"Love Grown Here" ©Dreama Tolle Perry/ Authentic Writing and Joyous Art

“Love Grown Here”
9 x 12in oil on museum quality panel
From My  Collection


Mind Gardening

I see the garden of my mind.  At one time it stood with neglected fencing that lay fallen over, broken and buried in the weeds.  A mishmash of whatever seed the birds had dropped or the wind had blown in were what had taken root and were growing.

The items that had been intentionally planted by me were stressed a lot—competing for the sunlight and the rain against incompatible partners.  The fruits were small and often times sparse.

Sometimes I’d be energized to do some weeding but would quickly tire and let things return to their natural state.
It seemed unmanageable.

Then in a quiet moment  (don’t you love those?) I realized….
It was MY garden.

I could plant what I wanted and uproot/destroy the rest, but most important of all, I could create a sturdy fence with a gated entry for my garden.  I could choose ahead of time what would be allowed in.


I set up a gatekeeper.
The instructions were:

 Only allow entrance to good/god thoughts—to peace, perfect love, JOY, forgiveness,   compassion, trust, imagination, creativity, inspiration, abundance,  delight, and gratitude.

Any negative stuff—fear, doubt, worry, criticism, judging—those things were absolutely not allowed admission.

With this new fence and gatekeeper, my garden  could become a place of great joy and delight—-full of plants bearing massive fruits—lush, fragrant, and abundant!

And the two biggest plants of all?  Gratitude and love of course—easily seen from miles around.

This “garden” is all in my mind you understand, but as you know, that’s where everything grows from.

The most important piece of “real estate” we will ever own is our mind.

When we decide what we will sow, the Universe conspires to make it grow and bear fruit.  Every juicy piece to come, exists in the seed we plant.

(Secretly, I have visions of my mind garden producing so much that I must sneak, by stealth of night, to place the extra bounty on my neighbors porches. Zucchinis of love and tomatoes of gratitude—just like real gardens grow!)

Planting time is present in every moment.
Today seems like an excellent day for sowing love, JOY, and a couple of rows of laughter:-)!!


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  • Sally Chupick - March 5, 2015 - 3:22 pm

    this is a lovely inspirational message Dreama. I will remember it and pay it forward by passing on it’s wisdom to my students in workshops next week. thanks for the inspiring reminderReplyCancel

  • Petite Paintings by Nancy Loh - March 5, 2015 - 5:36 pm

    I enjoy reading all your growth notes but this one about tending our ‘secret’ garden, from which all things sprout, speaks abundantly to me and I’ll be sharing it. May you continue to experience all good things, Dreama!ReplyCancel

  • Carolyn Kellogg - March 5, 2015 - 9:52 pm

    You too are in my mind garden…ReplyCancel

  • Shelly Medley - March 5, 2015 - 11:06 pm

    Is this one still available?ReplyCancel

  • Gloria J Callahan - March 6, 2015 - 7:26 pm

    I so needed to read this today and really think about My Garden, and as a real gardener of the earth it reached in and plucked my heart strings too. Thank You! Lovely painting also.ReplyCancel

"Sunshine Fresh"  Colorful Paintings and Inspiring Writings by Artist Dreama Tolle Perry

“Sunshine Fresh”
9 x 12in oil on museum quality panel


Sun light that travels a few billion miles to dry the wash could be one of the reasons why laundry on the line makes us smile.

Italians who adorn their doors and windows with  fabric could be another reason to smile.

Plus the colorful buildings.
And flowers blooming.

Well heck—it’s the sunshine that makes it all come to life!

As Emerson was telling me just the other day….

“Live in the sunshine, swim in the sea”…and most important of all…”DRINK IN the wild air!”

The better I get to know Emerson, the more I like him — he is one smart cookie!


Now, I’m off to drink in some wild air because today is the BEST DAY EVER!


P.S. Easy links to a few things you might want to know about, just click to go:

Dreama Aprons (yes, they are here!)

Workshops (April and July have some openings)

Dreama-isms (brand new—quotes from me to inspire you!)




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Colorful Paintings and Inspired Writings by Artist Dreama Tolle Perry

“Lovin’ Life”
9 x 12in oil on museum quality panel


Note:  You never know who you’ll meet on the beach, when the water if flowing and the mind is open:-)


Write it on your heart”, he says, “that everyday is the best day of the year.”


Ralph speaks again, “He is rich who owns the day, and no one owns the day who allows it to be invaded with fret and anxiety.”

I had never thought for a moment that just any old day could be the best day of the year.

That if one day was amazing that  the very next day could be another “best” day ever.

(I have noticed though how my great-niece Alivia refers to many things in her life as the best ever.  The best cake ever, the best birthday ever, the best Dad and Mom ever, the best cat ever, the best Aunt ever (a personal favorite of mine ;-). )

I think I was in the mind set that I had to withhold that kind of thinking—to do a mental tallying– and that if this was that good then  something really good couldn’t come along again right away.
It was how things worked. One could only have a few best days ever in their life time.  Like god parses them out—“No, you had a best day two years ago, you’re gonna have to wait awhile longer before you can have another.”

Then Emerson tells me to write it on my heart that everyday is the best day —as though maybe I have something to do with how the day proceeds.

So I am adopting this mindset as I move forward.
I like how it feels when I say it.
I think Emerson wanted you to know too or else you wouldn’t be reading this today:-)


(write this on your heart!)


P.S. Hope you enjoyed this because it is, of course, my best painting, my best video, AND my best blog post ever.


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  • Cheryl Adams-Zanewicz - February 25, 2015 - 2:38 am

    Well……………today is my best day EVER! What a thought! It is along the same vein of 7th Day Adventist quote, “Every day in every day I am feeling better and better”. (at least that is my recollection) Another positive way to start the day!ReplyCancel

  • Tracy - February 25, 2015 - 9:15 am

    Best. Blog post.


  • Barbara Budan - February 25, 2015 - 12:09 pm

    Best ever!ReplyCancel

  • Farida Zaman - February 25, 2015 - 3:39 pm

    I am a huge fan of your work!! You are a huge inspiration for mine!!! http://www.faridazaman.com xxxReplyCancel

  • Heather Holbrook - February 25, 2015 - 4:03 pm

    I’m going to thank Farida Zaman for posting this today! I LOVE this painting! You just got yourself another big fan!ReplyCancel

  • June - February 26, 2015 - 10:23 am


    Love the video (calm, peaceful, restorative), love the painting (and the title of the painting) and love these thoughts and inspiration.

    Best.Day.Ever….I’ll have some of that, please. :)ReplyCancel

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Leaning Into JOY by Artist Dreama Tolle Perry

“Leaning Into JOY”
12 x 12in oil on museum quality panel


“We owe it to ourselves and to everyone around us to be happy and to spread that joy around.”

“If we can go through life armed with humor and the realization that we are love, we’ll already be ahead of the game.”

“….love yourself unconditionally and be yourself fearlessly!”

    ~Anita Moorjani 

Florida Workshops and Winter go together like peanut butter and jelly.
I’d LIKE to think that everyone who comes to study with me in Jan/Feb does so because they think I am the cat’s pajamas…..and that it has absolutely nothing to do with palm trees, salt water and sand.

Denial is a great place to live:-)


If you fancy painting with me in the SPRING….. a workshop has been added that you can read about here.   I am quite sure I will be home from Florida by then—Eddie has been threatening to show up on the beach in a thong and nobody wants to see that!!!

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  • Kathy Cousart - February 19, 2015 - 1:01 am

    Love seeing all the joy just coming across each artist. Blessed for sure to get to be with you!ReplyCancel

  • Mandy - February 20, 2015 - 5:51 am

    Really LOVE this painting, Dreama – the colours are just beautiful, especially the hydrangea! Lucky peep who bought this little number!! :)ReplyCancel

    • Dreama - February 22, 2015 - 12:55 pm

      Thanks so much Mandy! :-)ReplyCancel

  • Jan Koss - February 20, 2015 - 3:39 pm

    Thanks for all the joy you put into my life. Thanks for beautiful memories.ReplyCancel

  • Jane Mercer - February 21, 2015 - 4:01 pm

    I just ordered an Apron. PayPal had my address not your site. So hope it is connected to Where To Ship. I love your writings and paintings. You light up my painting life. http://www.janemercerartist.comReplyCancel

  • Nancy Martin Piros - February 22, 2015 - 8:33 pm

    Hello Dreama! So good to hear from you. Was a little concerned you were busy digging your way out of the snow!!! I should have known you were basking in the sun in Florida! ;) Marco Island of course… We haven’t seen any snow in Alabama and that’s just fine with me :) Very cold weather though!
    I see you have been busy with everything- aprons, “Dreama-isms,” paintings printed on stretched canvas , prints etc . Best of all words of wisdom and good for your soul ! I have been busy with Our Daughter and Hubby first child . Yes, I’m a Nana and hubby Grandpa Vivienne Elise arrived 1/23/15 6lbs 7ozs and 20″ long! She will be one month old tomorrow Vivi is so sweet and beautiful ( totally unbiased opinion of course!) Plus we have a puppy we happened to get 2 months before Jacques had to be put out of terrible pain . Another Bichon Frise of course she is 5 months old now Lily La Fleur tiny little girl 8 lbs. Jaubert our 3yr old is Lily’s half brother they are like two peas in a pod! Even with Lily Jaubert did grieve for one month after Jacques went to heaven. Soon as Lily settles down a little with puppyhood. I’ll be back to painting , I have been dreaming about painting so that is my sign to paint!
    You asked what favorite Dreama-ism I have well all of them I love . I will look through my quotes journal and see which one might be a favorite of favorite’s . Thanks for your inspiration ,love & support . Love all your most recent paintings! HUGS, MeReplyCancel

  • Cynthia Lynn Horn - February 24, 2015 - 1:53 am

    wow! amazing work…you ever in Jax or Orange Park, Fl…would love to take a workshop from you or somewhere close by in the future…ReplyCancel

  • Margaret Stevenson - February 25, 2015 - 12:22 am

    Love your videos, Wish I was closer I would join you.And what talented artists in your classes.Margaret in Australia.ReplyCancel

  • June - February 26, 2015 - 4:33 pm

    So much joy!

    So much happiness!

    So many smiles!

    So much fun!

    So much colour!

    Wishing I could’ve been there for one or all of these fun-derful Dreama workshops…but seeing these vids puts a smile on my face, just the same. Thanks for sharing this with us. :)ReplyCancel