The Dream Canvas by Nicole Canfield


The Dream Canvas by author Nicole Canfield is about an abstract artist, Dottie Love who finds her true love Isaiah McNally, a New York City firefighter. But in the true style of the author, it is not the typical love story of boy meets girl over the internet or in the bar scene; they meet through a series of lucid dreams. But will this be enough for Dottie to overcome her abandonment and independence issues? Can Isaiah allow himself to be loved again after a failed marriage? How do our dreams become reality?

The Main Players

This book has well-developed characters which all come together to teach Dottie about love. But as in true life, not everyone has her the highest interests at heart. Half of the story is told in the male perspective of her new love interest, Isaiah and the other is Dottie's perspective.

My interpretation of the character, Dottie.
My interpretation of the character, Dottie. | Source

Dottie Love

Dottie, the starving artist, is in the process of learning some tough life lessons. Her father died when she was young leaving her with major abandonment issues and unprocessed feelings. Dottie insists on being independent and that she does not need a man in her life. She has never had many girlfriends or any friends and is very misunderstood. But this attitude has placed her squarely in a relationship with a musician who is always on the road and never been there for her on an emotional level. It almost opens her up to be used and abandoned again and again.

The good-looking firefighter, Isaiah
The good-looking firefighter, Isaiah | Source

Isaiah McNally

The dreamy Isaiah McNally lives in New York City. Everywhere he goes women are slipping him their number, but he really finds them to be amusing. In other words, he is only interested in a long term serious relationship with a mature woman.

By day he is a fire fighter but he is also an avid art enthusiast. No one knows that side of him except for his sister who owns an art gallery. In fact Isaiah feels that if his friends at work were to know about his love for the arts, he would be laughed out of the fire house.


Rory Langdon

Rory is Dottie's live in boyfriend and sometimes fiance depending on which is more convenient for him. That is when is is not on the road with his band playing or on a bender of his favorite habit, benzos and pain killers. Rory sometimes leaves for months at a time if the drugs are plentiful and Dottie does not know if he is dead or alive. She will wait at home and worry herself sick about him only to have him come back home even more addicted. Dottie dutifully nurses him back to health only to have him leave her again. Rory feels that he is sick and cannot help this endless cycle.


Miss Anne Marie

Miss Anne Marie is Dottie's older friend who listens to and advises her. She owns a local New Age Shop, The Crystal Owl, selling an occasional pendulum, crystal book or giving tarot card readings. Miss Anne Marie is wise beyond her years. She has only Dottie's best intentions at heart.


Dottie and Rory

The plot begins with Dottie arguing with Rory about her paintings. Rory feels that they are nothing but junk, she has no talent and she should get a real job. But Dottie feels that her only talent is painting and it is her only means to make a living. She paints abstract art as a means of getting her feelings out, a concept that is beyond Rory's comprehension level. He tend to display typical addict behavior, bring everyone down to his level, so that he can control them. Rory suggests that she throw all of her paintings away.


The Art Show

Dottie and other artists displayed their paintings outside of Miss Anne Marie's shop. She was shocked and excited to sell two paintings at the end of the day to an art dealer from New York City. Who knows, this may lead to more sales in the future and more contacts. Dottie was told more than once that her work was under-priced but she was beginning to believe Rory who always told her that she had no talent.

Unfortunately, the high of selling her art work and having money in her pocket was short lived. When she arrived home, Rory was gone, most likely on a drug bender. She knew in her heart that she would not see him again for months.

Out of the Depression

After not leaving the house for days and feeling uninspired to paint, Dottie is led back to Crystal Owl where her always reliable friend, Miss Anne Marie suggests a book about Lucid Dreaming. She excitedly takes the book, but barely opens it before falling into a deep sleep or dream state.

When Dottie awakes, she is filled with inspiration from her dreams of the night before. She can do nothing but paint what was in her dream with a feverish passion. With a self-defeating spirit, she posts the painting to her website knowing that it probably would not sell.


Isaiah Dreams of Art

After visiting Dottie's website and purchasing a painting, it finally arrives at Isaiah's apartment. The painting truly speaks to his soul because it is a painful reminder of the emptiness when he felt when his wife left him. He hangs it on the wall and drifts of to sleep in a far away place.

When Isaiah awakens, he can do nothing but think about his dreams. He revisits Dottie's website only to find a newly posted painting of the dream that he had that night. Of course, he thinks that he is crazy and this cannot be happening.

Isaiah purchases the painting immediately only to have the same dreaming experience the following night.

Have you ever had a lucid dream?

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Will Isaiah and Dottie meet each other? Or will the drug-infected Rory ruin it all? Unfortunately, I will never tell. You will have to read the book.

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Most of this novel is set in Ybor City, Florida. A city known to encourage emerging artists like the character of Dottie Love.

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Silva Hayes 15 months ago from Spicewood, Texas

Thank you for this review of the book The Dream Canvas by one of my favorite authors.

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kittythedreamer 15 months ago from the Ether

Lipnancy - Can I just say, Wow. I was blown away. You have no idea how much joy this gave me. Particularly to see your interpretation of the was just so fun to see them through another person's mind's eye!!! I appreciate this beyond what I could ever tell you. I'm so happy you enjoyed the book. Your review was fun and flattering. Thank you. Thank you. :) I'm going to work with a huge smile on my face (I usually go with a smile on my face but now it'll be even bigger!)

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Lipnancy 15 months ago from Hamburg, New York Author

I had a lot of fun reading it.

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Lipnancy 15 months ago from Hamburg, New York Author

Totally my pleasure and may you get many sales.

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Blond Logic 3 months ago from Brazil

It sounds fantastic. What a wonderfully unusual story line.

The characters sound intriguing, I imagine you want to shout out, "dump the druggie and go for the fireman".

It sounds like a wonderful book.

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Jean Bakula 3 months ago from New Jersey

I read the book and loved it. Kitty (Nicole) and I have a lot of the same interests, and I am clairsentient and have lucid dreams too. It's a very interesting story. Also, leave a review on Goodreads or Amazon!

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Lipnancy 2 months ago from Hamburg, New York Author

Read the book and find out. And just enjoy.

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Lipnancy 2 months ago from Hamburg, New York Author

I had a lot of fun writing this review. Everyone enjoys a love story.

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