Dreama Tolle Perry » Artist and Writer

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An open heart is an amazing thing.  

It allows all that is holy to flow in, flow out.
Our hearts are softened each and every time we pause…

and give thanks.

Studies say the immune system is improved when we practice gratitude.  We sleep better and are more optimistic about life.  There are oodles of benefits but we already know, even without stats to back it up, that we just simply feel better.

To that end…


I have a special request.
I’m asking you to reserve 10 minutes for yourself.
Ten minutes of the 1, 440 given to you this day.
Use it for quietness, use it for gratitude, use it to open your heart to the awareness of the magnificence dwelling inside you.

What follows is one of my favorite daydreaming videos in my Provence course.
In my desire to be able to give something special to each of you, I am making it public for 1 week.

Share it with someone you love dearly, someone you are thankful for having in your life.

Whatever we are waiting for–peace of mind, contentment, grace, the inner awareness of simple abundance–it will surely come to us, but only when we are ready to receive it with an open and grateful heart.
~Sarah Ban Breathnach

Warning:  Using earbuds and clicking the icon in the lower right corner of the video to make it play full screen MAY cause you to feel like you are right in the lavender fields :-):

Note:  I always love to hear your thoughts and takeaways–feel free to leave your words in the comments section below.



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  • Kathleen - November 19, 2017 - 10:58 am

    Thank you So Much for this ❤️
    I am in a part of the country where there may not be Sun for days. This transported me. Could almost smell the lavender as it swayed in the breeze & golden sunshine.
    I’m, also, acutely grieving the passing of my Brother/Soul Mate. I’ll return to this in my healing. Thank you for this tender Gift.ReplyCancel

  • Darlene - November 18, 2017 - 1:05 pm

    I love this beautiful field, the mountains in the background and the lovely sky. Thank you for this dreamy addition to my life. I’m trying to get better at meditating. Thank YOU!ReplyCancel

  • Cindy - November 18, 2017 - 12:27 pm

    What a wonderful way to start my morning – a smile on my face and gratitude in my heart! Deep appreciation!ReplyCancel

  • Gretchen Stoudt - November 18, 2017 - 10:09 am

    Absolutely exquisite! I too wish the music were available for purchase, as it brought tears to my eyes. You have such a wonderful way of helping us to appreciate the gifts all around us, and you are a beautiful blessing Dreama. Thank you so very much.ReplyCancel


Inside Dreama

Inside the Dream.Love.Paint Cottage



What if we were to practice, every day, something that we desired to become really good at doing?

And what if that practice was one of those things that when done, actually multiplied, like an investment of sorts, in our lives?

What if it was free, didn’t take much time and could be done anywhere, anytime of the day?

What if doing it had the power to shape us in powerful, marvelous ways?

What if it was so simple a child could do it?

Wondering what this magical thing might be?

It’s one you know well…


Amazing abundance in life is held within this one single practice.



I’ve got a simple task for you (I’ve been doing it the past couple of weeks so I am doing my best to tempt you into joining me).
Today, grab some paper and in your most beautiful handwriting, put down what you see around you in this moment that you are grateful for.

Make a practice of it for the next few days.
Notice what you notice–this won’t be hard.

It is as writer Wayne Dyer said, ‘If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.’

Practice, practice 🙂


Note:  And now a little gratitude giveaway for some of the best folks on the planet!

It’s a handmade journal from Italy, one of my favorites for some of my favorite folks ever (enter below)
And speaking of Italy, my next online adventure course is all about just that–to learn more, click here!

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  • Michel - November 16, 2017 - 9:38 am

    I’m so thankful for my wonderful familyReplyCancel

  • Allyse - November 13, 2017 - 6:24 pm

    I’m grateful for the opportunities
    that come along
    to brighten a friend’s or stranger’s day,
    even in a small way.ReplyCancel

  • Maggie - November 13, 2017 - 12:20 pm

    Signing up for the journal drawing! Thanks, MaggieReplyCancel

  • Joyce Dodd Harcharik - November 12, 2017 - 11:35 am

    love your ideasReplyCancel

  • Lori Alt - November 11, 2017 - 10:25 pm

    Grateful for every new day.ReplyCancel

  • Ruth - November 11, 2017 - 9:49 pm

    Lovely Lovely Lovely……
    Gratitude changes my attitude and writing them down helps me too remember..
    I always think I will remember this for sure and writing them down is the way to make sure that I remember them!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - November 11, 2017 - 7:21 pm

    What a nice reminder that there are so many simple things to be grateful for.ReplyCancel

  • Marilyn Ciszkowski - November 11, 2017 - 6:50 pm

    Each day when I awake I say this prayer. And, just so it’s not rote, I picture each of these things in my minds eyes,
    “Dear Heavenly Father, Thank you for this Day, Thank you for my Life, Thank you for my Family and Thank you for this Comfy Bed in which I lay. AMEN”
    This always starts my day off in a Perfect way.
    Of course the list is very long and I could add one million things, and do throughout the day. Like hot water, I just love hot water. And on and on…….ReplyCancel

  • Mary Peterson - November 11, 2017 - 6:43 pm

    I am grateful everyday that I calmed my inner doubts and started painting lessons at age 60. I paint nearly every day and it fills my soul.ReplyCancel

  • Judy Dee - November 11, 2017 - 5:11 pm

    My studio.ReplyCancel

  • Flora giddens - November 11, 2017 - 4:25 pm

    Dreama, I try every day to thank God for all he has given me and my family.The things I know about and those I do not.Expressing gratitude makes me even more aware of things to add to my list!
    Thank you for your daily writings they are so special!ReplyCancel

  • Lois osby - November 11, 2017 - 1:56 pm

    Enjoy your ideas and comments . Would love to have an apron.ReplyCancel

  • Antionette - November 11, 2017 - 11:53 am

    I am Oh, so grateful for…. technology, internet and my computer!! Without them I would not have been able to share in this wonderful experience!ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca - November 11, 2017 - 10:33 am

    What a beautiful journal.ReplyCancel

  • Robin - November 11, 2017 - 10:19 am

    Thank you for that… I have been keeping a gratitude journal for years so I was surprised to feel humbled, still by the experience. I had only jotted down two things and I felt a sense of welcome…lifted, joyful and excited…WOW! Thank you again for the reminder to take pause and ponder to recognize the gifts all around us.ReplyCancel

  • Lucy Dickens - November 11, 2017 - 9:27 am

    Thanks for all your beautiful inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • April Huguenin - November 11, 2017 - 9:21 am

    It truly is amazing just how many things you can find to be grateful for at any moment! Love your entire post on this! Something so powerful, yet so easy!!! xxxoooReplyCancel

  • Andrée - November 11, 2017 - 9:12 am

    Gratitude for the freedom, the peaceful country I am born ! Thanks to you Dreama! and your beautiful peaceful paintings and writings!ReplyCancel

  • Elaine Bready - November 11, 2017 - 8:55 am

    I practice gratitude every day. Remembering what I am grateful for first thing after reading my daily devotional Bible. Even when we hurt, I look to see what I can be grateful for. Always there is something to be grateful for in every situation, no matter how bleak. Thank you Dreama for the beauty you send us in your emails.ReplyCancel

  • Dianne Shults Janak - November 11, 2017 - 8:38 am

    I needed this reminder today as life has felt heavy and dark from the news to friends who are in critical condition and when I read this reminder I saw the truth of this. We can only keep our lamp burning in our little corner of space by being grateful for all God has done. One day at a time! Thank you for shining your light on me!!ReplyCancel

  • Tacy Marsh - November 11, 2017 - 8:19 am

    I am grateful for the gift of life and family.ReplyCancel

  • nicole - November 11, 2017 - 7:49 am

    I luv your musings 💙ReplyCancel

  • maryjo warstler - November 11, 2017 - 7:33 am

    The beauty of freedom.ReplyCancel

Love the interplay of fall leaves and blooming flowers. The poetry of life is dancing all around us.

Don’t rush by one single moment

Give everything the divine attention it deserves

In doing so you will unlock the gift held within  

For this is life

We thrive

in the grace of these moments


This week-end is the time we fall back—most of us in the US will gain a  whole extra hour in the day.
A few years back I decided to look at all the potential ways a fellow might ‘spend’ this bounty.

Revisiting the list I’m gonna say #56 would probably do all of us the most good in the long run.
And that #59 is something that would be worth doing every day

So here goes…

  1. making a fall bouquet of found items in your yard
  2. taking a walk or bicycle ride
  3. tell a ghost story to your hubby, grandkids or whomever you can corner
  4. dance to your favorite music, slow and fast
  5. savor a bottle of wine you’ve been saving back for a special occasion
  6. pamper your feet with a hot foot soak and a good massage with lotion
  7. look through old photos (remember the ones we had before digital came along?)
  8. watercolor remembrances of this Fall in your journal— doing your best to match the magical colors of the leaves—which is impossible but the JOY is in having a go at it!
  9. draw a single fallen leaf (or trace it) and paint it in your journal
  10. unplug…the phone, the computer, the tv
  11. begin a book that’s been tugging at your heart to read
  12. call someone you love that you haven’t spoken with in awhile
  13. write a letter to your _____ that has already passed and tell them what you’re up to these days…I’m pretty sure they’re listening:)
  14. skype or facetime a long distance friend and share a cup of tea together
  15. watch some old family videos and marvel at how pretty you were then and didn’t even know it:))
  16. find a swing and swing in it
  17. head out into the countryside far from the city lights and watch for falling stars
  18. make some lists of crazy things you’d like to do
  19. pick one and set a date to do it
  20. watch a classic movie with home made popcorn
  21. paint a petite painting
  22. make a pumpkin pie, then eat two slices with lots of whipped creme. and have a glass of cold milk while you’re at it
  23. create a playlist of your favorite upbeat, positive message music (Spotify app is perfect for this!)
  24. hang children’s art in your studio to remind you of the beauty that exists in all art
  25. place quotes, letters, photos, and keepsakes in your work area (office and studio) that help you to remember to follow your own North star
  26. buy an orchid to spend this winter with
  27. take a long bath in scented water with candlelight and spa music
  28. work on a vision board
  29. bake chocolate chip cookies
  30. daydream. like you did when you were a kid
  31. watch the sunrise. so simple. so special.
  32. write a love letter to yourself. take note of the big things, the small things that define who you are. write it from the outside looking in. you are a marvelous work of god
  33. plant spring bulbs. come spring, you’ll have new faces bringing color into your world.
  34. call your mother (or if she’s gone, write her a letter)
  35. write your significant other a love note.
  36. mail 5 postcards from your town to faraway family and friends (my sis Rhonda does this to me and I love it—I discover things about where she lives via her postcards)
  37. visit with your neighbor–share the chocolate chip cookies you baked. This is supposing there are some left to share 😉
  38. meditate in a new place
  39. get a pedicure with a new color
  40. eat some gelato (I suggest salted carmel flavor…yummmmm)
  41. watch Under the Tuscan Sun….again
  42. do something outside of your comfort zone
  43. go to a local antique/junk store. look for things that remind you of your childhood….and smile
  44. browse in your local book store…you never know what goodies are out there. (half price books in my area is one of my favorite haunts)
  45. go to the zoo or aquarium (if you are lucky enough to have one where you live)
  46. go to the flea market…you REALLY never know what you will discover, uncover, that you can’t live without
  47. get your hair done and maybe add some wild color. i’m thinking a streak of purple would be fun!
  48. go to the dollar movies. cheap thrills. big screen is always better
  49. read the cartoons or a joke book (I have several Scott Adams books, author of the Dilbert cartoons. Pointy Hair Boss and Catbert my fav’s)
  50. watch a funny movie (share your picks in the comment section)
  51. create stations for yourself on Pandora radio. (Spa, Yoga, Pink Martini, John Mayer, Jim Brickman are a few of my fav’s–please share some of yours in the comments below)
  52. head for the kids section in the library or bookstore. the images and stories are always so delightful!
  53. buy some colored gel pens and have a field day in your journal
  54. go to someplace new, a place you have never been before. a park. a cafe. a new (to you) street in an old neighborhood
  55. meet a friend at an outdoor cafe for coffee and smiles
  56. spend the hour in quietness
  57. pick out 10 great digital photos and print them out and post them in places sure to make you smile. your bathroom, refrigerator, taped to your easel, closet—all the unexpected places that you frequent ?
  58. take photos of yourself making goofy faces and mail them to others with the caption “wish you were here!!” (not that I know anyone who does this….)
  59. write 60 things you are grateful for
  60. this one is yours. fill in the blank__________________ ?


Let your life lightly dance on the edges of time like dew on the tip of a leaf.
~Rabindranath Tagore


“Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time”
~Marthe Troly-Curtin


We didn’t realise we were making memories.
We just knew we were having fun.
~Winnie the Pooh


“Time is a game played beautifully by children.”


Taking time to do nothing often brings everything into perspective.
~Doe Zantamata




How will you spend yours?

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Just for the painting fun of it,  I giving away a few of my  Dream.Love.Paint aprons. They will not be for sale anywhere, so to get your name in the hat for one of these limited edition aprons–join the giveaway below!

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P.S. Just a reminder — the online painting adventures continue — in Italy! Get the scoop and sign-up to win a spot in this new online course — Click Here!

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  • Mari Kauffmann - November 7, 2017 - 1:10 pm

    Dreams do come true.ReplyCancel

  • Catherine church - November 6, 2017 - 1:11 pm

    Love this site and beautiful apron,too.ReplyCancel

  • Barbara Somerville - November 6, 2017 - 8:26 am

    Dreama you have blessed my life in more ways than I can count. I am so grateful.ReplyCancel

  • Mimi (Mary) Payne - November 6, 2017 - 1:09 am

    Oh choose me! It would be like wearing an encouraging hug from Dreama, feeling her right next to me, cheering me on! Wouldn’t that just be the best!?!ReplyCancel

  • Carol DeHaven - November 5, 2017 - 11:20 am

    What a beautiful apron…would love to own it!ReplyCancel

  • Debi - November 5, 2017 - 9:31 am

    Thank you so much for the wonderful list of things to do with the extra hour! I greatly appreciate your generous spirit, Dreama! ❤️ReplyCancel

  • Lori - November 4, 2017 - 7:49 pm

    Please enter me in the contest… it would be a dreama come true to win.

  • Flora giddens - November 4, 2017 - 7:03 pm

    What a joy it would be to paint and have on your special apron!
    So colorful! Love it!ReplyCancel

  • Jan Jardine - November 4, 2017 - 2:26 pm

    Took your workshop on Marco Island a few years ago – memorable.ReplyCancel

  • robin humelbaugh - November 4, 2017 - 12:25 pm

    I enjoy your palette and your words. It is nice to be able to enjoy another’s palette so much but to feel free to use ones own and to own ones outlook on life in a meaningful way.ReplyCancel

  • Katie Richcreek - November 4, 2017 - 11:30 am

    This apron is so lovely and the palette of the colors there now fits the colors in my studio and house. I love it!!!ReplyCancel

  • Barb S - November 4, 2017 - 8:42 am

    Dreama- Windows into the soul… You inspire me.
    Your words and art challenge the ties that bind me.
    I am thankful…ReplyCancel

  • Teresa Pritchard - November 4, 2017 - 8:16 am

    Love your 60 magical moments list!!! You’ve given me some great ideas and inspiration for some things to do with my family at Thanksgiving when they are in my home!! I’m always looking for artsy things that everyone could participate and enjoy as an alternative to watching football all day!!😉ReplyCancel

  • Peggy A Petrocy - November 4, 2017 - 7:32 am

    I am currently taking the Once Upon a Time in Provence class and could not be happier. Dreama is the most fabulous teacher, dreamer, and inspirer and has renewed my love of painting tenfold!!! I am in LOVE with this course…I wake up each Saturday ready to immerse myself and savor the day away painting….and I know I don’t have to mention the colors:):):)The instructional videos are such a pleasure to watch and Dreama has such a calming effect on me, she is so sweet and has a lovely voice and demeaner….okay, I will stop now or you will think she paid me to write this! LOL!!!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Pat Fiore - November 4, 2017 - 7:17 am

    I am inspired by your positive encouragement and lovely paintings.ReplyCancel

  • JoAnne Jacobs - November 4, 2017 - 7:12 am

    I love the quote on the apron.ReplyCancel

  • Catherine - November 4, 2017 - 7:06 am

    I could really use your batifrul apron! Please choose this old,retired high school teacher!😀ReplyCancel

  • Judi Hendricks - November 4, 2017 - 6:35 am

    I have gotten so many wonderful comments on my paintings and their wonderful colors from your color palette.ReplyCancel

  • Margaret Mitchell - November 4, 2017 - 6:33 am

    You have lifted my soul to a higher level, and encouraged me to paint again. I’m recovering from a fall and the process is long, but I am encouraged by your words and all these lovely statements.ReplyCancel

Paint ONLINE with Artist Dreama Tolle Perry

“Out for the Evening in Tuscany”
12 x 16 oil on Panel/sold

First I should mention that I’ve been out and about for a wee bit in Italy. Working on mine and yours next adventure painting course (Timeless Tuscany…coming Jan/2018). Working my little fingers to the bone however…
I DID take time to stop and smell the olive oil…and the roses…and the rose flavored gelato. Actually I ATE the rose flavored gelato, but I digress 😉
Letting go:
I was there long enough this time to experience a sort of letting go that I hadn’t experienced in… maybe never?
Something that I would wish on anyone. I’m not sure how I slid into this, but once I was in that heart space…it was liberating and soul enlivening.
I found myself asking me what I really wanted to do, eat, experience for the next hour or two (notice the absence of long range plans in that statement!  I totally recommend trying this.)
Not what I should do.
Not what I thought someone else might want or wish that I would do.

Just a simple question to myself and then quietly watching me, myself and I to see what made my heart leap a little bit or a lot at the thought of.


The answers were varied, surprising at times, and filled with a sense of discovery and adventure.

Discovery and adventure.
Two things that make me feel so alive, more than I knew.

I got a glimpse of how magnificent this life is when we are present and aware in the moment (and a stark reminder of how much is lost and missed out on when I allow my mind to hang out anywhere else!)
I woke up to becoming ever more mindful of what matters.
This really is my life, your life, our lives.

What do we really want?

Not the ‘auto-pilot’ version of life,
but what are those things, people, places, doings
that make us feel
vibrantly ALIVE?


I was stirred and inspired by people that I met and people that I didn’t meet but only studied from a distance.
Older than me, half my age, speakers of Italian, Dutch and Swahili (yes Swahili, spoken by one of the Dream Team members!) .
Inventors and dreamers, those with their coat of arms from generations ago hanging proudly on the wall, keepers of the earth and gatherers of the harvests.
They spoke proudly of their children, their ancestors, the ground that hosts their vines and twisted olive trees.
They allowed me to see into their lives and thus their hearts.
I grew rich from each such encounter–my spirit made richer by another allowing me entrance into their world–
their vulnerability encouraging in me the same.
Surrounded by so much good it begins to become evident that turning my back by not being present would be the greatest of follies!

We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand and melting like a snowflake. ~Sir Francis Bacon

Paint Timeless Tuscany, All Online with Artist Dreama Tolle Perry

The view from our home in Tuscany while filming for “Timeless Tuscany” the latest adventure painting course from me and the Dream Team/ Coming Jan 2018!

P.S.  I’m wondering what makes you feel vibrantly alive?  At this moment I’m reading The Wisdom of Sundays,  a new book from Oprah.  Books that stir my thoughts make me feel…vibrantly alive!   What does it for you?  Leave a comment, I’d love to hear!
And if you’d like a copy of The Wisdom of Sundays I’m giving away a few copies – see below 😍

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  • Jan - October 29, 2017 - 9:58 pm

    Joy—Collaborating with other creative individuals!ReplyCancel

  • Christine Miller - October 29, 2017 - 12:50 pm

    Oh, that I could win a copy of the Wisdom of Sundays 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Jimmie Bowman-Wrest - October 28, 2017 - 10:44 pm

    Reading on the patio, and listening to WWII music, while my MaiTai (my cat)naps under the table.ReplyCancel

  • Katherine - October 28, 2017 - 10:35 pm

    What makes me feel vibrantly alive is singing praises to our Lord in church (and at home!)

    I’ve been wanting Oprah’s new book!


  • Cheryl Hughes - October 28, 2017 - 8:32 pm

    I love what you share! I’m not a painter, I work in fabric, I ‘dream’ of capturing a touch of the beauty you create in my own way! In other words, you inspire me greatly!!! Thank you!!!ReplyCancel

  • carol edan - October 28, 2017 - 11:23 am

    When I get in the creative “zone” that is when I feel alive! Thanks, Dreama.ReplyCancel

  • Barbara Somerville - October 28, 2017 - 9:19 am

    Each day when I turn on the faucet and clean water washes over me…sweet joy!ReplyCancel

  • Verana - October 28, 2017 - 9:11 am

    My granddaughter!ReplyCancel

  • Barbara Busey - October 28, 2017 - 8:00 am

    Thank you Dreama for just being you ! In this time of awfulness in our country you give me joy. Nature and painting is what I hang on to. BarbaraReplyCancel

  • flynn gentry-taylor - October 28, 2017 - 7:24 am

    Joy comes from being present..ReplyCancel

  • Sue Williams - October 28, 2017 - 7:04 am

    What brings me JOY? Always when I’m in nature, enjoying the freedom of seeing so much beauty and feeling humbled by the fact that I am a mere mortal, totally in awe of the various shapes, colours and aura of the magical scenery at that moment.
    I look forward to the day when I can join you in Europe, on a painting expedition with a group of other artists.
    Thanks for your lovely newsletters Dreama.

    I hope to be lucky in receiving Oprah’s latest book ‘The Wisdom of Sundays’, Cheers, xxReplyCancel

  • Patt - October 28, 2017 - 6:52 am

    Thank you DreamaReplyCancel

  • Sylvina - October 28, 2017 - 6:37 am

    dreama thank-you 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Brooks Carol - October 28, 2017 - 6:32 am

    Sounds amazing! I love italy ♥️ReplyCancel