Watercolor Journal/ California 2014  by Artist Dreama Tolle Perry

Watercolors and feet in sand.
On a mission you might say…

 For peace

…and I know just where to start
The mission at San Juan Capistrano….

Artist Dreama Tolle Perry day tripping in southern California


Artist Dreama Tolle Perry day tripping in southern California

And I know just what to do….

Artist Dreama Tolle Perry day tripping in southern California


Artist Dreama Tolle Perry day tripping in southern California

I love seeing how other creative eyes have rendered beautiful subjects like the missions.  Romance of the Bells is a book that does just that!  I found it in the gift shop at the mission and knew it was meant for you as soon as I laid eyes on it:-)(you can get your name in the hat below)

A day at the mission with Artist Dreama Tolle Perry

Be on a mission for your piece of peace today.

Allow yourself some time to meander, journal, watercolor, ….and simply be.

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  • Dianne Cox-Weiss - November 18, 2014 - 12:42 am

    My mission for my peace today is to commit to setting up my own studio space so that I can experience the joy of painting frequently.ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Hodges Trainor - November 18, 2014 - 5:36 am

    Mission for peace today is to paint those little paintings that don’t take forever to accomplish and enjoy the process.ReplyCancel

  • jobi - November 18, 2014 - 10:49 am

    Hi Dreama! My mission for a piece of peace today is to stay mindful that God is in control of my life and everything that happens is His design! So I can just relax and see what He has planned ahead for me, knowing He will be there every step of the way with me! P.S. I painted this weekend! I’m going to just keep painting and some day maybe I will start to get it! Can’t wait for your painting to arrive from Randy. Looking forward to seeing what you titled it! xoReplyCancel

    • Linda Levine - November 22, 2014 - 10:50 am

      Hi Jobi…so nice meeting you at the California workshop! LindaReplyCancel

  • Flynn Gentry-Taylor - November 18, 2014 - 2:40 pm

    Finish my current project so I can move on..ReplyCancel

  • Sylvina - November 18, 2014 - 2:59 pm

    My mission is to nurture my self in sunshine although it is cold outside and be compassionate towards my spouse who is in the cold. Perhaps hot soup for him tonight, I’ll have some too.ReplyCancel

  • Cindy Stierhoff - November 18, 2014 - 3:15 pm

    My mission is to give peace to all I love, be it my husband, family, friends, my kitty Angel, the birds I feed everyday, all nature that surrounds me. We must keep the peace in our country…ReplyCancel

  • karla - November 18, 2014 - 3:18 pm

    removing the old and allowing for more quiteReplyCancel

  • Cathy Joerger - November 18, 2014 - 3:27 pm

    My mission for peace today is to visit my Art Table with gifts for friends in mind . . .ReplyCancel

  • Susie - November 18, 2014 - 4:09 pm

    My mission for peace is to stay in the moment and savor life! Thanks for asking.ReplyCancel

  • Elaine - November 18, 2014 - 4:18 pm

    Time flies when your are enjoying life and are able to relax with a cup of coffee and painting buddies.ReplyCancel

  • Laurie - November 18, 2014 - 4:29 pm

    CA DREAMA, my mission for a piece of peace today is to clean up my house so I can create in tranquility!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Stantz - November 18, 2014 - 4:30 pm

    my mission is simple…be kind and be creative!ReplyCancel

  • Suzanne - November 18, 2014 - 5:18 pm

    my mission for peace is enjoying a quiet dinner with hubby after a long busy day!ReplyCancel

  • Andrea - November 18, 2014 - 5:34 pm

    My mission is to play my singing bowls and send love and peace out on their amazing vibrations.ReplyCancel

  • Kathleen Barnes - November 18, 2014 - 5:45 pm

    My mission for peace is an afternoon of silence in my cozy studio space. it’s 17 degrees outside and I am in a state of wonderment over early snow and charming ice art hanging from the edge of my roof.ReplyCancel

  • Laine - November 18, 2014 - 6:02 pm

    I love how you’re living your life. My mission for peace is to share with others how wonderful painting is for our lives.ReplyCancel

  • Chris Claussen Brandley - November 18, 2014 - 6:06 pm

    After finishing 2 large paintings and 4 small ones for commissions, I get to paint whatever I want today!ReplyCancel

  • Susan Richardson - November 18, 2014 - 6:50 pm

    I love the pictures, they make me want to go there to paint! So on this cold winter day, I will curl up with a blanket, a cup of tea and look pictures of warmer places to paint.ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Chapman - November 18, 2014 - 6:59 pm

    My mission for peace is to stay mindful of others and to find quiet in this time of turmoil around the world. To find the joy that is in my life in even the smallest of ways. To be thankful.ReplyCancel

  • Mercedes franklin - November 18, 2014 - 7:19 pm

    My peace comes from knowing each evening at the end of my day I’m happy with how I live it.ReplyCancel

  • Cinda - November 18, 2014 - 7:32 pm


    Your postings on F book bring a smile and a moment of happiness.
    My bet is…I am not the only one that feels that way.
    Keep on…..keeping on.


  • Lu - November 18, 2014 - 8:03 pm

    Loving and forgiving myself and others!ReplyCancel

  • Patricia - November 18, 2014 - 8:07 pm

    My mission for peace – say something kind to everyone I see.ReplyCancel

  • Virginia Bojanowski - November 18, 2014 - 8:37 pm

    I’m getting ready to work on some more small paper paintings.ReplyCancel

  • Judy - November 18, 2014 - 8:52 pm

    A trip to Capo is in order soon.ReplyCancel

  • Sheila Grace Tansey - November 18, 2014 - 8:57 pm

    I am sending love and peaceful thoughts to my boys and loved ones today! It’s also cold and time to hibernate…in the studio!ReplyCancel

  • Teresa - November 18, 2014 - 9:09 pm

    The mission: to enjoy as much wonder and joy that my cats can provide for me tonight.ReplyCancel

  • susan denison - November 18, 2014 - 9:46 pm

    My mission yesterday was to visit a dear friend in the rehab center, bring her some love. I have missed her while she was away in hospital then I was away painting with Dreama in sunny California….ReplyCancel

  • Laurin Lindsey - November 18, 2014 - 10:19 pm

    My Mission is to only give gifts that are handmade locally and keep it simple and to give to those in need instead of having a big gift exchange with family. Living with peace in my heart and letting that emanated out from me.ReplyCancel

  • Monica - November 18, 2014 - 10:32 pm

    My mission is to share what I have or can do for
    others, including making art to bring a smile
    or give some comfort.
    Thanks for showing us the way with your art
    and writings, Dreama!ReplyCancel

  • Alice Craig - November 19, 2014 - 1:24 pm

    My mission of peace today is to try to live in the moment and not worry about the future.ReplyCancel

  • Karen Oliver - November 19, 2014 - 4:16 pm

    Mission for peace today…see how many I can think of and heartfully do and enjoy!ReplyCancel

  • Ellen - November 20, 2014 - 8:27 am

    I know that I will be able to do at least one good thing for
    someone today, and that makes me feel peaceful.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - November 20, 2014 - 5:05 pm

    My mission for peace today is to crank up the heat in my studio, while listening to inspiring music as I fill my creative cup with painting.ReplyCancel

  • Julie - November 22, 2014 - 10:50 am

    My mission of peace today is for peace of mind in all the struggles and confusion of communication in daily life.ReplyCancel

  • Alice - November 22, 2014 - 11:00 am

    My mission for peace today is the same as it was on Nov. 19th!! To live in the moment and not worry about the future.ReplyCancel

  • Margaret (Peggy) Freeman - November 22, 2014 - 11:17 am

    I so enjoy all your lovely paintings…as well, I adore your commentary & seeing how your artistic ‘innards’ are reflected in all areas of your life. Tis truly a gift, and you, young lady, have it all beautifully covered!
    Peggy FreemanReplyCancel

  • Linda Kratz Foote - November 22, 2014 - 12:15 pm

    My missiion of peace today is to give out smiles to everyone I meet today. ;)ReplyCancel

  • Gerry Roeder - November 22, 2014 - 4:46 pm

    My mission of peace is thankfulness for a clear cat scan and great doctors.ReplyCancel

"Bello Balcony"  Colorful oil paintings of France and Italy by Artist Dreama Tolle Perry

“Bello Balcony”
9 x 12in oil on museum quality panel

It was….

Laughter, excitement, inspiration, chocolate, frames, letting go, joy, chocolate, cutting loose, music, color, and did I mention chocolate?

Part II and III of my California Workshop Trilogy were just over the top fun:-)!!

I find myself trying to find the words to frame all the JOY that I feel from getting to do what I do and it always comes up short.  Some things are just indescribable:-)

Pair  wonderful groups of artists with Randy Higbee’s inspiring gallery/frame/made for artists space and you’ve got a match made in heaven!



I think this group framed up fun  quite nicely:-)


Workshop fun with Dreama at Randy Higbee Gallery in California

Who’s that good looking guy hanging out with all those talented artists??  Why it’s the King of Frames himself, Randy Higbee, who hosted all three of my California workshops and helped these gals find the perfect frames for the beautiful paintings they did at the workshop! Here are two of my pieces “trying on”  the  Taos Gray and Taos Black in a floater frame style which shows the entire painting:-)


And the last video of the California Workshop Trilogy:-)

My life, without a doubt, is  so enriched by the incredible people that come across my path.  Thank you to each of the smiling faces above—so much talent, so much JOY, so much light from the faces you see here—what an awesome trilogy of FUN!!!

What’s Next?

I have two whole weeks left on the gold coast before returning to the Ed’s, the Mag’s and Paris.
It is 70 degrees here today.
It will be 19 degrees in Paris tonight.

I am rethinking this whole “two weeks left in California” thing.

How ’bout a little road trip with me??  I think we need to see what we can get into.  Maybe I’ll find a real job, get a place and settle down.

Stranger things have happened.
Trust me—for starters I have Ed and it doesn’t get much stranger than that.

I do have a give away coming up—yes, with everything going on I have managed to pick you up a little something I think you’ll like:-)

Get your sunglasses and scarf (we are riding with the top down…it’s California for pete’s sake!) and get ready for some fun:-)



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  • Desiree Habicht - November 15, 2014 - 12:38 pm

    I had such an amazing time with all the other creative spirits in our workshop! You spread color with all that you touch! I hope you concider moving back, California loves ya! If you decide to go up north let me know I have a spot you should not miss, close to the beach, nestled in wine country! HugsReplyCancel

  • June - November 15, 2014 - 12:50 pm

    Oh…my…sandy stars! Everyone is positively glowing with joy and happiness in these videos and phootos.

    Even though I wasn’t there, sharing it via your videos truly did make me smile. Completely contagious…in the best possible way. :)

    As for the two weeks left in California ‘dilemma,’ oh yes! I’d definitely be with you on that one. California sounds like heaven…especially when it’s cold and wet and blustery and grey as it is here at the moment. Bring it on, California Dreama!

    I’m delighted all of you had such a wonderful and fun time. It’s easy to see why – one look at any of those smiling faces speaks volumes about the joy you bring in each and every one of your workshops. One day, I hope to partake in that fun, that joy, those smiles, those free hugs, and oh yes…the chocolate!

    Thanks for sharing all this positivity and happiness with us. I’m smiling as I’m typing this. :)ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Fu - November 15, 2014 - 4:14 pm

    Love the workshop, love the video showing the happy and inspiring moment we were there……ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Chapman - November 15, 2014 - 10:52 pm

    I sure wish I was there. What fun you all had.!ReplyCancel

  • Donna Johnson - November 16, 2014 - 4:36 pm

    Please do move to CA :)ReplyCancel

  • Marcela Strasdas - November 16, 2014 - 5:12 pm

    What a great workshop it was! I am very excited to be back home, get painting and put all my new found knowledge to use. It was great to meet so many talented artists too. :)ReplyCancel

  • Sharilyn Miller - November 16, 2014 - 8:21 pm

    “Wonderful” doesn’t even begin to cover it, Dreama. Big warm hugs and many thanks to you and Ron for putting on the best painting workshop I have ever experienced. I hope to see you both again in the future… Perhaps in France?ReplyCancel

  • Theresa Goesling - November 22, 2014 - 9:51 am

    Thank you Dreama for a wonderful workshop! Alaina and I learned so much! It was fun to share this dreamy, Dreama, painting experience with my daughter! Hugs and happy painting from Seattle!ReplyCancel

Gathering Light Dreama Tolle Perry V3

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


 Gathering Light


As Day begins to gather herself
collecting bits of light from here and there
she goes about her work in quietness
seeking out each piece of herself from the darkness

With each small glimmer added
becoming more and more
’til the first faint glow is visible and night begins to lose its hold
It seem so unlikely
At 12 and at 1
with inky darkness all around
that she would ever collect herself

Yet we now see that steady, ever growing light
though it began with such a small, seemingly insignificant change in the midst of all that darkness

As it grows, the bigger it gets the quicker the change comes
And the quicker the change comes, the bigger it grows

at last

Day has gathered all of herself
and shines a light so bright
that we who were watching in the shadows decide
that we too must begin

gathering light

I look at Day
gathering light
I see myself, my need
to gather light

to seek it out

discarding a bad thought for a good one
looking for beauty within myself
to read, read, read those things that enlighten and bring nourishment

Holding fast to what is light and letting go of all else

Gathering and gathering until I too
become at first the
small glimmer
then glow
and at last a fully realized
light so bright
that another who is watching from the shadows will decide
that they too must begin

gathering light


Have a light gathering kind of day:-)!!



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  • Jobi - November 11, 2014 - 9:52 pm

    Oh goodness my phone is so slow it won’t even load the picture of your painting but maybe that’s meant to be. Your words are so beautiful and I can see them unfold. I will be that light! Yes I will! I want to help spread the light. Thank you for your beautiful words. I’m taking them to heart. Can’t wait to see the painting when it appears. Loved the workshop. Truly did! Thank you for touching my life. God bless!! XoReplyCancel

  • Linda Kaskel Levine - November 12, 2014 - 2:16 pm

    Thank you Dreama. Your inspirations always seem to be just what I need when I start my day.ReplyCancel

  • Linda Kaskel Levine - November 12, 2014 - 2:17 pm

    Thank you Dreama. Your inspirations always seem to be just what I need when I start my day.ReplyCancel

  • Rhonda L. Tolle-Beaman - November 12, 2014 - 2:18 pm

    I absolutely love this! Gathering Light!ReplyCancel

  • Carol Hopper - November 12, 2014 - 5:19 pm

    Beautiful painting with poetic, lyrical, inspirational writing.ReplyCancel

  • Christine Osgood Holzschuh - November 12, 2014 - 5:56 pm

    you know I am in love with your blues…but this orange is WOW…so exciting! It sings and makes me want to sing too….be glad you can’t hear me!ReplyCancel

  • June - November 15, 2014 - 1:15 pm

    These words you’ve written are so beautiful, so profound, so deep and so filled with love, that while reading, I found myself welling up with tears (in a good and positive way, I mean).

    I too must seek to gather light, and to allow that found light to emanate from within onto the outside, to share with and give to others.

    I recently came across a beautiful line from the beautiful spirit that was and is John O’Donohue. He wrote: ‘Every life is braided with luminous moments.’

    When we gather the light, we too shall have many more luminous moments.

    Beautiful words and thoughts from two beautiful people. Thank you for sharing this with us, Dreama. Your art and your words help me to gather the light.ReplyCancel

  • June - November 15, 2014 - 2:38 pm

    I forgot to say that this painting really does capture and gather the light, so beautifully, so radiantly, so warmly.

    Not only can I see the light and warmth in this painting, but I can feel and sense it.


"You Must Come to My Garden"  Colorful and Original Oils of All Things French by Artist Dreama Tolle Perry

“You Must Come to My Garden”
12 x 12in oil on museum quality panel
This original is SOLD/ Image Available in Dreama’s Print Gallery/ CLICK HERE!


Undone in body.
Undone in mind.
Undone in spirit.
Simply, undone.

It is a word usually matched to a falling apart—-as in someone came completely undone.
  They blew up and went to pieces—-the strength to hold it together having fled the scene.

I’m here to tell you coming undone is a gift—-one to never be avoided.
Undone and flying apart can tear down defenses built up over long years of living.

Our inner parts are open to seeing day LIGHT.
  Our naked, tender selves have broken the confines of living inward in darkness and fear.
Our knowing inner self has finally arrived at the “I’m mad as heck and I’m not gonna take it anymore” threshold.

The pressure to grow, to be in the light and produce the gift shoves apart walls of indifference and disappointments.
We, in effect, become undone.

Coming undone when seen from afar seems pretty scary and is never something we welcome with open arms.

Why are we so afraid of coming UNDONE?
What are our fears surrounding such an event?

Do we fear never being the same again?
That we would become someone that even we can’t recognize?
Or worse yet—-that those we have been seeking approval from would take the first exit ramp right out of our lives?
We tend, as humans, to always be looking down the barrel of the worst case scenario—-forgetting that the same elements that cause a bullet to be propelled can also create dazzling fireworks:-)


Just picture it. 
No longer predictable or calculated.
  Life unraveled, hands and heart wide open.
What a sight we would look like!

For all the world to see.
Yep, there she is—-just look at her.
  She came UNDONE.

She couldn’t live like she had been—-confined, narrow thinking, and over processing every piece of info that came her way.

Folks who’ve come undone tend to…

Leave behind carefully crafted lives, scheduled day by day.
They do unthinkable things.
Dear god, they take CHANCES and RISKS.

Are they freaking crazy or what??

Well maybe.
Crazy can be good. 
 And maybe, 
just maybe,
they are out doing themselves.
Yes, I said out doing themselves.
That sneaky undoing has a way of becoming a world of outdoing ourselves.

Doing more than seemed possible BEFORE the great UNDOING.

Seeing more.
Loving more.
Spending more.
Caring more.
Creating more.
Living more.
Giving more.

Outdoing even the highest dreams we ever held for ourselves.

Totally on the way to outdoing ourselves.


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  • Rhonda L. Tolle-Beaman - November 8, 2014 - 12:26 am

    Love this post!ReplyCancel

  • Carol Hopper - November 8, 2014 - 12:53 pm

    I am going to really ponder this post today. I think your spirit wrote it to include much more than each of us as individuals souls. I see your message more universally; one that includes our country, other countries, our government and leaders, and our beloved planet. Much seems undone and in need of love. Thank you Dreama from your Undone Follower.ReplyCancel

  • Cristina - November 8, 2014 - 3:38 pm

    Thanks Dreama
    It takes something Big or a lot of little Big stuff to come undone and then to understand what to do with the ” She’s come undone!”
    I think I’m there now, ready to create more, ready to live more, ready to give more. Thank you I needed to hear that today!ReplyCancel

  • Reveille Kennedy - November 8, 2014 - 3:58 pm

    Your gifts are unraveling the thoughts of many. What a delight and treat to read that it is okay to be undone. Perhaps that dandelion pushing up out of the sidewalk crack has more to say to us in its unfolding than a whole field of posies.ReplyCancel

  • Judith Madsen - November 9, 2014 - 1:38 am

    That was an amazing post Dreama. Was that Eddy yet again? I’m trying to decide as to how undone I can be and how much my knowing self of I’m mad as heck and im not going to take it any more is undoing me! For me I read an amazing sequence of thoughts and potential. Thank you for those emotional words.ReplyCancel

  • Kathy Cousart - November 9, 2014 - 1:39 am

    Might be my most favorite post yet. Beautifully written and touched my heart perfectly. Thank you!! Hugs!ReplyCancel

  • Brinda Buljore - November 9, 2014 - 8:58 am

    so appropriate with mercurial Gemini hanging in the moon tides…for the Higher to communicate with the loin lower realms on the dreams, ideas that hit home, casa, nest et al…Vatican included!!!I laugh out loud, when I opened internet to see words of the heart that so defines the times we are living in…so intriguing and yet, I can hardly wait for the opportunities to lean in more in this “undoneness”…TY, Dreama! <3ReplyCancel

  • Brinda Buljore - November 9, 2014 - 9:00 am

    so appropriate with mercurial Gemini hanging in the moon tides…for the Higher to communicate with the lower realms on the dreams, ideas that hit home, casa, nest et al…Vatican included!!!I laugh out loud, when I opened internet to see words of the heart that so defines the times we are living in…so intriguing and yet, I can hardly wait for the opportunities to lean in more in this “undoneness”…TY, Dreama! <3ReplyCancel

  • June - November 15, 2014 - 1:25 pm

    Thank you, Dreama – not only for this beautiful painting, but for your thoughts and these powerful words and the real and true definition of coming ‘undone.’

    Until now, and until reading this, in all honesty, I never looked at that word as anything other than in a negative way.

    But I can see now, and I understand now, that yes, you’re absolutely, positively (emphasis on the word positive) right – coming ‘undone’ is truly a gift. A gift we can give to ourselves.

    Two gifts for the ‘price’ of one: the other one, as you’ve so beautifully expressed, is to go out there, undone, and go out doing..doing more, live more, love more, laugh more.

    This is one of the most important posts I’ve ever read.

    Beautiful. Absolutely beauty-filled.ReplyCancel