Dreama Tolle Perry » Artist and Writer

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“French Bounty”
12 x 24in oil on museum quality panel


Growing into the Dream

What does it look like, growing into your dream?
Is it glamorous and what one would expect?
Based on what I’ve seen

growing involves awkward, unfinished states of being.

I present for your consideration my daughter Desirée, at age 6.

Daughter Desirée with Cat Blackie

Six years old can be a toothless time in life.  Going from a perfect little smile to…NO FRONT TEETH!

Thankfully, new ones eventually show up, but they are ALWAYS way too big for the tiny face they inhabit.
(Personal note:  My older brother referred to my new front teeth as “refrigerator door teeth”.  Brothers can be so kind… 😉 )

Years pass before smiles and head size match.

Desirée and Ramzy


Your dreams, our dreams, seem to have a similar growth pattern.  Too big and looking way out of place for the space they are currently inhabiting.  Leaving gaping holes of ‘how in the heck is this going to work’ sorts of questions.

‘You want to do what?  With this?  And go where? And be all that???’

We feel foolish and may find others looking away from our ‘awkward’ stage.

Take note and heart!
This is indeed how it (dreams) work.
They can lurch forward in spurts and look half baked at times!

Transitions and growth can feel really not fun
but dreams realized are so worth all those in between stages.

I think you should know:

Your dreams are not too big.  They are placed in your heart for you to grow into.
They appear, fully formed, with promise…awaiting your spirit’s growth.

Say what you desire.
Say it out loud.

The words we speak have spirit and life.

View your life from 10,000 feet.
Allow yourself to dream.
Grow into your dreams.
When one is fulfilled, there are more to follow.

What are those dreams that you are almost afraid to say out loud?  Name them, write them in your journal.  Get ready to grow!

Additional thoughts:  It has been a year of growth for me.  Some things will be readily visible, soon, in the form of a new website for my blog (which shall then be referred to as my journal since I have always thought the word ‘blog’ such an unattractive sounding word, word nerd that I am! )
There will be lots of new additions open to everyone, including one called Resources, being built expressly for you (can’t wait for you to partake of that!), and easy ways to find the inspiration and encouragement you need, and…well, you’ll just have to wait and see!

And just so you know, my online French adventure painting course, Once Upon a Time in Provence , will be opening once again in September for those who’d love to join our merry band of Dreamettes–and I will be giving away a spot to some fun seeking adventurer 😉


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“French Bounty”
Kickin’ back on the back porch of the Dream.Love.Paint cottage 😉




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  • Pebble - August 15, 2017 - 5:09 pm

    You have a talent in drawing people into your conversation and paintings. Your writings are thought provoking and inspiring, hence I signed up for one of your online courses, Dream. Love. Paint. and so far even though it seems to be taking me more time to get started, I am hanging on to every post, video, inspiration from other students to find that nudge for me to get started. My dream has always involved art, loved it as a child when I won my first finger painting ribbon in first grade! When it came time to choose my career, I was torn between the medical field and art. I chose nursing as college was close to home and have been a nurse now for 23 years. Still inside, I LOVE art and want to continue to pursue my passion! My dream out loud is to pursue art as passionately as my time allows (in between continuing education in nursing and full time work) to see where the journey takes me. I already feel blessed to have started this painting journey!ReplyCancel

  • Mary - August 15, 2017 - 3:05 pm

    Thank you for the beautiful and helpful journal entry for today! One dream that is in the forefront at this moment is to learn the basics of watercolor. I feel like I’m spinning my wheels a bit as I am trying to learn on my own. I will try to relax and enjoy the spin!ReplyCancel

  • Jan - August 12, 2017 - 5:39 pm

    While my dream/prayer has isn’t about painting, it would definitely affect my painting, and it is a return to good health. So, I’m saying it out loud and putting it here in black and white, with hope it will come to be. I’m also looking forward to your new surprise, Dreama.ReplyCancel

  • Jody Ashley - August 12, 2017 - 10:38 am

    Dear Dreama,
    What a beautiful name Dreama♡ One meaning is “joyful music” and it seems perfect to describe your paintings. They are so lively that you can almost hear joyful music!
    My given name is JoEllen. I have decided to use that name to sign my future paintings. My dream is to become a happy painter developing my basic knowledge into something inspiring. I am crazy for your upcoming class in September♡
    I have been anticipating your class for months. My husband has built me a “She Shed” just for me to realize my dream to paint. I have sold my wedding dress lately to get the money for the class. I have set up my easel and paints in my new “HAPPY PLACE” near a window that overlooks a marina.
    I am so excited about your class and pray I will be chosen as one of your students. Your paintings and writings move me♡

  • Lila - August 12, 2017 - 9:50 am

    Your thoughts and dreams are very inspiring!
    My dream is to do some lucious paintings today!ReplyCancel

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Come drink from my well.

It is full at the moment.

Next year may bring rains, it may be dry—we share the abundance we have
as we have it

and no one goes without.


My heart is so moved by all that surrounds me.

Can this really be for me?

Beauty everywhere.
The butterfly on my window screen this morning.
In the eyes of Eddie the Cat when I look at him and he peers back—there is a knowing, a higher intelligence that is barely graspable or discernible from this place I stand.

Hills of Tuscany, rolling and covered with silvery olive trees and verdant grape vines nearly bring me to tears.

Sunsets that dazzle.

All here, for me, for the taking?

Painting, such a pleasure, another way to inhabit a moment in time.
Friends and those I barely know…I see their humanity, their hearts exposed and it exposes within me that same sterling beauty that takes the breath away.

Gratitude flows from every part of me. How can this all be?
Such inescapable, unimaginable…beauty.


Come drink from my well.

It is full at the moment.

Next year may bring rains, it may be dry—we share the abundance we have
as we have it

and no one goes without.



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I couldn’t resist the pleasure of this special place in Tuscany, a well that has watered many a thirsty soul no doubt. Did a bit of drawing with my Kemper tool that I also use for signing just because 🙂

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  • Glen - August 5, 2017 - 11:46 pm

    Your soulful words have blasted me out of my doldrums on this very windy, wet, grey winter’s day in Melbourne. Powerful words, beautiful painting – we need more Dreamas in this world. thank you for sharing your wisdom.ReplyCancel

  • Etta Yeary - August 5, 2017 - 7:23 am

    Breathtaking scenery, painting, and words……..Dreama, it’s amazing how you see, do, and say and share all the joy your feeling at the moment to others so they can feel it too!!! Time after time……..it’s a wonderful wonderful gift you have and share!!!!! Thank you…..ReplyCancel


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I can only answer to that which calls me.



Often times we feel we should be doing more, something, anything.
We see what another is immersed in and shame ourselves for not wanting, doing, being more.

Overlooking one vital thing.

We can only answer to that which calls to us.

That thing that calls me.
That thing that calls you.
And we each have a unique calling.

THE thing that calls us by name, that wakes us in the night and shakes us gently in our days.
Appearing again and again in unexpected ways and unforeseen times.

It’s important to realize this.

We, you and I, are not missing out on anything that sits in the ‘should’ category.
It was/is not for us.
It is tagged for someone else and is thus calling their name and they are answering that call with all that is within them.

We, you and I, each have our calling and we can only answer to that which calls for us.
With all that lies within us.

Additional thoughts on this:  I believe this applies to both the big and small things that call to us.  Not just what we might think of as our life’s calling, but also those things that dwell in the smalls of life.  The quiet voice that leads in each moment when we pause to listen for it.  Those small things are what shape the big.  Each life has a calling and it creates peace in the heart to realize we aren’t messing up, missing the boat or any other explanation that might be offered when one life is compared to another, one person’s choice placed along side another’s.

Something to think on today 🙂

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These things called to me so I added them to my journal. I fell in love with the shape of the bottle paired with the lovely color of the Rosé…so much so that I brought that empty bottle home with me from France 😉


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  • Suzan Hughes-Kennedy - July 30, 2017 - 7:14 am

    Mom has come to stay with us. She is fond of telling everyone I told her she couldn’t stay by herself anymore. We are in the throws of making space safe for her and a place to sleep for us in our 1100 sq ft home. My art corner seems to be disappearing and my days are in sheet rock mudding activities when I get a chance. My calling seems to be floating somewhere in a cloud.

    It was so uplifting to read your blog this morning. Always timely. I guess calling changes. I pray God fills me with joy and the opportunity to serve him and be creative during this period of my life. Thanks ever so much.

    Thank you for the quiet contemplation.ReplyCancel

  • Darlene - July 29, 2017 - 12:21 pm

    Love you post on calling. Thanks for sharing. You are an inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • rejane - July 29, 2017 - 12:14 pm

    BTW – How is ED?ReplyCancel

  • rejane - July 29, 2017 - 12:12 pm

    Oh, dear Dreama,
    I have so many other “things” calling me! And they are not just “calling”. They are screaming!
    This rat race is taking the best of me… It’s the call of duty, it’s our health that needs attention, all these doctor’s appointments… It’s all the implications from our job, the trips, and I could go on and on.
    My poor page on facebook has been outdated for a few months now. I haven’t painted anything else, and I can’t do water color, … yet. Oh, well. Part of life, even though may times my desire is to say, ‘Stop the world! I want to paint!’
    (And while writing this, the smoke alarm went off — I let the spaghetti burn!)ReplyCancel

    • Julie - August 8, 2017 - 11:00 am

      I love this! “Stop the World! I want to paint!” Just know that many of us out here are often too busy also to follow our passion but our calling right now might just be that caregiver role or the pot of spaghetti or even that desk job that pays the bills.ReplyCancel

  • jacqueline collin - July 29, 2017 - 7:42 am

    Your reflection is appreciated. The empty bottle of wine even more so because it means, I hope, you enjoyed the rosé in a beautiful setting. hahaReplyCancel

  • Cynthia Jennings - July 29, 2017 - 7:16 am

    I love this post on answering to our own calling! It is serendipitous that I should open your email and read it this morning. I am reading The Alchemist right now and have been pondering the topic. This book is wonderful way to explore realising your dreams and the meanings and directions of our lives. Thank you for saying that there is no need to feel guilty about not following other people’s callings. That makes so much sense, but I never thought it that way.ReplyCancel

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“It is good to have an end to journey toward;  but it is the journey that matters, in the end”

~ Ernest Hemingway


I absorbed so much from my time and travels in Italy but nothing more precious perhaps than the value of the journey itself…the rich reward of being present…mind, body and soul….in the moment.

I talk a lot about this in my online courses.  Enjoying the actual painting process as compared to focusing on the end product yields two totally different experiences.  Can you guess which one I prefer?

It has taken me…cough, cough…YEARS to finally understand that my feel good moments, my peace, the sheer JOY of life is hanging out in those actual painting moments.  They are NOT lurking about at some perceived glorious moment when the painting is finished and being fawned over by the most important art critic/gallery owner/art competition on the planet.

Nope, the real substance, the real ‘food’, resides within the actual painting time itself.  Also known as the present moment 😉


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I had so much pleasure in painting this Tuscan scene.
The painting was left behind.

The experience was not.

The pleasure is in the moment, in the painting, in the journey.
Thank you Hemingway 🙂

Enjoy the journey.



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  • c Bagnell - July 26, 2017 - 11:56 am

    Hi Dreama,
    Wonderful painting,and thanks for Sharing.I was out Plein Airing in Lunenburg Nova Scotia,Canada enjoying The Ocean and the Sea Breeze as my Easel blew over and thinking…This is awesome!The fresh air and seagulls and the salty sprays of summer!

  • Pat - July 22, 2017 - 8:32 am

    What a wonderful encourager you are.
    So glad I found your website.ReplyCancel

  • Margaret Mitchell - July 22, 2017 - 6:19 am

    Your painting is amazing, I love the panoramic view, beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Margaret Mitchell - July 22, 2017 - 6:17 am

    I have never flown in an airplane, now I feel it’s time, I want to go somewhere were I can paint and just enjoy the scenery, buildings and people and animals, any suggestions?ReplyCancel