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V is for Venice:)!

Watercolor Postcard from Italy!

As you can see, I have been using the H2O Twinkler watercolors on the postcards I have done in Italy.  They show more shimmer, depending on how the light hits ’em!


Detail 🙂

So much Venice! One could paint a lifetime  and not capture all that is here.
So ancient, so ethereal, so timeless.

I am so thrilled that you have hung out with me these past two weeks—-and gosh have they flown by!
Tomorrow we say “Arrivederci” to Italy …. at least for the time being 🙂

Never fear , your virtual trip is not over yet….I have more pics for you to paint, a video (or two) and a giveaway up my proverbial sleeve 😉

And here’s a video you may have missed since I added it after my last post went out…just click here!

Fair Venice early in the morning is breathtaking….


But then, what’s not to love about midday along the Grand Canal :-)??


Lots of red in Venice….maybe that’s where we got the color name Venetian Red??


And here’s the gondola parking lot.  You knew there had to be one, right ;-)?


And so here’s your places to pick from to paint in your journals today (or make a postcard or two….have you sent any of yours to anyone?  I am mailing several out today 🙂 )


(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 the petite leather cosmetic bag from Venice, Italy that I selected with you in mind….it’s handmade in Italy, of course!


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…. Winners have been chosen (via Random.org) for some of the giveaways (especially those with postcards so that I have time to get them in the mail here in Venice!) but you still have time to enter several others–just go to my home page (click here) and scroll down to see what giveaways from Italy are still happening.  There’s more to come!!



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  • Peg Sullivan - April 14, 2014 - 2:50 am

    I loved Venice it was so beautiful and I will go back some day,I was there on a painting trip with some friends from Pine Island Florida last year.

  • Cheryl penn - September 24, 2013 - 9:15 am

    So glad you are home. Eddie looks miffed. Tell him there is always France 2014!ReplyCancel

  • Alan Cayton - September 21, 2013 - 8:29 am

    The sunrise was especially beautiful and to think that masterpiece in the sky is always changing. We are the lucky ones. God bless you in your travels and sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Cynthia Harvey - September 21, 2013 - 8:24 am

    Glad you are home in Paris and safe. Rest up and drink lots of water!
    Best way to deal with anger is not to react with anger. L O V E heals all wounds…and if you happen to have gotten angry too, cry if you can and cool off…The Moon plays a big part in peoples emotions, I’ve noticed that this past couple of days (YUKKIE!!)and had to deal with my youngest anger at me.


  • Lisa Stantz - September 19, 2013 - 7:26 pm

    Your work leaves me in awe and wonder! Thanks for sharing so much!ReplyCancel

  • Sylvia Arb - September 18, 2013 - 10:46 pm

    I’ve enjoyed your photos and post cards. Thanks for sharing. I am convinced this post will be the lucky winner!!!! Lol.ReplyCancel

  • jobi - September 18, 2013 - 8:10 pm

    ah what I wouldn’t do for genuine Italian gelato right now!? or an ice cream sandwich, for that matter!!!!! glad you are having a great trip!! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Julia Wilson - September 18, 2013 - 5:14 pm

    Gorgeous photos!ReplyCancel

  • Irene M. Santana - September 18, 2013 - 10:06 am


    Awh, to ride the canals on a Gondola in Venice would be just dreamy, with Eddie stirring ofcourse! Enjoy your last days in Venice and thanks for sharing all your breath taking photos! 🙂

    Irene M. S.ReplyCancel

  • Carol Collier - September 18, 2013 - 1:46 am

    What a gorgeous place Venice is!!! I am convinced I need to go there…maybe on your next trip?!ReplyCancel

  • Diane Howard - September 17, 2013 - 6:19 pm

    Love all your photos…can’t wait to see them transformed into your paintings!ReplyCancel

  • Dianne L. Stroup - September 17, 2013 - 4:56 pm

    Thank you for helping me to be even more excited than I already was about seeing Venice in October…it looks so beautiful…as do your paintings & photos…!!ReplyCancel

  • Karen Oliver - September 17, 2013 - 3:54 pm

    Really nice to see how those watercolours shine…on the list now!ReplyCancel

  • Pat Langley - September 17, 2013 - 12:17 pm

    Forgot to say Thank You so much!ReplyCancel

  • Pat Langley - September 17, 2013 - 12:16 pm

    Oh, it went so quickly.
    Beautiful place.ReplyCancel

  • Susan in TX - September 17, 2013 - 10:58 am

    Venice has never been on my must-see list. But it is NOW! Lovely.ReplyCancel

  • Deb LaRocque - September 17, 2013 - 9:09 am

    Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful pictures with us!ReplyCancel

  • susan walker - September 17, 2013 - 7:57 am

    There images u send are so interesting. Must be hard to not stop to paint everythg.ReplyCancel

  • Claire Southward Snyder - September 17, 2013 - 4:29 am

    What absolutely stunning pictures you have shared. Thank you and thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Rosita Henley - September 17, 2013 - 3:48 am

    These are beautiful photos of Venice!! Like the movie too! Really enjoying these posts from you! Safe trip home!ReplyCancel

  • Monique Solanilla - September 16, 2013 - 11:10 pm

    La Bella Italia,love the people, love the food, love the cloth,love the music, love the wine.What can I say I am “PAZZO “for Italy, specially Venice.I wish I was there with you.ReplyCancel

  • Shelly T. - September 16, 2013 - 10:39 pm

    Those H2O Twinkling watercolors are the cat’s meow!! Are they endorsed by Eddie? 😉ReplyCancel

  • Karen Gifford - September 16, 2013 - 10:27 pm

    Lovely, doesn’t sound very va va voom, but it certainly describes the delightful peaceable spots of Italy you have selected to share with us. I imagine enjoying my morning coffee – not on my (rather warm) balcony in Texas, but some magnificent quiet corner in Italy watching the world pass by, complete with Italian (I cannot understand a word) but it sure sounds good!!! Great way to wake up every morning 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Linda Macgregor - September 16, 2013 - 9:52 pm

    I love the splash of orange background in your lovely postcard! I can only dream of a day or two in Venice, so thanks for the video snippet!ReplyCancel

  • Mary Meyer Wheeler - September 16, 2013 - 9:28 pm

    These photos are so inspiring! I might try my hand at some of these. Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Susan Medyn - September 16, 2013 - 9:09 pm

    You are magic. Everything takes my breath away. Beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Loree Hill Luther - September 16, 2013 - 8:33 pm

    So I miss it in a previous blog post? Who were the luck postcard winners?ReplyCancel

  • Valerie McMullen - September 16, 2013 - 8:02 pm

    I so wish I could be there! What a beautiful place!ReplyCancel

  • Christine Miller - September 16, 2013 - 7:35 pm

    I am not a painter, but that doesn’t keep me from appreciating your art!ReplyCancel

  • Pat alto - September 16, 2013 - 6:42 pm


  • Sharon Chapman - September 16, 2013 - 6:11 pm

    Thank you for this wonderful trip. I felt as though I was right there.ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Durbin Graves - September 16, 2013 - 6:01 pm

    love the gondola parking lot. I knew I’d be seeing that birdcage in a painting soon. ReplyCancel

  • Roseanne Campagna - September 16, 2013 - 5:48 pm

    Ahhh yes… what a wonderful way to start the day!ReplyCancel

  • Twilight Painter - September 16, 2013 - 5:09 pm

    My heart aches to be there. So glad you are enjoying this journey.ReplyCancel

  • Mary Reilly - September 16, 2013 - 4:57 pm

    Love starting my day with Dreama and her adventures in paint!ReplyCancel

  • Starr Hull - September 16, 2013 - 3:58 pm

    I love all the windows and balconies with flowers. The colors are just as vibrant here too.ReplyCancel

  • Eva LaRue - September 16, 2013 - 3:54 pm


  • Mary Frances - September 16, 2013 - 3:46 pm

    I look forward to your trip every morning along with my first cup of coffee. Godspeed on your journey home.

  • Ginny Good - September 16, 2013 - 3:40 pm

    Love all your videos and paintings!! Dreaming of going to Venice with Dreama one day!ReplyCancel

  • Loree - September 16, 2013 - 3:22 pm

    I love the flowers spilling over the balconies. Looks like you’re having much better weather than I did when I was there (it was storming/raining – boohoo)But gives me a reason to go back.ReplyCancel

  • Patricia Steedle - September 16, 2013 - 3:06 pm

    Thanks so much for the “trip” Dreama! It was all so delightful. Safe trip home. The Eddies will be happy to see you!! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Denise Finnestad - September 16, 2013 - 2:53 pm

    So fun to see Venice through your posts!ReplyCancel

  • Vikki Bouffard - September 16, 2013 - 2:14 pm

    I’ve painted what I think is that very same arched window with the balcony full of flowers! My pic was from the opposite side, but how exciting to see it again. Ciao!ReplyCancel

  • Hoda Dimitri Nicholas - September 16, 2013 - 2:14 pm

    What beautiful pictures Dreama and I love this postcard… colors are popping and very happy….ReplyCancel

  • Betty Turner Hunter - September 16, 2013 - 2:06 pm

    Spectacular colors.ReplyCancel

  • Don Fowler - September 16, 2013 - 2:05 pm

    Hi Dreama,

    I love your Italy posts, but I am on a diet and can not eat 20 pounds of pasta, not at one siting anyway. You ask that we only use your photos for watercolors or post cards. I do neither, but what about using your photos for small acrylic paintings for my own use and not for sale?

    Don FowlerReplyCancel

  • Sandra Jean Ammeraal - September 16, 2013 - 1:47 pm

    Thank you so much. What a wonderful reminder of my stay in Venice….I loved it!ReplyCancel

  • Suzanne Dungan - September 16, 2013 - 1:40 pm

    I am soooooo loving your trip!!!! What a glorious time!!! Thanks for sharing!!

  • Caroline Campeau - September 16, 2013 - 1:39 pm

    Loved our stay in Venice..thanks for the memories:)
    I thought it was so magical!ReplyCancel

  • Linda Guslani Stratton - September 16, 2013 - 1:25 pm

    Wonderful Venice, juicy colors … What a great experience!!!ReplyCancel

  • Sharlene Dunn - September 16, 2013 - 12:52 pm

    The colors of Venice are breathtaking, thanks for sharing…oxox, sharReplyCancel

  • Jan McKinzie Burnett - September 16, 2013 - 12:23 pm

    Beautiful sights, vivid colors. Thank you for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - September 16, 2013 - 12:13 pm

    What a wonderful ‘trip’ through Venice you gave…love, love, love the colors…so cheerful…ReplyCancel

  • Laurie G. Miller - September 16, 2013 - 12:07 pm

    So beautiful!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Sylvina - September 16, 2013 - 11:59 am

    Love that Venetian clutch! Look at the curves on those Gondolas!
    Thanks fro the Armcahir traveling Dreama! ~ SReplyCancel

  • Jayne Moore Waldrop - September 16, 2013 - 11:53 am

    The colors are beautiful, the reds and that incredible water.ReplyCancel

  • Durinda Cheek - September 16, 2013 - 11:51 am

    So glad you had such a wonderful trip to Italy! I hope you saved some gelato and sunshine for me next week! Maybe someday we can “do” a country together! Have a safe trip home!

  • Linda Mayer Volz - September 16, 2013 - 11:07 am

    Looks marvelous!!

  • Prudy Weaver Artist - September 16, 2013 - 11:01 am

    So excited to see your photos of Venice. I am going in a few weeks and can’t wait!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Carol Hopper - September 16, 2013 - 11:01 am

    Can’t stand it…I am so jealous. Every one of those photographs is waiting to be painted but of course, I honor your wishes that they be used only in the way you intended. My favorite of the photos are the ones that include flowers and colorful buildings. I will be in your upcoming workshop in North Carolina!ReplyCancel

  • Judi Hostetter - September 16, 2013 - 10:52 am

    I have enjoyed all of your postings from Italy. Such beautiful photos. Brings back wonderful memories.ReplyCancel

  • Sandra Collinsworth Degnan - September 16, 2013 - 10:45 am
  • Anita Tresslar - September 16, 2013 - 10:44 am

    Thank you so much for sharing your trip with me. I have never been to Italy but now I feel a little more familiar with it. Truly beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Deanna Porter Foley - September 16, 2013 - 10:39 am

    I’ve never been a fan of red, but the Venetian Red is growing on me!ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Merchant Ivy - September 16, 2013 - 10:14 am

    Love all the flowers there!ReplyCancel

  • Marie Mustard - September 16, 2013 - 10:13 am

    Just love all,your photos and videos Dreama, wish I where there, ciao.ReplyCancel

  • Margie Lakeberg - September 16, 2013 - 10:09 am

    I love the orange walls ! Hmm…… I wonder if my neighbors would mind .
    My white walls are looking pretty drab .

  • Caroline Gilbert - September 16, 2013 - 10:08 am

    Isn’t Burano just the cutest. I have some very similar photos which I took last year… I still have yet to paint them… this has given me inspiration to actually go ahead and do it. Enjoy the rest of your trip. CiaoReplyCancel

  • Judith Weiss - September 16, 2013 - 9:51 am

    Venice is amazing. Loved looking at it thru your eyes. The light and visual splendor are enchanting.
    It will be fun to paint from my photos from 2007. And do some fun personal paintings from the photos you are so generous to share.
    Have a safe journey home.

  • Rebecca - September 16, 2013 - 9:47 am

    I love traveling with you!ReplyCancel

  • Joanna Lee Cranford - September 16, 2013 - 9:45 am

    The postcards are lovely!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Wallis-Morris - September 16, 2013 - 9:41 am

    I’m not sure where the results for the drawings are shown? ReplyCancel

  • Andrée - September 16, 2013 - 9:37 am

    Hi Dreama so beautiful your photos from Venice…Beautiful sparkling postcard also…The weather seems still very mild, you are wearing short sleeves…We cannot say the same here in Canada…Thanks for sharing Dreama you bring some lights in our gray days…AndréeReplyCancel

  • Brenda Lynch - September 16, 2013 - 9:25 am


  • Hoda Nicholas - September 16, 2013 - 9:16 am

    What beautiful pictures Dreama and I love this postcard… colors are popping and very happy….ReplyCancel

  • Kitty McGee - September 16, 2013 - 9:12 am

    Love the picsReplyCancel

  • julie hickcox - September 16, 2013 - 8:47 am

    Your tour paintings and photos are spectatular!!!! Love them !!!ReplyCancel

  • Susan Linville - September 16, 2013 - 8:30 am

    Thanks a bunch for the mini vacation!ReplyCancel

  • Vickie guthrie - September 16, 2013 - 8:27 am

    Love, love traveling with you! You’re an amazing travel companion. You do all the work and I don’t have to pay for a thing! Thanks!!ReplyCancel

  • gayle - September 16, 2013 - 8:26 am

    It’s a drab morning in Indiana. What a joy to see it’s not in Venice! GayleReplyCancel

  • Cindy Krueger - September 16, 2013 - 8:19 am

    I have so enjoyed all the beautiful watercolors and pictures from Italy. Thanks so much for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Vicki Brevell - September 16, 2013 - 7:55 am

    Today’s photos are stunning. Guess I’ll get busy recreating some of them in my journal. Each day is so inspiring – so much to paint – so little time!ReplyCancel

  • Rosemary Daly - September 16, 2013 - 7:47 am

    Hello Dear Dreama,

    Again, I cannot thank you enough for sharing beautiful Italy with us. You are just as Beautiful, and more so! The photos, videos and your paintings have made me smile. What a wonderful way to have my coffee in the morning!

    God Bless you and your husband for everything.
    Safe trip home.


  • Gretchen Stoudt - September 16, 2013 - 7:38 am

    Dear Dreama,

    Mille grazie for stirring up my “memory bank” of cherished time spent in Italia. If you need some extra lire for any “overweight charges” by the airline, I’ll be more than happy to bail you out. Ciao!ReplyCancel

  • JJ Hoffman - September 16, 2013 - 7:37 am

    Thanks for the get away…awesome and inspiring!ReplyCancel

  • Phyllis Elliott - September 16, 2013 - 7:34 am

    Love your video of Sunday in Venice! I was there 3 years ago but not to paintReplyCancel

  • Carol Hickerson - September 16, 2013 - 7:10 am


  • Marcia - September 16, 2013 - 6:58 am

    Thoroughly enjoying your posts about Italy and France!ReplyCancel

  • Karen Mitchell - September 16, 2013 - 6:42 am

    I fancy a bit of Venetian red myself…ReplyCancel

  • lucinda hathaway - September 16, 2013 - 6:35 am

    Venice is special! Have fun.ReplyCancel

  • Corinne Murphy - September 16, 2013 - 6:31 am

    Dreama, I swear (figure of speech!!), the photos you send us are beyond amazing. The first one today is, well, awesome! Those colors!! And to imagine that there is so much more of equal beauty makes me want to plan yet another trip!!! Thank you for everything Italian!!!ReplyCancel

  • Linda Hatfield - September 16, 2013 - 6:29 am

    Love the reds of Venice!ReplyCancel

  • Maureen Hardaway - September 16, 2013 - 6:28 am

    love your art work,so glad Im following you.

    Love that bag (purse )……..have a great day,you made my day……ReplyCancel

  • June S, - September 16, 2013 - 6:15 am

    Re-sending this, as I don’t think it got through. 🙁

    Such beautiful photos which will become your beautiful memories of beautiful Venezia to keep you going until you return there once again.

    I’m also loving those H20 sparkly, shiny, twinkly paints! Not to mention that Very Venetian bag 🙂

    You’re right, Dreama, and I agree – you could spend a lifetime there and still have so much to take in, to enjoy, to be enchanted by, to photograph and to paint. Not to mention all the gelato to enjoy! Venice truly is a very special and magical place, and I’ve enjoyed every single moment of your Italian holiday – thanks for sharing it with us.ReplyCancel

  • Judi Ann Hostetter - September 16, 2013 - 6:06 am

    Just love your photos and comments. Would love to take an Italy workshop with you.ReplyCancel

  • Karen Chamblin - September 16, 2013 - 6:05 am

    Love the photos Dreama.ReplyCancel

  • Prudy Weaver - September 16, 2013 - 6:02 am

    Love your Venice photos. Can’t wait to go in a few weeks and find the places you were!ReplyCancel

  • June - September 16, 2013 - 6:02 am

    Such beautiful photos which will become your beautiful memories of beautiful Venezia to keep you going until you return there once again.

    I’m also loving those H20 sparkly, shiny, twinkly paints! Not to mention that Very Venetian bag 🙂

    You’re right, Dreama, and I agree – you could spend a lifetime there and still have so much to take in, to enjoy, to be enchanted by, to photograph and to paint. Not to mention all the gelato to enjoy! Venice truly is a very special and magical place, and I’ve enjoyed every single moment of your Italian holiday – thanks for sharing it with us.ReplyCancel

  • Mary Moran - September 16, 2013 - 5:57 am

    Dreams,these photos are the best yet. What a special thing you are doing for us! Thanks.

  • Judi Ann Hostetter - September 16, 2013 - 5:44 am

    Love your photos and your virtual tour of Italy. Each one brings back wonderful memories. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Dreama - September 16, 2013 - 5:30 am

    Last full day in Venice. Gondola ride anyone???

    Last full day before I find out if Eddie is still here in Italy or has flown the coup back to Kentucky 😉

    I will be posting more pics from Italy and have one more giveaway coming up so it ain’t over til the slightly HEAVIER gal who has eaten tons of gelato gets her buns back on the plane home;))

    Hugs from Italy!!!ReplyCancel

  • Joanna Cranford - September 16, 2013 - 4:47 am

    Have enjoyed your tour, brought back some lovely mrmoriesReplyCancel

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