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A Few of My Favorite Things Giveaway/ To A Twinkling New Year!!


A magical new year is beginning.
(If you missed my wishes for you, you can click here to see them 🙂 )

I personally love the ending and beginning of years.  It’s the great PAUSE button of life.  The moment between what was and what is to come.  One can never be here, in this moment, without looking both forward and backwards.  It prompts us to look around to see where we’ve been and where we’d like to go next.  Both literally and figuratively.

I am heading to Marco Island, Florida in a few days to teach.  That’s what I am literally doing 🙂

In my mind I will use both January and February to do my soul work.  Happy with where I have been, it’s time to take a deep look at what’s next.

I know you must be feeling the  “it’s a new year/ times a wastin’/ life isn’t a dress rehearsal” stirrings within as well.

I love this quote from Andrea Balt:

“What do you want to accomplish? And most importantly, why — what’s your motivation? Be unrealistic. Life itself is unrealistic. Your very existence is as random, impossible and unrealistic as it gets. “


“Only unrealistic people accomplish extraordinary things.”


“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”  ~Mark Twain



Here’s to an Awesome 2014 chucked full of Dreamers, Explorers and Unrealistic Peeps 😉


If you love twinkle and you love color then you will love my next fun thing on A Few of My Favorite Things Giveaway.   Dreamingcolor.com has these little pots of JOY called Twinkling H2O’s.  I use them (along with my regular watercolors) to journal with. You can get your name in for a chance to your own set of  by entering below.

One last fun giveaways coming your way later this week— my favorite wet painting carrier!!

* Note: There are some more thought provoking questions from Andrea Bait’s 30 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Die at this link…click here)
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  • Carole Morelli-Brown - January 5, 2014 - 2:56 pm

    My totally unrealistic dream is to find TIME to do all the
    art projects I have in my head. Also to go back to Italy and spend more time in one place rather than to feel the need to go
    everywhere in a short time. Also for those who are suffering
    mentally & physically to heal, enjoy the here and now.ReplyCancel

  • Carole Morelli-Brown - January 5, 2014 - 2:52 pm

    Love you Dreama! Very inspirational indeed!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Nancy Piros - January 3, 2014 - 6:24 pm

    Hi Dreama, my unrealistic goal would have to be— to design my own house for me and my husband. With my own art room in it. A room that I can have with my artist easel and potters wheel and kiln. An area with room for my sewing machine. A spot to sit and do my crochet work and a area s for making jewelry. I would like it to have an area on each wall for large windows to be able to be one with nature. I love the inspiration of outdoors. I guess my inspiration for this comes from High School Art Classes. I loved the energy I would feel entering the room . That’s it Dreama Hugs Hugs B

  • june - January 3, 2014 - 2:15 pm

    Unrealistic as it may well be, given my financial state these days, my dream remains just as fervent and passionate as it was the first time I came across your art. I want so much to go to one of your workshops – France, Italy (oohhhhh…esecially Italy!) or anywhere in the US, as everywhere you go, and no matter where your workshops are, you are there, bringing and giving so much joy, so much inspiration, to so many people.

    Slightly less unrealistic, though, is to find and/or make time – no matter what the day holds – to paint. Not just my crafts type of painting (which I love), but to get back to my first love, which is watercolours…and still life compositions.

    Happy, happy new year, Dreama! And thanks for yet another amazing and generous giveaway.ReplyCancel

  • Nicki Lanzi - January 2, 2014 - 8:01 pm

    I wish to collect the thoughts I have, after viewing my life as an Eagles view, seeing all, feeling all, then move forward with my life in 2014. Your love of art and teaching I share, your use of color sets me soaring! Happy 2014.ReplyCancel

  • Carol Barbian - January 2, 2014 - 6:05 pm

    My impossible (possible) dream is to paint every day.ReplyCancel

  • Barb Nelson - January 2, 2014 - 5:39 pm

    My dream is to paint beautiful paintings and I am going to work at that dream this year and feel very fortunate that I have the time to do that if I try. Happy New Year.ReplyCancel

  • Janell - January 2, 2014 - 3:27 pm

    Happy New Year! My unrealistic dream would be to paint at the beach for a whole month! And have all the Caribbean Blue paint I want to use on those paintings. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Judy Dee - January 2, 2014 - 1:29 pm

    My post under the 38 comments isn’t appearing so I’m reposting here on the 44 comments section. My unrealistic dream is to be married in the Royal Albert Hall, London. I have a rather long list of unrealistic dreams, but my short list of things I’d like to accomplish this year includes painting on canvas.ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl Pennington - January 2, 2014 - 9:41 am

    Always inspired by your site and paintings.ReplyCancel

  • Karri Street - January 2, 2014 - 1:16 am

    My unrealistic dream is to own 40 acres in a tropical forest and continue being an “earth steward”. I’d like to grow some wonderful organic & exotic fruit that would make people healthy & happy.ReplyCancel

  • Marilyn Parigian - January 2, 2014 - 1:10 am

    It is unrealistic, but my secret dream has always been painting my little heart out on a Mediterranean cruise. Every day is a gift.ReplyCancel

  • Myra - January 2, 2014 - 12:14 am

    Would love to get more sleep this year and also paint more. But working full time and dealing with grown childrens’ problems steal all my free time. Somehow, I need to make ME a priority!ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Graves - January 1, 2014 - 11:35 pm

    Paint more, sell more, teach more, breathe more.ReplyCancel

  • Carando Wendy - January 1, 2014 - 9:06 pm

    Meilleurs voeux pour 2014. Que l’année nouvelle vous apporte beaucoup de bonheur, une heureuse santé et que les joies l’emportent sur tout le reste pour vous et votre famille. ReplyCancel

  • Kaye Hinson - January 1, 2014 - 6:20 pm

    Paint, paint, paint! Give up my day job and work on my painting. I once had a job where I had to do pen and ink drawings for clothing advertisements every day. It was the best thing for my art. I want to get back to that kind of commitment. Looking forward to workshop on Marco!

  • Kristy Williams Tracy - January 1, 2014 - 6:19 pm

    My dream is to illustrate and publish my first children’s book.ReplyCancel

  • Kathy Phillips - January 1, 2014 - 6:10 pm

    Love your painting!
    Love your website!
    Love your attitude!!
    I’m already signed up for a workshop later this year.ReplyCancel

  • Sea Dean - January 1, 2014 - 6:03 pm

    My unrealistic dream for this year is that I can move into a spacious home with a storeroom so I can get all the junk out of my bedroom/studio. You twinkling pots look very cool and I’d love to own them.ReplyCancel

  • Denise Rainis - January 1, 2014 - 4:29 pm

    My unrealistic dream… eliminate the clutter that impedes peace and productivity ! ReplyCancel

  • Sherry Defazio - January 1, 2014 - 4:26 pm

    Paint like never before, sell like never before. To finally be really healthy!ReplyCancel

  • Monica J Olsen - January 1, 2014 - 4:17 pm

    Paint more, write more, love more and be present now.ReplyCancel

  • Carol Pighin - January 1, 2014 - 3:40 pm

    My unrealistic dream is to move back to California and paint all those beautiful California scenes around the Bay Area.ReplyCancel

  • Joyce Howard - January 1, 2014 - 3:32 pm

    It was a great year… a new granddaughter… then painting with you in Chattanooga… what fun! I enjoy using new techniques from your class as I paint now. I think my paintings are a blend of all my teachers and fellow artists plus my own style thrown into the mix. What a wonderful concoction we all make as artists! Happy 2014…may it be enlightening for all of us.ReplyCancel

  • Judy Baker - January 1, 2014 - 3:24 pm

    I am thankful for the opportunity to paint and for the desire to do so. Am planning on more painting time and following awesome artist like you. Happy New Year and best of luck on your travels and painting career!ReplyCancel

  • Sue - January 1, 2014 - 3:20 pm

    My unrealistic dream for this year would be to start my own painting and traveling workshops. So maybe unrealistic for this year, I’m determined to make it happen! Love your work and those watercolors!ReplyCancel

  • Cherry Loney Fisher - January 1, 2014 - 3:14 pm

    My totally unrealistic dream for 2014? To spend the year traveling the world, as the mood dictates, with camera, paints & family/friends, well-packed & well in hand! ;D ReplyCancel

  • Judith madsen - January 1, 2014 - 3:03 pm

    Happy mew year.ReplyCancel

  • Verna - January 1, 2014 - 2:51 pm

    Last year I was on Pinterest and came across your paintings. I loved them immediately, so I did a little research. The minute I saw your name I was intrigued. You see when I was in high school I knew a girl named Dreama Tolar. I thought you might be her or a daughter. When I saw your picture of course I saw that you were too young to be my school friend. I graduated in 1960. I have never, until now known another Dreama.
    I do paint and I truly love your work and especially your outlook on life. Your humor and joyful attitude are contagious. I have always been a shy invert. Always concerned about what others think. Especially of my paintings. You inspire me to paint more to please myself.
    Well I want to thank you for being so genuine.
    Sincerely, Verna HallReplyCancel

  • Elaine Cook - January 1, 2014 - 2:36 pm

    To love and live to the utmost. To eat well and lose some pounds. To help others in all things. To paint more. ReplyCancel

  • Dianne L. Stroup - January 1, 2014 - 2:15 pm

    Happy New Year Dreama! My dream for 2014 is to paint much, much, much more!!ReplyCancel

  • Carlene Atwater - January 1, 2014 - 2:09 pm

    I want to paint more of the paintings that I hate to sell. Then I want to sell them knowing another one is just a day away.ReplyCancel

  • Pat Langley - January 1, 2014 - 2:01 pm

    My unrealistic dream would be to teach a class in some exotic place.ReplyCancel

  • Linda - January 1, 2014 - 1:47 pm

    Happy New Year to you Dreama! You’ve brought me exquisite moments of ‘art thrills’ throughout 2013 and I look forward to another year of virtual connection. Some day, I may be in a position to make the connection in ‘real-time’ at one of your workshops. May 2014 continue to bring you great joy and wondrous surprises!ReplyCancel

  • Judy Fischer Walton - January 1, 2014 - 1:26 pm

    Thanks for your wonderful work. I love your colors!ReplyCancel

  • Julie Hickcox - January 1, 2014 - 1:19 pm

    Happy New Year everyone ! Many painting days ahead 🙁ReplyCancel

  • Julie - January 1, 2014 - 1:16 pm

    My dream for this year (and I hope it’s not unrealistic) is to do the things I’ve always wanted to do–to be bold and fearless!ReplyCancel

  • Susan Walker - January 1, 2014 - 1:01 pm

    Paint everyday.Get a cleaning person, cook and grocery shopper so I CAN paint everyday. Oh a driver to drive me and the kids everywhere and i can paint in the car too!
    Oh an I just love these paints. I have been looking for them.ReplyCancel

  • Desiree Habicht - January 1, 2014 - 12:54 pm

    To earn more while working less,making time to enjoy that which surrounds meReplyCancel

  • Sharon Chapman - January 1, 2014 - 12:48 pm

    To travel more with my paints. AND to organize my studio once and for all. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Merchant Ivy - January 1, 2014 - 12:18 pm

    My unrealistic dream for 2014 is to be able to retire from “the job” comfortably instead of having to wait until 2016. I need more time to paint and make pottery!ReplyCancel

  • Mary Spires - January 1, 2014 - 12:08 pm

    I am thankful for my wonderful family that gives me much joy! I am thankful for another year cancer free, starting on #25…..maybe I need to treat myself to holiday in Europe…..maybe the walk on the Comino de Santiago through Spain! This is the “big” on the bucket list. ReplyCancel

  • Evelyn - January 1, 2014 - 11:36 am

    To paint in my own studio space, to travel, to own a home and have peace and love always.ReplyCancel

  • Monica - January 1, 2014 - 11:16 am

    Express my creative voiceReplyCancel

  • Deb LaRocque - January 1, 2014 - 11:11 am

    Happy New Year and safe travels where ever they take you in this new year.May we all find the peace we seek.ReplyCancel

  • Pat - January 1, 2014 - 11:09 am

    I’d like to recruit more artists to the gallery committees so I have more time to paint.ReplyCancel

  • Renee - January 1, 2014 - 10:56 am

    A must have!!! Those look amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Marcia - January 1, 2014 - 10:30 am

    My totally unrealistic dream would be to make everyone around me happy. I know that only we can make ourselves happy, but what a wonderful gift it would be to give to others!ReplyCancel

  • Leslie Gammelgaard - January 1, 2014 - 10:15 am

    Dreaming to paint more, travel more, kiss my grandkids more,and see the hand of God in my life…more. 2014…more please! Happy New Year!ReplyCancel

  • Carol Hopper - January 1, 2014 - 10:00 am

    My unrealistic realistic dreams is to know more of who I truly am…my soul work.

    Where I literally am at the moment is Oslo, Norway for just one more day before the Christmas trip is at an end.

    I have a very deep desire to produce remarkably paintings, filled with light, color and happiness. I want to share that joy with those who see and/or buy the paintings.ReplyCancel

  • jobi - January 1, 2014 - 9:56 am

    My totally unrealistic, must still be reeling from the Vieux Clicquot dream would be to be the Executive Producer of the Dreama Tolle Perry TV show on the Artspirational Channel! (I guess I’m gonna have to start that first!) I had more than one glass, can you tell? 😉 You should be seen by everyone, you are such a gem of a teacher/writer/motivator. Happy New Year, Dreama (and all the DTP family across the globe)! Let’s make this the best year yet!ReplyCancel

  • Alice Craig - January 1, 2014 - 9:38 am

    Happy New Year dear Dreama!

    My totally unrealistic dream is to become a cat and live in your house!
    Seriously though!!!



  • Linda S. Will - January 1, 2014 - 9:33 am

    My totally unrealistic dream is to paint every day! I know there is no way that I will paint every day but I do intend to paint much more consistently. Thank you Dreama for being such an inspiration to not only me but to so many people ! I truly mean that! I first met you in Lexington at Artists Attic. Most of the other artists had gone home but you were still working late into the afternoon. You had just moved back to Kentucky and didn’t even have your business cards printed up and no website. Well look at you now! You’ve come a long way Baby ! Your work is beautiful and you’re really living your dream. ( What an appropriate name!) By the way you were VERY nice and took your time to talk to me and my friend about your work. Thanks for being a truly nice person. Happy New Year !!!ReplyCancel

  • Andrée - January 1, 2014 - 8:33 am

    God I would like to win these wonderful watercolor new set! I was painting with Acrylic but slowly I come back to the watercolor…for the transparency…I would like to try these iridescent colors! Thanks DremaReplyCancel

  • Lois - January 1, 2014 - 8:24 am

    My Dream, is to Win Millions of Dollars, and Just give it to
    People that needed Help, and see the Joy on their Faces.ReplyCancel

  • Nancy - January 1, 2014 - 8:20 am

    My life is UNREALISTIC and chaotic right now…. I am retiring in two months to be a caregiver to my husband, and my father who has Alzheimers. I am also packing up a house that we have lived in for 35 years so that I can move closer to both of them. My paintings are UNREALISTIC/non-existent until I move ….
    BUT….. I am creating a PAINTING STUDIO in the house that I am moving to so that I can PAINT/CREATE….once again.ReplyCancel

  • Beth Badger - January 1, 2014 - 8:11 am

    Wait a min..you said there were no unrealistic dreams! Thats why they are dreams…until they become reality!ReplyCancel

  • Beth Badger - January 1, 2014 - 7:25 am

    My unrealistic dream is to use the gift that God gave me – to see and express what I feel and see in a way that touches others – to make others happy, to change a moment,ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Payne - January 1, 2014 - 6:45 am

    Create a thriving and creative career as a full-time artist.ReplyCancel

  • Tricia - January 1, 2014 - 6:42 am

    Too many to list!ReplyCancel

  • Bobbie Ward - January 1, 2014 - 4:17 am

    My unrealistic and impossible dream is to sell $150,000 dollars of art this year.ReplyCancel

  • Kathleen Barnes - January 1, 2014 - 3:16 am

    My totally unrealistic dream for 2014 is to create enough wealth to go to France and paint for my 60 th birthday (2015).ReplyCancel

  • Kathy Cousart - January 1, 2014 - 2:11 am

    Soul Work is good- keeps one grounded and genuine. I think we have to keep learning and growing as artists…people too! I want folks to look at my art and have that moment of connecting and feeling it is just breath taking…touch them with my art. What a wonderful post- inspiring and thought provoking as always- you are good at that!! Take care!! happy new year!

  • Jo Anne Neely Gomez - January 1, 2014 - 12:51 am

    My totally unrealistic dream of 2014 would be to have every single resource available to me to create amazing artwork (that even amazes ME), take every class and workshop I want and to be surrounded by helpful, generous and talented people who can keep ne on the right track and help in my weakest areas.ReplyCancel

  • Maryjo Warstler - January 1, 2014 - 12:19 am

    Wanting improvement in using colors to achieve higher quality paintings and the beautiful colorways of Dreama’s.
    It has even encouraged me to try oil painting!!ReplyCancel

  • Judy Seawright Parton - January 1, 2014 - 12:16 am

    To be able to manage the business side of my artwork- ughh- I’m too right brain to manage numbers 🙁ReplyCancel

  • Roseanne Campagna - January 1, 2014 - 12:12 am

    Support myself comfortably as a full=time artist!ReplyCancel

  • Durinda Cheek - January 1, 2014 - 12:09 am

    My totally unrealistic dream is to sell a million dollars of art this coming year!! ReplyCancel

  • Joe Sedik - December 31, 2013 - 11:59 pm

    OMG, I SOOO wish I could learn from you Dreama. I am AMAZED by your beautiful work for some time!!! Would LOVE to learn your wayI just moved to Sarasota but am financially bound sad to say. Someday I will make it happen. Happy New Year! :o)ReplyCancel

  • Gone WiththeWind - December 31, 2013 - 11:47 pm

    To finally be healthy…ReplyCancel

  • Judy - December 31, 2013 - 11:38 pm

    Ditto what Leslie Brasher said!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Sandra Robbins - December 31, 2013 - 11:37 pm

    To truly find my niche as far as painting goes.ReplyCancel

  • Dave Casey - December 31, 2013 - 8:13 pm

    My totally unrealistic dream would be to finish a medium size painting, submit it for jurying into a GOOD exhibition and have it accepted AND have it sell at that exhibition.ReplyCancel

  • Jacklyn Karabaich - December 31, 2013 - 8:07 pm

    My unrealistic dream is to paint, and not have the house be a mess when I am done.ReplyCancel

  • Teri Jordan Towse - December 31, 2013 - 7:55 pm

    My totally unrealistic dream: to work at a winery or chocolate shoppe. Play in my studio. Teach knitting, crochet, and painting at the gallery to kids of all ages.ReplyCancel

  • Lin - December 31, 2013 - 7:44 pm

    I am STILL hoping you’ll do a watercolor workshop in NC … LOVE These!!!ReplyCancel

  • Laura - December 31, 2013 - 7:43 pm

    to paint with you!ReplyCancel

  • Carol C - December 31, 2013 - 7:38 pm

    My totally unrealistic dream for 2014 is to take a workshop with you!ReplyCancel

  • Sheila Tansey - December 31, 2013 - 7:30 pm

    My totally unrealistic dream is similar to Leslie’s comment….to paint around the world…would LOVE to do that…travel to Italy, Greece, France, Germany, Mexico, Spain, Russia…oh everywhere…and experience and paint. I’ve bicycled in a few places in the world…so biking and painting would be the ideal thing! What a way to open doors and hearts!ReplyCancel

  • Dreama - December 31, 2013 - 7:24 pm

    Your “unrealistic” dreams are inspiring kiddos!! I’ll be checking back in to read and put myself where you are 🙂 Happy New Year to each one of you— Feel the love on this New Year’s Eve— you are so unique and wonderful!

    Big Hugs!

  • Cheryl DeLong - December 31, 2013 - 7:24 pm

    I love re-finishing and making over antique furniture and old things. I would love to learn how to incorporate my own signature style by painting and detailing each piece into a one of a kind treasure.ReplyCancel

  • Helen - December 31, 2013 - 6:55 pm

    My adult daughter ( 7 mon +) pregnant, choses a word for the year rather than resolutions. My word for 2013 was Grace. My word for 2014 is PEACE… As in, I strive to be at peace with my painting…. Would LOVE to paint in France!ReplyCancel

  • Leslie Brasher - December 31, 2013 - 6:37 pm

    My totally unrealistic dream is to go on an international painting trip!! 🙂ReplyCancel

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