"Dreaming of a White Catmas"  Artist Dreama Tolle Perry

“Dreaming of a White Catmas”
Available in Dreama’s Print Gallery

It’s that time of year.

Packages arriving at the house.
Hiding packages and then forgetting where I hid them when it comes time to wrap.
Looking back at the year passed …..and anticipating the new year coming
It’s THAT time when best laid plans fall by the way
schedules are ridiculously off track
and one must remind oneself that
it’s all good:-)

I’ve been playing and trying out some new things like….

I ordered some aprons with my paintings on them.
I put some words on them.
Color is Joy and Color Me Happy.

I wanted to show them to you.

Ed and the Apron2 Dreama Tolle perryV3Someone else had other ideas.

I ordered a stretched canvas print of Oh Happy Day as a gift for a friend that I wanted you to see.

Oh Happy Day Canvas Print Dreama Tolle Perry V3

Eddie, lacking thumbs,  gave it his highest approval rating–one tail up.
He even offered to pose to give  a sense of scale for the 16 x 32 in canvas print.

Oh Happy Day sunflower canvas print by Artist Dreama Tolle Perry/ Eddie the Cat Model

Holidays and all, I guess he is trying to be on his best behavior because after after all, he believes in Santa Claws.

Artful Aprons from Artist Dreama Tolle Perry

And I’m totally supporting him in that belief.
Any story that has Ed behaving is well worth propping up.

Anyways…I know you are busy so I’ll cut to the chase.
Get your name in the hat below.

Artful Aprons from Artist Dreama Tolle Perry

Color is Joy Art Apron by Artist Dreama Tolle Perry
P.S.  These aprons will be available for purchase next month.  They are perfect for cooking, gardening or painting—sooo color rich that whatever you get on them with your own creative endeavors will just add to it :-)

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  • jobi - December 12, 2014 - 5:21 pm

    Best memory….. my daughter announcing she’s preggers at our turkey day Thanksgiving table! and I certainly loved your workshop in Costa Mesa last month! I also loved For King and Country at our church this year and how it oddly lead us to book a trip to Maui next year! God is so good! Love, love, love the new aprons!!!! xoxoReplyCancel

  • maryjo warstler - December 12, 2014 - 7:28 pm

    Ooooooh, the aprons are yummy!ReplyCancel

  • Janet H. - December 12, 2014 - 8:30 pm

    Favorite memory of 2014 or a reflection:

    Recovering some much needed energy and enthusiasm in order to teach a few children watercolors. They loved it as much as I did. Now I’m hoping to do more painting once more. Thank you Lord.ReplyCancel

  • Kathy Cousart - December 13, 2014 - 12:16 am

    Okay…this has to be the cutest-funnest post ever! Love the idea of the aprons! And the painting looks beautiful stretched for your friend. Merry Everything and Happy Always Friend!ReplyCancel

  • Judy Wood - December 13, 2014 - 1:04 am

    Very cute! Keep us posted!ReplyCancel

  • Mary Beth Attix Harrison - December 13, 2014 - 1:19 am

    Best time of 2014 was taking your class! I have painted SO much since then using what I learned from you!ReplyCancel

  • Jill Rae Finally Art - December 13, 2014 - 2:59 am

    My fav memories of 2014; In May my daughter graduated from college after many years of not knowing what she wanted to do. Then, my God-daughter got married in June, so excited! And she treated me like a queen seating my husband and I with her parents (my best friend). I felt very loved and honored.ReplyCancel

  • Kim Guthrie Art - December 13, 2014 - 3:23 am

    Painting and hiking in the Siskiyou County mntnsReplyCancel

  • Carol - December 13, 2014 - 6:20 am

    Spending time with my 3 grand daughters aged 13, 11 and 15 months.ReplyCancel

  • Sheri Maloney - December 13, 2014 - 6:58 am

    My best memory of 2014 has been downsizing. Leaving a larger home and discarding years of accumulated treasures was a humbling experience. But alas, how completely liberating! We realized we were slaves to our “stuff” and have simplified our lives having more TIME to ENJOY the things we love. For me, painting was at the top of the list! Oh JOY! Signed up for two of your workshops!ReplyCancel

  • Dee - December 13, 2014 - 7:14 am

    My best memory of 2014 was running my first 5K with my middle son.ReplyCancel

  • Rio Vance - December 13, 2014 - 7:15 am

    As a virtual recluse, my best memories of 2014 are of the times I have spent chatting to my friends worldwide on FB; of reading interesting books all year, and learning from them; of hearing that my daughter (a leftie) did not need an operation, after breaking her left hand a few days ago in a freak accident! And the best memories throughout the year are of Dreama’s beautiful paintings and her sensitive, glorious writing that so uplift and inspire me! Thank you so much.ReplyCancel

  • maryjo warstler - December 13, 2014 - 7:18 am

    Getting in

    to a Dreama workshop for next May.ReplyCancel

  • Pamela Clegg - December 13, 2014 - 7:24 am

    Painting with you and using all those beautiful colors on my paintings .ReplyCancel

  • Ellen Taylor - December 13, 2014 - 7:29 am


  • Libby Anderson - December 13, 2014 - 7:30 am

    My favorite memory is 25th anniversary tour of 6 concerts; favorite was James Taylor at Tanglewood ,Mass in July.ReplyCancel

  • Judy Giannettino - December 13, 2014 - 7:41 am

    This year I have two favorite memories. The first was the birth of my grand niece, Mackenzie…love, love her. Second is my trip to Southern France. It was amazing.ReplyCancel

  • Kathy Ericksen - December 13, 2014 - 8:07 am

    Love this! Love the colors in your place as well. Love my memory of going to NM with my husband and staying in a friend’s cabin. Stunning.ReplyCancel

  • Linda Mann - December 13, 2014 - 8:11 am

    Well…there are just so many! Let’s go with that little bit of “peace” added to my day as each new day passes!ReplyCancel

  • Candice Thomas - December 13, 2014 - 8:34 am

    Just love your work! The aprons are awesome.ReplyCancel

  • Aureal Williams - December 13, 2014 - 8:38 am

    Best memory: personal evolution that has opened me to reach for present moment living!ReplyCancel

  • Julie B - December 13, 2014 - 8:49 am

    Favorite memory was visiting my grandson in Califoria this summerReplyCancel

  • Marty - December 13, 2014 - 8:54 am

    Love the apron!!ReplyCancel

  • Vicki Smith - December 13, 2014 - 8:55 am

    My favorite memory of 2014 is seeing my 87 year old dad, who has had two strokes this year, say “bye, bye, baby. Love you” each day when I leave him.ReplyCancel

  • Carol - December 13, 2014 - 9:24 am

    I painted with Dreama in Shreveport :)ReplyCancel

  • E. Maxine Land - December 13, 2014 - 9:42 am

    LOVE your work, your colors, your cats, your aprons! Hope to take a workshop with you. My favorite memory this year was watching my little granddaughter create beautiful pictures in my studio!!!ReplyCancel

  • Marty Caldwell - December 13, 2014 - 9:58 am

    My favorite memory is just how blessed my life is having my mother for 59 years and seeing her leave the world for her heavenly home, celebrating 30 years with my crazy husband, being placed in peoples lives that truly has the hand of
    God in and experiencing his love!ReplyCancel

  • Alice - December 13, 2014 - 10:06 am

    Visiting my old childhood home in Dublin, Ireland! I had not been in it for many years but the new owners happily welcomed me and let me lead them down my memory lane. I was in tears reliving happy memories of loved ones now gone…ReplyCancel

  • Gaylynn Robinson - December 13, 2014 - 10:17 am

    Beautiful aprons Dreams. Merry Christmas!ReplyCancel

  • Anne Adams - December 13, 2014 - 10:18 am

    My best memory of 2014 was being able to take our grown up son who suffers from a chronic illness, on holiday for the first time in years……which was a treat from our youngest son who also came with us, it did us all the world of good and will always be remembered! The apron is a wonderful idea!ReplyCancel

  • Judy - December 13, 2014 - 10:27 am

    Best memory: getting tickets to see Cliff Richard in 2015 in London.ReplyCancel

  • Barb Krell - December 13, 2014 - 10:34 am

    Visiting my Sister’s farm In Wisconsin for the first time. She is living her dream and so happy.ReplyCancel

  • Fran Chuba - December 13, 2014 - 10:41 am

    Best Memory of 2014: The synchronicity of Dreama’s posts and my best friend’s breast cancer healing journey. When a Dreama Essay seemed appropriate for her situation, I’d forwarded it on to her. She’d call me (she doesn’t live nearby) and we’d discuss the essay. She mentioned many times how much it has meant to her. Her treatments have consumed 2014. But she ends the year with a clean bill of health, conclusion of all medications/surgeries/frequent MD appointments – and she will enter 2015 healed both physically and mentally and spiritually. Just 2 weeks until 2015. Best Memory: How important friendship and sharing and caring is. You never know when something you say or do touches the soul of a person. Best Memory: Knowing (but never having met) Dreama has been an important part of this year. How I wish I had printed out some of the salient essays to add to the pages of her book that she published last year. They are priceless. Thank you Dreama. Reading you has been a gift in itself this year.ReplyCancel

  • Mary Pyche - December 13, 2014 - 10:49 am

    Love the aprons!ReplyCancel

  • Yvonne Ray Snead - December 13, 2014 - 11:48 am

    I am afraid I have two. I got two new rescues pups and my trip to Kentucky for art classes with Dreama. The art class kick started my creative juices once again!ReplyCancel

  • Jacki Newell - December 13, 2014 - 12:01 pm

    Getting to hold my precious newborn grandson who lives halfway across the country from me.ReplyCancel

  • maureen walsh - December 13, 2014 - 12:02 pm

    Love these beautiful and vibrant aprons! Can visualize wearing this while painting the hours away!ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Chapman - December 13, 2014 - 12:03 pm

    The day I met my puppies Cooper and Max for the first time. They healed my broken heart.ReplyCancel

  • Lura Gee - December 13, 2014 - 12:09 pm

    One great memory from 2014 was returning to our favorite house on Pawleys Island for a glorious week with family. Another highlight was finding out I got into Dreama’s workshop in Florida this coming February! Can’t wait!ReplyCancel

  • Jacklyn Karabaich - December 13, 2014 - 12:23 pm

    The Best part of 2014 was seeing my two girls.ReplyCancel

  • Lillian Connelly - December 13, 2014 - 12:28 pm

    One great memory is getting our new dog, Stevie, and bringing him home for the first time.ReplyCancel

  • Sheila Youd - December 13, 2014 - 12:42 pm

    Seeing my family who live much too far away!ReplyCancel

  • Jeane Gallo - December 13, 2014 - 12:59 pm

    My best memory for 2014 is holding my new grandson for the first time. Ethan Nicholas was born on November 18th, and he is such a healthy and alert baby. What a blessing to our family.ReplyCancel

  • Carol Hopper - December 13, 2014 - 1:13 pm

    Your apron color and painting colors are my favorites. I have wonderful memories of a trip to France that included lots of miracles after transportation mishaps!ReplyCancel

  • Susie Wallace - December 13, 2014 - 1:34 pm

    My best memory is my 90 year old mother recovering from major surgery…and agreeing to give up her car.ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl Bagnell - December 13, 2014 - 1:35 pm

    Hi Dreama, Beautiful aprons! My best memory of 2014 is this passage of scripture in the Bible …”Trust the LORD with all your heart,and don’t depend on your own understanding.Remember the LORD in all you do,and He will give you success.”-Proverbs 3:5,6 (NCV). -Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl Bagnell - December 13, 2014 - 1:35 pm

    Hi Dreama, Beautiful aprons! My best memory of 2014 is this passage of scripture in the Bible …”Trust the LORD with all your heart,and don’t depend on your own understanding.Remember the LORD in all you do,and He will give you success.”-Proverbs 3:5,6 (NCV). -Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!ReplyCancel

  • Carole Jurack - December 13, 2014 - 1:40 pm

    I have 2 best memories for 2014: I had the privilege of visiting with a nesting loon pain on Moose Pond each and every morning, following their daily routine (watching them build their nest, seeing them take turns sitting on the eggs, turning the eggs to keep the temperature even, swimming and diving for fish. Unfortunately we left before the babies were born but I did get to visit with the parents when I returned in the fall! The second best memory is that we spent several days at a wild horse sanctuary in South Dakota where I was able to take many photographs of the horses in the wild, even getting to mingle with them, talk with them and enjoy their company. It was a great year!!! Happy Holidays everyone!ReplyCancel

  • June - December 13, 2014 - 1:53 pm

    The aprons are a wonderful idea, and Eddie is the purr-fect model for them, as well as the stunning and beautiful ‘Oh Happy Day’.

    But of course Ed’s being good – all cats everywhere are being good at this time of year. :)

    My favourite memory of 2014 has to the very first Sunday in May at the Strandhill Market. I’ve long dreamed of being a part of a market like this one, and it’s almost as if my dream manifested into reality. A mini shop (made out of our tent and canopy and tables and displays), with the beach as our backdrop, and the roar of the waves, the smiles from all the people there.

    What has been your favourite memory of this year, Dreama? France? The workshops? California? Your year has been so jam-packed with amazing memories, no doubt. :)ReplyCancel

  • Jerry Stocks - December 13, 2014 - 1:53 pm

    Taking a class from you at Marco Island in Jan. Volunteering at Holy Trinity School as the assistant art teach. Painting more and more. Selling my house I think.ReplyCancel

  • Jerry Stocks - December 13, 2014 - 1:53 pm

    Taking a class from you at Marco Island in Jan. Volunteering at Holy Trinity School as the assistant art teach. Painting more and more. Selling my house I think.ReplyCancel

  • Shelly Wright - December 13, 2014 - 1:53 pm

    I quit the job that did not make me happy and tock a few months off to paint!ReplyCancel

  • Shelly Wright - December 13, 2014 - 1:53 pm

    I quit the job that did not make me happy and tock a few months off to paint!ReplyCancel

  • Cynthia Dittrich Eisenhauer - December 13, 2014 - 1:57 pm

    Having one of my bird paintings hanging in the Cornell Lab in Ithaca,NYReplyCancel

  • Cathy Joerger - December 13, 2014 - 2:05 pm

    Best memory 2014 – cycling in France!!! – OH – and introducing French friends to Oregon . . .ReplyCancel

  • Linda Levine - December 13, 2014 - 2:22 pm

    2014 brought me the ability to look at the world differently…I now appreciate the colors I see in everything. It has helped my painting for certain….but also my appreciation of God’s creation. Did this vision come from something inside or from my cataract surgeries???!!! Of course, painting with you in Costa Mesa is right up there too.ReplyCancel

  • Crystal Cook - December 13, 2014 - 2:52 pm

    Choosing one best memory is so hard. . . I’d have to say my best memory of 2014 is just any quiet moment spent one on one with my growing boys. This year more than most I’ve realized how quick time goes with them, so I’ve been counting each quiet moment as a huge blessing and filing it away to remember later.ReplyCancel

  • Gayle Nunn - December 13, 2014 - 3:08 pm

    Painting with friends is always a joy. GayleReplyCancel

  • Debi Matthews Murray - December 13, 2014 - 3:14 pm

    I LOVE the aprons!! Thank you so much for your vibrant color contribution and talents to the our worlds!!ReplyCancel

  • Paula Lykins - December 13, 2014 - 3:19 pm

    I have many good memories of 2014. It’s been a good and bad year as my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer this year but is doing well. I would have to say the birth of my second grandchild in Sept. Would be my best memory and my step granddaughter in Nov.We now have four wonderful grandchildren ages two and under. What a fun time. I love your artwork! The colors are gorgeous, I especially love Photos and paintings of Eddie!ReplyCancel

  • Deborah Pietrangelo - December 13, 2014 - 3:25 pm

    I love the aprons what a great idea.ReplyCancel

  • Dana Whitney - December 13, 2014 - 3:27 pm

    Best memory: Last day of radiation therapy for 2nd incidence of breast cancer…. although there are several close contenders involving my daughter and my grand daughter.ReplyCancel

  • Don Jander Melissa Jander - December 13, 2014 - 3:34 pm

    Best memory of 2014, our first grandchild!ReplyCancel

  • Ann James Jones - December 13, 2014 - 4:06 pm

    Had a wonderful trip to Italy this year. Such beautiful sights and many happy memories!ReplyCancel

  • Kathy Phillips - December 13, 2014 - 4:11 pm

    I have several “best memories” from 2014, but among them are my workshop with Dreama. I had to sign up 16 months early in order to get my spot! Waiting with anticipation is also a good memory. Another favorite memory is my trip to Alaska with my new friend, Daniel. Y

    es, we’re still together. Thanks Dreama, for all the inspirations you share!!ReplyCancel

  • Shelly Medley - December 13, 2014 - 4:47 pm

    Best memory was seeing my Mom after nearly two years…..she just turned 92.ReplyCancel

  • Ruth Bodycott - December 13, 2014 - 4:50 pm

    All time favorite memory of 2014 is my beautiful granddaughter’s wedding on the beach at Bald Head Island, NC. Weather was outstanding; ceremony precious!ReplyCancel

  • Donna Clawson - December 13, 2014 - 4:55 pm

    Beautiful aprons! Love them! My best memory happened just this week. My doctor told me I no longer have to see him. I’m cured!!!ReplyCancel

  • ANNE - December 13, 2014 - 5:05 pm

    Shreveport, Lousiana and Dreama then on to Nashville for a few days. Best trip ever!!ReplyCancel

  • Bobbie Koelsch - December 13, 2014 - 5:23 pm

    My best memory of 2014 will end up being the exploration of new colors and mediums. After years of painting with only 6 acrylic colors, I am now playing with all kinds of colors, playing with oils, watercolors and oil pastels AND loving every second of it!ReplyCancel

  • Kitty McGee - December 13, 2014 - 5:40 pm

    Always ajoy to get one of your emails. Some day I will take a class.
    Merry Christmas to you and yours!ReplyCancel

  • Flynn Gentry-Taylor - December 13, 2014 - 5:40 pm

    Best Memory of 2014 will be winning this Apron!ReplyCancel

  • Karen Gifford - December 13, 2014 - 6:41 pm

    This year, we finally have a diagnosis on my 14 year old grand daughter – Ehlers Danlos Syndrome — now maybe they will teach her how to control this genetic problem. She has missed way too much of her Freshman year of high school. She is a trooper and progress is being made – 2015 WILL be an improvement :) The Apron is amazing – and I need one! Love your work and your uplifting posts.

    Karen GiffordReplyCancel

  • Yvonne Palmer - December 13, 2014 - 7:06 pm

    Much to be thankful for ! One great memory is getting to see our year old granddaughter see the ocean for the first time.ReplyCancel

  • Linda Hall - December 13, 2014 - 7:13 pm

    Love your paintings and writings!ReplyCancel

  • Kathleen TL - December 13, 2014 - 7:23 pm

    The best thing to happen to me in 2014 was to visit Vermont in October for my birthday. The fall color was spectacular!ReplyCancel

  • Brenda gibbs - December 13, 2014 - 7:27 pm

    this year I got a beautiful granddaughter. Since she’s the only grandchild, it’s been a really unique and great experience.ReplyCancel

  • Cinda Basira O'Donohoe - December 13, 2014 - 7:31 pm

    The best is that my daughter is having a baby very, very soon and I’m so happy for herReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth Burton - December 13, 2014 - 8:23 pm

    I love these aprons, I would love one of these to brighten up my day.ReplyCancel

  • Annie Froese - December 13, 2014 - 8:54 pm

    Possibly my best memory is of the summer! Travelling to visit family, and having family coming to visit me,…… and sharing art with them all!ReplyCancel

  • Ginny - December 13, 2014 - 10:03 pm

    My best memory this year will be my work ….so meaningful and fulfilling to me. I’m so grateful and lucky.ReplyCancel

  • Laura Hollenbeck - December 14, 2014 - 12:14 am

    Best memory- Dreama’s support and inspiration!
    : )ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - December 14, 2014 - 2:19 am

    My best memory this year was painting with you, Dreama, in Costa Mesa. The joy, your testimonials, and even Ron was a pleasure to meet…..I hope to get the chance to repeat such a wonderful memory soon.ReplyCancel

  • Nic's Earth - December 14, 2014 - 11:39 am

    I really love these aprons and given that ‘colour me happy’ is my wee tag line for my own paintings it would be serendipitous if I were to win that particular apron!! I couldn’t get the pin entry to work so I pinned a different painting of yours (catwalk) and added that link instead – funny enough I pinned it to my board called ‘art that colours me happy’ (do you see a theme here?!) My favourite memory of 2014 was winning first place in a national painting competition where as well as £750 of painting supplies I won a painting holiday with contemporary colourist Ashley Hanson in Cornwall which has set me on the very happy more impressionistic and vibrantly colourful painting path I now find myself on.ReplyCancel

  • Nic's Earth - December 14, 2014 - 11:41 am

    I really love these aprons and given that ‘colour me happy’ is my wee tag line for my own paintings it would be serendipitous if I were to win that particular apron!! I couldn’t get the pin entry to work so I pinned a different painting of yours (catwalk) and added that link instead – funny enough I pinned it to my board called ‘art that colours me happy’ (do you see a theme here?!) My favourite memory of 2014 was winning first place in a national painting competition where as well as £750 of painting supplies I won a painting holiday with contemporary colourist Ashley Hanson in Cornwall which has set me on the very happy more impressionistic and vibrantly colourful painting path I now find myself on. Merry Christmas and a very colourful New Year to you. xReplyCancel

  • Valerie M - December 14, 2014 - 2:34 pm

    One of my best memories of 2014 was selling my first painting! It’s been a long road but it certainly came as a wlecome surprise. I hope it’s a start to many more successes!ReplyCancel

  • Teddy Jackson - December 14, 2014 - 4:19 pm

    Dreama, you have such fun ideas. These aprons are wonderful.
    It has been a wonderful year here. Lots of family around and we are already planning for the greatest ever Jackson Family Reunion. An awesome year in my painting world – amazing workshops, fun painting adventures, and fantastic students.ReplyCancel

  • Nancy Makar - December 14, 2014 - 6:27 pm

    I think my best memory this year has been coloring, drawing and painting with my two granddaughters, ages 5 and 9. They love learning the things I have interest in. We have our “girl” bonding whenever we get together. The 9 year old is also learning how to sew. Our first project together, we are making her a purse and she has been right there with me every step of the way! What I like most about this memory is that it is one that will continue for awhile! I am so blessed.
    PS I love the apron!


  • Barbara Healy - December 14, 2014 - 9:53 pm

    i was a substitute elementary art teacher for 4 months this year. I loved sharing my love of art with my students.ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Lynn Williams - December 15, 2014 - 1:04 am

    Going with you to Le Vieux Couvent in France!!!ReplyCancel

  • Cindy Schreck Gillett - December 15, 2014 - 2:31 am

    Just love love love the color! It makes my heart happy!ReplyCancel

  • Gretchen Stoudt - December 15, 2014 - 8:36 am

    Favorite memory was visiting with my sister and her family to see my nephew graduate with honors in the spring. Wishing you and everyone in your household a Meowy Catmas and a healthy, happy New Year!ReplyCancel

  • Maria Aldric - December 15, 2014 - 11:04 am

    My best memories for 2014… Dancing with my kids in the lounge room; knowing God more and more through the Bible, and driving through the beautiful Southern Highlands of NSW on a misty morning just last week:)ReplyCancel

  • Jill O'Cull - December 15, 2014 - 11:06 am

    Best memory>>> Lance’s continues to improve everyday.. what a blessing it is just to have him in our lives.. He never stops trying to improve. He is now walking with a walker and is beginning to move his left arm a little… His speech is still not good but it is better and what was 3-4 words is now multiple sentences… some of which is Italian..which drives me crazy.. but I am on the edge anyway.. Dreama you must stop and see me when you come thru town. Hope you have a wonderful holiday.ReplyCancel

  • Dreama - December 15, 2014 - 11:56 am

    It’s JOY to read and hear about all the good memories and celebration of life over this past year—it is so wonderful that you are taking a moment to share it with us. It’s good to reflect isn’t it!

    Hugs and Furry Snuggles from me ‘n’ the Eds :-)ReplyCancel

  • Ann Monthomery - December 15, 2014 - 1:40 pm

    My best memory of the summer was a vacation with my nieces on Catalina Island and stayed in a beautiful condo.ReplyCancel

  • Sylvina Rollins - December 15, 2014 - 3:49 pm

    Horse back riding on my 50th Birthday!
    Being outdoors with my husband and all our
    beloved pets, 2 dogs, 2 horses and Mother nature.ReplyCancel

  • Diana Guenther Lackey - December 15, 2014 - 5:40 pm

    My husband and I moved to a great new community and we are excited about what our future holds :-)ReplyCancel

  • Janet Friday - December 15, 2014 - 9:58 pm

    Your painting of Eddie reminds of my neighbor’s cat “Little Fellow”. He has the same gorgeous black and white fur. He went missing 3 weeks ago and we are afraid we will not see him again. Every time I see Eddie, I think about my Little Fellow.
    The apron is gorgeous and totally full of sunshine and joy.ReplyCancel

  • Ellen Friel - December 16, 2014 - 9:02 am

    My fav memory for 2014 was spending time with my mother (92). She is very chatty and very opinionated…..and lives in another state. Although she is “losing it”, she is a hoot. I don’t mind sitting at the kitchen table, sitting in the living room, watching TV, sitting in her garage, sitting on the edge of her bed…talking… did I mention sitting? She loves listening to the birds when she’s not talking. She has named certain ones who come to her feeders, and she talks to them. I think this will be a fond memory forever.ReplyCancel

  • Judy Fischer Walton - December 17, 2014 - 9:07 pm

    Painting prairies and getting two prairie paintings juried into the Springfield Museum Art Show “Prairies: A Year in the Life. by Ohio Plein Air SocietyReplyCancel

  • Martha Lenox Salz - December 17, 2014 - 10:34 pm

    Went to a local farm with a friend and laughed and ate cider donuts and drank coffee and saw a “pumpkin tree”…really! They had wired the stems to a tree and it looked like something from the Wizard of Oz.ReplyCancel

  • Nancy Job - December 18, 2014 - 1:47 pm

    I started painting again, thank you for the inspiration.ReplyCancel

  • mishelle - December 18, 2014 - 4:09 pm

    Would love to come to one of your workshops! Love the apron!ReplyCancel

  • Nancy Martin Piros - December 19, 2014 - 3:39 pm

    Well Dreama, this was a big year for our family. Our beautiful Daughter Kimmy was married to a vv wonderful man Jeremy in April. Then we find out they are pregnant with a honeymoon baby. So, we will be first time grandparents to a baby girl in January 2015. We have had a blessed year, MeReplyCancel

  • Marquita Milliken - December 19, 2014 - 6:03 pm

    The last few years have been very difficult, yet I have so many memories of the hugs and laughter that have seen us through it all. Our friends personify each and every good memory of 2014; they are the best.ReplyCancel

  • Gerry Roeder - December 19, 2014 - 6:16 pm

    Spending my 70th birthday with the whole family at Disney.ReplyCancel

  • Chris Claussen Brandley - December 19, 2014 - 7:36 pm

    Watching my daughter perform with her performing arts group for the Dallas Mavericks halftime showReplyCancel

  • Laura - December 20, 2014 - 8:33 am

    My favorite 2014 moment was watching my grandkids decorating the Christmas tree…they are so proud of their creation! I love it!ReplyCancel

  • Leada - December 20, 2014 - 11:36 am

    My favorite 2014 moment was being at the beach with my kids and 14 grandchildren. We were there to attend my oldest grandsons wedding. Fun times!ReplyCancel

  • Debby Dip - December 20, 2014 - 5:05 pm

    The birth of my grandson!ReplyCancel

  • Shelley Dixon - December 20, 2014 - 6:49 pm

    Dreama, these are beautiful! Who wouldn’t want one of these aprons?!!!! Good idea. I like the color me happy ones! Color is fun—-a couple years ago I had my dental operatory painted purple—then got purple napkins, purple tray covers—purple cups—–so this week when they (after a million years) asked me to pick out the color of my new dental automatic chair—I said ‘Purple’!!!!! Of course, we are in a pinch –need the chair quickly, and can’t request our color:( But hey at least most of it is my fave color! Color is beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Lois Mack Keffer - December 20, 2014 - 10:07 pm

    My best memory is also my FB profile pic—our yearly trip with our granddaughter to the fabulous Christmas Joy concert at Pike’s Peak Center. Watching her wonder, her glowing eyes, hearing her pure little voice beside mine during the sing-along. Next year our grandson will be old enough to join us!ReplyCancel

  • Leslie Reid Brasher - December 21, 2014 - 4:18 am

    My best memory was spending a weekend painting in my dad’s home town, and having all kinds of people come find me because they knew my grandparents. It has been 48 years since my grandfather died and 28 since my grandmother did, but they impacted people in that town so strongly that people sought me out to tell me about it! I felt so honored! It was a precious, precious experience.ReplyCancel

  • Carol Edmondson DeMumbrum - December 21, 2014 - 4:33 am

    Watching my children do what they love.ReplyCancel

"My Blue Heaven"  Scenes of France by Artist Dreama Tolle Perry

“My Blue Heaven”
12 x 12in oil on museum quality panel
Original is SOLD
Image Available in Dreama’s Print Gallery/ CLICK HERE!

“Meister Eckhart speaks beautifully about the way one should be towards what one does.
If you work with a creative and kind eye, you will bring forth beauty.”

~ John O’Donohue


 With What Eyes

With what eyes do you look upon your work?  The very work that you were born to do?

Are you adversarial?  Miserly?
Skeptical?  Favor hard won and uncomplimentary?

If your work was in the form of a real person standing before you —would you behave in the same manner?

Would you love and embrace—accept for what it is now—not withholding kindness until such a time as it is lined up to your standards or expectations?

Would you treat it tenderly?   Would you touch it lightly in a gesture of acceptance?

Your soul’s work is what you do everyday.  It is already perfectly formed in the mind of god.

When we reject our work we are seeing through the distorted lens of our own making.

Take off the glasses.  Holiness and beauty are all around you.  They are in the very things you touch.

When we change the way we look at things—-which includes our soul work, our creative work, our paintings, our lives—the things we look at change.

We see with clarity the hallowedness of all works.


Art by Alivia

There is a reason for the JOY we see in a child’s work.  A child comes to their work with an already agreed to plan of creating in joy, without judgement, and a total absence of comparison. Indeed—how can we compare a priceless original to another?

Can we accept our own work with the same grace, the same exuberance that a five year old accepts theirs?  The real JOY to be had is in the doing.  A quick observation of kids in the act of creating shows they are all about it while they are DOING it— and as soon as they finish—they are on to the next adventure:-)
No languishing about, critiquing and second guessing themselves, vowing to do it better and getting all down in the mouth.

We have so much to learn.
About ourselves and about making something.
Let us see our work today with creative and kind eyes…. and see what beauty comes forth:-)



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  • Rhonda L. Tolle-Beaman - December 10, 2014 - 12:32 am

    Alivia is greatly pleased! She is poised and ready to draw again!ReplyCancel

  • Judy Giannettino - December 10, 2014 - 12:51 pm

    Love this and all your inspirational writings. Thank you, a wonderful way to start this rainy day in Connecticut. Now to finish my painting and not criticize it!ReplyCancel

  • Pat Fiorello - December 10, 2014 - 3:33 pm

    Thanks Dreama, Just what I need to hear today ( and every day). Easy to fall into the notion of trying to get it right and lose the big picture and higher purpose in our quest for creating and sharing beauty.ReplyCancel

  • June - December 13, 2014 - 2:07 pm

    Inspiring words, as always, and deep pearls of creative innervision, providing me with so very much needed nurturing food for thought, for re-consideration, for re-appraisal and less of the inner judge and inner critic (and sometimes, the inner bully) that comes up to the surface more often than I’d like.

    You are so right, Dreama, when you say we have so much to learn. And accompanied with this is the letting go…of all the things that question or put roadblocks up on the pathways to our joy.

    I am imagining myself walking through that gentle blue gate, and walking into creative intention, creative freedom and creative joy.ReplyCancel

  • Ann Montgomery - December 18, 2014 - 9:27 am

    Paintings are so happy.ReplyCancel

  • Ann Montgomery - December 19, 2014 - 5:14 pm

    Not sure exactly how to get my name in the hat. Hope its in

  • Erna Cotinola - December 20, 2014 - 2:13 am

    Your apron idea is great.ReplyCancel

"Heading Into the Light"  Colorful Paintings of Italy and France by Artist Dreama Tolle Perry

“Heading Into the Light”
9 x 12in oil on museum quality panel


Not My Job


I just realized I’ve been doing some things that are not my job.
Maybe you can relate.

Things like….

Worrying over outcomes that I have no control over.

If I trust,
If I believe that all things are working together for our good
Then the things that are out of my control
belong squarely in the hands of the universe/god/higher power
They are….

                         not my job.

So I am diligently practicing my response.
When worry raises it’s never-ending stream of questions

(have you noticed this too?  The minute one thing is solved, worry digs something else out of the basket of life to draw your attention too as if to say—-here’s something else that needs your obsessing, hand wringing ,anxious self…)
When it raises yet another question
I am ready with my answer


Take it to the one in charge.
Who has it covered
Who has the answers

This thing you are bringing me
Simply is

Not my job.

Just think…

so much more time to for us to do our real work when we leave the other to the one who’s got our back:-)

So…what’s your job?



P.S.  Special Reminder for Area Peeps—“Christmas in the 40’s”

Rhonda Tolle/ Jazz Vocalist

If you are close enough to hear my sis doing her art of singing–you will be in for a treat !!
Rosemary Clooney style with some of the best songs ever penned for the holidays.
She has talked me into doing one fun song with her…”Sister, Sisters”….of course!  Click here for details.

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  • Teri Gammalo - December 5, 2014 - 1:10 am

    Wish I could hear her sing!!!
    So true,,about not my job!!
    Let life,,let it be….let in go,,,,and let go!!ReplyCancel

  • Alyce A Black - December 5, 2014 - 4:41 pm

    Is it possible or permitted to quote you, with credit most certainly, on facebook. . Your writing is so inspirational. Is make a book of your letters in our future.ReplyCancel

  • Martha Lenox Salz - December 5, 2014 - 5:10 pm

    Smiling this morning. Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • jobi - December 6, 2014 - 10:16 am

    Gorgeous painting, Dreama! #hanginginmyentryway ;0) Your words were well timed! I cannot tell you how much they touched my heart. Love your colorful paintings filled with JOY! Love your inspirational words filled with wisdom! Love you, friend! So happy to have you in my life! Enjoy this holiday season. Sure wish I could come hear your sis (and you). Keep us posted! xoxoReplyCancel

  • Carol Hopper - December 6, 2014 - 12:01 pm

    Never would have guessed. You worry? Your Source always had you covered and you knew it well. Your writing and smiles always told me so.ReplyCancel

  • Judy Giannettino - December 6, 2014 - 1:32 pm

    Your inspirational words are a wonderful way to start the day. Love your paintings! Your France paintings bring so many great memories of those special places! Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Linda Kaskel Levine - December 7, 2014 - 12:21 am

    I know those doors and those flower pots! They are lovely…and painting them is my JOB and my pleasure. No spoil-sport is going to take ME away from doing what I love. Thank you Dreama…once again.ReplyCancel

  • June - December 13, 2014 - 2:23 pm

    What a beautiful thing it is to be so close to your sister as you two so clearly and beautifully are. I’d love to hear Rhonda sing, and I’d love to hear your duet, as well. ‘Sisters, Sisters’…perfect!

    I love this mantra: ‘Not. My. Job.’ It will most definitely free us up to do the work we are truly meant to do in this journey and this life we have been given.

    All I need to do is learn how to put those three simple but so very wise and very deep words into actual practice. No better time than now, then! :)ReplyCancel

  • Mary Tomassetti - December 21, 2014 - 6:41 pm

    Dreama’s paintings take me to a beautiful peaceful place! So good to see you and Rhonda last Saturday!ReplyCancel


Watercolor Journal Excerpt--Letting Go

I’ve been busy.

Letting go.

2014 November California 3DREAMA TOLLE PERRY


Letting Go—-what does it look like?

I’ve been trying out the practice of letting go. Trying to look at myself and see…”is this what letting go looks like?” And if the answer is no, I am switching up my thoughts, my internal conversation, my actions—-basically choosing something that is different than what I have been doing that has resulted in a non letting go stance.

Letting Go—-how does it feel?

Freedom. I think it feels like freedom.
And rest. It feels so restful.

Letting Go—what is its opposite?

Holding on.
There is perceived pain in letting go because we fear we are forfeiting our ability to change things.

The deal is, it is not things that must change—-it is we who must change.
We must change the stories we have told ourselves about those things we are holding onto.
We must change the stories we have told ourselves of what we think is possible, doable, achievable.

Letting go so that the goodness of life can flow in, through, around, above and below us
And carry us gently and rock our souls so lovingly that we again find firm ground
and know for certainty that

we never really had to hold on for we have always been…

held by Something bigger than us.


Letting Go

We cannot both hang on AND go with the Flow.

The choice rests squarely inside us.


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I find that when I’m by the ocean letting go seems to come more easily.

2014 November Californai 4 DREAMA TOLLE PERRY

I love looking for sea glass.
Glass that has tumbled along, going with the flow.
Here are my treasures for the day:-)

2014 November California 1 DREAMA TOLLE PERRY Beach Escape with my watercolor journal!

 You are wished a day filled with a sea of love.
Let go and let love wash over you:-)

Here’s a little video to set you in the mood for your own letting go…

P.S.  I am headed back home today to Paris and to the Eddies (and Maggie)—filled with California sunshine and times spent with my daughter.  We’ve folded laundry, lingered over coffee, grocery shopped and done the most mundane of things together—the sort of stuff that become so awesome when shared with someone you love—I’m gonna miss her!

And in case you missed my last post with all the Thanksgiving festivities.…There’s still time to get your name in for my print giveaway, just click here.



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  • Cheryl Herbert - December 2, 2014 - 11:45 am

    letting go allows me to look forward, to focus on the truly important parts.ReplyCancel

  • Pat Fiorello - December 2, 2014 - 1:06 pm

    Insightful and inspiring as always. I like the notion that we can not hold on and let go at the same time.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Bell Couper - December 2, 2014 - 2:36 pm

    Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • June Cousins Wright - December 2, 2014 - 7:16 pm

    enjoy your thoughts and uplifting paintingsReplyCancel

  • Rachel Holland - December 3, 2014 - 1:53 am

    Let go and let God, that’s my philosophy. Thanks for reminding us that holding onto things only drains us of energy and life.ReplyCancel

  • Connie Foster - December 3, 2014 - 4:30 am

    So beautiful and peaceful. The sea glass that is always a special find, and spending the time on the beach makes for the feeling of letting go.ReplyCancel

  • Georgia Jensen - December 3, 2014 - 11:31 am

    Thank you for the gift of the letting go video… I was so moved, especially with your one legged friend, tears flowed, pent up feelings washed away, the sun and sand nurtured me, as does your inspiring blog. NamasteReplyCancel

  • June - December 4, 2014 - 6:10 am

    Firstly, welcome back home! I’m sure the Eds and Maggie are very, very happy you’ve returned.

    This is a most meaningful post, filled with beautiful words, thoughts, images, sounds and feelings. Letting go, for me, has usually been associated with the pain of detaching from something (or someone) you love so much, and fear of what might happen if you don’t hold on for dear life…if you/I/we do get brave enough to ‘let it go’.

    But, letting go and ‘letting it go’ is also associated with taking a leap of faith…sometimes into the unknown…and follow where it leads. When we can let it go, we allow and welcome the good ‘stuff’ to be let in.

    What I’ve learned, only recently, from a vivid dream I had, is very much in keeping with what you’ve written at the end of this beautiful post, Dreama: when I let go of the fear, or the pain, I simultaneously allow more love, and more joy to wash over me, through me, around me and inside me.

    My day, directly following that wonderful dream, was indeed filled with and wrapped me inside a sea of love.
    Thank you, Dreama, for helping me to ‘see’ and feel that light, that joy, and the beauty that is always there, all around us and inside us, even during those difficult times when there are seemingly more shadows and darkness than we’d like there to be in our lives.

    ps – what was the piece of music you chose for this video? I love chill-out/ambient music like this, and have a good-sized collection of this genre on Spotify, but I’ve not heard this before. It’s absolutely and gently beautiful.

    pps – please forgive me for the epic-length of this comment!ReplyCancel