Frequently Asked Questions

Is Once Upon a Time in Provence Suitable for Any Level?

Absolutely! I’ve been teaching sold out workshops in both the US and abroad for 8 years. In that time I’ve had the joy of witnessing all levels gaining new insights and discovering the genuine JOY that exists in painting! For that reason, this course is opened to everyone—from those just getting started to the more experienced painters looking for new discoveries and creative inspiration. Some general understanding of color mixing and basic drawing skills is helpful, but not required. The painting videos allow you to see exactly what colors I’ve mixed and am using and the close-ups show you how I lay the paint on. You have the added advantage over a live workshop in that you can hit rewind and watch a section as many times as needed. In addition, the images that you will paint from are gridded to assist you with drawing it in. Obviously each person will achieve varying results based on their level of skill, but even if you are a beginner, I think you will be surprised at what you can accomplish! And last but not least, you have access to all of the content for one full year so you have plenty of time to work through the material.

What kind of supplies will I need?

My vibrant colors and brush work are achieved with oil paints and that is what is suggested for this course. A supply list of the colors I use, brush, medium, and suggested painting surface can be viewed by clicking here.

The paintings in this course are done in oil – can I use acrylics instead?

This is a course of painting and inspiration which means that much of the content applies to everyone. There is conversation on painting looser, brushwork, paint application, simplifying - things that fit most any medium. You are welcome to use whatever colors, brushes, mediums, and surfaces that you wish for following along on this online workshop. Always know that any artist’s work that you may admire looks the way it does based on specific things they are using/doing. My painting “recipes” are like any regular kitchen recipe you might cook up. The more substitutions you make in ingredients, the greater the variance in the results. Understanding this can help you make the choices that are right for you when it comes to your supplies and your budget. I let you know specifically what I use—and why—so that you know exactly how I achieve the vibrant colors and effects that I do in my paintings. My best advice, if you are still unsure what’s best for you, is to simply take me up on the 15 day money back guarantee. This will allow you to see if there’s something there for you or not. If it doesn’t fit you, just cancel before the 15 days are up!

What about refunds?

I’m pretty positive you are going to LOVE the Dream.Love.Paint Once Upon a Time in Provence course. Why else would I do it? To put your mind completely at ease, this course comes with a 100% money back guarantee. Ask for a refund within 15 days of the course opening and I’ll happily give you 100% of your money back. Try it on, mix some color, get inspired, feel some JOY, runaway to France…..all risk free!

How it Works

The program is broken up into six weekly modules. All content is housed in the Once Upon a Time in Provence/Dream.Love.Paint private membership site, accessible by a unique login you’ll receive when you sign up. You can access all of the content as soon as you register. You don’t need to be present at a certain time online to do this. Since online workshops are not live lectures, you can "attend" them at any time and view the material at your own pace. One of the things I love about the online workshop platform is this… It allows you to work in your own place at your own pace - stopping and starting as many times as you wish! Once lessons are posted, you can log in anytime and work through at your convenience. You will have access to the course content for ONE FULL YEAR. Each week’s lesson has a HD professionally shot painting video (Week 1 has a total of 3 and Week 6 has 2). There are 9 brand spanking new paintings in all for you to paint that include delicate pastries, poppy fields, French café scenes, antique finds and flower market treasures, doorways and more! This is the French experience so each week has it’s own feature mini-movie of special places and times in France created especially for you. We visit 8 villages and have an adventure video each week that puts you there, walking and discovering Provence right along side me. I have also added many things to inspire you and add to the feeling that you have escaped to France!
  • travel diary with quotes and prompts
  • fun maps to plot your path through Provence
  • authentic French recipes to employ all the senses
  • touches of France pdf for bringing France home
  • words to surround yourself that bring France into full view
  • videos for daydreaming set in France
  • reflections videos to inspire you
  • and lots of bonus French photos!

I have more questions – who can I contact?

You can reach Dreama & the team at Use the handy contact form at the bottom of this page.

When does the course start?

As soon as you register, you will have access to all of the class content.

How much time do I need to allocate to take part in the course?

Since painting is an integral part of this course and everyone works at a different pace there’s not a specific one size fits all answer to the question. Course content is open to you for one full year, giving you plenty of time to complete it, no matter what your pace or lifestyle!

Can I download the content/videos?

All the pdfs are downloadable and printable. Videos are are not downloadable.

Can the work I do in this course be sold or exhibited?

No, and here’s why. The copyrighted paintings featured in the course in the videos are for learning purposes only and the inspiration, design, and step by step methods for doing each painting are the creative property of Dream.Love.Paint.

However, work done from bonus photos provided in Once Upon a Time in Provence (there are 20 total) may be exhibited and sold.

I have a vacation/job deadline/wedding right in the middle of the course and might fall behind. Does that matter?

Not at all. Once you register, all of the class content will be available to you. It’s up to you how quickly you wish to work through it. You have twelve full months to complete the course, so no worries!

What system requirements are needed?

This is an online course so you will need internet access. You can read, watch and listen to the materials on laptop, desktop or mobile device.

Can I give this to a friend as a present?

Yes! To purchase a gift certificate please contact Ron at support (at)

Can I ask questions during the class?

Absolutely! We’ll be using our private class Facebook group to offer assistance and keep an eye on questions that come up 🙂

Can I share my work from the class on my blog/Facebook and other social media platforms?

We love for you to share the paintings that you’ve done during the course, we do ask though that you give credit to the learning source by using our hashtag #DreamLovePaint. Much expense, thought and care has gone into creating all the material for the Dream.Love.Paint course and sharing any of its copyrighted content online or elsewhere is prohibited.

Can I use this course material to teach this method, conduct workshops/classes, or write an article?

No and thank you. The course material is intended only for those individuals who have registered and paid for the Dream.Love.Paint “Once Upon a Time in Provence” course.

Can I share the content of this course?

This content of the Once Upon a Time in Provence course is for your personal use only. Please be mindful that this is a private course for those who have registered and paid. Please do not share links.

Will I need high speed internet to access the videos?

Yes, absolutely. All videos are high-definition and will require a high speed internet connection. If you are able to view the video about the course on this site, you should be fine.

What do I get out of this course and what can I expect to learn?

This course is THE most awesome painting adventure set in the south of France.

It’s been a dream of mine to be able to bring inspiring places to artists everywhere—and with this NEVER BEFORE DONE combination of original travel videos and painting videos created just for you—it is a dream come true!

Surrounded with the Provencal beauty that has inspired generations of artists, you will get the scoop on how you can paint looser and not get bogged down in detail.

No sweat techniques to getting glowing color in your paintings—all while basking in the romance that is France.

This course includes all new, never before taught, paintings that are a page taken right out of the places we visit each week.

A total of 9 painting videos that include 1 “first time painting with Dreama” video to make sure those of you new to painting and my process get off to a smooth start! (Over 10 hours of painting videos are included with this course)

Along with the how to of making gorgeous colors, the course covers info like…

  • Simple tips for keeping things loose in a painting
  • When, where and how to use detail in your paintings
  • Why it works to think like a kid when it comes to painting complex subjects
  • Logical tips on how to direct the eye to areas of interest in your painting
  • Things to consider to make things stand out or “pop” in your painting
  • Helpful suggestions on creating beautiful brushwork
  • Why even colorful paintings need some grays
  • Texture in your painting and keeping it woven together

You get the inspiration and magic of France delivered to your home AND all the scoop on how to make the art you love with beautiful strokes and vibrant colors.

Each week of the course is filled with adventure videos that take you right into the heart of Provence, daydreaming videos for getting in touch with your creativity, travel diary with prompts, downloadable painting tips and French words and quotes to keep you feeling French.  Recipes, movie suggestions, music–and more so that you can get your oui oui on without leaving home!

How is this online class different to taking an in-person workshop with Dreama?

It’s like comparing an apple with an orange. Both are great for entirely different reasons. Meeting Dreama in person and having hands on learning at your easel is wonderful however, you can’t hit the replay button in a live workshop and you have access to Dreama’s methods by way of video for 12 full months online as opposed to 3 days in a live workshop.

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