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Make Way!

Blue Gate, French Invitation 12 x 12in oil on museum quality panel SOLD

Blue Gate, French Invitation
12 x 12in oil on museum quality panel


Making way for what you want more of in your life.

How do we clear a space in our lives for the thing(s) we desire?

Life seems to crowd out our dreams. 
Desires get drowned in the shallow waters of day to day “stuff”.

We often don’t even realize just how far we have drifted from taking action on our deepest desires until we read or hear about someone else celebrating a dream realized—-and at that point it can be a very jarring wake up call to our sleeping self!

I am a believer that our physical space relays some important, life-changing messages.

Notice this: People whose passion happens to be cooking HAVE kitchens. An ENTIRE room is dedicated to holding the dream.

Those who love gardening command every balcony, window and piece of yard in their domain to do just that.

My friend Ron, an amazing pianist and vocal coach, has a baby grand piano that dominates his living room.

Children who’s main passion of make-believe and pretending have entire bedrooms and play areas filled with things to support and encourage this kind of behavior.

Those who love to work on cars or do woodworking have usually taken over the family garage.

The Big Message that is sent by all these physical spaces is this:

Dear (Insert Your Name Here),

I believe in your dreams and in your passions. I know you have exactly what it takes to do the work that you were sent to do.

Just to prove it I’ve made room for you. Here’s a space to do your stuff in. It has been cleared and made ready to do your worthy and important work.

With a Huge Amount of Love,
Your Higher Self

A literal space serves us well.  It reminds us to literally take time, take up the space in our schedule to do the work we feel certain we were born to do.

Guess what? I took my own advice on this just this month 😉

I’ve added a small writing desk to my studio space. Somehow, although I am passionate about both painting AND writing—-I had created a great place to paint but neglected making “space” for writing in my life.


I also created a sweet little quiet spot for meditation right behind my easel.



My studio is small but it holds a BIG SPACE in my head and heart for the things that connect me to my essential self.

If you were waiting for a sign to make room in your life for your gifts
consider this IT.


Make way for your soul’s work.


P.S.  Every step this direction counts.  I originally started painting on my kitchen table with a small plastic rolling cart beside it to hold my art stuff.  I had to clear the table each meal time, but my rolling cart held my space for me while I was eating 😉 .  It said all kinds of things to me. Stuff like…”you really ARE an artist!”,  “you are worthy to have a designated space to do what you do”,  “I’m your reminder to keep showing up to use your gift”.
Who knew plastic carts could talk??  😉


  • Sandy Hay - September 7, 2014 - 4:35 pm

    I can’t believe that I opened this little inspiration this morning and it happened to be exactly what I was just talking about last night. The need for a space all my own where the light can stream in and I can paint til my heart’s content. And then close the door so my painting and all my supplies stay safe and undisturbed til the next time I get to open the door and fill up my soul. Right now trying to paint in the dining room, with all my supplies laid out on the table, so that I have to put them away every time we want to sit down together, isn’t boding well for the creativity in me. It just slows me down and wastes my time. And the distractions from the rest of my family using the room at the same time I try to paint makes it next to impossible to get into the vibe. Yes…I realize that I am not honoring my dream. And I must start to if I don’t want to be longing each time I see someone else painting in their little studio dedicated to their dream. I’ve always dreamed of remodeling the attic into my studio space but time keeps marching on and it hasn’t happened yet, so I’m thinking that maybe I should clean out the spare bedroom and make some room for my easel in there… for the time being. At least I would have a dedicated painting room until someday the attic might be realized. If I keep putting my passion off til I have the perfect space, instead of making a space that just might be next to perfect, I’m wasting so much precious painting time that could be nurturing my soul. So thanks for the inspiration Dreama…spoke to that place in me that counts most.ReplyCancel

  • Sandra McMillan Cox - June 7, 2014 - 9:54 pm

    Dreams, thanks so much for the inspiration! I just love the blue of the gates – is that the “Caribbean Blue” you speak of so ften as one of your very favorite colors? I’m wondering because I recently ordered a tube and am looking forward to trying it out!ReplyCancel

  • June - June 6, 2014 - 4:10 am

    This is the gentle yet powerful wake-up call I needed, Dreama. While I do have a sort of creative space (my dining room), it’s not ideal, and I’ve been yearning to transform it.

    Your studio is so inspiring – as is this post today – and has motivated me to begin making the changes. I definitely need a quiet place and to ‘make way’ for not only my art and my crafts, but for writing, reading, and for meditating. I have taken over our dining room, which is okay…but far from perfect, and most times, it’s cluttered and in disarray, which is not ideal or conducive to quiet time when I yearn for it. Just looking at these photos of your studio brings with it a ‘peaceful easy feeling’ (love that old Eagles song) and in such a place, I’d be blissfully comfortable.

    Which translates to taking the steps to make some changes ’round here…either change the way this room is (no easy task, I can tell you) or literally move out of there and into the only spare room in the house (a small guest bedroom that hasn’t entertained that guests over the years, and has become a bit of a storage area/dumping ground, sadly). That room would be perfect, as it’s south facing, translating to much more sunlight than I currently have in our dining room.

    I love the painting, too. It is a warm and welcoming invitation to open the gates to love, life, happiness and creativity. Beautiful.

    Thanks for these inspiring thoughts, Dreama, and for a peek into your temple of creativity. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Nancy Martin Piros - June 5, 2014 - 10:27 pm

    Hello Dreama, “Blue gate, French Invitation” is so wonderfully welcoming. The beautiful gate open saying come explore. The beautiful flowers giving you a taste of what your about to see is perfect. Colors fantastic.
    As for you invitation to make a space no matter where or how large or small. Just a place to say this is MY CREATIVE PLACE is so true. I have to paint on my easel in the kitchen and by the time you have set it up painted and then broken it down it takes something out of it.
    I always remember my Jr. High and High School art classes. Walking into the room just had my creative juices flowing with all that SPECIAL PLACE had to offer me. I loved each and everyone of them because that was my special place to create. It didn’t matter that there were 20 kids in the class we were all there for the love of art. How it breaks my heart that many many children today don’t get to experience that too. I will get my husband to glass in our screened in porch so I have my own art room one day soon!!! ♥ HUGS, MeReplyCancel

  • The Fickle Fish - June 5, 2014 - 5:13 pm

    Just what I needed to hear today! Thanks, very encouraging 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Beverly Koldon - June 5, 2014 - 4:34 pm

    Dreama, this is a very inspiring message. You always seem to hit the home run with just the right thing said.

  • Christine Osgood Holzschuh - June 5, 2014 - 1:43 pm

    Your studio looks like a designer studio from pinterest and it is inspiring….you clearly belong there…..mine…definitely a workshop… and I wear an apron which is all covered in paint!!ReplyCancel

  • Cindy Stierhoff - June 5, 2014 - 12:30 pm

    I think you have hit on something Dreama…..my kitchen is my favorite room in our house. I have indeed used up every inch of my yard for gardening and my drafting table, old as it is, commands a space in our office. There is never enough time for all my favorite spaces,mbut one a day is mandatoryReplyCancel

  • Pat Fiorello - June 5, 2014 - 11:59 am

    Great perspective Dreama. Thanks for sharing! When I first started painting I lived in NJ and set up part of my dining room table as my place to paint. I lived alone at the time, so it didn’t matter that I left everything on the table all the time. I started in watercolor and sometimes even left my cups of water out with clean water so that there was nothing I had to do to start painting other than sit down and get going. Creating a space is an opening for action … and we know the best way to learn to paint is to paint, we need brush mileage. When I moved to Atlanta 17 years ago, I made sure my new home included a room for a studio. It is a small room and I wish it was bigger as I am now doing both oils and watercolors and have more supplies, bigger easel, painting larger, but nevertheless, it is my space to create. Can’t imagine how I’d be consistently working without a space for creating and storing all my supplies conveniently nearby. Also love having a studio space in my home. Beyond not incurring the extra overhead expense of a studio at another location, it makes it easy to be called into the studio at any time of day or night.ReplyCancel

  • Nancy Darling - June 5, 2014 - 11:59 am

    As usual Dreama, you have inspired me and given me a new perspective. In my case, I do have a studio and it’s large enough so over the years I have filled it up with my art and art stuff(to prove to myself I’m a real artist) to the point where I can barely even paint and it’s very distracting. I need a makeover and your words have enlightened me.ReplyCancel

  • Vikki Bouffard - June 5, 2014 - 11:55 am

    Love it! A wonderful message. You’re good to sit on the floor for meditation, I have to use a chair! I agree it’s important to have a special place for our soul-feeding activities and thanks for reminding me of the gratefulness of having that. ReplyCancel

  • Ursula Marquardt - June 5, 2014 - 11:47 am

    Love it, love all the details, containers, shelfs,etc.

  • Carol Hopper - June 5, 2014 - 11:40 am

    You are a writer. You are a painter. You are a meditator. I am a dreamer. I am a painter. I am a meditator. I love you work and your writing.ReplyCancel

  • Sue Kemnitz - June 5, 2014 - 11:33 am

    Beautiful encouragement that I needed today. Thanks, Dreama.ReplyCancel

  • Annetta Gregory - June 5, 2014 - 11:08 am

    I love all your inspirational messages! This one is such an eye opener. I use my formal dining room as a studio but had never thought of it as a way to celebrate my own interests and dreams! In fact I have always felt guilty for taking this space for my artwork. You have helped to relieve some of that and I am so grateful that you are willing to share your thoughts so generously. Thank You!!!ReplyCancel

  • Julie Mortillaro - Fine Art - June 5, 2014 - 11:01 am

    Thank you for this post. It’s just what I needed to hear, just when I needed to hear it! ReplyCancel

  • Teri - June 5, 2014 - 9:46 am

    Taking it all in..Dreama
    You are a soul reminder!! Keep up the wise advise!!
    We need to be reminded!!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Beaudet - June 5, 2014 - 9:32 am

    What a beautiful and inspirational post, Dreama! Your writing desk is adorable and I’m sure you will create many new creative posts from there! Your meditation space is also very cool. I meditate, but don’t have a dedicated space for it. You’ve inspired me to find a spot for it …and make over my painting space! You are alway such an inspiration and your paintings and writings are just bursting with happiness! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Sheffield - June 5, 2014 - 7:38 am

    Ten years ago we added on a studio space which the next family can use as a nice sunroom. We’ve never regretted the expense. It’s been the most nurturing space for both of us. As always, well said, Dreama.ReplyCancel

  • Nancy Darling - June 5, 2014 - 5:15 am

    As usual Dreama, you have inspired me and given me a new perspective. In my case, I do have a studio and it’s large enough so over the years I have filled it up with my art and art stuff(to prove to myself I’m a real artist) to the point where I can barely even paint and it’s very distracting. I need a makeover and your words have enlightened me.ReplyCancel

  • Dave Casey - June 5, 2014 - 3:04 am

    Good for you on the meditation space. I’m still trying to make meditation a daily practice. Right now it’s hit and miss. I’m glad to see you have your space.ReplyCancel

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