Dreama Tolle Perry » Artist and Writer

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9 years/ 900 paintings/ 1 sell

Detail of Sunflower Demo/SOLD

Van Gogh is a favorite of mine.  I have a book of his letters that is one of my most treasured things. So many of his thoughts resonate with me—which just goes to say that spirit, source, whatever you call it, connects all of us in ways beyond what we can comprehend. The following passage has stayed with me since I first came across it some 15 years ago.
“That brings up again the eternal question: Is the whole of life visible to us, or isn’t it rather that this side of death we see only one hemisphere?

For my own part, I declare I know nothing whatever about it, but looking at the stars always makes me dream, as simply as I dream over the black dots representing towns and villages on a map. I ask myself, shouldn’t the shining dots of the sky be as accessible as the black dots on the map of France? Just as we take the train to get to Tarascon or Rouen, we take death to reach a star. One thing undoubtedly is true in this reasoning is that we cannot get to a star while we are alive, any more than we can take the train when we are dead.
So to me is seems possible that cholera, gravel, tuberculosis and cancer are the celestial means of locomotion, just as steamboats, buses and railways are the terrestrial means. (and this is the part I love) To die quietly of old age would be to go there on foot.”
9 years. 
900  paintings. 
1 sell.

When I stop to think of all the joy Vincent’s work has brought to so many millions of people for all of these years, I can only think to myself, thank God he continued to paint. Thank God he did not measure himself or his artwork to popular opinion. Thank God he painted his heart and didn’t wait for a sell or an award to validate that what he was doing was worthy. His work was worthy all along . His work was valid all along. His work was award winning all along.
Sometimes we think a story is finished and it has only just begun.
120 years.
900 paintings.
Joy to millions.
Vincent never knew what the story would be, and neither do I or you.  Create from your heart for that is the most important job of all.  The rest of the story will be written long after we are gone.
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  • Roberta - November 7, 2010 - 9:01 pm

    I am a little late to this paint party 🙂 But I just found your blog today, and have enjoyed not only your paintings, which are exquisite, but also your writing. I, too, have a thing for Vincent’s paintings, so your post on his life, and the quotes from him…touched me. Thank you for sharing them! I’ll be sure to come back for more art conversation 🙂

    Happy day to you!

  • Dreama - October 24, 2010 - 10:20 pm

    Loved hearing from each of you today–good conversation! Leslie–was new to the Kipling poem and enjoyed it much–thanks for sharing. And Nancy–thanks also for the recommendation on the book–will have to check it out!
    Bri and Jandi—of course–please print out anything that inspires you to continue creating your beautiful art..:))) I am honored!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - October 24, 2010 - 10:16 pm

    Dreama: I’m absolutely on board with you on Van Gogh. I have his letters, too, one of my favorite books and have read two versions of it. And I, too, am grateful for his glorious witness for painters who feel led to paint the way they see life and not based on another’s interpretation. My other prime favorite of all times is, of course, Rembrandt, who also painted as he saw life and not in the slick, smooth way of his contemporaries. A book I highly recommend by Simon Schama is “Rembrandt’s Eyes” which documents so beautifully his unique vision and technique and his absolute refusal to be moved from it. It’s at the library. I read my daugher-in-law’s copy and it took me months as very long and detailed but well worth plodding through.

    Thanks for painting your vision/understanding of reality/life and thus inspiring me to paint mine!!



  • Heidi Malott - October 24, 2010 - 9:26 pm

    Wow, that is so touching an amazing. Thank you for sharing. I have read some of Van Gogh’s writing but not that.

    Your work is lovely thanks for sharing that too.ReplyCancel

  • Jandi Small - October 24, 2010 - 4:40 pm

    Wow, Dreama, what a beautiful painting and a powerful post with terrific insights (as per usual for you)! May I print out your words (and Vincent’s) and stick the page in my sketchbook?ReplyCancel

  • bricarwaller - October 24, 2010 - 3:01 pm

    Beautiful painting Dreama. Sunflowers are a favorite of mine. Your post is very inspirational. I think I’m going to print it out. I’ll look at it every time I need a little motivational. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful work and an insight into your inspiration:)ReplyCancel

  • Laurel Alanna McBrine - October 24, 2010 - 11:36 am

    Love sunflowers and your painting!ReplyCancel

  • Kim Blair - October 24, 2010 - 10:54 am

    Lovely sunflower painting… lovely words.
    I was flipping through a book form the library last night, on the complete works of Vincent Van Gogh, a couple of his early portraits (that we never see anywhere) look very modern.
    Love his work too!

  • Debbi Smith Rourke - October 24, 2010 - 10:33 am

    Wow stunning painting and remarkable quote!! I love the thought of parallel universes and exploring different tracks in life, maybe at the same time, in addition to future and past lives. And Einstein taught us that all time happens at the same time. Very exciting. Love your rich teal, lime green and golds, popped with a bit of true red! Lovely.ReplyCancel

  • Cherry Ann Art - October 24, 2010 - 10:10 am

    Uplifting blog Thank You Dreama.ReplyCancel

  • SKIZO - October 24, 2010 - 9:56 am

    It’s always a pleasure
    to see such a Wonderful Work
    good creationsReplyCancel

  • Leslie Bishop - October 24, 2010 - 9:51 am

    What a beautiful post, Dreama! Thank you so much for sharing it. I must go purchase the book of letters you reference.

    Rudyard Kipling also wrote a very spiritual poem on painting. If you’re interested, you can find it here:


  • GabrielMyCat - October 24, 2010 - 9:49 am

    I ditto Linda Popple! My 2 favorites and wonderful post… Gorgeous sunflowers and they are one of my favorites, too!ReplyCancel

  • Chris - October 24, 2010 - 9:25 am

    what a great post-thank youReplyCancel

  • Linda Popple - October 24, 2010 - 9:20 am

    Thank you, Dreama! Beautiful thoughts from two of my favorite artists – Van Gogh and you. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Ann Rogers - October 24, 2010 - 7:07 am

    Very touching post, thank you for sharing these very thoughtful words. Your sunflowers are a lovely tribute to Vincent.ReplyCancel

  • Roxanne Steed - October 24, 2010 - 7:01 am

    Amen sister!! Words so true! His writings are fascinating and thoughtful – and your insights on these are wonderful….and I’m so glad to have read them, this will stay with me a lonnnng time!ReplyCancel

  • Ruth Andre - October 23, 2010 - 10:23 pm

    I mean Gogh!! Fingers not typing well.ReplyCancel

  • Ruth Andre - October 23, 2010 - 10:22 pm

    Dreama, Thank-you for the lovely painting and the words of Vincent Van Goah.ReplyCancel

  • MariasWatercolor - October 23, 2010 - 10:02 pm

    lovely painting and lovely thoughts to sleep by, thank you.ReplyCancel

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