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One of my recent listening to my heart moments led me to this little vintage case. No justification. I loved the color. It reminded me perhaps of simpler times. I could see my watercolors and journals living quietly inside it, waiting for me to come play.

In a few words it simply….made my heart happy.
And that is more than enough.

Today, let your mind wander and filter through all the busy. See what comes to you and notice does your heart leap a bit like it did when you were a kid? Surely a sign that you are in tune with your real life–choosing to go with it instead of overriding it. Wonder how you will feel with that letting go?

It really can be…that simple.

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  • Christine Holzschuh - April 25, 2017 - 2:46 pm

    PToday I went to the chiro, did yoga, got an 80 minute massage and then decided I was going to go home and take a hot bath then sit in front of the fire and listen to music. I also came across you post and feel totally justified in my “no work, me day.”ReplyCancel

  • Ginger Sizemore - April 25, 2017 - 12:40 pm

    Aloha from Hawaii,
    I like the little blue case you posted and I can see why you had to have it. I have a little wicker lunch basket that does the same for me. It invites me to the beach every day, it’s always there to remind me of the beauty of the sea. I love putting things in it, weather a simple lunch for me or something to share with a friend. If I’m beach collection I often have to hold it in my arms, not to break the beautiful woven handles from the weight. Often times I take the contents to my workshop to create some one of a kind jewelry.ReplyCancel

  • Barbara Malone - April 25, 2017 - 8:42 am

    Today it is raining and quite chilly. No errands that need to be done. Household chores can easily be done tomorrow.

    Today I’ll be laying on my couch reading a new Irish Detective Book. I will take the phone off the hook for a while. You will know it’s me if you look for a comfortable woman with a Scooby Doo blanket.

    Love your notes of encouragement. I hope your day is what you want it to be.

    BarbaraReplyCancel

I am a dreamer.
I have moments of intense
creativitykickbuttget workdonetakenameslater
followed by bouts of minimal putfiresoutdoaslittleasrequiredwillIeverpaintwritecreateagain moments.

When I am in the former mode, I totally believe that this time I have conquered the loser me. When I am in the second mode I totally believe I have been and will always be a loser 😉 What’s your story??

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  • Jaynie - April 9, 2017 - 6:29 pm

    Thank you for being a friend, Dreama. You are absolutely delightful. I can hardly wait to make my way through your whole course in France. Your letters always bring joy! Thanks again. (-:ReplyCancel

  • alyce Black - April 9, 2017 - 10:24 am

    It cheers my heart to know that there are others out there.ReplyCancel

  • Vonnie - April 6, 2017 - 10:40 am

    At first, I thought the online price was high, but I have taken many 5day workshops that are that price. And then you only have the 5 days to learn. With Dreamas course, you can replay the instruction videos over and review what you don’t hear the first time through. And if you still have a question, Dreama and her team are on top of it to answer….and of course all of us on the Facebook page have advice to offer as well!😊 And you can experience it all in the comfort of your own studio……no airfare, hotels, or other travel expenses. With Dreamas personal offerings, this is a wonderful way to take a workshop. I’ve never painted in oils before, and I’m absolutely loving this whole experience. YOU WILL TOO!😍👩🏻‍🎨ReplyCancel

  • Jo - April 5, 2017 - 5:35 pm

    Oh, How I can relate to this. I was so gung ho during the first week of our class and then I was hit with the pause button. Have not been able to get back into the painting mode since. But I have lived with these ebbs and flows all my life and I will be pulling out of it soon and get back into living again. It’s nice to know I’m not by myself and it’s also nice to know that I have a whole year to do this project, because I may need it! lolReplyCancel

  • Glen - April 4, 2017 - 10:49 pm

    Oh yeah, haven’t we all been there? It’s a world of duality!
    We ride on the crest of the wave for a time, then the wave takes us to a different place. We are never still, we never stop, we are always doing, even if we are resting and recuperating. You have been the shining light for all of us for so long and it is perfectly necessary and acceptable for you to have this quiet time for yourself. Your creativity is so unique and amazing and it has reached us around our globe, an achievement few of us could realise. You have drawn this amazing group into your life and I am sure we are all enriched for this wonderful experience. Dear Dreama, thank you for being you and for being there for us. Lots of love and joy coming your way, you have given us so much – I for one, am forever grateful xx:)ReplyCancel

  • Flynn Gentry-Taylor - April 4, 2017 - 6:36 pm

    Dear Dreama…thank you for being! On MY easel I have a card showing YOU and EDDIE,,it is one of your and my favorite affirmations…”If you knew who walked beside you at all times on the path that you have chosen, you would never experience fear or doubt again….Wayne Dyer. (Just to let you know your words are kept in a very precious place and referred to often at my house, now I get to send them back to you with a pretty PURPLE ribbon tied around them….hugs and love to you)ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Trainor - April 4, 2017 - 12:49 pm

    It is truly that circle for me, too. I seem to be either going ahead with gusto or overwhelmed by most everything. Wanting to paint but letting the everything get in my way. Speaking of that here comes my college grand daughter time for some lunch and grateful conversation. This is life but we must enjoy these moments. Thanks, Dreama needed this.ReplyCancel

  • June - April 4, 2017 - 12:48 pm

    You are so loved, Dreama, by all of us, for so many reasons. You bring us – and every single person who has seen and been touched your beautiful expressions of love, life, colour on canvas or on your blog or in galleries or via these wonderful on-line courses – so much joy.

    Your thoughts and words today came at a perfect time, as many have also expressed also. It is as you’ve so perfectly and beautifully compared it to – the ebb and flow that is life. Up and down. Day and night. Darkness and light. Sunlight and shadow. Laughter and tears. Happy times and sad times. This is the human condition. It is comforting for each of us to be kind to ourselves – that this is *all* of us feeling this way from time to time during our lives…that we’re not alone…and also, that we have one another, to encourage one another, to support one another, to cheer one another on, to uplift one another’s spirits.

    Please always know how much you are loved, dear wonderful beautiful Dreama, and please always know how much joy you have brought and continue to bring. Thank you for being the beautiful and beauty-filled, caring, kind, abundantly generous and compassionate spirit and soul that you are.ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Graves - April 4, 2017 - 10:55 am

    Love hearing your take on this. I was beginning to wonder why I hadn’t heard from you in a while. Sounds like you really understand your own ebb and flow and that is such a good thing. I seldom have “blue” times, but I know that tomorrow morning I’ll be fine. However, I have many in my family that are beginning to understand the ebb and flow as you have described. I think it’s a good thing to now where the shoreline is.ReplyCancel

  • Diana Wood - April 4, 2017 - 10:29 am

    Dreama, you are our PFF. PRECIOUS FRIEND FOREVER!! You come to raise our spirits are precisely the perfect time. Thank You for giving us the words to understand ourselves, and know we are not alone, we are all blessed to have YOU…warm HUGS and a whole lot of Love,,,,,my PFFReplyCancel

  • Libby - April 4, 2017 - 10:19 am

    https://youtu.be/dy9nwe9_xzw
    Oceans (Where feet may fail)
    Reminds me to “keep my eyes above the waves…”
    Love your posts…your vulnerability…sharing your soul. Hope you enjoy the music video by Hillsong Link above.ReplyCancel

  • Anna Marie - April 4, 2017 - 9:57 am

    Thank you for permission to be human.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Couper - April 4, 2017 - 9:31 am

    We melt a little each day.
    The candle burns down.
    And it may wonder at times,
    it may wonder:
    What will happen to me?
    What will happen to my
    precious flame?

    Oh, so much brighter my dear,
    you will become so much
    brighter. HafizReplyCancel

  • Lee Anne Hearn - April 4, 2017 - 8:54 am

    Your words are comforting. It’s always a blessing to know that we are not alone in our thoughts and feelings………..but part of an infinite universe created by God. He is the reason that we create. He created us in His image and likeness. We, too, are creators.ReplyCancel

  • Karen Mattson - April 4, 2017 - 8:52 am

    Dear Dreama, Thank goodness for your insightful thoughts this morning. I was beginning to think I am the only one who is experiencing these feelings of self doubt. I am flying out this morning to greet and meet several artists in Washington to paint some gorgeous Tulips, and am trying to muster up some enthusiasm, so I can be a gracious hostess and teacher. After January’s “painting a painting every day for 30 days”, my enthusiasm has hit rock bottom. Of course, I blamed it on a long and cold winter, and now….”spring fever”! Why not? It couldn’t be my fault, right? Thank you so much for everything you do for us! This too will end….❤️😊 We will again conquer the world!ReplyCancel

  • carol fitzgerald - April 4, 2017 - 8:31 am

    After a period of silence it was great to hear from you again. We are not forgotten even though our six weeks have finished. You are a breath of fresh air and bring joy to all of us. You inspire us and encourage us to keep going forward. I love your insight and enthusiasm. I feel we are really good friends even though we haven’t physically met. Keep in touch with us so we can feel your presence. Thanks for what you do for all of us!😀ReplyCancel

  • Cathy Michels - April 4, 2017 - 8:15 am

    Thanks so much for sharing this! One can look at all of the beauty you create and think “She never has a down moment, what is wrong with me.” We all need that quiet time to refuel but it is hard to turn off the questioning voices. I participate in an art journaling group and many times it is the end of the month before I take time to recap what has been happening in my life. When I finally take the time to put it all down, I am amazed at all I have accomplished and paticipated in. Yet, during that month the little voice kept saying “you need to be doing more”.

    My sister never stops to rest and appreciate and she is making herself physically sick. I can see it happening but cannot save her from herself. She spends lots of time and money looking for the answer as to what is making her sick – and the answer is right there in the mirror.

    So thank you for this reminder and your open honesty. The internet is constantly inspiring us to do more. It is good to hear the voice of reason in all that shouting. Love and hugs, CathyReplyCancel

  • brenda peo - April 4, 2017 - 7:48 am

    Feeling fortunate to have found you even though we have never met.. but realizing we all share some of the same feelings.. learning to accept the lull when it happens.. Thank you….ReplyCancel

  • Nancy vandenberg - April 4, 2017 - 7:46 am

    Thanks. It amazes me how much alike we humans are while still each being unique. You are not alone and your story describes, in my opinion, most of my life. Focusing on one thing working, marriage, school, family and then it concludes and there is a time of rest and rebalancing. Like the word maintaining. Looking back I understand that without the “maintenance ” times I would not have been able to go on Very thought provoking post. Hope you enjoy your quiet times.ReplyCancel

  • Eleanor - April 4, 2017 - 7:41 am

    Your message is deeply understood by me! I have had this ebb and flow feeling for years as in the ocean! I have a low tide and a high tide as life goes on and it has occurred often. You are not alone! Gratitude for what I have keeps me going.ReplyCancel

  • Tess Lehman - April 4, 2017 - 7:18 am

    Thank you so much for your insight! I wonder…am I doing enough? Is this going to work? What AM I doing? what should I be doing? Ugh….self doubt floods in. But I love to paint…I love the smell of my paints….the creative impulse….the satisfaction when I do complete something I like….So I push on!ReplyCancel

  • Susie Wallace - April 4, 2017 - 7:12 am

    Thank you for the writing on your hand. I needed that.ReplyCancel

  • rebecca campbell - April 4, 2017 - 7:06 am

    What a great analogy! I completely related to everything you said. You are such an incredible person. I’m sorry so many of us wrangle with these emotions but it is comforting to know we are not alone. Keep spreading the love and your wonderful talents.ReplyCancel

  • Barbara - April 4, 2017 - 6:46 am

    This email came at the perfect time and I could have written every emotion behind your words. I’m touched that someone of your success and professionalism as an artist has the very same thoughts as I do, an amateur artist. Thank you for being a light in this winter darkness that has hung on like a wet blanket and kept my feet mired in the quicksand of non-doing. I am printing your words as a reminder that I am not alone and that we are all more alike than different in our artistic dreams and needs. Again I am reminded that artists need each other to be encouragers when these negative voices appear. I love your ocean analogy that in life there is always an ebb and flow…so very true. Here’s to all struggling to overcome our inner critic and to surrender to our creative muse so that we will be free of all crippling fear so that we might jump in and become a part of the ebb and flow of creativity again.ReplyCancel

The response to Once Upon a Time, the online painting adventure to France—has been pretty much OOH LA LA!! Thank you for hanging in with us during the enrollment period — I know you received more emails than my usual one per week. I appreciate you being so patient, understanding and even sharing those emails […]

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  • Caroline Montgomery Clark - January 31, 2017 - 6:52 am

    My family, our health, and the time/space to be creativeReplyCancel

  • Ruth (Mandy) - January 27, 2017 - 5:25 pm

    I am new at this. Very new. I never thought I could paint because I can’t draw…therefore, I focused on photography instead and buy everyone else’s art! Then I took a one time painting session and was amazed and thrilled at what I managed to create! It was so exhilarating and exciting to see a landscape come to life; One from my poor attempt. My daughter loves Dreama’s paintings and so I have become a fan as well and when I saw this opportunity to learn to paint with such vibrancy, my inner self said: “Why Not!” So, here i am…it was a push on my retired budget, but I signed up and can’t wait to see what other hidden treasure lies just beneath the surface!!! Thank you Dreama for your wonderful works & for this.ReplyCancel

  • Diane Stern - January 27, 2017 - 10:39 am

    Thank you for all you do.ReplyCancel

  • Marcia bergtholdt - January 27, 2017 - 7:17 am

    Look at this long list of entrants! It’s a reflection of the number of people that love seeing the color and looseness you bring to paintings. We are all kindred spirits getting great joy out of putting paint on a surface.ReplyCancel

  • Sharmila - January 27, 2017 - 7:16 am

    I love the sound of my brush as I paint on the canvas. I love the glide of colour inks on paper. I love the grating of oil pastels on the cardsheet and the delicate pencil strokes on a sheet of fine grained paper… Yes I draw and paint with all media.ReplyCancel

  • melissa garcia - January 26, 2017 - 8:49 pm

    Hi Dreama
    Thank you for chance to win!
    Well the truth is I fell in love with you again
    when I did the last painting bonus video yesterday.
    Yes I finally made it happen and sunk into it all.
    I love remembering how amazing painting is as I take the
    time to allow myself space for the adventure.
    thanks again
    Melissa

    ps will there be a landscape class someday-I love plein air landscapesReplyCancel

  • Kimberly Bohrer - January 26, 2017 - 8:27 pm

    I love the smell of oils!
    When I was about 5, my grandmother had just finished painting a sweet face on a little doll ” in oils.” I kissed it! The smell takes me back to Grandma’s painting porch with stories, love & laughter,ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Saylor - January 26, 2017 - 8:18 pm

    I love painting because it requires hopping off of the carousel and planting yourself in a garden of possibility.ReplyCancel

  • Sue - January 26, 2017 - 7:11 pm

    Thank you for the chance to win – watercolors freshly squeezed onto my palette, paper waiting for the first wash, so full of possibilities, the challenge and joy of a lifetime of learning and growing fill my heart with gratitude.ReplyCancel

  • Flora Giddens - January 26, 2017 - 5:44 pm

    Love working with the bright colors!Hope to learn to be much looser as I tend to paint small & tight! Looking forward to the next adventure in Provence! I am so grateful that I can put a small space for painting in our the house.I am currently my husband`s caregiver so going to spent a long time in my regular studio is not possible.Hey, where there is a will there is a way! :o)ReplyCancel

  • Mari Kauffmann - January 26, 2017 - 5:18 pm

    ❤ it allReplyCancel

  • HC - January 26, 2017 - 3:26 pm

    I am thankful to have this wonderful course available for all of us and to have such a warm, wonderful teacher…and living in Florida!!!ReplyCancel

  • Dianne Hart - January 26, 2017 - 3:21 pm

    So looking forward to your class. I love the look and style of your paintings and can’t wait to pick up a few tipsReplyCancel

  • Julie Grant-Field - January 26, 2017 - 2:51 pm

    I have loved your last course and look forward to the next one.ReplyCancel

  • sylvia santos-hunt - January 26, 2017 - 2:41 pm

    painting takes me to a different level of enlightenment. !ReplyCancel

  • Helen Burroughs - January 26, 2017 - 1:46 pm

    I love the boldness of colors and their combinations. My greatest gift would be to feel confident in mixing colors.ReplyCancel

  • IRMI - January 26, 2017 - 1:32 pm

    As I lay down those beautiful vibrant colors , my whole being, body and soul is filled with life and joy.ReplyCancel

  • Sue Shoemaker - January 26, 2017 - 12:11 pm

    I love your colors!!! Happy and joyful colors!ReplyCancel

  • Sharon - January 26, 2017 - 12:10 pm

    Dreama, took a class from you in Indiana a few years ago and still go over my notes and use the water mixable oils sometimes. Congratulations to Ann S. for winning the class and hoping for a bright future for all.ReplyCancel

  • Christy - January 26, 2017 - 11:52 am

    When it comes to painting, I love the physical sensation of the brush applying paint to the paper – there is a pleasurable feeling watching the brushstrokes and colors – a visual feast of joy.
    Thank you for the giveaway!ReplyCancel

  • Sara L Blackburn - January 26, 2017 - 11:25 am

    Love, love, your paintings. I enjoy reading and looking at your post. I think I’ve learned a lot by looking at your paintings. You’ve made me less afraid of color. Thank you for sharing your knowledge.ReplyCancel

  • Joan - January 26, 2017 - 10:58 am

    I love that feeling you get when you create something where there was nothing before, taking a blank canvas and filling it with color. Magical!ReplyCancel

  • Ildy - January 26, 2017 - 10:39 am

    I’m thankful that I have YOU Dreama and Ron and I’m part of your provence group, I’m thankful that my children are in safe and thankful that I have a loving family! Hug IldyReplyCancel

  • Patricia Ansert - January 26, 2017 - 10:35 am

    My favorite part of painting is getting out of my head and getting away from what’s going on in life. I love starting off with burnt sienna and putting in my darks and wiping out the brights and toning the canvas and trying to think of what the composition is going to look like. It’s a moment anticipation and Hope and it makes me very happy.ReplyCancel

  • Briana West - January 26, 2017 - 10:05 am

    I’m thankful for my son for my health and for being able to paintReplyCancel

  • Pat Beaver - January 26, 2017 - 9:57 am

    As an undergraduate art major, I had to mix pigments in my painting courses to get the colors that I wanted. Even with formulas, I could never quite get the colors desired. I really thought that I did not like painting. Once I saw Dreama’s beautiful work online & her first course offering, I jumped at the chance to try painting again. For me, painting is one of the only activities that fully engages my mind, body and spirit, blocking out the passage of time. I sometimes allow life to get in the way of painting, so I’m going to Provence (virtually) for permission to paint! Even with occasional breaks, I now know that I’ll always come back to painting. It’s like food for my soul & Dreama is one inspiring chef!ReplyCancel

  • Francine - January 26, 2017 - 9:47 am

    Painting is my favorite get-away. It engages my whole heart and mind.ReplyCancel

  • Mary Jane Gavenda - January 26, 2017 - 9:43 am

    I am thankful for keeping good on my promise to get back to putting paint on canvas after a long absence. Most exciting part for me is the color–that’s what I really respond toReplyCancel

  • Trish Trovato - January 26, 2017 - 9:31 am

    To paint is to tap into my own little world of creativity-my great escape with soft music playing in the background. I’m grateful for these these moments and my husband’s encouraging words to do so.ReplyCancel

  • Anna Knapp - January 26, 2017 - 9:20 am

    Thank you for sharing so many beautiful moments and giving us the opportunity to partake.ReplyCancel

  • Ann - January 26, 2017 - 9:02 am

    I’m addicted to art supplies so $100 would feed the addiction for a day or two. Anybody else like this?ReplyCancel

  • Cathy Michels - January 26, 2017 - 8:51 am

    I’m thankful for the time and resources to do the things I love, supportive friends near and far and my wonderful family.ReplyCancel

  • kim smith - January 26, 2017 - 8:33 am

    My favorite part of painting is that it’s my magical time to feel peaceful and happy.ReplyCancel

  • Karen Williams - January 26, 2017 - 8:28 am

    I am thankful and grateful for my family, for my home, and for my health. I am grateful that I get to paint and take this class to learn even more!ReplyCancel

  • Susan M - January 26, 2017 - 8:15 am

    Painting relaxes me and I feel a sense of accomplishment when I get the result I was looking to achieve.ReplyCancel

  • Barbara Milon - January 26, 2017 - 8:14 am

    You never have enough art supplies! 🙂 Can’t wait to get to Provence!ReplyCancel

  • Anita Cook - January 26, 2017 - 8:14 am

    The three things I’m thankful for are my family, my health and being able to create!ReplyCancel

  • Shelley Koopmann - January 26, 2017 - 8:03 am

    Love your posts! I look forward to “seeing” them and reading them. I’m entering the giveaway here 💖ReplyCancel

  • C J - January 26, 2017 - 7:57 am

    Thank you Dreama for everything you do.
    Inspirational emails, beauty of colors, your style of teaching.ReplyCancel

  • barbara healy - January 26, 2017 - 7:56 am

    Using paint to create my idea on the canvas.ReplyCancel

  • maryanne Conroy-miller - January 26, 2017 - 7:35 am

    The art of possibility!ReplyCancel

  • Debbie - January 26, 2017 - 7:15 am

    Love Blick!ReplyCancel

  • Diane - January 26, 2017 - 7:13 am

    I love ❤️ playing with my art materials and get so excited 😊 when a piece I have done gives others joy .ReplyCancel

  • Deb Rolfs - January 26, 2017 - 7:12 am

    My favorite part of painting is the feeling of being totally absorbed in the process – the ability to focus only on the creative side without the distractions of every day life. It brings me peace and tranquility.ReplyCancel

  • Wendy Trommer - January 26, 2017 - 7:11 am

    I love your paintings, especially the ones of Eddie, and your posts of his antics.ReplyCancel