25 Jun


Lazy Days in France

Filled with grace and beauty, every day in France is full of new wonders.
Andre, who lives next to our cottage, invited us over to see his roses and garden today.
We have permission to paint there as well:))

What can you say about a French gentleman who has coaxed his roses to climb all the way
to the top of a tree and bloom?


Hope you’re hungry….we have five kinds of quiche to choose from  for lunch:))

And the perfect spot to eat it and do your watercolor sketch afterwards while nibbling on some chocolate;))

Today seems like the perfect time
to paint the bit of whimsy that we passed on the way to Saint Cirq.
Bicycles filled with flowers and watercolor journals make a perfect match!

(Please note:  The photos I share here, of our time in France, are to be used as reference for  doing watercolors for  your personal journals or postcards only.  I please ask that they are used soley for that purpose:-)
A visit to Saint Cirq means lots of walking (best get your sturdy sandals on:-)

If video doesn’t appear, just click here:))

Lazy Days in France
12 x 12in oil on museum quality panel


And now it’s time for some winners:-)

….winners of my first three original watercolor postcards painted here in France are:

Valee Sewell Penn
Kathy Cousart

So happy for you gals who won and for those of you who were so gracious to leave a comment, there are more postcards to come so you may yet end up winning one:)))!  (Random.org is used to select the names of winners)

P.S. If you missed the watercolor tips I posted the other day, just click here to download them.
P.S.S.  I will be giving away the watercolor postcards I do while here in France:))  Love making them, love sharing them!
To get your name in on the drawing, just leave a comment on my site:))
P.S.S.S.  If you think you’d like to come paint with me, you can check out my workshops by clicking here:))

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  1. Anonymous

    Heaven is a place in France…

  2. Sharon Warren Greene

    Love your work and would love to take a class from you! It would be wonderful to go to France with you.

  3. william brison

    Love to be in the drawing for one of your watercolors

  4. Cindy Gilberti

    I’m new to your site but already hooked. Wish I were there to share and paint the beautiful countryside. (maybe next time?). Your site is truly one of my favorites!

  5. Sherry DeFazio

    So, coffee please under the umbrellas shade and next to the roses.

  6. Diane Scifres Howard

    Look forward to your videos, photos, and paintings each day…..they inspire me!

  7. Josephine Runnels Hardison

    Looks like such a fabulous place! Hope to get there one day! Until then, loving every moment with you.

  8. Terri Littlejohn

    Please keep the beautiful images and lovely words coming. I am enjoying it all!

  9. What a heart you have to give your gifts back to the world, asking nothing in return.
    France is a looking like a fairyland to me! See you in Oct.

  10. Starr Hull

    The views of the village in the video are breathtaking. The colors in the tablecloth of your painting remind me of melting rainbow sherbert. Luscious! Please keep the photos coming. I love them.

  11. Ursula Marquardt

    So beautiful – and you Dreama look very french in your white jacket and lavender blue scarf!

  12. Mary Crook Moran

    We are all enjoying every moment with you. How clever of you to have come up with this plan! Thanks again.

  13. Paulette Braucher-Watton

    It is so hot here and watching your video with the wind blowing and you wearing a jacket was so cooling. Your postcards are gorgeous and I love France. Wish I were there with you painting, maybe someday I will be:)

  14. Anonymous

    Dreama, you are amazing! thanks for sharing all the beauty of your workshop in France, your watercolor postcards are beautiful everyday. Can’t wait for Marco island workshop! ;)) to meet you and learn from you. Anita Zorrilla

  15. Cathleen Connell Perkins

    What a delicious day! Especially those quiches & fruit! It all looks so wonderful! I feel blessed to be along for the ride!

  16. Sherri Burritt

    Love the bike!

  17. I love to see one of your posts in my mailbox! I was inspired to watercolor after a 10 year hiatus!

  18. Sherri Burritt

    Love the photos and video!

  19. Barbara Hackney

    This painting is my favorite so far, such outstanding color in the table cloth and umbrella, thanks for the videos, such fun.

  20. Your watercolors are nice, bright and colorful. Photos make me want to be there with you. Love all you send to us to see part of France with you.

  21. Sandra

    You inspire me!

  22. Ada Truesdell

    Love the bicycle full of flowers. Did my first watercolor from your picture of the turquoise doors. Thanks for sharing!

  23. Beth McGale

    Dreama, I am just loving following you in France and would love to go there and paint! Thanks for all the photos to use a watercolour reference.

  24. Maggie

    Contented to be here, loving the familiar, but longing to paint a blue shutter, I will settle for a carte postale from France. Thanks for sharing your art with us. I love it.

  25. Marianne Blickenstaff

    What fun to see these sites in France through your eyes. Thanks for sharing, and hope you continue to have a lovely time.

  26. Caryl Witt

    Thank you Dreama! Through your amazing and generous posts, I feel like.
    I can breathe the French air again and stroll the cobbled streets. Such a joy.

  27. Dana Maroney Burton

    This is my first stop every morning. I love starting my day with a trip to France. Thank you so much for sharing.

  28. Gail Storti

    Magnifique indeed! What a joyous way to start my day, following your travels to France. I’m one of Karen’s friends that will be joining you in CA. next year! Can’t wait!

  29. Samantha Figiel

    Wish I were there! I’m teaching summer school and actually wish I were anywhere! haha France looks so pretty! Maybe someday I will see it in person. For now, thank you for sharing your trip! I enjoy your posts each day 🙂

  30. Mary Kosary

    I simply love your artwork….the colors are gorgeous…could a person do them in acrylics in one of your classes.

  31. Ann Pepe Marano

    Thank you being so generous with your talent, sharing it with us and taking us to France with you. I get excited everytime you post something. I just love your beautiful paintings and would love to take one of your classes. How do you pick locations for your workshops?

  32. Anonymous

    I can’t wait to do watercolors while on my vacation this summer. Thank you for the inspiration!

  33. Karen Reza Chick

    Dreama, What a joy to travel to France with you via this blog. I love the journal, your watercolors and your paintings. See you next year in California. I have invited 8 friends to paint with you.

  34. Stephanie Denny

    Thanks for sharing your trip with us, Dreama. It’s the next best thing to being there!

  35. Linda Mayer Volz

    Wish I were with you!

  36. Helen Farson

    Another beautiful post. France in joyful color! Want to be there!

  37. Mary Beth Attix Harrison

    France has never been on my bucket list of places to go, but it sure is now! Thanks for sharing all you do.

  38. Kathy Daugird White

    Having a great time following you in France. Thanks…KAT

  39. Carol Josefiak

    You continue to inspire me. I’m painting along with you only I’m in Fredericksburg Virginia.

  40. Kim Ritter Gignac

    Joanne Ritter watercolorist.
    I want to be where you are! What a beautiful painterly spot. I LOVE France!

  41. Donna Dale Abbott

    These videos are incredible! Thanks, Dreama.

  42. Roses are red
    Skies are blue
    How I wish I were there with you! 🙂

  43. Judy Baker

    So beautiful. Love your painting! Thanks for sharing.

  44. Hi Dreama, while you are there go ahead and book the whole summer of 2014 because it looks like you have a lot of folks who would love to join you in this beautiful place. Bonjour.. TX style. n

  45. Teri Jordan Towse

    What beautiful inspiring surroundings Dreama. I am so happy for you and thankful you are taking time to share your trip. Merci.

  46. Joan Cole

    Dear Dreama, thank you so much for brightening my days with your wonderful blog posts and videos. You are such an inspiration! Merci!

  47. Karen Adams Smith

    Love the bicycle filled with flowers…..hope that is the postcard. Loving the visit o France!

  48. I look forward to each new post. Love the photos and videos.

  49. Linda Swenson

    Beautiful. Just beautiful. Love your posts.

  50. Elaine Cook

    I am new to your blog and your wonderful painting. What a great experience you are having in France. I love your work and hope to win one of your delightful postcards.

  51. Teressa Sliger

    Thank you for bringing back France to me! I traveled to this area and loved it, but you are showing it to me in a whole new way that I can’t wait to see every day. I hope to one day join you there. I look forward to the videos everyday.

  52. Cindy Carr Parker

    What a beautiful place! Enjoying your blog so much; thanks for being so generous with ideas, photos, and painting tips!

  53. Elly Hobgood

    Love these daily posts…..for the first time ever it makes me want to visit there! Love your exuberant work.

  54. Prudy Weaver Artist

    Oh, the quiche look wonderful – making my tummy growl. The village also is beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing your trip.

  55. Jennifer Saylor

    I am thrilled to be reliving my trip to that area! Merci

  56. Judi Hostetter

    These little vignettes have been the joy of my day. Keep them coming. I love your beautiful watercolors. I do not paint that loosely, wish I did. What a joy to win one of the postcards, it would be a treasure.

  57. Lynda Whelan Evans

    Thank you for sharing with all of us. This is fantastic!

  58. Betty Miller Teramo

    I love everything you do! I hope to some day be in your class.

  59. Nicole Mongrain

    Hi Dreama, I was just looking at some of your paintings in my collection from 10 years ago and love the growth of your work. To me, you will always be the painter of umbrellas!

  60. kim boyer

    Thank-you Dreama for sharing your trip to France with me…I’ve only been there in my dreams…

  61. You are such an inspiration! Thank You !!!!

  62. This is so much fun visiting France through your eyes! Thx, Dreama!

  63. Boy-o-boy, you’re going to need another 2 weeks just to read all these great comments!!! It’s pretty clear we all love you AND our trip to France, so thanks so much. Looking at your surroundings, it looks like you’re going to have reference photos for a lifetime!!!

  64. Vicki

    I’m having so much fun on this trip. Saving money too! Your posts are inspiring me to paint every day and I’m journaling again.

  65. Dreama- My heart is smiling and so am I! Love reading and following along and now I see that I won a little watercolor postcard- Oh My! I am thrilled- will treasure it and be inspired until it is my time to get to go to France myself. Love seeing France through you and the postcards are all beautiful! Thank you:)

  66. Dee

    My Postcard to you…
    Wish I were there!

  67. Dee

    Dear Dreama, If I were sending you a postcard, I would write:
    Wish I was there!

  68. Terri

    Probably time for you to teach a Kentucky Watercolor Workshop?? Enjoy the rest of your time in France – we are certainly enjoying your trip from afar!! T

  69. Jobi

    Love the flower covered bicycles! Your posts and videos are my favorite start to the day (after a little time with God!) I can’t wait to work on my WC journal this weekend! I am so inspired! Thanks for the lovely trip! xoxo P.S. Thank you, thank you for the Postcard from France! I can’t believe I won! I emailed you my snail mail address. I feel like Charlie Bucket! I won a Golden Ticket! So exciting!!!!

  70. Fran

    These daily posts from France are an inspiration, an encouragement to attend next year, and a feast of joy to carry us through each day. Thanks for making time to include “the rest of us” in on your trip – an amazing journey.

  71. Monica

    Watercolors and quiche w/ fruit — what a wonderful

  72. Everything is so beautiful including you. Can’t wait to see you in Jan. and to make this trip with you next year.

  73. Cathy Marcquenski

    It is wonderful to visit this beautiful area with you, and thank you so much for the reference photos! It is a wonderful way to start my days!

  74. Great stuff. Can’t wait for your workshop in October. Thanks for sharing France with us.

  75. Beautiful work. I love France and I’d love to be there painting right now!

  76. I’m enjoying our time in France. The photo of the bicycle with the flowers was absolutely priceless.
    I find it amusing that I need good math skills to post a comment on your site. This is very good for the aging brain 🙂

  77. Katherine Fleming

    Moi, moi, moi si vous plait! Merci!

  78. Ann

    Every day more fun than the last. Keep posting.

  79. Alice Runkle

    Just found you a few days ago and loving everything I see. Your videos give us a glimpse of what’s around the next bend or even better the back yards and gardens, just wonderful. I would love to be a part of your class in France, but!! will have to settle on one in the good old USA. You are now on my bucket list of workshops I want to take. Thank You for the information and wonderful art.

  80. Gayle

    Dreama, it is so hot and humid in IN/KY. What a delight to see you in a jacket. At least one of us isn’t limp as a rag. Ah, France. Gayle

  81. I have love all the beautiful photos and insights into your trip. What a wonderful place to be and paint. You have a way of making one feel like they are there with you. Thank you.

  82. Judy Fox

    The comment I tried to post yesterday went awry, but you read my mind & posted pictures of the food! Thank you for sharing your trip with us. What a charming place to paint & eat! I hope to join you in 2015!

  83. Marcia

    I am really enjoying your posts. It is so nice to sit down with a cup of tea and open the video and daydream for a while. Thanks so much!

  84. June

    Beautiful. Absolutely beautiful. Every day is beauty-filled. You’re right and I agree – France is definitely artists’ catnip. There are so many photos and scenes I want to paint from this one post alone. All of them, if truth be told 🙂 As still lifes are my favourite to paint, I think I’ll start with that beautiful table setting – the fruits, the quiche(s), the lovely bouquet of flowers in that vase…not to mention the tablecloth and the tiled wall as a beautiful, rustic backdrop.
    Thank you so much for these video diaries, Dreama. They’ve truly brightened up my mornings these past few days – even on the greyest and wettest days here, they offer up lots of happiness and sunlight.
    Enjoy your day today!

  85. Debra LaRocque

    How do you ever decide what to paint? There are too many beautiful things to pick from. Thank you for sharing and letting us come along with you.

  86. Andrée

    St Cirq Lapopie What a wonderful video of your catnip for artist,” une expression délicieuse!” Thanks for your generosity! Andrée

  87. Lynne Wogan

    Love starting my morning with your videos

  88. Sherri Semenec

    Hi Dreama,
    I am enjoying your writings, paintings, and videos so much.
    Thank you for the fabulous reference pics to paint too! Your
    art is lovely – and inspiring. Have a great day!

  89. Donna Vacca

    Très bien! Life is good when I get emails like this everyday 🙂 Thank you very much.
    À la prochaine (till next time).

  90. Arleen T

    The table with flowers and food looked too delicious; I wish I were there to paint it! Enjoy!

  91. Helen Sturgeon

    Oh goody! My quiche! The roses are beautiful as is the bicycle! Love, love, love our trip!

  92. Holly Morris

    Oh sigh…I am in love with this place. Thanks for sharing your art and vacation with us. The videos are awesome!!

  93. Thank you for the little videos and all the great photos along with the watercolour sketches!

  94. Kathy Scott

    What beautiful inspiration you have brought to us can’t thank you enough for posting the wonderful photos and viedos

  95. Such a joy to be in beautiful France for a few minutes each day through your
    delightful video clips. I am enjoying them so much. Thank you! Dianne Harrison

  96. Quiche for lunch sounds yummy. Loving seeing all the beautiful flowers there.

  97. Jeanne Corley Williams

    What beautiful sites. I love all the colors. This has been so fun following along wth you!

  98. Valerie McMullen

    So beautiful!! Wish I was there!

  99. Love everything you’re doing–thank you!!!

  100. Nancy Makar

    Hi Dreama,
    I think I may have posted my first comment for today in the wrong place so I am trying again! I have absolutely loved your pictures, paintings and videos on this trip. You have done so much to make me feel like I am a part of your French painting vacation. Thanks so much for making such an effort that France seems possible for me. The videos this year are a wonderful touch and I so look forward to the surprises you have been sharing every day! Thanks so much. Nancy

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