19 Jun


“Carte Postale #1”

“Cafe 1883, Rocamadour, France”
Carte Postale #1

And the winner is…..

It has added an extra layer of glow to know that I can spread the joy that is France by mailing a few of my original watercolor postcards (carte postale in French)!!
I will be selecting a winner each day while I am here in France:)))  If you’d like to have your name in the beret. so to speak—just let me know by way of leaving a comment on my blog, sending an email to Eddie or me, or dropping by the Le Vieux Couvent on your way to Toulouse;))— carrier pigeon will work also:))  A new name will be drawn each day from that day’s comments/replies:))

The winner of the Carte Postale #1

is Betsy Duncan—Yeah Betsy!!!
(Betsy, email me your snail mail address ASAP so I can get your original watercolor postcard in the mail.)

Now it’s time to let your mind carry you away to France….

Beauty is strewn about everywhere in France
Even spent petals and a rainy day conspire to make one smile:)))

I think Eddie and Pierre must have blonde cousins in France….

The carte postale scene was painted in the cafe shown below (it’s the one with the red awning) .  Something tells me that stairmasters and treadmills are not big sellers in Rocamadour.  Just sayin’:))

I am still on the house hunt for all of us and checked this one out today.
What do you think?

Would you be up for helping  keep the roses watered??

And just in case you thought I forgot about food for one day…..I am proud to report that I now know what purple tastes like.

A perfectly purple parfait:)))
And I figured after hoofing it up to Rocamadour that I should reward myself with ….. ahem…..CREME CARAMEL.

P.S.  I am thinking that perhaps I should save the last day in France for clothes shopping.  Just in case.  You know….like if the washing machines here  were to cause my clothes to unexpectedly shrink two sizes or something and I couldn’t fit into anything to wear back home on the plane.  Just thinkin’ ahead.
P.S.S.  If you want to invite a friend along on our French excursion, just forward this email.

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  1. Rhonda Tolle Beaman

    I am commenting that I would love to be there in France having a nutella and banana crepe with you! Love all the beautiful art work and just keep trying for a post card!!

  2. Anonymous

    So it’s not just oils that you’re handy with…these watercolour postcards are stunning too and really capture that ‘French feel’ as well as your personality. What a talented vortex lady you are! 🙂 I would so love a chance to win one…(the name’s Mandy, that’s M.A.N.D.Y Parrett) 🙂 Merci Madam Dreama!!!
    Mandy Parrett

  3. Haven’t quite figured this time thing. Just hoping to get my name in the hat for the next drawing.

  4. Marcia Fox

    Love, love, love the photos!

  5. Thanks for taking us with you on this trip, well, at least with the fantastic pics!

  6. Sounds and looks fantastic, lucky you. Such great references to paint.

  7. Beautiful painting and visions of France. Merci Beaucoup Dreama.
    Is it close to midnight there? Is the soft light of the moon spilling over the countryside and the sweet sent of flowers still perfuming the night air. Time for a night cap of another creme caramel…? Another beautiful day awaits you. Sweet dreams and thank you for taking us with you.

  8. So cool! I am loving my French excursion!

  9. Sonia Kane

    Dreama – Thank you so much for taking us all on your trip to France. The photos are lovely, but the postcards are what make me really feel like I am there!

  10. yvonne

    I am so jealous that you are in France. What a beautiful place FULL of painting!!!! So how is Eddie liking his new friend?

  11. Throw my name in that beret! And I volunteer to water the roses,prune the roses,talk to the roses and paint them! What a dream to live and paint in France. Thanks for giving us a little glimpse of it!

  12. YES! would love love love to be a winner of one of your beeeauuutiful postcards from France! : ) Love your postings from France!

  13. You just posted on FB, saying we’d have to comment on your blog in the next HALF HOUR! But, there’s no new post – are you just using this one????? Want to GET IT RIGHT!

    • You got it right Kelley! I am drawing and posting the next winner in 30 minutes:)) So this post is the place to post for the next drawing—with the time difference I am drawing every 24 hours from the names placed “in the hat” in that 24 hour period:))

  14. June

    In a word: beautiful. All of it. It’s been many years now since I was in France and fell in love with it – all of it – in an instant. Seeing these beautiful, at times breathtakingly beautiful photos, as well as reading your words and your impressions of all that you’re immersing yourself into, just makes me close my eyes and remember, with such clarity and such joy, how beautiful France was then, and how beautiful it still is now, through your eyes, your phtoos, your thoughts and your words.

    I’d love to be one of the lucky winners of the next postcard drawing, but if not, then your blog posts (both from home and away) make me smile, and more often than not, make my day. Thakns for sharing, Dreama. I love being taken on this idyllic journey with you. Where are we headed tomorrow, then?

  15. That dessert plate looked delicious! Loved the cats photo and the city on the rocks. Lovely! Now stick my name in the post card drawing!!Egretta

  16. Rhonda Tolle Beaman

    I think you are rubbing this south of France thing in just a bit…how is Pierre feeling about this? He and I are commenting jointly in hopes of getting our name drawn for a post card! Seriously, love it all!

  17. You are inspiring me to get out my watercolors. Thank you for taking us all to France.

  18. Gloria

    The city on the mount is so gorgeous. I also love the French window scene with the two cats cousins just giving you the eye as you take their picture. The desserts look soooo good! I need a postcard, too, Dreama. I love your sketchy look in the first one.

  19. Sharon

    Be still my heart. I shall water the roses, etc… did I see poppies in that photo too. I think I gained a few lbs. looking at the delicious food. Eddy’s cousins are adorable too! Life is good!!!!!!!!!!!!

  20. This is the best kind of armchair traveling. You know what we all want to see! I am so enjoying following your trip!

  21. What a fabulous trip to France! Have more crepes and creme caramel… 🙂

  22. Thank you for taking us all along on your fabulous trip!

  23. Anonymous

    Thank you so much for sharing your wonderfully colorful adventure! We haven’t been on a vacation in so long, so your postings give me the little break I need!!! It is all just so fabulous!!!

    Jana Rooke

  24. ME, ME, ME!!! Of course I want to win… Gorgeous photos, you must be having a marvelous time!!

  25. Gail

    Yes…I will water the roses….make your bed…paint your house….anything you desire. Or I could be your neighbor! My cats Riley and Misty would love to hang with Eddie and Pierre. And I would be more than happy to share those delicious treats with you, just to save you from a few extra pounds! On second thought….with all those steps…I want my own purple parfait and creme caramel!

  26. oh my goodness your watercolor is just gorgeous! I’ve been listening to your AHA podcasts & recently signed up for your newsletter. I’m enjoying all your colors & your posts. I, too, would love to be in the running for a postcard. Thanks for the opportunity!

  27. Beautiful little watercolor! And the photos you’re snapping are a treasure trove of future paintings. The matching ginger & white cats on the blue window ledge is such a quintessentially European scene. Love it!

  28. Lyn

    Fingers crossed again today! Beautiful postcard and a fun way to share your trip…

  29. Such dreamy locations! I would love to win one of your delightful watercolor post cards! Thank you for sharing the joy of your travels!

  30. Please put my name in the beret! I’m already hiding in your suitcase and enjoying the the trip with you! Thanks for the wonderful descriptive posts, photos, food and everything French!!!

  31. Love everything that you’ve shown us! Your watercolour postcards are a wonderful idea….keep the travel pics coming…

  32. Hi Dreama,
    I always enjoy your uplifting messages. You are a beautiful inspirational writer too, as well as being a wonderful artist!
    Nancy Darling

  33. Ouais- what Marianne said…en plus de je pense tu as un sentiment solidaire de tous les Français. I can use the familiar with you cause you’re so much younger than I am!!!

  34. Marianne Borgna-Fransioli

    Hello Dreama,

    Je suis affreusement jalouse de la gagnante fde la carte postale n° I!!!
    J’habite en France, et je serais si heureuse de recevoir une carte de votre part!
    Je suis vos aventures artistiques par Facebook, et je ne savais pas que vous étiez aussi talentueuse à l’aquarelle!

    A bientôt,

  35. Oh Dreama, I’ll try again. Please drop my name into your beret…maybe someday…

    Your watercolor postcard is lovely!!

  36. Anonymous

    Thank you for taking us to France with you…it is wonderful to see it through your eyes,words, photos, and art. Hope you are enjoying some wonderful French wines.

  37. This is so much fun being on vacation with you! Would you mind setting up a video camera so we can watch a demo and paint along side you? : )
    Ok I’ll settle for a chance at a beautiful post card. Have a croissant for us and savior all of the memories you are making!

  38. Myrtle

    Postcard please! Thank you for keeping us posted!

  39. Your images bring back such lovely memories. I know it’s a match made Ii Heaven for you!

  40. France is on my life list, so I’ve enjoyed reading along here. Would love a postcard from you!

  41. Thanks for the chance to get a beautiful postcard from you, Dreama! Ah…I’m dreaming of France. I would soak in both God’s beauty around me and the beauty being created in your workshop, capture moments with my camera, and scratch out poems.

  42. Love your photos! Love the blond cousins especially, too cute! And yes, please toss my name in the beret!

  43. John Bailey

    As usual, you lift up all our spirits!! I would love to get a postcard. And I love the photos, too!!

  44. Dreama–Enjoy Paris! Paint for me while you are there! I hope to get there one of these days! Cheers, Linda Fisler

  45. Anonymous

    Love your paintings! I’ve used several as wallpaper in my phone 🙂 Enjoy Paris!!
    Wendy Slone

  46. Please add my name to the beret. Love your paintings!!

  47. Toss my name into that beret, girl! I loved the cats on the windowsill the best! But France, for some reason, is like a kaleidoscope, beauty everywhere…. I am so happy you had this time there!

  48. me…pick me!! I might need two creme caramels for that steep climb!! not exactly the rolling hills of Kentucky!! I had to pour myself another glass of wine just thinking about it 🙂

  49. Thank you for letting us live vicariously through your trip in France. I LOVE FRANCE! I have been to Paris twice and the mountains near Geneva, Switzerland. I hope to get back that way some day.

  50. Your watercolors are gorgeous-just like your oils. Thanks for doing all the legwork for your students and peeps. Thanks for sharing the JOY!!!

  51. Your postcards bring back wonderful memories…and shopping in the villages is always a great idea. Enjoy!

  52. I would love to have my name in the beret. If I can’t be in France painting with you a post card from France would be a lovely second:)

  53. Lyn

    Ahhh, two desserts! I want to visit France!

  54. Dreama, Cafe 1883 is beautifully painted….I had no clue you were such a wonderful watercolorist! France suits you well….loving seeing it through your eyes till I can get there myself:):)

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