Supermoon Dream ~ Is it My Place in the Sun? Or just a Dream?

Dream: “something blue, covering the whole thing, light blue…”

blue dream
something blue,

Journal in my lap I glance up, coffee cup in hand. Sweet creamy date bread, the taste of home, mom’s recipe fills my mouth. Crunching a piece of walnut between my teeth ~ I recognize the same lavender blue in the painting across the room.

Radiant Beauty

abstract expressionist painting
Radiant Beauty, oil painting, 48″ x 36″ Purchase Info>

I’d just written about her yesterday, how a fusion of abstract landscape melded with realistic rendering on this painting called, “Radiant Beauty.”

I’d noted that the pond represented home to me, the safe place where I can be myself. And how my paintings beckon viewers to see the Creative Spirit above their own pond.

abstract expressionist painting
detail shows the symbols of pond and home, heaven and earth. Purchase Info>

My Place in the Sun?

Two images flash to mind: tiny paintings from yesterday afternoon’s meditation exercise. The first an old one called, “My Place in the Sun,” repainted on  New Year’s Eve with a violet mountain, vermilion cottages and turquoise green fields.

small landscape oil painting
My Place in the Sun, oil on cradled wood panel, 5″ x 7″ x .75″ , $100.



 

Supermoon Rising

The second, a new painting, inspired by momentum from the first. A similar landscape with cottages and distant hills. This one with deep violet night shadows, opening to those blue fields and pond.

Celestial orbs in both paintings, low to the horizon, burn deeply vermilion, warming cottages, hearts and home. A setting sun in the first is transformed to “Supermoon Rising” in the next breath. It is amazing to me still ~ how a color meditation can reveal such a tale.

supermoon painting
Supermoon Rising, oil on cradled wood panel, 5″ x 7″ x .75″, $100


Home

In an instant ~ I realize I have wandered into my own painting. Standing beside the pond (literally, as there is a pond outside my studio windows), I painted my way home.

Returning to the studio feels strangely new this morning. Switching on the lights, I turn up the heat and survey the paintings. Not just that today is the first day of a new year ~ something else is new.

Two unfinished paintings on the easels speak now, when yesterday were silent. The tall one with a moon behind the cloud, now answers my question about whether or not she is finished.

She’s not at all finished. Indeed her supermoon is rising, illuminating the blue landscape with colorful shadows. Her true work is just begun.

supermoon painting
Supermoon on the Mountain, oil on gallery wrapped canvas, 40″ x 30″
“Paint the moon a bit larger.
“Let it light the landscape.
“And fill those long shadows with hope and dreams.”

Awakened by her light shining through my bedroom window, I’d felt bathed by something Divine. Instead of covering my head with the pillow ~ I let the celestial moment comfort me as I drifted back to sleep.

The Castle

The other big painting, a wide one with a castle atop a vineyard on a hill ~ appears light against vibrant evergreen woodlands and a star-filled, Provence blue sky. Cottages coming together form the castle, supported and unified by the expansive vineyard rising from the valley.

abstract expressionist landscape painting
Castle in the Vineyard, oil on gallery wrapped canvas, 30″ x 40″,

Supermoon Dream ~ Is it My Place in the Sun? Or just a Dream?

In a moment all the symbols embedded in the paintings fuse seamlessly as my story. Spirited palette knife strokes ~ like my signature ~ are mine alone to own.

abstract expressionist landscape painting
detail, Castle in the Vineyard, oil on gallery wrapped canvas, 30″ x 40″

I was that freshman in art history class, who sat in the back muttering ~ “the professor is nuts, the painting is just a landscape ~ how could he think the artist stopped to make up all these ridiculous symbols?”

I own this garden, it’s time to eat my words. I don’t know what artists in the Renaissance did. I do know it’s taken me a lifetime to accept and own the Creator’s gifts as my own.

Welcome to Joy’s Garden!

xxoo

Dorothy

Nurture a Hibernating Creative Spirit

Girls Dream Weekend

Nurture Your Creative Spirit in the New Year

Cultivate dreams with painting and journaling. 

Inner Sanctum
Inner Sanctum, oil, willow charcoal, metallic copper pigment

Girls Dream Weekend

Join me in my Virginia studio by the pond for a weekend of dream journaling, interpreting dreams in watercolor, painting dreams, and heart-warming connections.

Winter is a perfect time to go within.

While the colors of the landscape are pallid and pale, winter is the best time to cultivate and nurture the brilliant colors of your Creative Spirit.

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Hidden within are vibrant colors. Wondrous harmonies of pastels and jewels are activated with the stroke of a brush and pen. In this special focused weekend, I will share the CreativSOUP Method I use to manifest dreams and paint brilliant, harmonious colors.

Your Creative Spirit deserves ~and requires~ special attention and nurturing during winter. You can use this proactive way of connecting your Creative heart and mind in the new year.

Join me in my studio, footsteps from the Chesapeake Bay, for a color-filled weekend of inspiration and a vibrant, flowing new year!

Beginners and Advanced Accepted

Dates & Accommodations

2-Day Weekend $500/person

CUSTOM DATES

Select 2-day, or 3-day weekend. Custom dates are available in January and February.  

ACCOMMODATIONS

Dorothy’s Art Cottage Suite with Woodlands Nest Queen Bedroom and Pond Within Full Bedroom share the full bath on first floor. Guest rooms filled with inspirational art and decor, luxury linens, and Dorothy’s private art library will nurture your Spirit.

MEALS 

Continental breakfast (granola, yogurt, fruit, coffee, tea) and one meal each day (lunch or dinner with Dorothy at a local eatery) are included. A list of local eateries is provided, along with use Dorothy’s fridge for stowing your favorite snacks.

ART PROGRAM 

Art Program includes Dorothy’s empowering painting demonstrations, one-on-one personalized instruction, and use of sunroom studio, palettes, and easels. Bring own paint, watercolor paper, brushes, and journal; or purchase watercolor kit for $15. Optional visit to Artisan Pottery Studio, Blacksmith, or Art Gallery can be arranged.

OPTIONAL 3rd day

Optional 3rd Day   Fabric Painting Dream Scarf is hand sewn with one of Dorothy’s original fabrics and ready for you to embellish with shimmering opalescent fabric paints. All materials and supplies to complete your scarf are included. You will take home an original, hand-painted scarf!

2-Day Girls Dream Weekend $500/person

3-Day Girls Weekend $700/person

Day 1

Arrive by 1 pm

1:00 – 3:00 pm   Journaling Dreams with Watercolor & Pen

4:00 pm    Tea & Chat

6:00 pm    Dinner

8:00 pm    Relax, Explore Dorothy’s Art Library, Watch a movie

11:00 pm   Dream & Wake Refreshed

tuscany watercolor paintings
In the Field, watercolor,

Day 2

8:00 am    Continental Breakfast

9:00 – 12:00    Painting Dreams  (Watercolor, Oils, Acrylics, or Pastels)

Noon – 2:00 pm    Lunch at Southwind with Dorothy

2:00 – 4:00 pm   Free Time (Visit Artisan Studios or paint, write, nap!)

4:00 pm    Tea & Chat

6:00 pm    Dinner  (on your own)

8:00 pm    Relax, Explore Dorothy’s Art Library, Watch a movie

11:00 pm   Dream & Wake Refreshed

WATERCOLOR ABSTRACT TREES
Happy Dance, watercolor,

Day 3 (oPTIONAL)

8:00 am    Continental Breakfast

9:00 – 12:00    Fabric Painting Dream Scarf

Noon – 2:00 pm    Lunch (on your own)

2:00 – 4:00 pm   Free Time (Visit Artisan Studios or paint, write, nap!)

4:00 pm    Tea & Chat

6:00 pm    Dinner with Dorothy at White Dog

8:00 pm    Relax, Explore Dorothy’s Art Library, Watch a movie

11:00 pm   Dream & Wake Refreshed

hand painted scarves
Select one of Dorothy’s original fabrics and hand paint  a scarf to wear home.

Day 4

8:00 am    Continental Breakfast

9:00 – 11:00    Dream Interpretation / Complete Scarf

11:00    Checkout

Footsteps from the Chesapeake Bay
2-Day or 3-Day Weekends
Custom Dates in January & February

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Is Passion Missing? Five Steps to Recover Your Passion

Is Passion Missing?

I thought living in Overwhelm was Normal, until I recovered my passion for living on a retreat in Tuscany

One of the things I love most about Tuscany is the color.

Though one thinks first of verdant green fields with winding roads, being there in the fall is more about vibrant gold, bronze, and crimson.

abstract landscape paintings
Rain on the Mountain, oil on linen, 16″ x 20″

1. Ripening

In September the landscape in Tuscany turns from verdant green to gold. When we arrived September 10th, the transformation was just beginning.  Subtle at first, I painted ‘Rain on the Mountain’ en plein air, overlooking the Arno River Valley (Val d’Arno.)

There’s something about a rainy day, so peaceful. All the subtleties of life are magnified. Like meditating, painting helped me find stillness.

Not one to sit still, I had gotten sick upon arrival. It turned out to be a blessing. I stopped trying to do what I thought I was going to do in Tuscany ~ and just rested!

2018 Tuscany Retreat>

tuscany landscapes watercolor
Vineyard on the Hill, watercolor, 4.75″ x 7.5″   See the Watercolors>

2. Reluctant, yet Willing

Reluctant at first, I played with tiny watercolors in my sketchbook. The Creative Spirit within massaged my spirits with gentle flow.  Day by day I recovered stamina.

All the while that judge in my head kept going on about, ‘what will I do with these?” I ignored him, for the most part, and continued painting. Though his rant continued ~ gradually he faded away and my passion came into focus.

As my sketchbooks filled up, I found myself wishing for more ~ larger paper. We’d planned to go to Cortona, to procure some at the little art supply shop. Alas, I got sick again.

A week later I had enough stamina to ride to Cortona and walk up the hill to the little shop and purchase three blocks of Magnani Toscana watercolor paper; the largest a whopping 41 x 31 cm!

tuscan landscape watercolor
View from Cortona, watercolor, 9″ x 12″   See the Watercolors>

3. Wrapped in Ethereal Light & Colors

The view from Cortona was ethereal. I sat down on a park bench in the piazza and painted it. Gentle colors with lots of white space wrapped me. Soothed,  my eyes wandered inspired to paint another. My body said, ‘get back in the car you’ve done enough for today.’

Sad, yet unlike the woman I once was, I followed instructions and returned to the car. Jim drove us home to Poggio Alla Croce. I took a nap.

Learn More about Tuscany Retreats>

tuscan landscape watercolor
My Place in the Sun, watercolor, 9″ x 12″  See the Watercolors>

 

4. Harvest Time & All is Ripe

On my last day in the village, Dario took me down into the olive grove to walk and paint in the landscape I’d painted from the mountain.

It was very late in the afternoon on the last day of October. Shadows were long. Time short.

I set up the easel facing the last remaining pools of sunlight. Painting as quickly as possible, I wished only capture that precious moment with Dario.

Turquoise paint already saturated in my palette from earlier in the day, spread intensely the moment my brush touched the page. As if signing my name . . .

“Oh wow!” I felt the rush of energy.

Grabbing another color I followed the Creator’s flow of instructions. Next thing I knew, it stopped.

“Oh my, I have time for another!”

See the Watercolors>

RED TREE PAINTINGS
Red Oak, oil on canvas, 30″ x 40″, PURCHASE INFO> PRINTS>

5. At Home Wow!

Returning to Virginia, a painting I’d started two years before begged for something more. Complying, I put her on the easel and stepped back for further instruction.

Relieved to have my big palette, big studio, and big canvases in front of me once again ~ I mixed up the vibrant autumn crimsons, vermilions, golds, bronzes, and sparkly cobalt blues.

One by one, I felt them ‘wow!’

Through watercolor and oil sketches, the flow of color revitalized my palette and my life.

Now I wake each morning before the sun rises. I am filled with energy and passion for whatever surprising ‘wows’ the day brings. And I sleep well, spent when the sun sets.

Tuscany Retreat>

Stir Up Your CreativSOUP>

Red trees painting
Red Oak, oil on canvas, 30″ x 40″, Shown over leather sofa, available on Wayfair.    PURCHASE PAINTING> PRINTS>