Sunrise Joy’s Garden, Interpreting a Dream

You know that place where you can see the sun setting and the moon rising simultaneously? 

That Sweet Spot, Sunrise Joy’s Garden is being auctioned!!!

Sunrise Joy's Garden
Sunrise Joy’s Garden, oil

Absorbing the Tuscan Lifestyle and Colors into my art and life, you can see the glow of the sweet spot in this very special painting. The hilltop villa where I lived in Poggio Alla Croce, faced the Val d’Arno at sunrise and Florence at sunset. Being there ~ heart, mind, body, & spirit ~ put me in Joy’s Garden.

You know that place where you can see the sun setting and the moon rising simultaneously? I’m not sure that I did.

To see the sun setting, while simultaneously the moon is rising ~ you would have to be in a very sweet spot!

Indeed, I thought this painting was too small. I’d ignored it. Too small a thing to warrant my attention. It’s been sitting on my studio table for months. Then the other morning, with my coffee, I found myself tweaking the colors.

I liked the colors and thought I might offer it as a gift to my readers. You know, auction it. Let the highest bidder have it for whatever the one who has the last word offers. I thought it would be a great way to help people find my CreativSOUP Live Feed and Joy’s Garden Books.

As I began writing about it ~ suddenly I felt the sweet spot.

And suddenly the sweet spot, Sunrise Joy’s Garden is up for auction!!!

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So much of creativity is so small we overlook it. Peek inside my CreativSOUP process at paintings and my Joy’s Garden books and see what you’re missing.

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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!


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