17 Nov

During the Creative Process


Be kind and gentle to yourself this day
Speak softly to that young gal inside–the one that still doesn’t have all the answers
You work at life so hard
Take a moment, look at your reflection
You show up, tired or not, feeling loved or not, to do the work you were sent to do
You are one amazing light.
Reflect and remember
Be kind to yourself
Be gentle with yourself
Be kind and gentle to yourself  this day


Gayle Nunn

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  1. Nancy Makar

    Today I am grateful, just simply grateful! Nancy Makar

  2. Anonymous

    Thankful for a blessed Thanksgiving with special friends from Pa., Tampa & Charleston.
    Karen Jean

  3. Anonymous

    Today is Thanksgiving. I am so thankful for being an American. With all the problems our country faces we are still the most blessed country in the world.

  4. tear, cry, sob. There are just some days when woman, moms, wives, artists just never feel like they are enough, and today is one for me….so today I am grateful to read your words as the tears are strolling, (yes strolling) down my cheeks, and knowing that I’m not alone, this too shall pas, and tomorrow is a new day. thanks Dreama

  5. Anonymous

    Today I am grateful that I am loved ~ in spite of my imperfections ~ by people I truly care for. Fran C.

  6. Grateful for a wonderful day in San Francisco…

  7. Grateful for those who (repeatedly) remind me to be kind to myself. It’s a lesson learned late.

  8. I am grateful for light: sunlight, candlelight, moon light, daylight, evening light, electric light, starlight, and the Father who is light.

  9. I’m glad my sons chose amazing women that I enjoy for my daughter-in-laws and that I will get to spend Thanksgiving with them. So looking foward to seeing all of them next week.

  10. I’m so grateful for the love of my daughter, a quiet talk and reconnecting.

  11. Teresa Robison

    I’m so thankful for God’s grace as many will reflect on the birth of His Son during the coming days.

  12. I am grateful for the peace of my home and the
    company of my cat after a fast-paced two weeks of painting competition and workshop.

  13. Anonymous

    I am grateful for a beautiful cool, but sunny day, painting at a wonderful location with a good friend. It was a great day!

    Judith B

  14. Anonymous

    So grateful for children who are already coming home for the holiday.

  15. Yes, there’s a young girl inside even if she’s no longer in the mirror. As I looked through a lifetime box of old photos I was just thinking that those you love never leave your heart. I’m thankful to God for those people.

    • June

      Such a beautiful sentiment, Cheryl. Those that we love never leave our hearts – they are and always will be there with us, in our memories of them, in our love for them and their love for us. Thank you for those beautiful words.

  16. Anonymous

    I am grateful for a wonderful day spent with my niece and nephew! They are so precious to me!

    Katherine Fleming

  17. Anonymous

    I am grateful for the flock of Canada Geese that honk loudly as they pass over my house each evening. They will soon go south and I’ll miss their call until they return in the spring.

    Arlene M., Ontario

  18. I am grateful my husband is off for Thanksgiving week. He wants to clean the basement and I want to let him, while I am at work of course.

  19. Suzanne

    I am grateful for warm, sunny winter days.

  20. I am grateful that I will be spending time with my daughter soon.

  21. Anonymous

    Praying for peace in Israel and so thankful that God is in control. vicki morgan

  22. Marcia Fox

    Today I’m grateful to have all my Christmas shopping done!

  23. I am so grateful that there are people out there who collect and appreciate art! Just came back from first day of our local gallerie’s Under 100 Show and Sale and watching people come in and view and purchase the artwork was a lot of FUN!

  24. Anonymous

    I am grateful for the warmth of the sunshine this afternoon and the light gleaming off the ripples on the pond made by a little mallard duck.
    Charlotte Stewart

  25. I am grateful to be sitting at a friend’s, looking out at the ever increasing size of the waves on the Pacific Ocean. I’m also glad it’s stopped raining so we can walk on the beach.

  26. Anonymous

    Today my heart overflows with gratitude for my opportunity to volunteer in our little town. Through that venue I have been blessed with several new friends who continually enrich my life.

  27. It’s hard to be kind to yourself, since you are usually last on the list! But I’m taking your advice to heart each day, and thankful for the encouragement as well as my many blessings!

  28. I am grateful to read all the wonderful things that people are grateful for! Such and inspirations and truly warms the heart!

  29. Today I am grateful I had the opportunity to see so many happy and colourful paintings from you! They radiate so much light and happiness!

  30. Anonymous


  31. Barbara Budan

    I’m grateful to have found this wonderful blog filled with uplifting and beautiful comments!
    I love the painted art and I love the expressed heart art showing up each day through this gratitude experience.

  32. Anonymous

    What a beautiful day the Lord has made! He made a beautiful Eddie, also.

  33. Today I am grateful for family time, time to work on my new online shop and time to paint in my studio. Such a peaceful day! Hope your day is peaceful too Dreama!

  34. Deb LaRocque

    Today I am grateful to have had a wonderful father-in-law. We are going to church tonight to honor him. He passed away several years ago. Everyone that knew him loved him. He was the oldest of 13 children and one of the most kind and giving people I have every known. He did not have a lot of money but he had a lot of love.

  35. Holly Rose

    I am genuinely grateful to now have my cousin living in the same beach town that I do. After leaving for college in 1969, I never returned to my city of birth to live. It is really warm and fuzzy to have a cousin from my ‘toddler in the kiddy pool’ phase of life so close to home.

  36. Unknown

    I am greatful to have a friends that care for my health and state of mind. Teresa in San Diego.

  37. Jolene Gailey

    I am grateful to be in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, to be sitting here at the desk of a gallery and looking at my own artwork on the opposite wall. I am also grateful that I can speak Spanish to the customers who come in; very sophisticated people from Monterrey, or Mexico City or even Spain.

  38. Anonymous

    I am grateful that I will see both of my adult children today!
    Linda Will

  39. I am grateful for every moment that I remember to be kind and gentle with myself — sometimes I really need just that.

  40. Anonymous

    I am grateful for the reminder to be kind to myself, give myself the same support I would give to everyone else. Sometimes the voice in my head is way too critical of what I do.
    Karen Gifford

  41. Today I am grateful for being able to live in my beautiful city of parks and trees and ocean waters.

  42. Anonymous

    Beautiful sunshine on a clear fall morning…
    a messy studio with a vision of an organized
    one to happen today…oodles of wonderful
    painting projects…and gamsol and new brushes
    to buy…grateful for so much.
    Monica Dahl

  43. Anonymous

    Today I am grateful just to be up and at the easel!

    Susan Johnson

  44. Anonymous

    I am grateful for a fun day of college football in this beautiful weather.
    Carol Hickerson

  45. Dana

    Thank you, Dreama, for reminding us to be as kind to ourselves as we are to others! Today, I am feeling especially grateful to other artists for being so generous in sharing their techniques for creating fabulous watercolors.

  46. In treating oneself kindly, it is easier to treat others kindly.

  47. Anonymous

    Saturday morning at the art table…..:)))

    Cathy J

  48. I am grateful for my sister’s ability to see everyone as a child of the universe. She is kind and gentle to all of us children, even those of us with grandmother faces.
    Joan Terrell

  49. Today I am grateful that a friend realized the bad situation he was in and got himself out!

  50. Anonymous

    Grateful for Ziggy and Sylvia; 2 of the liveliest little canines around who are masters in the art of accepting themselves, and totally unaware of any shortcomings that would color their lives. We should all live like that!
    Gloria Benedetto

  51. Josephine Y Hardison

    The beautiful sunshine is what I am grateful for today! It is a perfect Fall day outside and I plan on soaking up as much as I can outside today! Enjoy.

  52. I am thankful that all of our family–3 kids with their spouses and 4 grandchildren will join me and my husband this afternoon to take family pictures for our Christmas card!

  53. Linda

    I’m grateful for a successful fundraising event, a generous community, hard working women, and a fun night! Now we will get to do good things for our little town with moneys made! People are good and generous! Linda, Nevada

  54. pat

    I am grateful today that my friends are happy that I shared this web site with them. Do unto others…

  55. Another nice reminder to be grateful for. Today I will try to be gentle, flexible and kind to myself and those around me.

  56. Anonymous

    I’m grateful for my yoga class and I am grateful that is is only 3 minutes away. I always feel renewed and happy after yoga.
    Lori Anderson, Folsom CA

  57. Anonymous

    I am grateful today for a fun evening at the Symphony with my husband and waking up to sunshine in a beautiful blue sky.
    Jane A. Walker

  58. I am so grateful for the Internet. I have made such wonderful art friends that I otherwise would not have had the opportunity. How fortunate is that?

  59. FCP

    #17…that soft tuft of fur behind a floppy little ear
    faye christian phillips

  60. Anonymous

    Hi Dreama, today I am grateful for your reminder to be gentle. I am going to try to
    make that a new habit.
    Barb Krell

  61. I am grateful for the many freedoms we enjoy.

  62. Anonymous

    I am grateful that I founf Dreama’s website and that now enjoy her beautiful paintings and inspirational words!
    Carol Morris

  63. Peggy in NC

    I am grateful for a sunny Saturday morning and all of my family at home.

  64. Anonymous

    Today I am thankful for HOPE and for those who continue to fly the flag of hope for the rest of us to see.
    Dana Burton

  65. I am grateful for getting to spend this afternoon with my husband, two grandsons, and many friends at a Low Country Boil. My grandsons are two very special little boys.

  66. Anonymous

    Thanks for the reminder, Dreama. I do pour myself into my work and there is sometimes little left of me on the weekend! I will be kind and gentle to myselft today and appreciate those in my life who can also use some kindness today. I will start with a large and strong cup of tea!
    Mary Beth Harrison

  67. Bon

    I am grateful that I have known for years to be careful of the ‘me-ness’ that makes me who I am. Every day I keep a private journal to state my grievances, then close it away, having said to the page what needs to be discussed, so I can make sense of it all and go on with a smile. It is a healthy habit and has served me well. Good advice today, Dreama, thank you.

  68. “I got rhythm, I’ve got music, I’ve got my man, who could ask for anything more.”

  69. Ginny Good

    I am grateful for the reminder to be kind and gentle as I clean my house today for my family coming for Thanksgiving! It’s a beautiful day!

  70. Ruth Roberts

    My scan is all clear! I don’t know that gratitude is a big enough word. To think that 3 years ago they gave me 12 months to live even with treatment and now to have this kind of miracle. The universe truly is good. Hey universe! Thanks!!

    • What a wonderful miracle! Thank God for the medical technology that can help so many people. I believe that your positive attitude has been 98% of your cure.
      Delighted to have you in my class and have to opportunity to watch your creativity bloom.

    • June

      I am so very, very overjoyed and happy for you! So very much! This is absolutely fantastic, wonderful joyous news. I agree with Teddy – your own positive attitude has helped heal you and now has resulted in an all-clear scan. Please go out today or tonight and celebrate this in your favourite way. With much love and happiness for you – June

  71. Today I am grateful for the beautiful morning, a good cup of coffee and the luxury of having no places to go or promises to keep!

  72. Anonymous

    I am thankful for Dreamas daily posting. Inspiring and fabulous eye candy paintings!
    Linda White, Colorado Springs

  73. Anonymous

    I am grateful for a day to make jam with my husband. Cindy K

  74. I am grateful for the quiet of the early morning.
    Time alone to enjoy my coffee while reflecting on the days past and the possibilities and necessary tasks for the days ahead. Keeps me centered and focused.

  75. Grateful for this beautiful beginning to the day, and looking forward to seeing friends!

  76. I am grateful that the Lord took a day to rest and therefore makes it ok for me to do the same.

  77. I am so grateful for our beautiful White Lake, even in fall it’s serene and beckoning.

  78. I’m thankful for my cat, who snuggles with me whenever I sit, waits for me when I wake up and when I drive home, and who teaches me the value of just enjoying wherever I am.

  79. MDS

    Ahhhhh, to sleep in.
    Such bliss.

  80. C-Rae

    Today I am grateful for my kind and gentle painting teacher who so patiently teaches me and the class how to paint beautiful works of art! I am off to visit her open house today…can’t wait!

  81. Anonymous

    I wasn’t expecting to see my favorite dancer compete, but she is HERE!!!! YAY!!! Melissa Brown

  82. Katherine Baker

    Today I am so very grateful for SUNSHINE which gives energy to all living things, brightens our days with golden light, and warms us on cold winter days (Eddie seconds this one from his favorite spot by the window).

  83. Anonymous

    I am thankful for my family today and every day.
    Jaquelin Perry

  84. Today I am grateful for the sun coming up in the morning and the moon coming out at night, the seasons and the ability I have to see each one where I live – the cycle of life.

  85. Anonymous

    Grateful to see my son and grandson today.
    Joanna Cranford

  86. Anonymous

    I am grateful to be able to enjoy a cup of coffee with my husband in our bright sunny family room before we start the business of the day.
    Pat Kreppert

  87. Today I am grateful for a gorgeous autumn day for the open house for my art show 🙂

  88. Grateful for the opportunity to spend the day with my family on a dinner train adventure!

  89. I am thankful for Saturdays! 🙂 Especially beautiful days like this one, when I can take a little time for myself.

  90. I am grateful for…
    my friends who come out to support me at my art shows and buy my art!! Love you guys!

  91. Grateful for the little things…a hug from my daughter, a smile from my husband, a rub from the cat and so many more!

  92. I too am grateful for the calm in the morning to reflect before the “day” begins. The bright sunshine today!

  93. Gaylynn

    I am thankful today because my wonderful husband is taking me to see my favorite country singer, Alan Jackson!

  94. I am grateful today for four amazing granddaughters

  95. I’ll be spending the day with great friends putting together an art auction fundraiser gala event. It’s going to be a lot of hard work but I’m sure it will be a blast! I’m so grateful that I live in a town that supports the arts and brings great people together.

  96. I’m grateful for quiet moments in the early morning sunshine 🙂

  97. June

    I love this painting of Eddie Bill. One of my favourite portraits of him that you’ve done.

    I am so grateful for all the friends I’ve ‘met’ on-line, mostly through blogs. They have become so special, so important to my life, and have enriched my life in so many ways through our friendships. Even though we’ve not (yet) met in the tangible, face-to-face way, I care for and treasure them as the loving people they are, and I feel honoured to have them in my life.

    • June

      It’s difficult sometimes to be kind to yourself, to be gentle with and go easy on yourself. Thank you for this gentle and loving reminder to do that today, Dreama.

  98. Anonymous

    What a delightful way to awaken. Thank you for your kind words and gift. Gayle

  99. Today I am amazingly grateful for your words Dreama!! Not that I haven’t enjoyed every single day of this adventure, but y’know how something that someone says really hits you between the eyes and you have a serious ‘aha moment’?! Today’s that day for me! I’m also grateful to have read those words early in my day so as to use the WHOLE DAY being ‘kind and gentle’ to myself!! If it works, I’ll probably continue on with it!!!

  100. Anonymous

    I am grateful for the warmth of the sunshine!
    Sue Taylor

  101. I’m heading out this morning to run a couple errands then will stop at some garage sales. I love rummaging through other people’s junk looking for studio props! So, today I am thankful for whatever treasures I will find!

  102. Lyn

    I am thankful for painting friends to have fun with.

  103. I am grateful for this quiet morning with a cup of ginger tea and my faithful little dog Chagall by my side.

  104. I am grateful for the safe arrival of my parents for the holidays.

  105. Anonymous

    I am grateful for my family and for the talent to paint.

    Karen Chamblin

  106. Today, I am grateful for nice quiet mornings, the kind you have before the noises of the day wake up. It’s a great time to just be still and listen to your heart.

  107. I am grateful to have both daughters living close together and building such a fabulous best friendship with each other. So important and warms my heart! Grateful to see them both today at a Turkey Fry and next week for Thanksgiving!! Sweet!!

  108. I am so grateful for a morning full of puppies and yoga! Is there a better way to start the day?

  109. I am grateful to be able to tap into the wisdom and interests of people on the internet. Without this technology I would have never been opened up to, and exposed to, so many different opinions, spiritual adventures and artistic visions.

  110. Karen

    I am grateful that I have a day planned with some wonderful things with family and friends and I look forward to it all!

  111. Anonymous

    Today, I’m very thankful for the cool weather and clear skies for our YARD SALE!!!! thank you! Monica Avila Miami 🙂

  112. I am grateful for my family, my art, and my friends, they all bring me so much JOY! Thanks Dreama for taking me on this wonderful journey with you!

  113. I’m grateful for the Internet & social media sites because they’ve allowed me to meet, get to know, & work with so many wonderful & professional people.
    Sweet Movie Dreams ~

  114. i’m thankful — so incredibly thankful — that the world doesn’t revolve around me.

  115. Today I am grateful for the blessing of spending the day baking with my granddaughter, trying new recipes. We are donating baked goods to a church fundraiser and I get to spend quality time with her……and with ME! This is OUR DAY 🙂

  116. I am thankful that I will be spending my day, the day before my birthday with an amazing group of women at an artist retreat day for women as we learn time honored crafting traditions.

  117. Anonymous

    I am grateful God gave me the strength to care for my mother with Alzheimer’s.
    Marilyn Troutman

  118. Anonymous

    I am grateful for my warm house, my hot cup of tea and time to think.
    Brenda Gibbs

  119. I am grateful to see that beautiful painting of Eddie first thing this morning.

  120. LeAnn

    Grateful for the thought……..”be kind to yourself today”. Needed to hear that.

  121. I’m so thankful for some great advice I got a long time ago- “Why don’t you treat yourself like you would treat your best friend?” It’s served me well.

  122. Anonymous

    I am grateful today, as everyday, for life and health, and for the wonderful friends who brighten my days and share my passion for painting. Arleen Turzo

  123. Dreama, I am grateful for your blog – arriving in my inbox like a special little gift, every morning, i so appreciate your writings, your paintings, your energy xx

  124. Yvonne

    A beautiful day, we are so lucky to have been places on this earth for a short time. Love life !!

  125. My best friend Vicki Grabicki (google her name) also paints cats and flowers. I am pairing you with her in my mind with much Gratitude for both of you

  126. Anonymous

    I am grateful for all the awesome people that are gracing my life right now! Their amazing talents delight me and bring me so much joy! Thank you.

    Alma Marshall

  127. I’ve been silently enjoying your paintings, and am grateful for the joy they bring me each day. Even on a hard day, they make me smile. I adore Eddie, so just must leave a comment today. 🙂

  128. Anonymous

    I am gratefully for your writings. Lorraine Kendel

  129. “You show up, tired or not, feeling loved or not, to do the work you were sent to do.” Yep, that’s what I did today. I am grateful that I have a job, even though it’s not the one I want.

    Thank you for today’s lovely post, Dreama!

  130. I am thankful for my Mom. Who has never once doubted that I can do great things. 🙂

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