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“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


“Color Song”


When I take a look at life
so many, if indeed not all
of the best and dearest things I have
found Me.

They are not mine because of my
stressing, fretting, striving, controlling
Or any number of things I have done
To try and shape my life.

It is good to pause and remember

Probably the best gifts
in life
Come to us


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With life so very full many of us find it a real challenge to carve out time to create.
Even a tiny bit can do so much to unwind those stresses that are part of life.

One of my de-stressors is my talented virtual assistant, Lisa DeYoung.
I can now add to that her lovely journals.

The Daily Musings Journal  and the Musings Adventure Journal offer a fun and simple format to help you capture your everyday magic moments. Its bite-sized hand drawn boxes are waiting for you to leave some joy inside. You can add color, sketches, quotes, gratitudes, dreams, or whatever inspires you on that day.


Best of all it has gotten Eddie’s approval and as we all know…Ed approves of very little 😉


You can enter your name to for a chance to win one of Lisa’s lovely journals below (she’s giving away one of each version – dated 2018 and undated). And I encourage you to visit Lisa here to learn more about her and her journals…they would make fab Christmas gifts!!)

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  • Barbara Somerville - October 25, 2017 - 9:29 am

    Lovely way to gather thoughts and creativity!ReplyCancel

  • Becky Cook - October 24, 2017 - 7:42 pm

    I ordered one of Lisa’s journals as a gift and would love to win one for myself.ReplyCancel

  • Phyllis Elliott - October 24, 2017 - 12:59 pm

    I believe I should put to paper my thoughts, ambitions, it validates who I am!ReplyCancel

  • Antionette du Bruyn - October 24, 2017 - 11:33 am

    My gifts are my grandchildren… as I have three sons, the two granddaughters are the light of my life…. the grandsons too… but holding my first grandchild… a little girl called Isabella… in my arms… magic! Love all five to bits!ReplyCancel

  • Pat Haynes - October 24, 2017 - 11:14 am

    Would like to get started journaling. This looks like just what I need!!ReplyCancel

  • Nina Davis - October 24, 2017 - 8:47 am

    A beautiful way to collect my thoughts and appreciate both the gifts and struggles in my life! ❤️ReplyCancel

  • Nanci - October 22, 2017 - 5:56 pm

    Love these journals and would love to win one. So important to count your blessings, one by one and be grateful. x oReplyCancel

  • Barbara Busey - October 22, 2017 - 9:32 am

    Love everything about what you share…so sincerely generousReplyCancel

  • Deb Houts - October 22, 2017 - 5:49 am

    Thanks for this lovely opportunity! I haven’t tried journaling yet but think it’s time to explore.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Ann Zuker - October 21, 2017 - 10:32 pm

    I would love to win one of Lisa’s journals. So inspiring! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Debi Vought - October 21, 2017 - 3:00 pm

    What lovely journals! True inspiration! Thanks so very much for the opportunity to win one of these.ReplyCancel

  • Diane baglier - October 21, 2017 - 11:36 am

    I would love to have one of these journals! I need to do something to create every day……. i’m always doodling on the back of envelopes and scrap paper!ReplyCancel

  • Diana Wood - October 21, 2017 - 10:37 am

    Love you DreamaReplyCancel

  • Gail Herrmann - October 21, 2017 - 9:06 am

    The journals are fun and inspiring!ReplyCancel

  • Susan rogers - October 21, 2017 - 7:57 am

    Art as in life, from cover to cover. When the musing stops, time for another journal.ReplyCancel

  • Laurel Ariss - October 21, 2017 - 7:34 am

    These journals look wonderful!Great way to keep inspiration handy!ReplyCancel

  • Nancy Clayburn - October 21, 2017 - 7:31 am

    I really need to learn this journaling thing with art!ReplyCancel

  • Cynthia Schuyler Leavesley - October 21, 2017 - 7:13 am

    Thanks for giving me the opportunity to win these lovely journals.ReplyCancel

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This is a little oil painting (12 x 12in) that I did of the back porch of my little Dream.Love.Paint cottage. It’s a simple place absent of technology, full of peace.


Here’s one thing that keeps popping up for me when I’m working on the things that I’m inspired to do.
(I should probably print this on my forehead…)

When inspiration appears
and you say yes
Get ready
to let some things go


I just felt you get choked on what you were drinking!  Sputter, sputter.  I know!
It’s obvious once you put it into words.

Inspiration will not wait while you cross every ‘t’ and dot every ‘i’ of your life

you’re gonna need to let some stuff go
 in order to be in service to the BIG IDEA.

It isn’t all going to get done.  You knew that already though.

The T’s and the I’s that we are spending so much precious time on crossing and dotting are probably not going to matter much when it’s all said and done.

The inspirations will.


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  • Adele Bower - October 7, 2017 - 10:48 am

    Dreama, I’m learning that my inspiration comes when I’m actually DOING my art. Then I tell myself not to let household chores or other activities distract me from this wonderful opportunity.ReplyCancel

  • Faye - October 7, 2017 - 7:23 am

    Love this painting! So relaxing!ReplyCancel


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Journal Immersion in Italy!


Immersion is sweet.

Be it a book, a painting,  or in this case…

In Tuscany with Dreama

A Carlos.

Carlos was one of the people that stole my heart while I was in Tuscany.
Kindest eyes ever!  Olive grower and puppet maker (as in Pinocchio style carved to look like Carlos himself).

I had a chance to see his world, the things he loved, what his passions were–and let me say, Italians are passionate about everything!
Got to love that!

I’ve been working on my next online course, Timeless Tuscany (another type of immersion, coming in January).
Built over two summers, I visited Carlos both times which meant I was able to take him a small photo book from our first visit together.  He was so genuinely touched that it squeezed my heart!

The thing about immersion is it can only mean one thing.  You are actually in the present moment!  You aren’t multi-tasking, your mind isn’t racing ahead to where you need to be next and you are not handling yesterday’s conversations in your mind.

You are front and center for YOUR LIFE.
Which is where, curiously enough, all the magic happens 😉

Today, make it a point to get yourself totally immersed in something that you  love–and see how much you learn about you!

I’d love to hear what it is and how it made you feel inside 🙂

As my buddy Emerson said:

In Tuscany with Dreama

It’s not the length of life, but the depth.

Go forth and immerse!

P.S.  Just a note to say we have extended the enrollment opening for  Once Upon a Time in Provence per your request (we are still hearing from folks who are now just getting back online after all the terrible weather events!) For info, click here 🙂



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  • Darlene - September 30, 2017 - 2:24 pm

    Today I was immersed in cooking and baking with apples from our orchard – chunky applesauce and apple pie dusted with cinnamon and sugar. I would post a picture, if I could. Still waiting for the pie to cool so we can eat it. Although I’m not able to join you in Italy at this time, I always enjoy your posts. Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Lynda Ashley - September 30, 2017 - 9:09 am

    Hi Dreama, while I have always wanted to take one of your journeys, alas it just isn’t in the cards for me right now yet I always follow your adventures. I immerse myself in my pottery classes right here at home. Strictly a novice, I find myself transported for 3-5 hours one day a week at my classes. And every time I look at one of my pieces, I am filled with wonder that I created that as it reminds me of how tranquil I felt when making it.
    Thank you for all your posts.ReplyCancel

  • Antionette - September 30, 2017 - 8:40 am

    Hi Dreama,
    Entering this course is certainly one of the best treats I ever gave myself!
    Cooking and photography are some of the things I love doing, and spending time outdoors taking pictures of flowers is when I immerse myself, forgetting about everything…. just focusing on the beauty of creation, the purity of nature.
    Kind regards, looking forward to the rest of your talks!

  • Katherine Dozzo - September 30, 2017 - 6:15 am

    I have taken the time to paint every day while here in Frisanco, Italy. You might say I have been totally immersed in my work. I have compared previous paintings I’ve done while visiting this village to what I am accomplishing now. It is an 80% turn around!!!! Thanks to you and your wonderful teachings on just being happy with yourself and letting the real you immerse!!! Not allowing fear in your life and being confident with each stroke you produce. I never thought I would become an artist with any skill, but now I am finding each painting I do, so much fun and exciting with my own kind of flare.
    I will be enrolling in your new course from Italy. Can’t wait. Keep up the great paintings and work. You are the best ever!!!
    Love you,
    Katherine DozzoReplyCancel