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Soft Places for the Heart….and Paris and Paris

“Soft Places for the Heart”
12 x 12in oil on museum quality panel

So many things a heart needs
things that can enter through different portals
A touch, a taste, a scent, a vision, a sound
It is always to be treasured when any or all provide a soft place for the heart to land
A place of love and gentle joys.

Always remember, you are loved beyond measure:)

P.S.  This soft place was brought to you by France 🙂

From Paris to Paris:

I know— it gets confusing.
First I’m in France and then I’m back home teaching two workshops.
In Paris.
Even I get confused.
And to make matters worse (or better, depending on just how confused you are by now) I am leaving to teach again…in Chattanooga, and then leaving for Italy.

Taking my watercolor journal along with me (do you have yours ready to go with me?), even though I paint and teach in oils, while I am shaking out sand from California beaches that is still trapped in the cuff of my pants.  I hope you are keeping up with all this…

And that’s the real reason I am here.  To confuse you AND keep you on your toes.  That’s how you’ll know you still have a few brain cells kickin’ 🙂

So I taught two workshops in my hometown of Paris, Kentucky, USA in July.
And yes, I know I am very late posting about it.  Blame it on my support team.

Clearly, I needed more info on the job app these guys filled out.  Questions like…”Have you ever done an honest day’s work in your life?”
“Describe your role in the last job you had?”  And the all encompassing question I should have asked prior employers….”Would you hire this cat (or dog) again?????”

So with no help from anyone of the parties shown above, here’s the scoop on…


I am always delighted, humbled, and in awe of the folks that show up to spend some time with me:)  One of the participants in the first group told me privately they might have to sit down some during the painting time.  They had donated a kidney to a friend and were still in recovery mode.  Another one picked up a dog on the highway while driving in and spent part of her workshop time delivering it to the shelter (and the workshop peeps in that group pitched in the money to cover the boarding and vaccines needed for the dog).

There were 3 sisters who decided to spend some bonding time by meeting up in Paris at the workshop and a fab four friends from Texas who made the long trek together.  I had many “repeat offenders” (those who have taken a workshop with me before and actually had the nerve to come back;)  For Pris, I think this is her 8th workshop??  I had folks who were trying on oils for the first time (love you Meredith!) and even 3 guys showed up to study with me (Yushow all the way from Canada) proving that real men DO take workshops with me;)))!  And the Arkansas gals gifted me with a very special nail polish (purple of course) and a Razorback t-shirt;)

So much talent, zest for living, and genuine love in these two groups that it boggles the mind!  Here are some of the most amazing people who happen to be artists too…..


Paris I

Gigi, Monica, Vicki, Kim, Karen, Rebecca, Wende, Margaret, Sharon, Barbara, Kathie, Roger, Biz, Sheila, Rae, Brenda, and Kathy

and Paris II

Meredith, Marsha H., Marsha L., Holly, Ruth Ann, Challis, Louise, Maria, Donna, Frances, Ben, Teri, Wendy, Diane, Yushow, Susan, Mimi, and Dawn  

One of the artists in the first workshop, Biz Clay,  invited us to her home after hours and what a treat! The famous Runnymeade Horse Farm is home to two second place and one third place Kentucky Derby winners.

Proof that we did more than just horse around….


So much fun times, painting, eating at Lil’s, visiting the farm, and more….all in Paris, all in July, all in Kentucky.  Thanks to each artist who took time out of their busy lives to come and paint with me—you are the cat’s meow :-)!!!!

P.S.S.  Just a reminder to get your journal ready with plenty of paper, some new pens and plenty of w/c.
Sept 1.
Two whole weeks.
Me ‘n’ you and Italy.

And gelato.

There will have to be gelato.
(Better lay out your stretchy pants;)

  • Rae Andrews Gillian - August 24, 2013 - 3:01 pm

    It was great fun Dreama, thanks so much for your talents and patience. Vicki and I had a safe and very chatty trip back to Texas, we were full of workshop details. Hope our paths cross again in the near future, cheers, Rae Andrews.ReplyCancel

    • Dreama - August 24, 2013 - 6:11 pm

      Rae—loved getting to meet you Texas gals and Paris loved having you both:)) I hope our paths cross again too!ReplyCancel

  • Meredith Adler - August 14, 2013 - 7:28 pm

    Thank you, Dreama, back at you! And thanks for letting me play with oils! The value of your workshop has most certainly continued on at home…putting in as much studio time as I can, experimenting with my materials and looking for the techniques of painting that are “me” and bring me joy!

    Have a wonderful time in Italy!ReplyCancel

    • Dreama - August 15, 2013 - 11:07 am

      Meredith–it was great having you in Paris to play with the oils!ReplyCancel

  • jobi - August 14, 2013 - 12:49 pm

    I simply cannot wait to go to Italy from the comfort of my lounge chair! My daughter is getting married in late September and I am really looking forward to your posts to help me keep sane during that busy time! I will make time to WC journal! I won’t lose my mind or my paintbrush! I hope 🙂 xoxoReplyCancel

    • Dreama - August 15, 2013 - 11:06 am

      Sounds like a good survival plan to me Jobi;)) “See” you in Italy!ReplyCancel

  • June - August 13, 2013 - 3:28 pm

    I’ve loved every single moment spent enjoying reading every single word in this wonderful, fun and spirited post, Dreama.

    As always, everyone looks so happy – and why wouldn’t they, considering all the fun being had, all the friends being made or re-united, all the food being enjoyed, and having you for their teacher and mentor extraordinaire! Smiley happy people, most definitely!

    Wish I were going to Italy with you – especially to my beloved Venezia. But then again, I guess we’re all going with you, as armchair co-travellers and co-Italian holiday-ers, thanks to you, once again.

    Have a bellisimo time there, Dreama, and yes – DO have as much gorgeous gelato as your taste buds and tummy say ‘yes’ to. Enjoy every moment!ReplyCancel

    • Dreama - August 13, 2013 - 8:11 pm

      June–always love to hear from you and one of these days we will get to meet, I am sure. I’ve got to get to Ireland:))) Til then, glad you are armchair traveling with me!ReplyCancel

  • Margene Parker - August 12, 2013 - 11:01 am

    Looks like all had fun, did some beautiful art work, thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Kathy Cousart - August 9, 2013 - 12:32 pm

    Hilarous fun post…Always fun to read about Paris and Paris- the job applicants really made me smile:) And now you are off to Italy- and that darned gelato…:) Have a blast- can’t wait to see photos! Living vicariously and enjoying all your travel!ReplyCancel

    • Dreama - August 11, 2013 - 8:13 pm

      Kathy–I am glad you will be “traveling” with me to Italy…perhaps you can save me from myself when it comes to the food…..:-)ReplyCancel

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