9 Nov

Before the Creative Process


Silent writing
Silent words
Keyboard clicking
Leaving tracks and tales told
of Gratitude Deep
Days laced with abundance
full hearts
eyes brimmed with beauty
still morning air that takes one’s breath away
gentle hum of sunrise
a gift of a day
all held in silent observation
by the mind which is never silent
but on this morning
quietly places
these holy thoughts
onto page because
they simply cannot remain inside
or unspoken




Hold Fast
The deepest portions
Of your soul

Music is one of the things that does that for me.  Sharpen your eyes as to what does this for you and then be sure to include it in your diet:))

Artist Michael Dowdle has been with me many times in my studio, connecting me back to my Source via his wonderful compositions.  The song played here is one of my favorites.

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“A Quiet Place”

The Gratitude Winner for Today is

Kathleen Williford
Congratulations Kathleen!  Just click here to send me your address:))

It is my delight to share things that I love—like the sweet acoustic renderings of guitarist Michael Dowdle.

To that end, tomorrow’s  Gratitude Gift is the Michael Dowdle CD, A Brighter Day (which includes the above song, In a Quiet Place)

What are you grateful for today?

Leave your comment on this blog  to share the JOY and get your name in for tomorrow’s Gratitude Gift (which also puts your name in for the big drawing at the end of the month:)


All of the comments for November thus far (about 1500 and counting) have been so beautiful to read!  I use random.org to select the winner each day—there is no way I could choose one based on merit–they are all so tender, disarming and gracious.  Thanks to each one of you for sharing–you are enriching so many others who may not be able speak up at the moment.  I hope you are beginning to feel the warmth of so much gratitude expressed!


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  1. Nancy Makar

    My gratitude goes to my darling “hubby” Eddie whose kindness, gentleness, courage and love sustain me each and every day. He has taught me what a “real” man is and it is so much better than I have ever known before him. Now, in the face of Parkinson’s he wins my admiration for being the bravest person I have ever known. I love you Eddie Romey, thanks for being in my life.

  2. Susan

    Daily gratitude that my three children have all matured into beautiful, wise, selfless and loving human beings, with delightful families of their own!

    Susan Caulton

  3. Anonymous

    I am grateful for another beautiful day of sunshine. Painting Santa pins for my friends and family.

    Karen Chamblin

  4. the fun of making an effort to use my drawer full of pretty scarves

  5. I am grateful to have the gift of site.(sp)
    There is so much beauty to be seen in this world. Especially our lovely hosts artwork. I adore the colors in your paintings Dreama. I find they lift my spirits everytime I see any piece you have created. I especially love your last post about being your true self. I will try to do that today.

  6. Nancy Makar

    Today I am grateful for intelligent, knowledgeable clinicians who work in my field. Today I attended a workshop with a wonderful presenter who taught me more than I ever hoped to learn in one single day. Reminds me of why I love my chosen profession.

  7. lois MADELINE nicholls

    I appreciate my return to mobility and better health after 2 mjr falls.

  8. Anonymous

    I am thankful for the serendipitous meeting of a stranger in a crowd who is quickly becoming a dear friend.
    Karen McDonald

  9. Fran

    Today I am thankful for the beauty of the winter snow. So clean, so fresh, silently falling like a soft blanket over the land. Fran M.

  10. Anonymous

    Thankful for our insurance aDjuster from hurricane Sandy.
    Karen Jean

  11. One of the most special people in my life was my Grandmother, she taught me so many wonderful things, too many to list, but what I always remember is her generosity, kindness and love of flowers, and all the things that you can grow in the garden.
    Thank you Mormor.

  12. Nancy Toth

    I am grateful for the extra teaspoon full of patience I had last night with my father with dementia…….

  13. Anonymous

    The fact that my daugher and I can volunteer at the local Hospice Thrift Store is cause for heartfelt gratitude. There we have fun with many dear friends and treasures we can buy for others and ourselves. It’s a true blessing.

  14. Music and it’s relationship with time, place and people in our lives.

  15. Anonymous

    My little grandson is ok after two days in the hospital. It was a virus and not meningitis. Thank you, God and his Guardian Angels.

  16. Linda

    I feel so blessed to have art and music in my life!!!

  17. LeAnn

    Grateful for resiliency.

  18. Sometimes it is just the little things..like a new Chocolate Mexicono after dinner treat.

  19. I am grateful for the cool weather we are having and beautiful clouds above!

  20. Anonymous

    I love color! I am so thankful I am not colorblind.

  21. I am grateful for truth. It is always on your side.

  22. Anonymous

    I am grateful for the technology we have to enjoy your paintings these 30 days!
    Linda White

  23. comfy warm socks that came in mail from Peaceful Heart Alpaca Farm

  24. So very grateful for the love and support of family and friends.

  25. Joanna

    Today I am blessed by my husband that made dinner.

  26. Anonymous

    So thankful that today in bible study, a young girl with special needs raised her hands and rose to her feet during a moving song, prompting us all to follow her lead, bringing us all to tears. vicki morgan

  27. Spent the day shopping for wedding dresses with my step daughter, her mom and her future mother in law.( the 3 moms). I was grateful to be included in such a special decision and that everyone gets along so well. And she found an absolutely stunning dress. Lots of good things to look forward to and celebrate in 2013!

  28. Dorothy

    Today I’m grateful that the Dollar Tree sells reading glasses for a buck. I keep them all over the house (and in the cars, and in my purses, and at the Grandkid’s house) so there’s always a pair ready to use when I need them! I bought a new pair today to replace one that was getting weak. 🙂

  29. Anonymous

    I am grateful for Dreama’s beautiful paintings that are so plentiful on the web. I look at them every day and enjoy the colors, brush strokes and particularly the flowers. How lucky we are to have computers!

  30. I am grateful for a cup of tea on a cold day and getting a new journal today for writing and drawing.
    Dreama, I love today’s painting, your post, and the music. Thank you !

  31. So much gratitude today for the freedom to be me and cherish all the unique qualities in myself and others!

  32. Anonymous

    Today I’m grateful for the opportunity to travel and experience new and exciting adventures.
    Lorraine Kendel

  33. Today I am grateful for a commission from an associate/friend. It’s support like that that gives me encouragement as an artist.

  34. Marcia Fox

    Today I’m grateful to be off work and able to do some shopping. Found two pair of dark bluejeans that fit great!

  35. One of my many “Thanksgiving gratitudes” is that everyone in my family is a great hugger 🙂

  36. Anonymous

    Today I am grateful for five special gals (both old and new friends) and three glorious days spent in the NC mountains. What fun! Now, let me go take a nap!
    JJ Hoffman

  37. Anonymous

    I am grateful that I found Dreama’s blog, artist/teacher/philosopher that she is — I am also grateful for acoustic guitar music, although I had never heard of Michael Dowdle before — I will listen to him in the future. I am grateful for sunshine and paint and canvas, waiting in my studio right now — I am also grateful for Xena, the warrior princess, who keeps me company (in the middle of everything) while I paint.
    Karen Gifford

  38. I am very grateful for learning about Michael and his wonderful music -gotta get me some!

  39. June

    What a stunningly beautiful piece of music you and Michael have shared with us, Dreama. Thank you so much for this. It instantly put me in a state of gentle calm and serenity, even before I went out for my morning walk. Which is what I am grateful for today (and every day, really) – my quiet, meditative walks in the country air (very cold and brisk but very fresh air), up towards the Ox Mountains, in the early morning. This quiet time is so important to me – it allows not only time to think, but time to reflect, time to dream, time to breathe, time to imagine, and such precious time to be inspired by and connect with nature in all her magnificent beauty and wonder.

  40. MDS

    So grateful for the new micro polar fleece sheets on my bed. Who ever thought THAT would be a good idea was a genius!
    Winter? Bring it on!

  41. I received an email today from a collector who just received the painting I shipped to her. She said such warm and kind words and I’m honored that my painting reminders her of her son each time she looks at it and brings her joy! There is no better feeling that that!

  42. Kay

    Hi Dreama! I am thankful for Trixie, she is THE BABY! When I first got her I was “oh my goodness” how will I every do this and now I say what in the world would I do without her. Thanks to my kids for deciding 4yrs ago that she would be a a perfect gift for my Christmas present. She is a priss!

  43. Anonymous

    I am grateful for family and friends who are walking in Dallas at the “Out of the Darkness Community Walk”, sponsored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AMFP.Org) in honor of my son Jonah… God Bless.

  44. Anonymous

    Every single day, without fail, I am grateful for the love of my grandmother and I know that she still watches over me. Thank you God.

  45. Anonymous

    I’m grateful for my conveniences—like a very warm shower, fluffy towels, lavender scents, and snuggly comforters now that the winter winds are blowing here.
    Jan Clemens

  46. Anonymous

    I would be really grateful to win the CD, but I am also grateful for the beauty around me!
    Carol Hickerson

  47. C-Rae

    I too am grateful for quiet mornings…music…coffee…newspaper…and the whole day dawning before me.

  48. Love Michael Dowdle’s music…Thank you!


  49. Anonymous

    Grateful foe silent mornings….

    Cathy Joerger

  50. Suzanne

    I am grateful that I am fit enough to shovel the snow from our driveway, walkway and deck. The snow looks so beautiful too!

  51. Today I am SO, SO grateful that I’ve managed to get everything done this week that couldn’t wait another day. So TODAY I GET TO PAINT ALL DAY without that awful guilty feeling one gets when one knows that one has so much else to do! Yaaay!!

  52. Anonymous

    I am grateful for my husband who looks after all the little birds in our backyard each year. He just put out the seeds two days ago and they have told all their friends to come over for a feast. Barb Krell

  53. Anonymous

    I am thankful for the introduction to Michael Dowdle’s beautiful music and your amazing talent, not only your painting, but also for all you share. I look forward to all your emails.

    Judith B

  54. Thanks for sharing Michael Dowdle’s music with
    us Dreama! Lovely and I am grateful for that today!

  55. I am grateful for the nice wood fire my husband built this morning in our basement to take the chill off the house. And for Dreams sharing this video of quiet time music with us! Great way to start the day!

  56. I’m grateful for days when I can have lunch with friends AND also paint AND snuggle with my husband and dog. A perfect day!

  57. I am grateful for the rain we had last night, it’s been so dry here, we really needed it. I am also grateful that you shared the wonderful music of Michael Dowdle…..so beautiful and relaxing! I hope I win this wonderful CD!!!

  58. Ginny Good

    I am grateful for friends that are in my life to encourage and support me!! Going out with some good girlfriends tonight!

  59. Anonymous

    I am grateful for another beautiful Tennessee
    morning with splashes of brilliant reds,
    oranges and golds in the distance…and
    a gentle warming up from the sun this Friday…
    Monica Dahl

  60. I’m grateful for my warm little 70’s house.

  61. Katherine Baker

    Today I am truly grateful for the love in my life. I am surrounded by its warmth through friends, family, my furry friends, and the joy of putting a brush to canvas.

  62. Terri Godfrey - Fresh Thyme Design

    I am grateful for good health, sleeping in this morning and the bright sunshine streaming through the back door after a dark, rainy day yesterday. It is uplifting.

  63. Today I am grateful for the skiff of snow on the ground reminding me that winter is fast approaching. For me it’s a time to slow down and enjoy crisp winter walks, a hot cup of afternoon tea and lazy afternoon naps. A time to reflect upon the coming year….

  64. I’m thankful today for a loving husband and my dear friend, Nancy, who is taking time out of her busy day to bring over lunch and visit me. There is sure to be much laughter, truly the best medicine.


  65. Anonymous

    Let us not forget to be grateful to our Source of peace and serenity during the good times.
    Joan Terrell

  66. I’m grateful for the sun pouring thru the patio door and warming my husband’s back.

  67. Thank you Dreama! I so look forward each day to your post….I am so grateful for the joy I get from my painting friends.

  68. I am grateful for hope that gives me the courage to go on with my life and my dream of creating lovely images.

  69. I am greatful for the sun rising on another beautiful day.

  70. I am thankful for the peace in our neighbourhood and the sweetness of our little dog.

  71. Linda

    I’m thankful for a beautiful snowfall and the quiet beauty it brings. Linda, Nevada

  72. I’m grateful for the fact that I am still alive and once again able to paint after 2 heart attacks and 2 strokes this summer left me with no use of my right arm (of course I’m right-handed), little use of my left leg and some vision loss. I’m especially thankful for the wonderful physical therapists who helped me regain 90% of my right arm function and a good portion of my left leg function.

  73. I’m grateful my name was chosen as today’s winner!!! Thank you Dreama!

  74. Anonymous

    i am thankful for the artists who create stories in words or pictures because they allow me to catch of glimpse of something outside my tunnel vision.
    Dana burton

  75. This morning I am grateful for my cozy house and ample time to read the morning news and drink my cup (or three) of morning coffee.

  76. Deb LaRocque

    Today I am grateful for a group of people at my church who volunteer their time to do funeral lunches. They provide a comforting meal after the service for families from our parish. Today is the third one in a week. So I say thank you to them.

  77. Anonymous

    Thankful to my Creator for the life He has given me —- on my 62nd birthday today!

    Sue Lepsch

  78. Anonymous

    I’m thankful for being introduced to a wonderful musician’s work through this blog!Thanks Dreama! Love your work!
    Sherry McAdams

  79. I am grateful today and every day for music. I am an artist, but also a musician and I play in our church orchestra. No matter how discouraged or upset I may be before I arrive, when I leave rehearsal on Wednesday evening I am encouraged, uplifted, joyful. God uses music to bless my heart and remind me of His sovereignty! What a delight. Thank you for your beautiful artwork and for introducing me to this musician. It is a lovely piece of music!

  80. Beautiful music Dreama – thanks for sharing – your poetry identifies right along with the journey in this post. Today I am thankful for the camera. There are so many wonderful sights to see in the world, and I love capturing as many as I can with my camera(s). Although the photo usually doesn’t serve as the real thing, it helps to spark the memory and senses.

  81. Anonymous

    I am grateful for small gifts that are magical. I stepped out on my deck to overlook the river, a view I am grateful for every day, and there was a guy standing there playing a saxophone beautifully and soulfully for about thirty minutes. What a gift!Dianne Harrison

  82. pat

    Thanks Dreama for the music and thoughts.

  83. I am grateful that God is in control so I don’t have to shoulder that responsibility. What freedom!

  84. Anonymous

    I am grateful it is Friday, we had our first snow, and I have a three day weekend to look forward to – time to renew and refresh and paint!
    Mary Beth Harrison

  85. Fran

    I am grateful for my new little grandson born on Tuesday morning. A little masterpiece from the hand of God.

  86. Today I am grateful for my white squirrel playing in my gorgeous red yellow maple against a vivid blue sky

  87. DLPBR

    I’m grateful for my painting Buddies, the Double Line Painters of the Blue Ridge !

  88. Anonymous

    What a wonderful, healing sleep I had last night. Ready for the challenges of today. Gayle NUnn

  89. I am grateful for all the wonderful people I have met through art this year.

  90. Lyn

    Today I will be grateful for music and the joy it brings to me daily.

  91. Anonymous

    Today I am thankful for the wonderful harmonious atmosphere there has been at work these past couple of weeks. All nice people working well together – makes me feel calm, relaxed and happy 🙂 🙂
    Mandy Parrett

  92. Anonymous

    I am grateful to be home again. It was a nice trip, but home is where it’s at.
    Brenda Gibbs

  93. Anonymous

    I am thankful for all of the people who support my husband and me in our young art gallery! Everyday it gets better, with more energy and is a great creative haven.

    Becky Frame

  94. I’m so thankful for the quiet and peacefulness of our home and neighborhood, and for the gifts of art and creativity that God has given me.

  95. I am thankful for the quiet moments when I can sit and appreciate my life and the direction that I am going in.

  96. jen lacoste

    Thankful for the wonderful news that my folks and sister will be here for Christmas!

  97. Today I am grateful for my sense of hearing, which allows me to appreciate this beautiful music, as well as the birds chirping first thing this morning.

  98. Marcia

    Thankful for the beautiful warms sun coming up this morning. A nice change to the sleet and rain of yesterday!

  99. Today, I am thankful for wonderful friends who share my interest in art and encourage what I try to accomplish with my own expression in my painting.

  100. I am grateful for this quiet time, while my husband and adorable dog Hunter are off on their morning run. Sweet peace.

  101. Anonymous

    I am grateful to be seeing my 86 year old mother and my daughter and her family today.
    Marilyn Troutman

  102. LOVE your painting – and also the guitar music

  103. Cissy

    Today I am thankful for Young Life. Because of it, two of my children’s lives have been changed.

  104. I’m posting this here & on Facebook:
    I love being conscious of the many blessings of my life as it is today

  105. Anonymous

    Am grateful for all the encouragement my Mother instilled in me as a child to paint – as today, it is a major component of my Life’s enjoyment.

    Laetitia Borden

  106. Holly Rose

    This morning I am particularly grateful for my sister, Lauren, three years my junior, that lives hours away in northeast Ohio,and is a high school English teacher and drama instructor. It is a gift to have siblings that really resonate with your spirit.

  107. Anonymous

    I am grateful for my grandchildren! Every moment with them is a learning experience!

  108. I am grateful for a wonderful show tonight and for the music you provided early this morning my Michael Dowdle.

  109. Josephine Y Hardison

    Very blessed to have a moment in the morning to reflect on my thoughts. So glad to be painting again all day today in Lexington!!

  110. Anonymous

    wow! I am thankful for people like Michael Dowdle and his beautiful music. It touches your soul. Thank you Dreama for sharing his talent with us. Forever grateful that I can hear his music!
    patty obrien

  111. healthy food and clean water to keep me moving!

  112. Anonymous

    I “lost” some of my internet treasures, including Dreama’s blog, so I am grateful to have her back today! Sheri

  113. I am thankful for my parents and all the good memories we made. I am thankful for the beach house they got when I was 16 and the love of the sea I got from them. They provided love and beauty all around and I didn’t realize how special that was at the time but I do now.

  114. What a lovely melody to start my day with! I had the good fortune to run into some old friends last night as well as some fairly new. I am so grateful for the memories we have of past times. The laughter and years we shared. It called to mind an old sating’Make new friends but keep the old the new are like silver and the old are like gold’

  115. I am grateful for joy and hope and love

  116. Bon

    I am thankful for the dilemna of having so much to do I hardly can keep up. How wonderful not to be bored sitting in a corner wondering why life is passing you by!

  117. Gaylynn

    Today I am grateful for my down time when I curl up with a good book or enjoy a quiet hour without the noise of the world. It refreshes me.

  118. Today I am grateful for the solitude and quiet of early mornings. That is my meditation time, while the Earth is still rubbing its eyes trying to awaken. I do my best painting before dawn.

  119. FCP

    #9…Whispers that turn into giggles, and become music for the soul.
    Faye Christian Phillips

  120. Anonymous

    I am grateful for the internet and Facebook that has brought lovely friends for me to meet, much knowledge to gain, exquisite paintings to admire and beautiful music to connect me to the Universe.

    Alma Marshall

  121. Thank you for sharing Michael Dowdle’s lovely music ~ I’m grateful for my ability to not only hear music, but feel it as well. I connected with music early in my life through dancing & singing ~ It is one of the quickest & best ways for us to connect with our spirit guides & yes, Dreama, ‘Source’ ~ The frequency vibrations of music can be very healing & uplifting!!! Listening to & feeling the music connects me with creativity & really helps with my writing. Sweet Music Dreams.

  122. Anonymous

    This morning the sun shining and when I put the shutters up the wild ducks came running for the corn I give them. There are 4 of them that have been with us all year and we call them Mrs Duck and her followers 🙂
    Frances, France

  123. Grateful for especially meaningful painting today, Dreama, and that I could walk by a beautiful, still lake en route to an appointment. Even the mallards were quiet – meditating, no doubt. =)

  124. Anonymous

    Grateful for the quiet of the night and enjoyed the relaxing music of Michael Dowdle. J.A. Walker

  125. I’m grateful for learning. Every painting I create seems to move me forward at a rapid pace. What used to take several weeks now takes a few hours. I’m grateful for all those who are willing to share their knowledge in videos and blogs so I can experience this joy.

  126. Anonymous

    I am thankful to be all warm and cuddled up with my little girl on this crisp chilly night. Nothing like your kids still wanting to climb in bed and snuggle with mom. 🙂 thank you, Monica avila

  127. Dana

    I am so grateful that I had time to paint on Thursday- the 1st time all week! I am even more grateful that my fabulous husband ran errands in town for me so that I could!

  128. There are two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.
    Albert Einstein

    Thanks for the music share Dreama! Love!

  129. Anonymous

    Today I won 2nd place in the Kona Coffee Art Festival and sold a painting that I didn’t want to sell for too little. Now, I must choose to be happily unhappy or grateful for all the wonderful things I received today. God is Good and I thank him for my talents and exciting day. Merry Lund

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