Color and Inspiration from Artist/Writer Dreama Tolle Perry

“Red Hot Mamas”
12 x 12in oil on museum panel


What we create becomes a mirror, reflecting our divinity.


  • a conversation
  • a meal
  • a painting
  • a garden

is the way we begin to see ourselves.

Create beauty so that you may see your true self

For we cannot literally see our inner selves
only our self reflected in what we have created and placed ’round us.

P.S.  When Source looks upon the sun rising over the ocean and the wing span of giant pelicans flying high on the breeze, It must be SO pleased with Its reflection!

P.S.S.  When Source looks at you It must grin from ear to ear with yet another piece of marvelous beauty It has created:-)


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  • Mandy - The Sticky Fig - January 28, 2015 - 6:15 am

    I don’t usually go for red, but THIS, Dreama, is an absolute stunner! Definitely a Source-ey painting!! ;)ReplyCancel

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  • Nancy Darling - January 28, 2015 - 12:05 pm

    Love love love this sentiment about creating beauty. Im going to pin it up on my wall! Love the painting too!ReplyCancel

  • Carol Hopper - January 28, 2015 - 12:44 pm

    I LOVE this blog. Each one of us is beautiful and it is that on which we must focus. So often we forget who our TRUE selves are. I had just completed my February newsletter on beauty (a different take) only to find what a wonderful addition your blog makes to my newsletter. I added a link on it to this page.ReplyCancel

  • Regna Worthington Harper - January 28, 2015 - 1:23 pm

    Happy Wednesday morning, Dreama! You know I love your blog AND your paintings but I particularly love “Red Hot Mama”! The colors are luscious, vibrant and, oh, so happy!! Since someone has already swooped it up, when will it be available in a print? (Still trying to get to another workshop with you!) — Reggie HarperReplyCancel

  • Beth Badger - January 28, 2015 - 1:33 pm

    Ah, Beauty. Thats a great, big question. I love the answer. We create beauty to mirror the divine within and without us. THANK YOU, Dreama! You bring life, color, laughter and inspiration wherever you go, and through the miracle of internet wifi you “go” to me here in Maine in the midst of a 30″ shovel-out, and I smile instead of frown! Have a wonderful Wednesday, and I will too! :)ReplyCancel

  • Fran Chuba - January 28, 2015 - 4:35 pm

    Dreama I hope you’ll compile a new book of your writings and musings written since your last book.ReplyCancel

  • Linda Macgregor - January 28, 2015 - 7:59 pm

    You spread such sunshine and love with your words. What a gift for all of us!ReplyCancel

  • Dreama - January 28, 2015 - 9:32 pm

    Thanks Mandy—love that new word :-)ReplyCancel

Colorful Paintings of Italy by Artist Dreama Tolle Perry

“Burano Blue”
9 x 12in oil on museum quality panel

A little taste of the blues
in Italy
on the island of Burano.


Creation is beginning
Making some thing from no thing

Beginning is first
Not the middle
Not the ending

Creating comes first

Our thoughts
Our words
are our beginning
our way of creating

our moments
our days
our lives

Beginning, creating….in every moment
Our next moment

Middles and ending but follow along
they have no say in the matter

Beginnings are where the magic lies:-)

What are you beginning today?

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  • June - January 21, 2015 - 12:19 pm

    So very, very true. Beginning is at the heart of everything.
    To begin, I try to begin where I am. At this moment.
    I try to bloom and blossom where I am planted.

    What am I beginning today? A new watercolour still life study, as well as a new day…the first day of the rest of my life.ReplyCancel

    • June - January 21, 2015 - 12:22 pm

      ps – Burano Blue! What a perfect name for such an amazing and magical place. Ohhhh….how I would love to return to Burano (and Venice) one day.

      Can you just picture how incredible a Dreama workshop would be in either the ‘mainland’ that is Venezia, or either bellisimo Burano or marvelloso Murano? :)

      More Italian inspiration, please. I’m loving this one. Especially on a wet, cold, grey and dreary Irish winter’s day.ReplyCancel

  • Vikki Bouffard - January 21, 2015 - 2:00 pm

    I’m beginning a new painting!ReplyCancel

  • Linda Bartl Phillips - January 21, 2015 - 2:32 pm

    What a lovely post for the beginning of my day!!ReplyCancel

  • Linda Kaskel Levine - January 21, 2015 - 5:41 pm

    Yes, yes…. today is a new beginning for me. I say this every day…and it makes my world full of joy and expectations.ReplyCancel

  • Nancy Mongato - January 21, 2015 - 7:39 pm

    I’m beginning to find my way to my true style….that which comes from my soul and needs to get out!ReplyCancel

  • Sherry Defazio - January 22, 2015 - 4:18 pm

    Will be meeting you soon Dreama, long awaited event. Sunny Florida here I come. Can’t wait.ReplyCancel

  • Mary Reilly - January 28, 2015 - 4:46 pm

    Dreama, You are so Source related. Love the language you speak.ReplyCancel


"Simply Gratitude" 12 x 12in oil on museum quality panel $695

“Simply Gratitude”
12 x 12in oil on museum quality panel


it’s all good.  listening to the rain fall down, soothing sound of bird cries, Dove chocolate on the tongue and the end of day tired that drains away with the bath water.

it’s all good.  my heart beat a thousand beats and more today.  kidneys filtered water, brain connected faces, words, times and places and lips felt kisses and hands felt touch.  Miracle upon miracle.

if i were to take this time to simply focus on all the details that were done on my behalf today I would run out of ink, energy and memory to hold it all.

simply gratitude.


Take a moment and look at yourself.  Look at the wonderment of your hands, your feet, feel the aliveness of you, inhabiting that amazing visage we call you.

Walking miracle, that is what you are.  Can you even begin to comprehend how wonderful you truly are?

I don’t think you can but it’s worth a shot;-)— look around and take stock of all the divine goodness you have, working on your behalf in ways you didn’t even think to ask for.

Pretty cool, eh?

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  • Cheryl Herbert - January 16, 2015 - 1:19 am

    if people would embrace this philosophy, i am sure there would be a lot less unhappy people in this world. Thanks for sharingReplyCancel

  • Joyce Corns - January 19, 2015 - 2:49 am

    Feeling so much gratitude this evening after reflecting on the past three days participating in your workshop. It was everything I had hoped it would be and I came away with all the truly important stuff to help me grow as an artist and as a person. Thank you so very much!ReplyCancel

  • Anne Fanelli - January 19, 2015 - 6:01 pm

    Another awesome workshop in Marco Island!! Thank you Dreama!ReplyCancel

  • June - January 21, 2015 - 12:29 pm

    I feel gratitude for being able to get up in the morning and being able to walk again after months of not being able to do that without pain and without the assistance of a zimmer frame.

    I feel gratitude for my loving relationships with family and friends.

    I feel gratitude for feeling the sunshine on my face and living close enough to connect with and to nature all around me…even in the depths of winter.

    I feel gratitude for having your art and your thoughts and words to inspire and motivate me.ReplyCancel

  • Jan Koss - January 28, 2015 - 12:58 pm

    How wonderful,now i can still feel your presence and your voice thru your blogReplyCancel


"You Are My Sunshine" Color and Inspiration by Artist Dreama Tolle Perry

“You Are My Sunshine”
9 x 12in oil on museum quality panel

I’m back!

Toes in sand, pen in hand, brush on board.

Workshops start Monday in Marco Island, Florida:-)


P.S.  Very Happy Feet!!! BROWN SUGAR BEACH

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  • Betty Khan - January 12, 2015 - 11:47 am

    IT’S SO LOVELY.ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl - January 12, 2015 - 3:38 pm

    Morning from New Zealand. Our daughter lives in Naples and we have stayed in Marco love it so have to watch out for your dates and hope next time we come over I can take a course. Love you work.ReplyCancel

  • Jan Eberley - January 12, 2015 - 11:25 pm

    Please do a workshop in Washington State. I love your work and would love to have a chance to paint with you and learn your method.ReplyCancel

  • Carolyn Hassett Tober - January 13, 2015 - 3:15 pm

    I would love for you to come back to Southern California so I could share with you my love for the color lilac, ( my fancy term for lavender) , cats and creating, not necessarily in that order….as well as showing me how to use my new Caribbean blue oil paint! Looking at your paintings makes me happy they such are a joy!ReplyCancel

  • June - January 15, 2015 - 11:35 am

    I love this! I absolutely am in love with this painting. I love the glorious sunbeams showering the flowers with love and warmth.

    Is this available as a print, Dreama? Or maybe we’ll see it as next year’s calendar (hint, hint).

    How I’d love to be digging my toes into the warm Florida sand right now. We’ve just gotten over two days’ worth of snow and the mighty Storm Rachel.

    Thank you for painting this, and for sharing it with us, and for most definitely brightening up my day.ReplyCancel