A Blue Ball Jar Giveaway and Happy Happy!!

Happy, Happy!!

“Happy Happy”

12 x 12in oil on museum quality panel


A taste of France for you today and a quote.

 Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our soul blossom.  ~Marcel Proust

Thanks for making my soul blossom:-)

Ahhhh Spring!
It brings with it new ideas, renewed energy for life, and appreciation for wee things and great things.

At my house it usually gets me briefly in the mood for redecorating and stirring things up.
Of course, I have considerations that I must keep in mind.

The furniture approval committee can be grueling….


With some taking the high road …..


while others get in on the ground floor of what I am not sure.


And although they like to have a vote, they are rarely reliable for getting to the meetings on time…



Decorating is so tough—
but then you find the perfect combination of color, function and hair….


And just like that, I am out of the redecorating mode…;-)

I thought you might enjoy seeing a bit of shabby chic that happened this spring at my house.
The table was originally very dark.
The cabinet has a Van Gogh painting on it by Van Dreama (I did this many a year ago).
And the large print on the wall is a reproduction of  one of my paintings that takes me to a happy place.  I can’t decide if the frame would look better a little lighter or not.  I’ll have to get the committee to vote on it;-)

In celebration of spring’s arrival I am going to give away a couple of my blue Ball mason jars from my collection:-)

Gotta have something blue to put those tulips, lilacs, hyacinths, pansies, daffodils and such in!!

2014 Workshop Adds:

For those of you who may have missed it, I’ve  added 3 workshops for my 2014 schedule.  The CA spots are all gone…however…
September in Kentucky is open for registration:-) For details, just click here.

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  • Leslie - April 21, 2014 - 10:17 am

    Definitely flowers!!!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Sandy - April 21, 2014 - 1:50 pm

    Flowers and paint them! I like the brushes idea also!ReplyCancel

  • Christine Bass - April 21, 2014 - 2:28 pm

    Love those blue ball jars!ReplyCancel

  • Carol Collier - April 21, 2014 - 3:20 pm

    Probably flowers, but until then I think my favorite red blend wine would look good in there!!!ReplyCancel

  • Dave Casey - April 21, 2014 - 4:02 pm

    Those Ball jars also make great brush holders.ReplyCancel

  • Marion Corbin Mayer - April 21, 2014 - 4:37 pm


  • Dianne L. Stroup - April 21, 2014 - 4:44 pm

    Flowers for sure….or maybe my brushes!ReplyCancel

  • Nancy Darling - April 21, 2014 - 4:51 pm

    Would love to paint some flowers in a blue ball jar. BTW Michael’s has some but they’re only 1 pint.ReplyCancel

  • Linda Will - April 21, 2014 - 6:03 pm


  • Rosita Henley - April 21, 2014 - 6:42 pm

    To put my old button in!ReplyCancel

  • Linda Jones - April 21, 2014 - 7:42 pm

    I would LOVE to win the blue ball jar and put all kinds of flowers in it and paint them!!!! I love flowers and LOVE the blue jars!!!!!I am crossing fingers that I win one!!ReplyCancel

  • Tammy Monahan Goodrich - April 21, 2014 - 11:46 pm

    Sea shells! Or sea glass…or sand and a candle? You can never have too many blue ball jars!ReplyCancel

  • Flynn Gentry-Taylor - April 22, 2014 - 12:38 am

    Wishes! I will write wishes on pieces of paper and draw out one a week and make it come true!ReplyCancel

  • Cathy - April 22, 2014 - 5:19 am

    Love to have a blue Ball jar fot painting glass, painting flowers and just for enjoying such a happy color!!!ReplyCancel

  • Sheila Youd - April 22, 2014 - 5:31 am

    Put jelly beans in it!ReplyCancel

  • Linda Borch - April 22, 2014 - 5:35 am

    Definitely flowers!ReplyCancel

  • Connie - April 22, 2014 - 5:36 am

    We have some lovely “Don Juan” rose bushes growing in our yard-the blossoms smell just like raspberries-and would look lovely in a pretty blue jar :-) ReplyCancel

  • kathy cousart - April 22, 2014 - 5:42 am

    I would love to paint my branches of cotton bolls in that beautiful jar! Great post Dreama!ReplyCancel

  • Alice ONeil - April 22, 2014 - 5:43 am

    Just on the morning I felt blue I would take my worries and put them in my Blue Ball Jar.
    I would add water to weaken them, then put in a tulip or two to bring joy to my Blue Ball jar….move it to a sunny location and head for the donut shop in town, returning with a smile on my face, knowing my worries were tucked away, nice and safe away from me in my Blue Ball jar. You can have worries and beauty at the same time, you just have to have a Blue Ball jar!!! Maybe I will win….one jar will do…..ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Lynn - April 22, 2014 - 5:43 am

    Flowers :-)
    Thank you for the opportunity and God Bless You :-) ReplyCancel

  • cherrie hill - April 22, 2014 - 5:53 am

    Well, when not in use, I would keep it in an antique dish cabinet that belonged to my great aunt where my favorite art things are kept.
    Flowers….buttons maybe. :) ReplyCancel

  • Rachel Eliston - April 22, 2014 - 6:22 am

    These blue jars are so beautiful! I would keep all of my blue buttons in there, they would be a perfect match! Thank you so much for your inspiration and this fabulous opportunity!ReplyCancel

  • Suzanne Dungan - April 22, 2014 - 6:23 am

    Flowers in blue glass vases make my heart and soul sing!ReplyCancel

  • Celeste Mycoskie - April 22, 2014 - 6:28 am

    What fun to paint a blue jar! Where do I get Carribean Blue?ReplyCancel

  • Katherine Baker - April 22, 2014 - 6:38 am

    My blue ball jar would hold many different things, from flowers to shells, paint brushes, to wishes and dreams. Thank you Dreama for offering such a fun gift!ReplyCancel

  • Jill Ocull - April 22, 2014 - 6:41 am

    we must get together this year… set a date…i will call the crew.ReplyCancel

  • Marcia Blakeman - April 22, 2014 - 7:06 am

    Hi Dreama –

    The blue jar would go with anything, thanks for giving them away. Just one persons opinion but I like the painting with a darker frame. Since everything else in the room is light, it draws your eye to the beautiful painting. It adds texture to the room.

    Happy decoratiing :) ReplyCancel

  • Gretchen Stoudt - April 22, 2014 - 7:08 am

    Dear Dreama,

    You never fail to get my day off to a great start and I can’t thank you enough. I love the way you decorate and the 3 fur balls always add an interesting touch. Thank you my dear friend!ReplyCancel

  • Madeline Breidenbach - April 22, 2014 - 7:12 am

    Love the blue jars. I can see flowers in the jars and then paint them.ReplyCancel

  • Alice Craig - April 22, 2014 - 7:12 am

    Hi Dreama!

    Because your frame is framing a print I think it would look nicer in something lighter and modern but it does look beautiful just as it is too.

    I’d put all types of flowers in the pretty jar.

    Thanks for your generosity.


  • Andrée - April 22, 2014 - 7:31 am

    Hi Dreama!
    I have beautiful white tulips who would be perfect to match with these wonderful blue jars!
    I like the darker frame to contrast ! This is beautiful anyway! Thanks Dreama!ReplyCancel

  • Kay Gammill - April 22, 2014 - 8:13 am

    Blue is my favorite garden accent color! I love blue glass, blue pots, and I am considering what to put in my discarded blue teflon skillet! Maybe a cactus garden? Or just shells? My blue glass jar would hold many things… flowers, for sure, marbles, too; paint brushes for a time, but always my hopes and dreams. Love it!!ReplyCancel

  • Tracy Wall - April 22, 2014 - 8:28 am

    I’d use it for still life’s, holding flowers, pencils, brushes, coins, drinks … anything I can think of! Thank you Dreama for all you do!ReplyCancel

  • jobi - April 22, 2014 - 8:50 am

    Van Dreama!!!!!! That’s awesome! I’m soooo stealing that…Van Jobi xoxo P.S. I would put lilacs in those beautiful blue jars to paint! Mine finally bloomed after a few years of being frozen out. They are so lovely and fragrant!ReplyCancel

  • Caroline - April 22, 2014 - 8:59 am

    I would put purple irises and yellow daisies’s… and smile at the sunny arrangement! :) ReplyCancel

  • Laurin Lindsey - April 22, 2014 - 9:12 am

    Beautiful blue jars…waiting for flowers from my garden! The pale pink roses are in bloom and will look lovely in them today. Happy Gardening!ReplyCancel

  • Crystal Cook - April 22, 2014 - 9:41 am

    Colored pencils! Love the new shabby chic decor Dreama!ReplyCancel

  • April - April 22, 2014 - 10:14 am

    I desperately want one of these for my paint brushes!!! My clear mason jar just isn’t near exciting enough! Thank you so much for all your inspiration ;o)ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Merchant Ivy - April 22, 2014 - 10:30 am

    I’d use my blue Ball jar in my still life setups in my studio, filled with flowers, brushes, knitting needles and such.ReplyCancel

  • Reneelovesart - April 22, 2014 - 10:30 am

    The shabby chic is beautiful. I think the lighter frame would go better with the lighter cours you have chosen in your room. Was that a hamster on your lounge eating a cupcake? You have quite a houseful of animals!

    The blue Ball jars are delightful with and without pretty things in them.

    Thanks for sharing a little it of France. I hope to go there one day, but for now I will have to visit through your amazing paintings!


  • ginny - April 22, 2014 - 10:58 am

    Just to let the light shine through on my windowsillReplyCancel

  • julie hickcox - April 22, 2014 - 11:08 am

    Not only are your blue jar paintings beautiful,they are an inspiration to use for other objects to be held.Shells, Daffodills etc.
    I love your room….pastel colors dominate so I believe a lighter frame would be more appropiate! Thank you for sharing so very much.ReplyCancel

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  • Jane - April 22, 2014 - 11:13 am

    Definitely flowers! Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Valerie McMullen - April 22, 2014 - 11:20 am

    Love the flowers!!ReplyCancel

  • Barbara Hust-Ray - April 22, 2014 - 11:20 am

    Would surely pick a few flowers from my garden, to place in the blue Ball jar.ReplyCancel

  • Mel Hicks - April 22, 2014 - 11:43 am

    I have roses blooming in my garden now that will look lovely in a blue ball jar! Red, pink & yellow – pretty. ReplyCancel

  • Verna Hall - April 22, 2014 - 11:43 am

    I think I would like to put Queen Ann’s Lace with maybe baby Iris or Lilacs in the blue jar to paint.
    Thanks Dreama for all your inspiration!
    Verna HallReplyCancel

  • Chris Brandley - April 22, 2014 - 12:02 pm

    Flowers! Or, maybe put some kind of solar light in it and put it outside on the deck.ReplyCancel

  • Joyce Boggs - April 22, 2014 - 12:21 pm

    Love, Love, Love all your blogs and art. Thanks for letting me live vicariously through you and all your work shops.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Jander - April 22, 2014 - 12:29 pm

    It’s tulip season here! I’ve been longing to set up some still life scenes with tulips. Have also been planning on painting some roses in a blue jar, in memory of my Grandma Rose. She would have loved the bright blue color! Thanks for sharing your humor and your art, Dreama! Hugs!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - April 22, 2014 - 12:39 pm

    I need to paint it with flowers!

  • Mary Beth Attix Harrison - April 22, 2014 - 12:40 pm

    My yellow iris would look fabulous and “paintworthy” in a blue jar!ReplyCancel

  • Debra - April 22, 2014 - 12:40 pm

    Would love to have some “Dreama Blues” for my photography and paintings.ReplyCancel

  • Leslie McConnell Dobbins - April 22, 2014 - 12:48 pm

    I sure do need a blue jar to sit beside my green one!ReplyCancel

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  • marcia woodroffe - April 22, 2014 - 12:54 pm

    ditto to all the wonderful suggestions. Yes, I would lighten the frame to go with the other lighter shades.ReplyCancel

  • Denise Trescone Scripter - April 22, 2014 - 1:28 pm

    I love flowers in the blue Ball jars, a beautiful addition to my home, and a wonderful thing to paint.ReplyCancel

  • Judy - April 22, 2014 - 1:36 pm

    Gold leaf for the frame is my suggestion. I’d love to just enjoy the light bouncing off the jars but I’m certain I’d put it to various other uses as time went on. Thanks.ReplyCancel

  • Linda Guslani Stratton - April 22, 2014 - 1:37 pm

    Love this paintingReplyCancel

  • Kathryn Fisher - April 22, 2014 - 1:43 pm

    I would put flowers in them on my porch….then paint while enjoying my morning coffee. (Better be careful not to dip my brush in the coffee! ) ;) ReplyCancel

  • Lou Everett - April 22, 2014 - 1:46 pm

    Dreama, I grew up in a farm and the blue jars were my favorite to pretend that I was “canning vegetables” like my mom. I would use the blue jar to add beautiful flowers for still life paintings in oil. Thanks for your marvelous uplifiting messages! LouReplyCancel

  • Sherry Crouse - April 22, 2014 - 1:53 pm

    If I had a Blue Ball Jar I would use it for watering my self watering African violets and paint the two together! ReplyCancel

  • Sheri Freshour - April 22, 2014 - 2:15 pm

    You are the best, no really, I’m not just saying that because you are offering to give away beautiful Blue Ball Jars. You add so much to the time I allow myself to be in your presence. Adding a workshop of yours in California to my bucket list. I miss you both! ReplyCancel

  • Sea Dean - April 22, 2014 - 4:21 pm

    I will use it for paintbrushes and as a model. I do love that blue blue.ReplyCancel

  • Donna Vacca - April 22, 2014 - 4:21 pm

    Will add to my blue glass collection that I have all over my house. Love to see sunlight stream through it!ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie Pappas - April 22, 2014 - 5:03 pm

    I so enjoy your work. When I see your email message in my inbox I smile knowing I’m in for a treat. Thanks so much for sharing your art and beautiful prose!!ReplyCancel

  • chr - April 22, 2014 - 6:37 pm

    I am a happy camper! I love the painting and am excited to see it in person!ReplyCancel

  • Janet - April 22, 2014 - 7:15 pm

    Love the blue jars. It is supposed to bring you luck to have something blue in every room. Blue is my favorite color so I do have blue everywhere.ReplyCancel

  • Dana Whitney - April 22, 2014 - 7:37 pm

    I finally have several blues that would paint that jar just right! What I really want is one of your workshops in MA or NH!!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - April 22, 2014 - 8:59 pm

    Tulips… Roses… Chocolates… Bonbons… Wishes… Prayers… a blue ball jar would be perfect xReplyCancel

  • Nancy Kendrick - April 22, 2014 - 9:29 pm

    I definitely need a blue ball jar to put some flowers in for some photographs!! Thanks for the chance!ReplyCancel

  • Kerry Hanks Marquis - April 22, 2014 - 9:30 pm

    I’ll definitely put flowers in the jar. And then I will work on some paintings of them in the jar, thinking of how I was inspired by Dreama! In fact, the name of the paintings can be “inspired by Dreama 1, 2, 3, etc.” :) ReplyCancel

  • Nan Johnson - April 22, 2014 - 10:20 pm

    Perfect shade of blue, perfect for flowers, for paintings, and just perfect standing on it’s ownReplyCancel

  • Kathleen Barnes - April 22, 2014 - 11:14 pm

    CANDY with ribbons round the top and kisses overflowing. A few brightly wrapped bits of sweetness to inspire and feed the eye as well as the heart!ReplyCancel

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  • Sylvina - April 23, 2014 - 9:16 am

    I will put my Marbles in the Ball jar

    They once were lost, but now they are found, Marbles…

    Have you lost your Marbles?

    ~ SylvinaReplyCancel

  • rose mccauley - April 23, 2014 - 9:48 am

    I’d use them for flowers part of the time and probably something else part of the time!ReplyCancel

  • marybeth - April 23, 2014 - 10:56 am

    so excited about the kentucky workshop!! thank you for so much inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • Barbara Nelson - April 23, 2014 - 8:32 pm

    It will be an every changing carrier of flowers, real and/or paper flowers, which ever mood strikes, and it will look wonderful with some of my beautiful paper straws. Lots of use, my little blue jar. And as always a great painting/s will leave my brush. Wish me luck!

    Thank youReplyCancel

  • Donna - April 23, 2014 - 8:37 pm

    Blue is my favorite color, and it would go beautiful with lots of things in my home. :) Pick me, please!ReplyCancel

  • Shelly Medley - April 24, 2014 - 7:43 am

    I will keep fresh flowers for my kitchen in the ball jar I win! Makes my heart sing!ReplyCancel

  • Joanne L - April 24, 2014 - 5:01 pm

    I would fill with seashells and sometime flowersReplyCancel

Southern Girls and New 2014 Workshops Added!


“Southern Girls”
12 x 12in oil on museum quality panel


I love tulips for oodles of reasons.

They have a mind of their own and will rearrange themselves at the drop of a hat;-)
They say so much with so few petals.
They blow in your door and bring spring right along with them.
They are….

very much like ALL the great women we know!!


NEW WORKSHOPS: My last 3 workshop dates for 2014 are now up and open for registration.

To see the Lexington, Kentucky Sept/2014 Workshops, click here.

To see the Costa Mesa, CA Nov/2014 Workshop, click here.


Speaking of workshops AND southern girls….here are a few pics from my first workshop in Louisiana:-)



The scent of lavender was definitely in the air!


Befitting beautiful women and art everywhere… artists painting in the ballroom!!


And for one moment, we were ALL southern girls—that is ’til some had to head back home;-)


Thanks so each of the gals here for making memories, great art and smiles all around.  What a great way to welcome Spring!!!


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  • Tatham Sue A - April 18, 2014 - 3:20 pm

    Will you be doing another similar Tulip pic??ReplyCancel

  • Sandra Collinsworth Degnan - April 19, 2014 - 2:19 am

    Dreama, Please let me know if you do a workshop in either Louisiana or Whibney Isalnd, Washington. Thanks so much. ReplyCancel

  • june - April 21, 2014 - 12:51 pm

    Beautiful! Beautiful! And more beautiful! No question about it – southern girls are beautiful – the flowery kind and the human kind. Just look at all those truly happy faces. That’s where the phrase ‘southern belle’ came from – I’m sure of it. :)

    I’m delighted for all of you who’ve had such a great time at the latest Dreama experience (hey! that could be a cool name for a new band – the Dreama Tolle Perry Experience! :)

    Keep on’ creating such beauty and joy, all you southern belles.ReplyCancel

  • Beth Badger - April 22, 2014 - 5:48 pm

    I would save all my pennies and paint peonies! ReplyCancel

  • Estelle Howard - April 22, 2014 - 6:25 pm

    Your paintings are so beautiful.

Two Questions


Spring In Natchitoches, LA – Dreama’s Watercolor Journal Excerpt


Two Questions

1. If no one ever saw anything you created, would you still create?

2. Are you letting your heart have what it really, really wants?

Believe it or not, the answers for these two questions are very connected.

The first question was posed to me many years ago and at the time it was very disquieting to me. The exact question was, ‘If no one ever saw any painting you ever did…would you still paint?’ and although that person was confident of their own answer, I was silent on the matter.

I didn’t know.
What I did know at the time was that I wasn’t separating out the creating part from the response of the mighty “they” in my life. In other words—it was one big ball of making a painting, entering it into a competition, hanging it in a show, being sensitive to what someone else’s reaction to it was. The actual doing of it (and how I felt when I was doing it) was buried underneath all the things that came afterwards. I was so vulnerable about the outcome of what I was creating that I allowed it to back flow into the process itself and impose its sense of carefulness. Careful not to take a chance. Careful not to risk too much. Careful not to listen too close to my own voice.

Carefulness has no place in the imagination OR in creating.

What was lost to me during those years was the uninhibited, go for broke, seize the moment, paint the day away for tomorrow we may die kind of thinking that opens the creative door wide.
How would it change what any of us are doing if we behaved as though whatever thing we created today would be swept away tomorrow before another soul laid eyes on it?

Would we perhaps bring more undiluted JOY to our work, a sense of freedom, a non-judgement frame of mind to whatever it is that we are called to do? Can our true work come forth if it’s done for the purpose of how others will perceive it?

Food for thought.

Which brings me to the second question of letting your heart have what it really, really wants.

If we change how we handle the first question by saying YES, it opens an immense door of possibility.

Yes, if no one ever saw anything I created, I would still create.

If it really didn’t matter, if the real JOY comes in the actual creating—not in its wake—then why oh why would we withhold our heart’s desires??

We wouldn’t of course. We would let our heart have at it! We would trust that it knew best. We would not be racing ahead in our mind to what someone else would think about our choices. If we decided that we wanted to start working in crayola crayons and doing it on brown paper bags we would not be sweating over how archival is it, will people buy something done on a grocery bag, or what will the all important powers that be have to say about us.

And that, as you might have guessed, is ONE very important place to arrive.
The place of letting your creative heart run wild.

Crazy with inspiration, grandeur, and possibility. Because no one (in theory) would ever see it, we are free to be us in our art!

“I feel assured I should write from the mere fondness and yearning I have for the 
even if my night’s labours should be burnt every morning

and no eye ever shine on them.”

John Keats in a letter to R. Woodhouse Oct. 17, 1818

It’s good to do a self check on occasion.
Checking in to see why we are doing what we are doing.

Asking ourselves if what we are creating today were to disappear by dawn’s early light, would we do it the same or would we do it differently. Are we holding back or are we leaning into the fire?

I’m not saying I am there. My paintings? Yes. They feel more like me than they ever have. I have JOY every time I paint. That is Truth.

My writing? Still scares me sometimes.
The what if’s and what will they thinks tend to sit next to me, trying to make eye contact that would intimidate me from even the words I would write to you now.

If I live my life carefully, weighing my creativity against an unknown future critic, I forgo living a fully expressed life.

Seeing it here in writing makes it seem pretty simple.

Create like there is no tomorrow.
Live to your heart’s highest expectations.

Give your heart what it really, really wants.


Note: As to the image in this post—I have been playing in the water while staying here lakeside in Louisiana. The above piece (catch those  twinkling watercolors glittering in the sunlight– they always make me feel like a kid!) was done on the banks of the Cane River in a little town called Natchitoches.  The movie Steel Magnolias was filmed there.

Springtime in the south….nothing like it!!

Also, for those of you interested in studying with me this year–I’m adding 3 workshop dates that will be opened for registering in a few days. If you’d like early notice, make sure you are on my email list—just click here.

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  • Valee Sewell Penn - April 14, 2014 - 11:39 pm

    Dreama, You speak from your soul to my soul. Thank You for being so brave and letting your heart run wild and go where it wants to go!

  • Patti Vincent Art - April 15, 2014 - 12:50 am

    I love Natchitoches! So glad you found it. ReplyCancel

  • Carol Collier - April 15, 2014 - 1:34 am

    I always find your writings inspirational! My heart’s desire is to take a workshop with you, but I do watercolors and only a little acrylics. Any chance you’ll do a class where I can use those?ReplyCancel

  • Kim Guthrie Art - April 15, 2014 - 3:56 am

    Thank you..I needed to hear these words

  • Sheri Hall - April 15, 2014 - 5:39 am

    Oooooeeee!! If you could only know how much your writing inspires my soul (i.e., mind, will and emotions), you would never again question yourself about it. Your own heart’s expressions through your hands — paintings and written words — would keep on flying into the hearts of countless others. So please continue to give your heart what it really wants and keep on sharing. Blessings, Dreama. SheriReplyCancel

  • Carol Hopper - April 15, 2014 - 6:43 am

    I will read and reread your post of today. I heard it clearly in your recent workshop, and could loudly answer “yes” to the first question. I am ready for the second step, having only taken the first step (being able to answer question one) earlier this year. Today I add another large post-it in my studio: “I LET MY CREATIVE HEART RUN WILD!” Huge thanks Dreama. Keep writing and sharing.ReplyCancel

  • june - April 15, 2014 - 7:04 am

    Your words from the heart resonated with me and in my heart and to my spirit, on such a deep level. Your thoughts and words and art always touch me and move me, inspire and motivate me with every post, with every painting…today’s thoughts and words went soul-mining and heart-mining even deeper still.

    I can answer a resounding ‘yes’ to the first question you asked, but to the second question, like many of us, while I yearn to get there, I find myself struggling to give to my heart what it is truly, deeply, really, really asking me for. But these are the important questions we need to ask ourselves, and more than even the questions themselves, we need to find the answers and give ourselves – our hearts and our spirits – are yearning for.

    Thank you for taking us along to the beautiful Louisiana – another part of the US I would love to return to. Although every part of the US has its own special and unique magic, there’s something about the south/southeast (as well as the southwest) that attract me. The sunny, warm, bright and happy watercolour you shared with us today brought a much-needed smile to my face. Beautiful, as always.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - April 15, 2014 - 7:51 am

    I loved this post, Dreama. Last Saturday I did a workshop for a group of fiber artists on listening to your heart and how that relates to our work individually but also the beautiful connections in workshops, retreats, etc. Thank you for helping to validate something that felt a bit out there!!

    I have been a subscriber for quite awhile. Am not a watercolor painter but am so moved by your words. Thanks for having such an impact on my life.

  • Kim Minichiello - April 15, 2014 - 8:56 am

    Hi Dreama, Wonderful post! Really got me thinking today as I get to work in the studio. I think I will have a fresher and more free attitude painting today, because I’m painting for me!ReplyCancel

  • Ursula Marquardt - April 15, 2014 - 10:51 am

    Beautiful watercolor!
    And again – so enjoy your very inspirational writing – so true – you are true!ReplyCancel

  • Ursula Marquardt - April 15, 2014 - 10:51 am

    Beautiful watercolor!
    And again – so enjoy your very inspirational writing – so true – you are true!

  • Teri - April 15, 2014 - 10:58 am

    Well said!!!ReplyCancel

  • Brenda - April 15, 2014 - 11:56 am

    I am a brand new subscriber, a self-taught, relatively new painter. I don’t yet consider myself an artist! I loved receiving your first email yesterday!! It hit me smack on top of my head! Last year we moved cross country. In the fall I took a class/workshop, hoping to connect to like-minded souls! Instead I got emotionally beat to death. I attended for six weeks – always working on the same painting. It wasn’t until my painting morphed into the instructors that she was remotely happy with my work. I didn’t attend the last two sessions. I felt worthless and completely without merit. Several months passed without me even entering my studio. My husband pointed out my sour mood to me. I started fiddling with paints again and my mood lifted. I realized that I paint FOR ME!! I don’t care if anyone else likes or approves (although good feedback does wonders for the ego). Your writing nearly made me weep. Thank you for putting yourself out there like you do! I loved it! I’m only sorry I hadn’t stumbled across it a long time ago!! I am so looking forward to your next email!! THANK YOU!ReplyCancel

  • Kami - April 15, 2014 - 12:06 pm

    Hi, Dreama, but what if the toughest critique is the creator himself/herself:O/…ReplyCancel

  • Linda Levine - April 15, 2014 - 12:23 pm

    Every day I read lots of lovely platitudes…have a nice day, hang in there, follow your heart’s desire….and after awhile they don’t truly mean what they set out to accomplish. But I will keep this piece of yours, because it forces true EXAMINATION, and gets to the heart of the question…why do we paint? I will think about your words each day, and continue to paint with joy and in the moment. LindaReplyCancel

  • jobi - April 15, 2014 - 4:11 pm

    Thank you for your wonderful insight, Dreama! It was easy to answer YES to the first question, so I guess it’s up to me to get busy creating from my heart. My hubs has been pondering what his passion will become when he retires soon, so I left your post on his desk this morning so he could benefit from it. He came out to my desk and said, Dreama can sure paint and WRITE! I know it will help him on his journey, too. We all truly benefit from your time and talent. You are much appreciated and loved! :) ReplyCancel

  • Mel Hicks - April 15, 2014 - 6:46 pm

    I have a REALLY big request. Would you please do a workshop dedicated to watercolors? This may be a little outside of your box, but it would also inspire many of us to do more quick studies of things we see in every day life. I am the Academy Director for the Eastern Shore Art Center in the lovely “artsie” community of Fairhope, AL. Would love to host this workshop for you. Visit esartcenter.com to take a peak at our wonderful Art Center. I look forward to hearing from you. ReplyCancel

  • Renee - April 16, 2014 - 1:15 am

    You have asked two very important questions. I have recently decided to let go and have fun just for me, and not worry about the outcome and comments, but just enjoy the process! It feels so invigorating to release myself to create and to explore!

    Your words of wisdom and experience, continue to fill my mind with thought, and my heart with reflection. Thanks for writing from the heart and expressing yourself in your own style of your art!ReplyCancel

  • Blake Honeycutt - April 16, 2014 - 12:25 pm

    Add my name to the list for a watercolor workshop! (In North Carolina if possible :) There are many of us who would adore it!ReplyCancel

  • Elaheh Ghods - April 16, 2014 - 6:12 pm

    I love so much beautiful great

  • Jean Bradbury - April 16, 2014 - 8:04 pm

    But what about art as a form of communication? If we make it just for ourselves and never show it we lose that very important aspect. Aren’t expressing the state of being human so that others can share the wonder of it all?ReplyCancel

  • Jean Bradbury - April 16, 2014 - 8:04 pm

    But what about art as a form of communication? If we make it just for ourselves and never show it we lose that very important aspect. Aren’t expressing the state of being human so that others can share the wonder of it all?ReplyCancel

  • Rhonda Tolle-Beaman - April 18, 2014 - 4:44 pm

    Dreama, love this! Words to live by! Words to create by!ReplyCancel

  • Gloria Callahan - April 22, 2014 - 8:49 am

    Dreama this comes at such an important time for me. The nature of my exacting color pencil paintings demands a preciousness as well as it in my style. But since I began teaching more and more I’m finding it not hard to inspire my students but harder to stay inspired to complete new work. Have you ever dealt with that? Teaching although I love it while doing it seems to zap my energies to fall in love the creating of my own work.
    With as busy as you are how do you nourish your soul to create at the same time?ReplyCancel

Gathering Lavender

Gathering Lavender Dreama Tolle Perry w

“Gathering Lavender”
12 x 12in oil on museum quality panel


No shoes allowed.

Sit just so in the chair and nestle your toes in the grass
Close your eyes and listen.
What’s that music?
Bettcha it’s the hum of happy bees working in the lavender.

 Take a breath

 ahhhh…..LAVENDER—is there anything as delicious?
and did you notice
something else is begging for your attention…
Oh yeah, it’s the roses that decided to climb the tree;-)

 Open your eyes and taste of life.

It is very good.

Sometimes a year takes a long time to roll around.  It is, after all, a whole year:-)
I know some of you are hankering to come paint with me (and all of my 2014 workshops have been filled a really long time–like almost a year!)
so I decided not to make you wait ’til 2015  :-)

I will be adding 3 workshops for this year.

2 in Lexington, KY in September, 2014
1 in Costa Mesa, CA in November, 2014

The info to register will go out April 18, 2014 to those on my subscriber list.  If you’d like to get the early notice make sure you are subscribed, just click here.


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  • Desiree Habicht - April 12, 2014 - 12:23 pm

    Just add me to the one in Costs Mesa, I’m inReplyCancel

  • june - April 12, 2014 - 12:26 pm

    My shoes are definitely off, and I am connecting with nature via my bare feet while sitting amongst all that beautiful lavender, taking in their gorgeous fragrance. The song I hear is Sting’s beautiful classic, ‘Fields of Gold.’ If Sting himself had been sitting here amongst all this joyous colour, he might very well have changed the title of the song to ‘Fields of Lavender.’

    I love when you take us along to Lavender Land…one of my favourite places to be, if I can’t be near the ocean.

    I would so very, very much love to one day be a part of the Dreama Workshop family (I think at one point you called it the Purple Berets, if memory serves me?). One day…but in the meantime, I am there via all the photos you share with us, smiling right along with all of those happy happy people.

    Beautiful, Dreama. As always…beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Tania Helms Bogenschneider - April 12, 2014 - 12:29 pm

    Dreama, this lavender field painting is gorgeous! We’re going to Provence this year, but will miss the lavender blooms, sadly :-( ReplyCancel

  • Kami - April 12, 2014 - 1:17 pm

    Dreama, this is really lovely, it feels so cosy, calm and cocooning… oh I so want to sit there and let myself “treat” by the nature!!!ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Hodges Trainor - April 12, 2014 - 2:59 pm

    I, too, want to attend the newly offered class in Costa Mesa. Can’t wait! Love, love, you work and inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • Peg Sullivan - April 13, 2014 - 5:55 pm

    wow I really like your paintings, and I love Venice, your picture were awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Sally - April 15, 2014 - 8:47 am

    Did you know I needed to hear your words this morning? I will be meeting you in Costa Mesa this year. Can’t wait to learn from you.


  • Maria Da Penha Sinhorelli - April 16, 2014 - 12:28 am

    Eu gostaria muito, mas não posso, totalmente inviável. SUCESSO e obrigada por ser essa pessoa humana!!ReplyCancel