Nurture your Creativity ~ Dear Antonella the Rose of Sorrento

Sorrento? I’ll be there!

Dear Antonella

Yes, I AM a bit timid about traveling alone. But honestly, I would hate to miss this chance to be with you in such a magical place!

If next year comes ~ and I missed out

Life is SO precious! My dear friend Gary passed away this month. One day we were having lunch, then a sudden stroke took him. Painting in the studio early that morning, I thanked Gary for all the wonderful conversations we had over lunch. And then I heard a voice tell me to lighten up the clouds along my horizon.

Startled, I looked again at the big painting on my easel. “Really?” I answered him back. Gary was a big man with a big presence. His radio voice could fill the room. He traveled Europe on a USO Tour singing! Quick witted, he was known as the ‘Czar of PR’ at the National Endowment for the Humanities under President Clinton.

Gary Krull
Gary Krull

Without hesitation, I picked up the brush and took his advice. Tweaked Light into the clouds along the horizon, searched Google Flights, and bought a ticket for Sorrento!

Colorful Sunset Painting Canvas Art PRint


I didn’t hesitate to tweak the painting. I HAD been hesitating to buy the tickets. I am still hesitating to admit to myself that the title of the big painting, Suncatcher, is a clue to who I am.

Just the question pops another “painting” to mind.


A collage I did when I was 14 won me recognition at a 5 county regional art show in my home state of New Jersey. I can still remember my mother taking me to the awards presentation in Morristown. My feet barely touched the floor as I walked to the front, my collage projected on the screen for all to see, as I received my blue ribbon.

Nurturing creativity is important. It was something I received from both my parents. And also from many others, as well.

This is why I am so compelled to throw Light and inspiration. So I guess I AM the Suncatcher.

Dear Antonella

I met Antonella  three years ago when she translated our Italian cooking lesson. She captivated us with her quick wit, warm personality, and mastery of both English and Italian. Immediately, we were friends.

When I arrived in Italy sick last fall, Antonella was knocking on my door with pharmacy, hot tea, and warm clothing. Blooming with cheer, she lifted my spirits.

watercolor roses

She got me well in a hurry ~ in time to smell the roses, get my watercolors out, AND welcome my friends from the States.

plein air painting watercolor roses

Dear Antonella loves EVERY opportunity to speak English! She lived eight years in DC as a young woman. So delighted to meet my friends, immediately we ALL were friends.

Dear Antonella
Dear Antonella


I developed my CreativSOUP process over thirty years. Extraordinary circumstances caused me to use my art degree and creativity ~ in ways I NEVER imagined.

Unraveling clues in the paintings, dreams, and day to day stuff will show you how The Creator Within connects heart, soul, mind, body, spirit. You will find book 1, Joy’s Garden Embrace the Mountain on Amazon. 

In addition, Joy’s Garden CreativSOUP Journal, a companion to Embrace the Mountain, gives you space to unravel your own creative clues.

Access to my CreativSOUP Live Feed and CreativSOUP Facebook Group are free. Your book purchase helps to support these, as well as my upcoming book 2,  Joy’s Garden Dear Antonella.

Dear Antonella Joy's Garden

Joy’s Garden Dear Antonella will be published in May!

Purchase an advance signed copy of the book, and receive The Rose postcard mailed to you from me and Antonella postmarked Sorrento!


Hurry, I leave for Sorrento April 7!


Promote the Flow of Creativity

Going with the Flow?

What could be a more fun way to entice your Creative Spirit to go with the flow?

Jump into the CreativSOUP and relax.

Let the flow go around you.

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Today’s article is a little creativSOUP for your imagination. What a powerful way of looking at the world! Drink it in!

Find out more about my Tuscany Creativity Retreat

Creativity needs to be nurtured. Everyone is creative. If you doubt your creativity, then perhaps it’s time to expand your notion of what Creativity is!

Your innate Creative connection to imagination and dreams flows automatically unless you stop it with limiting ideas and beliefs!

Creativity loves a party. It can always be enhanced with special attention and nurturing. You don’t have to be an artist to enjoy the benefits of your creativity. In fact, many artists limit their own creativity as well. Find out more about my Tuscany Creativity Retreat or my Virginia Painting & Creativity Retreat

CreativSOUP 2018 Retreat Schedule Announced

You don’t have to be an expert. Novice & advanced artists are welcome.

2018 CreativSOUP Schedule

Wild Beach Sanctuaries

MAY 25 – 27

Stillness and wildlife are at the heart of these remote beaches and coastal marshes. Standing between earth and sky, you’ll be captivated by the feeling of fresh air, divine light, and wonder. Mathews County.  Location  Dorothy Fagan Studio, 110 Skipjack Lane, Cobbs Creek, Virginia. SOLD OUT

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​Joy’s Garden Painting Holiday

May 4 – 11

Paint on remote beaches, private gardens, coastal marsh sanctuaries, and tiny villages in breathtaking Mathews County, Virginia. Work in any Media  LEARN MORE>

plein air painting gardensSecret Gardens by the Sea

JUNE 8 – 10

Vibrant colorful hydrangea, lilies, and fragrant jasmine intoxicate you with inspiration ~ surrounded by a sea of green mowed to perfection beside sand dunes and the bright blue sea. Mathews County.  Location  Dorothy Fagan Studio, 110 Skipjack Lane, Cobbs Creek, Virginia. SOLD OUT

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PASTEL Three Dreams Set Sail on a Turquoise SeaD1

Festive Urbanna Village & Hidden Harbor

JULY 13 – 15

Colorful village, quaint architecture, a protected harbor filled with pleasure craft and vibrant people will inspire you to capture this dream-like, idyllic Virginia town nestled off the Rappahannock River. Middlesex County.  Location  Dorothy Fagan Studio, 110 Skipjack Lane, Cobbs Creek, Virginia. SOLD OUT

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Tuscany Creativity Holiday

September 29 – October 7

Tuscany Expressionist Painting & Creativity Retreat

Come Paint with Me! Stunning Vistas, Villages, Rocky Coastlines & Beaches

Customize Your Own Retreat . . .  from plein air painting to drawing, a Tuscan cooking lesson, exploring unspoiled landscape, visiting artisan shops, and enjoying the good company of creative souls and a comfortable home off the beaten path. LEARN MORE>

Topping in Vibrant Autumn Splendor


Brilliant blue river and sky strike a vibrant harmony against golden, russet, and green foliage in this breathtaking Rappahannock River harbor. Quaint boat houses, oyster house, skiffs, and a creek side table for the best local seafood and brews. Middlesex County.  Location  Dorothy Fagan Studio, 110 Skipjack Lane, Cobbs Creek, Virginia. SOLD OUT

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