8 Sep

During the Creative Process

Under THE Tuscan Sun

“Ristoranti in Tuscany”
Original Watercolor Note Card


Detail 🙂

This very petite watercolor comes with it’s own handmade paper envelope (procured from the same place as the Fabriano journal:)
It is approx 3 x 4″ and is the giveaway for today! (See Below)

It’s morning here in Cortona and I thought it was time to share a bit with you via video 😛

And some more pics to feed the spirit.

A room with a view.  What every soul needs…

Eddie here

my undercover trip is well under way and I don’t think the woman has noticed anything.  there was that unfortunate run in at the shop but I fooled her with my blank stare and mock ignorance of the english tongue.   here’s the latest from cortuna.
2015/Italy MIGHT be in the works.
the above chairs MIGHT be the ones we sit in at the place where we MIGHT stay
but you didn’t hear this from meow.  And what’s the italian word for catnip anyway?  mine was confiscated at the airport—i am certain the security guys are in the back somewhere rolling in it–foul little beasts that they are.  now, off to read under the tuscat sun.
Eddie over and out.


And  a little house in the country.
In the Chianti region of Tuscany, Italy.
Everyone needs a  castle… 😉

SO MANY PLACES  to sit and have an espresso or some Chianti wine.
Today, YOU have to be the one to pick….decisions, decisions—I can’t take the pressure any more:))!

If you’d like to paint along with me….here’s the spot I did today’s postcard from!

And this is where I assume the book got it’s name.
Truly, under THE Tuscan sun all is well:)

I hope your heart rests happily in this amazing sunset over Tuscany.

(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 a very petite original watercolor/postcard that comes with it’s own handmade paper envelope:))

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:)
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  1. jamilyn fritz

    In 1973, at 21, I was in Italy and Greece and Mikanos for 22 days. I have dreamed of going back and hope to do so
    next year… Loved your video and pictures and can’t wait to see more of your art. You have it “goin’on” Dreama!

  2. Nancy Martin Piros

    Wow, the streets are tiny how do you drive in Cortona! Love the very old buildings and the cute little shops. Thanks for sharing. FYI Someone who thinks he is in Cortuna has been following you around and sending emails, I don’t want to names…… hugs from home!

  3. Judy

    beautiful!! I’m enjoying all your posts but especially the videos

  4. Kathryn Sellers Bunn

    I am so excited for you and I am green with envy, will see you in Cary in November!

  5. karen smith

    So much fun to go along on your travels!! Have a wonderful time!

  6. Teressa Sliger

    The glow in your paintings is like the sunset glow! Magnificent!

  7. Pat Stanton Alto

    The next best thing to being there are the absolutely spectacular photos you share with us. Thank you:)

  8. Ginny Good

    I love Sunflowers!! Love your photos from Italy!

  9. Peggy Adams

    It’s hard to concentrate on work when you’re showing these wonderful photos and watercolors!

  10. Janell Sills Mithani

    Thanks so much for sharing your trip with us. I am enjoying the pictures. Wish I was there…sigh.

  11. Mary Meyer Wheeler


  12. I would have no problem spending a chunk of my life here! I am of Italian decent having had 2 grandparents from Italy and I definitely feel the tug to go “home”.I love the yellow color of the buildings and that Tuscan sun is amazing!

  13. Starr Hull

    Thank you for the video and photographs. The video made me feel as though I was walking beside you.

  14. Maureen Walsh

    Your posts inspire me beyond words!!! Thank you for your kind and sharing heart!

  15. Linda Macgregor

    Gorgeous pictures! And I loved your little ‘tour’ of a Cortona Sunday morning. It’s the next best thing to being there.

  16. Linda Macgregor

    Gorgeous pictures! And I loved your little ‘tour’ of a Cortona Sunday morning. It’s the next best thing to being there.

  17. Valerie McMullen

    I’ve never been there but watching your video gives me a little glimpse into the beautiful place it is! And their alleyways are certainly prettier than what we have here! Enjoy!

  18. Dreama, one day I will be with you in Tuscany or elsewhere….as a watercolor artist, I am loving the cards! And, that Ed is one sneaky cat!

  19. Sharon

    So beautiful and thanks again for sharing.

  20. Helen

    Like seeing the photo and then the notecard produced from it
    plus your videos and the cat stories! Like it all!

  21. Diane Howard

    Thanks for taking us with you…it brightens my day!

  22. wm brison

    I am envious but happy for your everyday journey that takes in so many lovely places.

  23. Caryl Witt

    Hum….that dessert could have been figs, cheese and honey…not dates. My bad!

  24. Dreama

    So awesome to hear from everyone—together in Tuscany in spirit!!! Tomorrow we head to Venice 😛
    Hugs from Tuscany!

  25. Josephine Hardison Fine Art

    LOVING all the pictures and video! PLEASE keep them coming, the sunsets are stunning. Am enjoying dreaming through the trip with you!

  26. Caryl Witt

    Oh boy! I enjoyed Cortona. In fact, my photo you see to the left was taken in the garden of an old monastery. Your video was a joy to watch and remember time spent there exploring. The restaurants were always good. Try the Ribollita (vegetable and bread soup) and the date, cheese, and honey combo dessert if you see it on the menu. Happy travels.

  27. Elaine Cook

    P.S. I just don’t do Pinterest, and I feel cheated all the time because I can’t access it and get points.

  28. Elaine Cook

    I would so much love to receive this beautiful tiny painting you did of that site in Italy. Please pick me!

  29. Cheryl Pennington

    Beautiful. Inspired to get out my sketchbook

  30. Nancy Finch

    thank you for bringing back wonderful memories of Cortona. Your photos are gorgeous.

  31. Suzanne Lipke

    Love the postcard and Eddie’s comments! Very sparkly 🙂

  32. Lavette

    Love these, love the sunsets!

  33. Linda Guslani Stratton

    Lovely! When a re we painting there! ;))

  34. Ying Xiong

    Yay! I did not miss this one! Love the playful line of your pen and ink

  35. Susan in TX

    Love the photos and the tiny watercolors. And dreaming of a Tuscan sun. Thanks.

  36. Cindy Beynon Miller

    Such wonderful pictures, very beautiful , CIAO

  37. June

    I am in love…I am truly in love with Tuscany. I’ve never been, but now I wanna go there. I want to be there right now..and thanks to you, these gorgeous photos, and the wonderful video, I am there, enjoying every moment of this virtual Italian holiday you’ve invited us along to enjoy with you.
    I love that cafe – and that watercolour you did of it just brought a huge smile to my face. Bellisismo. Oh…to have a pastry and espresso there…or perhaps some wine…
    Yes…all this most definitely confirms and re-affirms to me why I love Italy so very much. So absolutely beautiful, on so many levels. I yearn to return there. And yeah, 2015 in Tuscany would be a wonderful place to have a workshop. Or Venezia. Just sayin’…
    Couldn’t stop giggling while reading Undercover Agent Eddie’s take on it all. 007 is nowhere in this fella’s league – Eddie is ‘The Spy Who Meowed at Me.’ 🙂
    Thanks for this and all that you continually share with us, Dreama.

  38. Shelly T.

    Wow…how beautifully quaint Italy is! And that Eddie…what a sassy cat! I love him!! The sparkly watercolors in your painting make it sing to me! Thank you for this wonderful slice of Italy!

  39. Linda Chapman

    Chianti, just the name makes me want to sip wine and paint! Cheers, enjoy the moments!

  40. Kari Melen

    Such gorgeous color everywhere. Enjoy!!

  41. Donna Dale Abbott

    I’m so ready to go there!

  42. Cynthia Dittrich Eisenhauer

    So So pretty!

  43. Sharlene Dunn

    I was in Tuscany in April, looking at your beautiful pictures makes me realize I can’t get back soon enough. Love your travels!

  44. Barbara Hust-Ray

    Love seeing Italy through your photos. Thanks

  45. Love, love, love this one…hope it can be mine! Enjoying your blog.

  46. Alice

    I delight in your watercolors and oils and look forward to your blog; I loved France and am enjoying Italy. Thanks for sharing your talent.

  47. Wonderful deckle edged leaves capturing iridescent watercolors reflecting the Tuscan sun. Ahhhhh. Thanks for sharing it!

  48. Jennifer Saylor

    I really need to be there!

  49. Ada

    Great watercolor postcards and photos! Of course, nothing like really being there, but we can dream…a. 🙂

  50. Prudy Weaver Artist

    what time was your video done as the sun was great but not too many people around?

  51. Jennifer Edgar

    Chianti one of my favourite wines with Italian food enjoy.

  52. Katherine Fleming

    Thank you for sharing the beauty!

  53. Sharon Merchant Ivy

    Loved the video. Just so you know, from one Southern girl to another, I don’t think you have an accent at all!

  54. Joyce Howard

    Beautiful, sparkly postcard Dreama! I painted along in my journal from your pictures yesterday… so much fun!

  55. pat

    Que bella

  56. Great photos! I’m journaling every day now. Eddie is such a good spy.

  57. Rhonda Boyd

    Fingers crossed!

  58. Cathy M

    Oh my, I just love that tuscan sunset! Thank you for sharing, and I always look forward to tagging along on your trips…one of these times I may have to try it in person!

  59. Holly Rose

    Thanks for the lovely tour of Cortona, and I love today’s postcard!

  60. kim

    Transport me there..Scotty beam me up!

  61. SO beautiful! I love the sparkly watercolors! And that Eddie, what a rascal boy! 😉

  62. Sherry deFazio

    I can smell the scent of coffee and bakery goodies wafting through the air. The warmth of the sun sliding into the day and that wonderful anticipation of another day in Italia.

  63. Jutta

    Thank you for sharing! One of these days I hope to join you. We all need our dreams. The demi postcard is lovely!

  64. Debby

    Thanks for the tour of Cortona. Wish I was there!

  65. Deb LaRocque

    Beautiful sunset! Thanks for sharing.

  66. Terri

    Great pics; hope all is fantastic with your trip….looks like it certainly is…..

  67. Tricia Hardie

    Enjoying your photographs very much, and the video.
    Thanks for sharing your journeys.

  68. Marcia

    Really enjoying the pictures and videos. You have such a good outlook on everything! Thanks for sharing your trips.

  69. I can feel the sunshine.. Thanks so much. It’s a new view to beauty for me. How fun!!

  70. JJ Hoffman

    Wish I was there…..thanks for sharing, Dreama.

  71. gayle

    What fun it would be to sit at one of those small tables squeezed into a narrow area and have lunch. Or, what fun it would be to receive the delightful painting of the small tables squeezed into…….. gayle

  72. Barbara Ray

    Love your view of Italy. Thanks

  73. Chris

    Absolutely beautiful! Wow!

  74. What a gorgeous sunset. So many feelings come to mind when the sun is kissing everything good night. So many beautiful vivid colors and thoughts to caress and embrace. I bet you are having sweet dreams Dreama.
    Bon Howdy to you and Ron.

  75. Cindy Williams

    I am loving all your pictures of Italy, makes me want to go. I tried to find some form of the new watercolors you were showing, are they only available at certain places? Thank you for sharing your trip to Italy 🙂

  76. Melissa S.

    I love the way you postcards bring Italy to life! Thanks for sharing the pictures…I am trying this myself.

  77. dana burton

    Loving the videos! And Eddie really is too much!
    Dana Burton

  78. Sue Zaback

    Please enter me in your postcard contest. You work is beautiful and inspiring!

  79. Just love this post! So many rich colors and lovely postcard painting. Thanks for Eddie’s update. I hope to take your class one day. Looking forward to seeing more and to continue to be inspired.

  80. Theresa de Perrodiul

    I love your happy paintings ,they inspire me daily.

  81. Prudy Weaver

    Just loooooove your trips and your posts!

  82. Nancy T


  83. Kathy Scott

    Love the twinkling paints

  84. Andrée

    Hi Dreama
    The quality of your little videos is amazing! Cortona is beautiful an inviting with these little cafés and places! Thanks for sharing and for inviting us to travel with you! Ciao bella!

  85. Bella Citta! Fabuloso, is that even Italian, I don’t think so? Loving the Italian journey, thank u for sharing. And I love your humour.

  86. Liesel Lund

    Such sweet inspiration for the heart! Thanks Dreama for taking the time to stop and share all this with us. I personally would just be busy eating all the gelato I could find and looking for paper and art stores! : )

  87. Valee Sewell Penn

    THE Tuscan sunset, and everything is truly gorgeous. Your watercolors are to the eyes what gelato is to the pallette Yummy! Oh, and Ed is around somewhere… I can just feel it.

  88. Kathy Cousart

    Just as fabulous as France but different…love seeing it all. Thanks for sharing…my eyes are smiling:)

  89. Loree Hill Luther

    Wow! Its beautiful there. I haven’t been in many years but it appears unchanged!

  90. Rosita Henley

    Dreama, I am thoroughly enjoying all of your photos, paintings and posts and love the video! I have never been to Italy, but would love to go. A friend of mine went recently to Italy on the Kathie George workshop and she bought herself that handmade watercolor journal. It is so wonderful!

  91. Trish Davis

    Oh Eddie, can you get me a good deal on room and board in Cortuna? I think I can smuggle some prime catnip in my luggage for you and your pals.

  92. Dana Burton

    Great video. Such beauty!
    Dana Burton

  93. Lynne Wogan

    Nice one

  94. Mary Jane Muir

    Enjoying your video and photos. It looks quite lovely there. A dream trip going on in my imagination now. Thank you Dreama.

  95. James M. Coulter

    LOVED the VIDEO! Each building, street, and square as such incredible CHARM and CHARACTER! Thanks for taking us along with you on this trip to Italy!

  96. Patricia Stoelting Langley

    Cortona is delightful!

  97. Flynn Gentry-Taylor

    Oh such beautiful things coming our way, thank you for sharing with us!

  98. Carol Collier

    What a gorgeous place to be, especially with your artist’s eye! So much to see and appreciate and document. Can’t wait for the next entry!

  99. Teri Jordan Towse

    I love the video and photographs Dreama. The scenery is divine. I cherish your stories the most.

  100. Sabine Scanlon

    this is so delightful! thank you Dreama.

  101. Cj Rider

    Wow, fab pictures Artist Dreama Tolle Perry!

  102. Carol Josefiak

    I’m enjoying your trip to Italy, too.

  103. Dianne L. Stroup

    I think a painting adventure in Italy for 2015 sounds great! Beautiful painting and photos of Cortona!

  104. Durinda Cheek

    Ok Dreama, you are killing me! I’m ready to hijack a flight out today! But I’ll try to contain myself until the end of the month when I land in Milan! You have had great weather and I love your photos from there!

  105. Carol Hickerson

    I want me some Tuscan sun!

  106. Artist Dreama Tolle Perry

    Another day in Italy:))) So much Chianti….so little time!

  107. Dreama

    Oh dear! It appears my site has been hi-jacked by none other than the Eddie the Cat!! Ciao-Meow! Oh well, as long as you know the source you know not to pay too much attention to him;))
    Big Italiano Hugs!

  108. Roseanne

    Takes my breath away, and a tear to my eye! The photos just transport my imagination to beautiful places! Thank you.

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