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Sunflower Skies and Grapevine Goodness

“A Day in Tuscany”
Original Watercolor Postcard

Detail 😛

Good Morning Sunshine!!!
Someone has their eye on you 🙂

And they wanted you to see where they live!

The grapes are hanging out next door to the sunflowers because…
they compliment each other so well 😛

And they wanted to show off their home to you too!


And a breezy video for you from the Tuscan countryside!

A peek at my traveling watercolor sets.  The twinkling watercolors were “installed” in a little box I found at Hobby Lobby (a local crafts store).  I used my glue gun to hold their little buns in place and left the lids back home in Kentucky 😉


And here’s your scene for buonjournaling along today:))  A little side street in Cortona.

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

Enter below to get your name in the hat for a chance to win a very petite original watercolor/postcard that comes with it’s own handmade paper envelope:))

If you have a friend who needs some JOY in their life, share this post and encourage them to have some fun playing in the water (colors) and traveling along to Italy—everybody needs a Roman holiday once in awhile:-P!

Runaway to Italy continues on the next blog post!!!  Ciao Baby!!!

P.S.  Make sure you don’t miss a post from Italy–just click here to get your daily dose:)

P.S.S.  If you just joined us, you can pick up some watercolor journaling tips–just click here.

AND ONE MORE THING…. A winner has been drawn for the very first giveaway 🙂  Drawn by Random.org.  You can view it here—there is still time to enter all of the others if you haven’t had a chance yet!

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  • Mary Moran - September 23, 2013 - 1:52 pm

    Besides being inspired by the gorgeous photos you provide for us, I am also loving the flattering travel clothes you wear! Keep in touch!


  • julie hickcox - September 20, 2013 - 6:43 pm

    THANK you so much for that BEAUTIFUL postcard from Italy!!!!!! It truly a gem….what wonderful colors!!!
    Thanks again!ReplyCancel

  • Julia - September 17, 2013 - 8:00 pm

    I love the photos and sketches you’ve been posting. Thank you for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Claire Southward Snyder - September 13, 2013 - 3:21 am

    Watercolor–my favorite! The postcard is lovely!ReplyCancel

  • Judith Ann Weiss - September 12, 2013 - 9:33 pm

    I am so enjoying seeing Cortona again. We were there in 2010 on a painting journey. I am going back and looking thru my journal of that tripand doing some small w/c s from my old pictures.ReplyCancel

  • Nancy Makar - September 12, 2013 - 2:55 pm

    Some friends brought me some delicious chocolate from England and I had two pieces in honor of your trip to Italy! Life goes better with chocolate!!ReplyCancel

  • Liz Rosky - September 12, 2013 - 12:01 pm

    So beautiful, High on my bucket list! Thank you for sharing all this with us!ReplyCancel

  • Julee Holder - September 12, 2013 - 6:23 am

    I really enjoy the pictures and dialog. I’ve been to Italy and loved every minute of it. Keep them coming.ReplyCancel

  • Nancy Martin Piros - September 12, 2013 - 1:41 am

    So, so beautiful! I have wanted to go to Tuscany for awhile now. Love your colorful watercolor note cards. Safe journey’s!ReplyCancel

  • Flynn Gentry-Taylor - September 12, 2013 - 1:00 am

    Beautiful as always, have to get those twinkling paints..I like the idea of gluing their buns into a box…lolReplyCancel

  • Karen Oliver - September 11, 2013 - 10:56 pm

    Again, another taste of Italy and with NO calories!ReplyCancel

  • Starr Hull - September 11, 2013 - 10:27 pm

    BEAUTIFUL PHOTOGRAPHS! The street scene in Cortona is wonderful. I hope I get that postcard. I love it.ReplyCancel

  • Carol Barbian - September 11, 2013 - 9:41 pm

    Choose me! Choose me! Choose me!ReplyCancel

  • Linda LD Artman - September 11, 2013 - 8:48 pm

    Love your work – thanks for sharing and bring us along-ReplyCancel

  • Diane Howard - September 11, 2013 - 8:15 pm

    The sunflowers made my day!ReplyCancel

  • Valerie McMullen - September 11, 2013 - 7:36 pm

    Love your sketches! They are so pretty! I’d love to watch you make one! And now I’m back to eating more chocolate! Yum!ReplyCancel

  • Linda Macgregor - September 11, 2013 - 7:32 pm

    Grapes and sunflowers: what a gorgeous region!

  • Christine Osgood Holzschuh - September 11, 2013 - 7:31 pm

    I loved the watercolor tips and have been inspired to do little paintings on my humble travels stateside!ReplyCancel

  • Loree - September 11, 2013 - 6:45 pm

    Wow, love the image of the happy sunflowers and the cobblestone side street! Grabbing my watercolors now…ReplyCancel

  • Cathy Amos - September 11, 2013 - 6:24 pm

    love it all…..what breath taking views and street scenes….Thank youReplyCancel

  • Judy - September 11, 2013 - 6:20 pm

    I’m half-Italian. Need I say more….ReplyCancel

  • Rynda Moore - September 11, 2013 - 5:23 pm

    Love that you share your adventures!ReplyCancel

  • Carrie Roets-Waller - September 11, 2013 - 4:55 pm

    These are just gorgeous!! I want you to paint in watercolor all the time, but I may be biased:)) Love, love, love it!!!ReplyCancel

  • susan walker - September 11, 2013 - 4:49 pm

    Love how different the cityscape is to what I see here in PA. thanks for sharing…now off to paint something..You too out there.ReplyCancel

  • Pat Langley - September 11, 2013 - 4:35 pm

    I am lovin the scenery and the beautiful postcards.ReplyCancel

  • Ms Fay H Fisher - September 11, 2013 - 4:32 pm

    I have been to Cortona on a day when there was some pageantry going on! People were waving huge flags, wearing period costumes, and coming down those steps in the main courtyard. It was lovely! I took Art History II and Italian Renaissance History in Italy. We were based in Perugia – you know where all that wonderful chocolate is made! Your trip is bringing back so many memories and I love your journals. You are such an inspiration to us all!ReplyCancel

  • Caryl Park - September 11, 2013 - 3:41 pm

    Your sense of colour and vibrancy is incredible. I would never think to paint a street blue and it looks lovely.ReplyCancel

  • Libbi Byrd Corson - September 11, 2013 - 3:40 pm

    Love your photos, videos and paintings…may be the only way I ever get to Italy ;)!

  • Joanne Spilman Kilduff - September 11, 2013 - 3:20 pm

    Fall is all about flowers at their peak and sunflowers of all sizes everywhere personify it. Lets all paint them inspired by Dreama! ReplyCancel

  • Vickie guthrie - September 11, 2013 - 3:09 pm

    You’ve added another title to your never-ending list – Tuscan Art Queen! ;-))))))ReplyCancel

  • Debi Levay - September 11, 2013 - 3:03 pm

    LOVE your paintings…. and enjoyed my little chocolate! 😉ReplyCancel

  • Pamela Michel - September 11, 2013 - 2:59 pm

    Your blog posts just brighten my day…THANKS!ReplyCancel

  • Celeste Mycoskie - September 11, 2013 - 2:52 pm

    I just received my twinkling paints. Love.Love.Love them. Met my cousins to celebrate four birthdays. including mine and painted each a b’day card using these new paints…they loved them. Ciao celesteReplyCancel

  • Cathy Engberg - September 11, 2013 - 2:41 pm

    Thank you for sharing your trip to Italy! I’m enjoying it very much! ReplyCancel

  • Nancy Finch - September 11, 2013 - 1:58 pm

    Thanks for sharing, love ItalyReplyCancel

  • Linda Guslani Stratton - September 11, 2013 - 1:57 pm

    Love your pretty scarf! ;))ReplyCancel

  • Joyce Wilson Howard - September 11, 2013 - 1:53 pm

    Beautiful postcard…I pinned it to my art board. Now I’m off to paint one of my own. Thank you for sharing your trip and art with all of us.ReplyCancel

  • Suzanne Michels Hoyne - September 11, 2013 - 1:44 pm

    So beautiful! Another joyful, sunshine filled painting!
    A great way for us to be inspired! ThanksReplyCancel

  • Maggie Nicolosi - September 11, 2013 - 1:23 pm

    Italy speaks to my soul! It says: Go Home, paint brush in one hand and a glass of wine in the other!!!ReplyCancel

  • Tracy Verdugo - September 11, 2013 - 1:12 pm

    Such fun to travel along with you Dreama! Thank you for the chance to win this gorgeous postcard and for permission to eat chocolate! xoReplyCancel

  • Betty Turner Hunter - September 11, 2013 - 1:07 pm

    Street scene lamp light makes the pic.ReplyCancel

  • Judy Baker - September 11, 2013 - 12:55 pm

    What a beautiful Italian scene. Love traveling along with you. ReplyCancel

  • Lucinda Hathaway - September 11, 2013 - 12:54 pm

    nice renderings of my favorite place….have a pistacio gelato for mrReplyCancel

  • Teressa Sliger - September 11, 2013 - 12:49 pm

    Your paintings and your videos touch my heart. You have found a wonderful way to send me Italy!ReplyCancel

  • Jan McKinzie Burnett - September 11, 2013 - 12:27 pm

    Just beautiful! Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Debo Boddiford - September 11, 2013 - 12:18 pm

    I am so enjoying your trip! Eat some cake for me!ReplyCancel

  • Phyllis Elliott - September 11, 2013 - 11:54 am

    Sunflowers and grapes. What a beautiful pairReplyCancel

  • Lynne Wogan - September 11, 2013 - 11:44 am

    ohhh I hope I win the sunflower one..love itReplyCancel

  • Barbara J. Hart - September 11, 2013 - 11:39 am

    What amazing landscape! Love your postcard. Hope to join you someday!ReplyCancel

  • Donna Pierce-Clark - September 11, 2013 - 11:33 am

    Thank you for sharing such beautiful paintings and photos of the area with us!ReplyCancel

  • Sherry DeFazio - September 11, 2013 - 11:28 am

    Grapes hang heavy,
    Sun shines bright
    Beauty of Tuscany,
    A true delight!

    Let me walk
    The streets with you
    Endless beauty
    Will dance through.ReplyCancel

  • Judi Hostetter - September 11, 2013 - 11:16 am

    Love this postcard! Loved Tuscany!ReplyCancel

  • Shelly - September 11, 2013 - 11:13 am

    So beautiful! I love the twinkling colors!ReplyCancel

  • Cathy Marcquenski - September 11, 2013 - 11:13 am

    I just love all the beautiful views you share with us, Dreama! The postcards are just lovely, and I wish I was there with you!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - September 11, 2013 - 10:50 am

    It is all so glorious. Tuscany is calling me!ReplyCancel

  • deana diefenbach - September 11, 2013 - 10:28 am

    I love these little petite watercolors so much. Your photos are gorgeous too.ReplyCancel

  • Linda Rupard - September 11, 2013 - 10:18 am

    Hi Dreama what fun thanks for sharing .

  • Sharon Merchant Ivy - September 11, 2013 - 10:09 am

    Love how the grapes and sunflowers complement each other!ReplyCancel

  • Sea Dean - September 11, 2013 - 10:06 am

    I love this postcard, especially the torn edge.

  • Ginny - September 11, 2013 - 9:31 am

    You so beautifully bring Italy to life!ReplyCancel

  • Mary Moran - September 11, 2013 - 9:29 am

    I so want to be there with you. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Deborah - September 11, 2013 - 9:06 am

    Great way to start the day!ReplyCancel

  • Bryonna - September 11, 2013 - 8:43 am

    Isn’t this just the perfect time to be enjoying Tuscany! The lushness of the countryside, the slightly softer September light. Bella !ReplyCancel

  • Andrée - September 11, 2013 - 8:36 am

    Wonderful watercolor of the street in Cortona and you mimi mini just beside a so big sunflower! Thanks for sharing with us!AndréeReplyCancel

  • Peggy Adams - September 11, 2013 - 8:29 am

    Love your photos and paintings! Makes me feel like I’m there…ReplyCancel

  • Kim - September 11, 2013 - 8:29 am

    Yes, I have spoken with Ed. He has followed you to Venice but he had a variety of shenanigans getting there. He doesn’t take too kindly to water! He’s not quite sure about this place! He is still keeping an eye on you, and has told me you have had far too many gelatos and espressos. He says, you might want to take it easy.ReplyCancel

  • Renee - September 11, 2013 - 8:23 am

    Just spectacular!!!ReplyCancel

  • Terri - September 11, 2013 - 8:22 am

    Don’t worry; all is well back here while you two have an Italian blast!! Continue the fun…ReplyCancel

  • Sandy Ward - September 11, 2013 - 8:18 am

    A few days ago, I forwarded one of your blogs posts to my friend Bruce. I wrote: “Dreama’s in Italy again, this time in Cortuna. Scroll down through the photos – she managed to get BOTH of my favorite colors in one shot – periwinkle and chartreuse!”

    Something was wrong…Cortuna…did Frances Mayes spell it that way?…I couldn’t figure out what the problem was, needed to leave for an appointment, and so changed Cortuna to Tuscany and sent off the email.

    It was only yesterday that I realized that I had used Eddie’s spelling for Cortona….Tsst.ReplyCancel

  • gayle - September 11, 2013 - 8:02 am

    Everything is lush, including that wonderful top you have on! From Italy or Ky? gayleReplyCancel

  • Amy Welborn - September 11, 2013 - 7:55 am

    Love the light in your photos! Please have some chocolate gelato for me! Thank you so much for sharing your lovely adventure with us!ReplyCancel

  • Becky Frame - September 11, 2013 - 7:39 am

    I was just where you are on my birthday (today) a few years ago! Such a gorgeous spot! and yes! I’ll have some chocolate and raise a chunk to you! Enjoy your day and celebrate for me!ReplyCancel

  • Terri Godfrey - September 11, 2013 - 6:50 am

    Such beautiful work and in such beautiful areas of the world. I’m grateful for your website! Please enter my name….thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Libby anderson - September 11, 2013 - 6:38 am

    Thanks for sharing the beauty!ReplyCancel

  • Deb LaRocque - September 11, 2013 - 6:32 am

    Love the sunflowers and grapes. Or maybe I just love the colors.ReplyCancel

  • Marion Corcin Mayer - September 11, 2013 - 6:18 am

    Eddie told me not to tell…ReplyCancel

  • Marcia - September 11, 2013 - 6:08 am

    The sunflowers look so friendly! Love your postcard today, I really like the new colors 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Mary Frances Doss - September 11, 2013 - 5:51 am

    So much beauty from my armchair. Thank you Dreama.ReplyCancel

  • June - September 11, 2013 - 5:40 am

    Ohhhh…so much gorgeousness! I’m smiling from the inside and outside looking at all these beautiful photos – all that beauty! All those colours! All those sunflowers! And the grapes, too! Look at the colour of those luscious grapes! And so many wonderful places for us to paint.

    This has been such a joy and a pleasure to come along with you, Dreama. I’ve been loving every minute of it – and the video diaries are an added gift (I love what you’re wearing in this video, by the way – did you buy it there in Italia or did you already have it and brought it with you?).

    And now, you’re there in my beloved (and much-missed) Venezia. How I love, love, love this Italian holiday we’ve been on. Molto grazie!ReplyCancel

  • Sheri Trepina - September 11, 2013 - 5:12 am

    So enjoy your postings!ReplyCancel

  • Dreama - September 11, 2013 - 4:10 am

    Hey Kids! So glad everyone is taking the “eat more chocolate” directive to heart;)) You follow instructions so well!
    Just arrived in Venice and it looked like I was not going to have internet connection at all—then it popped on this morning. I am thinkin that when they were building an entire city that floats on water they weren’t giving much thought to wifi.
    Yep, that’s your deep thought for today 🙂

    Hugs Over and Out from Venice

    PS Has anyone talked to or seen Eddie???ReplyCancel

  • Mary Beth Attix Harrison - September 11, 2013 - 2:12 am

    So nice to have permission to have a little more chocolate today!ReplyCancel

  • Linda Guslani Stratton - September 10, 2013 - 10:38 pm

    Love following along. Beautiful trip!ReplyCancel

  • Barbara Hust-Ray - September 10, 2013 - 9:42 pm

    Lovely to see.ReplyCancel

  • Donna Dale Abbott - September 10, 2013 - 7:59 pm

    Dreama, you are the best photographer! Beautiful beyond words.ReplyCancel

  • Carol C - September 10, 2013 - 7:38 pm

    Wow!! What a gorgeous area you are in! Your daily postcard is gorgeous as ever and I love the Twinkling H20s!! It reminds me to get mine out of whatever hidey hole they are in and to start using them….ReplyCancel

  • Josephine Hardison Fine Art - September 10, 2013 - 7:20 pm

    If I eat 5 pieces of Chocolates do I get more chances to win? HaHa! I’ll get to work on that!ReplyCancel

  • Laurie G. Miller - September 10, 2013 - 6:28 pm

    Loved your video…the sunflowers are amazing!!!ReplyCancel

  • Teri Jordan Towse - September 10, 2013 - 5:13 pm

    I am loving the inspiring settings. The view is breath taking. Lush grapes and shiny sun flowers are a real treat. Scoring points for eating chocolate is the BEST! Thanks Artist Dreama Tolle Perry.ReplyCancel

  • Sue Rob - September 10, 2013 - 4:54 pm

    Love your photos and can’t wait to get to Italy myself! Thank you for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Marie Mustard - September 10, 2013 - 4:22 pm

    Love this Dreama. I bought some of the new Watercolors, having fun.ReplyCancel

  • Dianne L. Stroup - September 10, 2013 - 3:23 pm


  • marianne leal - September 10, 2013 - 1:39 pm

    bella italia and watercolors….perfetto!!ReplyCancel

  • terijordantowse - September 10, 2013 - 12:06 pm

    I am loving the scenery. The grapes look lush and the view from a distance is divine. To see the fields and hills is inspiring. Thanks for sharing Dreama.ReplyCancel

  • Cj Rider - September 10, 2013 - 7:48 am

    Fun to see your pics, paintings and videos of your trip! Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

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