6:32 pm

    Your watercolors are nice, bright and colorful. Photos make me want to be there with you. Love all you send to us to see part of France with you.ReplyCancel

  • Sandra - June 26, 2013 - 6:17 pm

    You inspire me!ReplyCancel

  • Ada Truesdell - June 26, 2013 - 6:12 pm

    Love the bicycle full of flowers. Did my first watercolor from your picture of the turquoise doors. Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Beth McGale - June 26, 2013 - 6:10 pm

    Dreama, I am just loving following you in France and would love to go there and paint! Thanks for all the photos to use a watercolour reference.ReplyCancel

  • Maggie - June 26, 2013 - 5:07 pm

    Contented to be here, loving the familiar, but longing to paint a blue shutter, I will settle for a carte postale from France. Thanks for sharing your art with us. I love it.ReplyCancel

  • Marianne Blickenstaff - June 26, 2013 - 4:45 pm

    What fun to see these sites in France through your eyes. Thanks for sharing, and hope you continue to have a lovely time.ReplyCancel

  • Caryl Witt - June 26, 2013 - 3:26 pm

    Thank you Dreama! Through your amazing and generous posts, I feel like.
    I can breathe the French air again and stroll the cobbled streets. Such a joy.ReplyCancel

  • Dana Maroney Burton - June 26, 2013 - 2:53 pm

    This is my first stop every morning. I love starting my day with a trip to France. Thank you so much for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Gail Storti - June 26, 2013 - 2:27 pm

    Magnifique indeed! What a joyous way to start my day, following your travels to France. I’m one of Karen’s friends that will be joining you in CA. next year! Can’t wait!ReplyCancel

  • Samantha Figiel - June 26, 2013 - 2:14 pm

    Wish I were there! I’m teaching summer school and actually wish I were anywhere! haha France looks so pretty! Maybe someday I will see it in person. For now, thank you for sharing your trip! I enjoy your posts each day 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Mary Kosary - June 26, 2013 - 1:33 pm

    I simply love your artwork….the colors are gorgeous…could a person do them in acrylics in one of your classes.ReplyCancel

  • Ann Pepe Marano - June 26, 2013 - 1:26 pm

    Thank you being so generous with your talent, sharing it with us and taking us to France with you. I get excited everytime you post something. I just love your beautiful paintings and would love to take one of your classes. How do you pick locations for your workshops?ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - June 26, 2013 - 1:16 pm

    I can’t wait to do watercolors while on my vacation this summer. Thank you for the inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • Karen Reza Chick - June 26, 2013 - 1:12 pm

    Dreama, What a joy to travel to France with you via this blog. I love the journal, your watercolors and your paintings. See you next year in California. I have invited 8 friends to paint with you.ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie Denny - June 26, 2013 - 1:07 pm

    Thanks for sharing your trip with us, Dreama. It’s the next best thing to being there!ReplyCancel

  • Linda Mayer Volz - June 26, 2013 - 12:59 pm

    Wish I were with you!ReplyCancel

  • Helen Farson - June 26, 2013 - 12:53 pm

    Another beautiful post. France in joyful color! Want to be there!ReplyCancel

  • Mary Beth Attix Harrison - June 26, 2013 - 12:46 pm

    France has never been on my bucket list of places to go, but it sure is now! Thanks for sharing all you do.ReplyCancel

  • Kathy Daugird White - June 26, 2013 - 12:45 pm

    Having a great time following you in France. Thanks…KAT ReplyCancel

  • Carol Josefiak - June 26, 2013 - 12:43 pm

    You continue to inspire me. I’m painting along with you only I’m in Fredericksburg Virginia.ReplyCancel

  • Kim Ritter Gignac - June 26, 2013 - 12:39 pm

    Joanne Ritter watercolorist.
    I want to be where you are! What a beautiful painterly spot. I LOVE France!ReplyCancel

  • Donna Dale Abbott - June 26, 2013 - 12:28 pm

    These videos are incredible! Thanks, Dreama.ReplyCancel

  • Karen Meredith - June 26, 2013 - 12:25 pm

    Roses are red
    Skies are blue
    How I wish I were there with you! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Judy Baker - June 26, 2013 - 12:23 pm

    So beautiful. Love your painting! Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Nancy Standlee - June 26, 2013 - 12:14 pm

    Hi Dreama, while you are there go ahead and book the whole summer of 2014 because it looks like you have a lot of folks who would love to join you in this beautiful place. Bonjour.. TX style. nReplyCancel

  • Teri Jordan Towse - June 26, 2013 - 12:13 pm

    What beautiful inspiring surroundings Dreama. I am so happy for you and thankful you are taking time to share your trip. Merci.ReplyCancel

  • Joan Cole - June 26, 2013 - 12:12 pm

    Dear Dreama, thank you so much for brightening my days with your wonderful blog posts and videos. You are such an inspiration! Merci!ReplyCancel

  • Karen Adams Smith - June 26, 2013 - 11:52 am

    Love the bicycle filled with flowers…..hope that is the postcard. Loving the visit o France!ReplyCancel

  • Anita Tresslar - June 26, 2013 - 11:43 am

    I look forward to each new post. Love the photos and videos.ReplyCancel

  • Linda Swenson - June 26, 2013 - 11:16 am

    Beautiful. Just beautiful. Love your posts.ReplyCancel

  • Elaine Cook - June 26, 2013 - 11:08 am

    I am new to your blog and your wonderful painting. What a great experience you are having in France. I love your work and hope to win one of your delightful postcards.ReplyCancel

  • Teressa Sliger - June 26, 2013 - 11:07 am

    Thank you for bringing back France to me! I traveled to this area and loved it, but you are showing it to me in a whole new way that I can’t wait to see every day. I hope to one day join you there. I look forward to the videos everyday.ReplyCancel

  • Cindy Carr Parker - June 26, 2013 - 11:01 am

    What a beautiful place! Enjoying your blog so much; thanks for being so generous with ideas, photos, and painting tips!ReplyCancel

  • Elly Hobgood - June 26, 2013 - 10:58 am

    Love these daily posts…..for the first time ever it makes me want to visit there! Love your exuberant work.

  • Prudy Weaver Artist - June 26, 2013 - 10:58 am

    Oh, the quiche look wonderful – making my tummy growl. The village also is beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing your trip.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Saylor - June 26, 2013 - 10:49 am

    I am thrilled to be reliving my trip to that area! MerciReplyCancel

  • Judi Hostetter - June 26, 2013 - 10:35 am

    These little vignettes have been the joy of my day. Keep them coming. I love your beautiful watercolors. I do not paint that loosely, wish I did. What a joy to win one of the postcards, it would be a treasure.ReplyCancel

  • Lynda Whelan Evans - June 26, 2013 - 10:31 am

    Thank you for sharing with all of us. This is fantastic!ReplyCancel

  • Betty Miller Teramo - June 26, 2013 - 10:28 am

    I love everything you do! I hope to some day be in your class.ReplyCancel

  • Nicole Mongrain - June 26, 2013 - 10:16 am

    Hi Dreama, I was just looking at some of your paintings in my collection from 10 years ago and love the growth of your work. To me, you will always be the painter of umbrellas!ReplyCancel

  • kim boyer - June 26, 2013 - 10:00 am

    Thank-you Dreama for sharing your trip to France with me…I’ve only been there in my dreams…

  • kim Guthrie - June 26, 2013 - 9:50 am

    You are such an inspiration! Thank You !!!!ReplyCancel

  • Vickie guthrie - June 26, 2013 - 9:42 am

    This is so much fun visiting France through your eyes! Thx, Dreama!ReplyCancel

  • Corinne Murphy - June 26, 2013 - 9:38 am

    Boy-o-boy, you’re going to need another 2 weeks just to read all these great comments!!! It’s pretty clear we all love you AND our trip to France, so thanks so much. Looking at your surroundings, it looks like you’re going to have reference photos for a lifetime!!!ReplyCancel

  • Vicki - June 26, 2013 - 9:20 am

    I’m having so much fun on this trip. Saving money too! Your posts are inspiring me to paint every day and I’m journaling again.ReplyCancel

  • Kathy Cousart - June 26, 2013 - 9:17 am

    Dreama- My heart is smiling and so am I! Love reading and following along and now I see that I won a little watercolor postcard- Oh My! I am thrilled- will treasure it and be inspired until it is my time to get to go to France myself. Love seeing France through you and the postcards are all beautiful! Thank you:)ReplyCancel

  • Dee - June 26, 2013 - 8:55 am

    My Postcard to you…

    Wish I were there!ReplyCancel

  • Dee - June 26, 2013 - 8:51 am

    Dear Dreama, If I were sending you a postcard, I would write:

    Wish I was there!ReplyCancel

  • Terri - June 26, 2013 - 8:30 am

    Probably time for you to teach a Kentucky Watercolor Workshop?? Enjoy the rest of your time in France – we are certainly enjoying your trip from afar!! TReplyCancel

  • Jobi - June 26, 2013 - 8:27 am

    Love the flower covered bicycles! Your posts and videos are my favorite start to the day (after a little time with God!) I can’t wait to work on my WC journal this weekend! I am so inspired! Thanks for the lovely trip! xoxo P.S. Thank you, thank you for the Postcard from France! I can’t believe I won! I emailed you my snail mail address. I feel like Charlie Bucket! I won a Golden Ticket! So exciting!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Fran - June 26, 2013 - 8:21 am

    These daily posts from France are an inspiration, an encouragement to attend next year, and a feast of joy to carry us through each day. Thanks for making time to include “the rest of us” in on your trip – an amazing journey.ReplyCancel

  • Monica - June 26, 2013 - 8:07 am

    Watercolors and quiche w/ fruit — what a wonderful

  • Jerry Stocks - June 26, 2013 - 7:56 am

    Everything is so beautiful including you. Can’t wait to see you in Jan. and to make this trip with you next year.ReplyCancel

  • Cathy Marcquenski - June 26, 2013 - 7:53 am

    It is wonderful to visit this beautiful area with you, and thank you so much for the reference photos! It is a wonderful way to start my days!ReplyCancel

  • Anika Savage - June 26, 2013 - 7:49 am

    Great stuff. Can’t wait for your workshop in October. Thanks for sharing France with us.ReplyCancel

  • Elaine Hughes - June 26, 2013 - 7:46 am

    Beautiful work. I love France and I’d love to be there painting right now!ReplyCancel

  • Laurie G. Miller - June 26, 2013 - 7:35 am

    I’m enjoying our time in France. The photo of the bicycle with the flowers was absolutely priceless.

    I find it amusing that I need good math skills to post a comment on your site. This is very good for the aging brain 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Katherine Fleming - June 26, 2013 - 7:26 am

    Moi, moi, moi si vous plait! Merci!ReplyCancel

  • Ann - June 26, 2013 - 7:22 am

    Every day more fun than the last. Keep posting.

  • Alice Runkle - June 26, 2013 - 7:19 am

    Just found you a few days ago and loving everything I see. Your videos give us a glimpse of what’s around the next bend or even better the back yards and gardens, just wonderful. I would love to be a part of your class in France, but!! will have to settle on one in the good old USA. You are now on my bucket list of workshops I want to take. Thank You for the information and wonderful art.ReplyCancel

  • Gayle - June 26, 2013 - 7:18 am

    Dreama, it is so hot and humid in IN/KY. What a delight to see you in a jacket. At least one of us isn’t limp as a rag. Ah, France. GayleReplyCancel

  • Debbie Denstorff - June 26, 2013 - 7:01 am

    I have love all the beautiful photos and insights into your trip. What a wonderful place to be and paint. You have a way of making one feel like they are there with you. Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Judy Fox - June 26, 2013 - 6:54 am

    The comment I tried to post yesterday went awry, but you read my mind & posted pictures of the food! Thank you for sharing your trip with us. What a charming place to paint & eat! I hope to join you in 2015!ReplyCancel

  • Marcia - June 26, 2013 - 6:33 am

    I am really enjoying your posts. It is so nice to sit down with a cup of tea and open the video and daydream for a while. Thanks so much!ReplyCancel

  • June - June 26, 2013 - 6:28 am

    Beautiful. Absolutely beautiful. Every day is beauty-filled. You’re right and I agree – France is definitely artists’ catnip. There are so many photos and scenes I want to paint from this one post alone. All of them, if truth be told 🙂 As still lifes are my favourite to paint, I think I’ll start with that beautiful table setting – the fruits, the quiche(s), the lovely bouquet of flowers in that vase…not to mention the tablecloth and the tiled wall as a beautiful, rustic backdrop.

    Thank you so much for these video diaries, Dreama. They’ve truly brightened up my mornings these past few days – even on the greyest and wettest days here, they offer up lots of happiness and sunlight.

    Enjoy your day today!ReplyCancel

  • Debra LaRocque - June 26, 2013 - 6:25 am

    How do you ever decide what to paint? There are too many beautiful things to pick from. Thank you for sharing and letting us come along with you.ReplyCancel

  • Andrée - June 26, 2013 - 6:24 am

    St Cirq Lapopie What a wonderful video of your catnip for artist,” une expression délicieuse!” Thanks for your generosity! AndréeReplyCancel

  • Lynne Wogan - June 26, 2013 - 6:19 am

    Love starting my morning with your videosReplyCancel

  • Sherri Semenec - June 26, 2013 - 6:19 am

    Hi Dreama,

    I am enjoying your writings, paintings, and videos so much.
    Thank you for the fabulous reference pics to paint too! Your
    art is lovely – and inspiring. Have a great day!ReplyCancel

  • Donna Vacca - June 26, 2013 - 6:07 am

    Très bien! Life is good when I get emails like this everyday 🙂 Thank you very much.
    À la prochaine (till next time).ReplyCancel

  • Arleen T - June 26, 2013 - 5:43 am

    The table with flowers and food looked too delicious; I wish I were there to paint it! Enjoy!ReplyCancel

  • Helen Sturgeon - June 26, 2013 - 5:32 am

    Oh goody! My quiche! The roses are beautiful as is the bicycle! Love, love, love our trip!ReplyCancel

  • Holly Morris - June 26, 2013 - 5:26 am

    Oh sigh…I am in love with this place. Thanks for sharing your art and vacation with us. The videos are awesome!!ReplyCancel

  • Cathy Amos - June 26, 2013 - 5:24 am

    Thank you for the little videos and all the great photos along with the watercolour sketches!ReplyCancel

  • Kathy Scott - June 26, 2013 - 5:15 am

    What beautiful inspiration you have brought to us can’t thank you enough for posting the wonderful photos and viedosReplyCancel

  • Dianne Harrison - June 26, 2013 - 5:14 am

    Such a joy to be in beautiful France for a few minutes each day through your
    delightful video clips. I am enjoying them so much. Thank you! Dianne HarrisonReplyCancel

  • Sharon Ivy - June 26, 2013 - 5:06 am

    Quiche for lunch sounds yummy. Loving seeing all the beautiful flowers there.ReplyCancel

  • Jeanne Corley Williams - June 26, 2013 - 5:01 am

    What beautiful sites. I love all the colors. This has been so fun following along wth you!ReplyCancel

  • Valerie McMullen - June 26, 2013 - 12:33 am

    So beautiful!! Wish I was there!ReplyCancel

  • Hallie Kohn - June 25, 2013 - 8:17 pm

    Love everything you’re doing–thank you!!!ReplyCancel

  • Nancy Makar - June 25, 2013 - 7:13 pm

    Hi Dreama,
    I think I may have posted my first comment for today in the wrong place so I am trying again! I have absolutely loved your pictures, paintings and videos on this trip. You have done so much to make me feel like I am a part of your French painting vacation. Thanks so much for making such an effort that France seems possible for me. The videos this year are a wonderful touch and I so look forward to the surprises you have been sharing every day! Thanks so much. NancyReplyCancel

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