Beautiful Dreamer

"Beautiful dreamer, beam on my heart,
E'en as the morn on the streamlet and sea;
Then will all clouds of sorrow depart,
Beautiful dreamer, awake unto me!
Beautiful dreamer, awake unto me!" by Stephen Foster.

This little sleeping dormouse illustration was painted as an illustration for my book "A Book of Days".
When the days shorten and the temperature drops I sometimes wish I could hibernate, possibly waking up for a brief spell over Christmas. At the moment I feel as if I am wading through mud and achieving nothing.

If you follow Rima Staines at The Hermitage you may have heard about her quest to raise money for a storytelling project and if you are avery quick you might be interested in this auction here at Hedgespoken.

Don't be like the dormouse and sleep all the way through. x


  1. This is, possibly, the most beautiful dormouse - ever!

  2. What a darling dormouse, and your art really speaks to me.

  3. The dormouse looks so cozy and warm. I remember my mum and dad had an old 78 record of 'Beautiful Dreamer' which they used to play along with others - brings back lots of childhood memories:)

  4. Valerie, your Beautiful Dreamer defines cosiness and utter relaxation.

    I think it's an excellent image to remember as a possible aid to relaxation techniques as this season's pace begins to pick up.

    Many thanks! xo

  5. That is one exquisite drawing Valeria.

  6. Absolutely precious. Thank you for sharing. Big Hug, Heather

  7. This little painting is so beautiful, so perfect! I remember Beautful Dreamer from when I was a child. We had a 'Magnus Chord Organ' and I used to play that song a lot!:)
    Jess x

  8. Thank you for all of your lovely comments. It seems like we all have fond memories of that song. I was surprised to learn how old that song is.

  9. I am going into my hibernation period and don't plan to come off my farm for 4 months! Sweet little mousey.

  10. So, so beautiful!

    I hope your world is looking less muddy Val x

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