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Use your head (for hats) and listen to your heart!

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  • Judith Hirtle - January 11, 2016 - 9:39 pm

    Hi Dreama, Ive been so excited to do this – is the cost in US dollars? I assume so and thus with our dollar so low it makes it unattainable at this time. Ill have to wait to next time and hope the dollar picks up by then. I’m so. Wry disappointed but will keep dreaming along with you on your blog!ReplyCancel

  • June - January 1, 2016 - 4:21 pm

    A lovely back story to accompany a lovely hat for a lovely person to love and wear and use as a still life model, as well.

    I’m much the same when it comes to hats…I love them, and I’ve got a bunch of them I’ve bought over the years, but sadly (for me) they don’t seem to be much impressed with me. I still keep hoping that one day, I will meet the perfect hat, that it will like me back, I will listen to my heart and wear it with much joy, and we’ll become best buddies. 🙂

    The portrait Johanna has done of you from the wonderful photo that Priscilla took of you wearing it at the cottage is beautiful, Dreama. Johanna definitely has captured that joyful essence of you, that happiness that emanates from within and expresses itself outwardly.

    I am indeed listening to my heart, and it’s telling me very, very clearly that the Dream.Love.Paint e-course is and will be a dream come true for me, after so long wishing I could paint with you. Soon, I will be able to do just that.

    Sending you lots of love on this first day of a new year…here’s to new beginnings, and to new dreams and new pages in the latest chapter of our lives.ReplyCancel

  • Karen Burns - December 30, 2015 - 10:25 am

    oh, i love the story of your hat! not many hats like my head either and this is a wonderful reminder to “let go” and just be happy ~ yes, i’ve purchased hats that I’ve never worn, but now I think I will wear them. thank you! And what a lovely artful gift you have been given ~ a great reminder of your words!

  • Darlene Laursen - December 29, 2015 - 10:38 pm

    You can tell the portrait is inspired. I can’t wait to be in the class. I’ve been sitting here with a broken leg since Nov. 13th and this class is just what I’m looking for.ReplyCancel

  • Johanna Spinks - December 29, 2015 - 4:46 pm

    Behind every painting there is indeed a story, and in this case a remarkable, generous, and gifted artist/writer Dreama Tolle Perry who I am proud to know and be inspired by. Thank you my friend for sharing my portrait of you and this lovely story.ReplyCancel

According to Eddie it’s high time to let the cat out of the bag. And that is exactly what is going to happen…The BIG PROJECT REVEAL is about to be unveiled.

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  • Debbie Garcia Blatt - November 7, 2015 - 4:36 pm

    I would love to know what the big reveal is but everytime I click on the email you sent over I get and error!!! Is anyone else having this problem??????ReplyCancel

  • Sandra Beatt - November 6, 2015 - 5:30 pm

    I am packed and ready to go….to Dreama’s new venture….somewhere in a lavender field where there is a tea room with lavender cupcakes and an artist studio with white shabby chic painted easels and colourful oil paint, good food and laughter, love and friendship….
    And Mr Ron!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Bruce - November 6, 2015 - 5:20 pm

    You are so darling and your posts are always a treat! Your artwork is beautiful and your prose make me smile. I love to share your posts with friends or on my FB pages. You brighten my day and I often print out and save your posts. I’m eager for tomorrow’s big reveal! Can’t wait! I wish you a continued happy, healthy life as you bring so much happiness and enlightenment to us all.ReplyCancel

  • Sandra Entzminger - November 6, 2015 - 1:14 am

    You have written an art instruction book and North Light Books is Publishing.???
    OR MY personal fav would be DVD’s of you painting with a little “help” from Eddie.ReplyCancel

  • Yvonne Palmer - November 4, 2015 - 3:16 pm

    I am hoping for DVDS 🙂
    Or a bed and breakfast for artists, with available classes 🙂
    or both!ReplyCancel

  • Mary Long - November 4, 2015 - 2:25 pm

    If it’s not a TV show, or DVDs, can that be your next BIG thing?!!…with Eddie as narrator, of course!ReplyCancel

  • Tammy Goodrch - November 4, 2015 - 12:30 pm

    Cannot wait until Saturday! Whatever the news, I know it will bring joy to all of us waiting so patiently! I am hoping for a new book, DVD or online classes!ReplyCancel

  • Lindy Boyle - November 4, 2015 - 8:12 am

    You’ve finally made a DVD!! I live in Australia and its a bit too far to come to a workshopReplyCancel

  • Teddy Jackson - November 3, 2015 - 11:43 pm

    You are releasing educational DVDs for some of your wonderful works of art.ReplyCancel

  • Rocio Hanson - November 3, 2015 - 10:47 pm

    You have written a childrens book and done all the illustration yourself.ReplyCancel

  • Carol Martines Corliss - November 3, 2015 - 9:26 pm

    You made a painting dvd.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Herzog Cohen - November 3, 2015 - 8:19 pm

    I’ve only recently discovered you and your paintings and I’m so excited that you have big news to share. I hope it’s an online class or book!! I wish we could’ve voted on this 8 months ago. Haha!! ;D If you ever want to give a class in Northern VA/DC/VA vineyards, I’ll teach a yoga class or two to loosen us all up and you can stay at my place.ReplyCancel

  • Roxanne Steed - November 3, 2015 - 8:04 pm

    I think you must have commandeered a third world island nation, rebuilt their economy, which includes planted lavender fields somehow. Meanwhile, a film crew led by Ken Burns has followed you around while this is being accomplished…(the building of Dreama Nation)with it’s own airport…for your fans to arrive & be whisked away to fabulous, inspiring, life-changing retreats! Clever, all this during a presidential campaign startup so the press is BLIND to all that’s going on with you (the fools!). Yeah, I have a feeling this is going to be pretty amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Karen - November 3, 2015 - 6:19 pm

    Oh, puh-LEEZE, let it be “Dreamette!” the musical! (the Little France theme park/artist retreat would be awesome, too!) I’m SO looking forward to hearing what it actually is; Congratulations in advance on completion of your project, whatever it is!ReplyCancel

  • Marney-Rose Edge - November 3, 2015 - 5:12 pm

    You have been cloning yourself so more of us have access to you and Eddie of course. He is such an inspiration.ReplyCancel

  • Jan Finley - November 3, 2015 - 3:27 pm

    You have done a Art book on How to paint Like Dreama and Eddie he is the first to be painted .x 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Rhonda L. Tolle-Beaman - November 3, 2015 - 3:13 pm

    Eddie is joining you in teaching and is teaching paw steps to “Dreama little Dream of Me”. Participants will be given an opportunity to offer Ed treats.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Stantz - November 3, 2015 - 3:09 pm

    So….it has taken you 8 months….You have created an 8 step program for procrastinators who want to paint every day but don’t? You have a plan to take 8 people on a trip around the world? You’ve written a book with 8 reasons you should follow your “Dream”a? You have attached 6 more arms to your body so now you have 8? You are going to teach 8 classes in my hometown? You have 8 cats who look just like Eddie and we have to choose the real one? LOL! Ok….I’m done. Can’t wait until the big reveal! Bring it on Dreama….we are anxious to know! xoReplyCancel

  • Maureen - November 3, 2015 - 2:31 pm

    Since you love to share….I think you have made a DVD so, for those of us unable to attend your workshop, we have a seat (with Eddie) in your virtual workshop; I think you are also working with a publisher to publish your book including painting instructions, and which also contains your “sayings” and photos of your paintings; The title could be “Painting in France with Dreama”ReplyCancel

  • Betsy Adams - November 3, 2015 - 2:17 pm

    I am hoping it is a book with all things Dreama. Don’t know what I love the most, the paintings or your beautiful thoughts that you share with us. You have lifted me up many a day and I thank you for that.ReplyCancel

  • Betsy Adams - November 3, 2015 - 2:14 pm

    Today is my all time favorite painting I’ve ever seen of yours. Absolutely beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Sue Moore - November 3, 2015 - 2:13 pm

    You are transitioning into figurative art painting.ReplyCancel

  • Rosemary Harney - November 3, 2015 - 1:47 pm

    Motivational SpeakerReplyCancel

  • Ellen Diane Loe Taylor - November 3, 2015 - 1:43 pm

    My guess, A new Calendar…it will be so sad when 2015 calendar runs it’s course….but I won’t throw it away…too many gorgeous paintings!ReplyCancel

  • Marjorie Jordan - November 3, 2015 - 1:41 pm

    I give up . . . What is it already!!!?!ReplyCancel

  • Mary Beth Attix Harrison - November 3, 2015 - 1:32 pm

    You are opening an artists’ colony for painters and their cats! Sounds purrrrrfect!ReplyCancel

  • Ursula Marquardt - November 3, 2015 - 1:29 pm

    I am hoping for a book!!!ReplyCancel

  • Ester Le Roux - November 3, 2015 - 1:23 pm

    Busy with casting of Hollywood-movie, Sound of Music II – you have the leading role, of course and Eddy features as your cat in the movie, too!ReplyCancel

  • Judy Kimbriel Odom - November 3, 2015 - 1:17 pm

    You have written a daily inspirational book illustrated with your beautiful Paintings!ReplyCancel

  • Judy Giannettino - November 3, 2015 - 1:15 pm

    A new television series featuring The Travels, Paintings and Events of Dreama and the famous Eddie!ReplyCancel

  • Sylvina Rollins - November 3, 2015 - 1:11 pm

    OF Course I think it is a book and Eddie is the Star! So many of us think that I imagine!ReplyCancel

  • Libby Manchester Gilpatric - November 3, 2015 - 1:09 pm

    You are going to invite us to your first dream of a workshop in your dream of a brand new state of the art studio big enough for us all! (At least that is what my own dream would consist of.) LibbyReplyCancel

  • Robert A. Sloan - November 3, 2015 - 12:54 pm

    You wrote and illustrated Eddie’s biography, signed editions will be available with his paw print?ReplyCancel

  • Julie Shealy - November 3, 2015 - 12:03 pm

    Windsor Newton, Old Holland and all paint manufacturers are renaming all purples, blues, and ice colors after you! “Dreama’s Shades of Blue!”ReplyCancel

  • Monica - November 3, 2015 - 11:25 am

    The “Eddie” cruise is free for all participants!ReplyCancel

  • Suzanne T - November 3, 2015 - 10:49 am

    My guess is that you have been making a television show so those of us that have not been able to attend a workshop can experience your beautiful personality and painting advice. A dream(a) come true for us!ReplyCancel

    • Lisa Cohen - November 3, 2015 - 4:20 pm

      I’m hoping for something like this too or an online class!ReplyCancel

  • Sharon - November 3, 2015 - 10:32 am

    My guess…..you are finally being “picked up” and marketed by a large gift retailer.
    How smart would that retailer be?…..GENIOUS!!!!!!! Love your work, your teaching and passion! When I paint and approach a painting in the way that you taught,….I love my painting! Your style really resinates with my style of painting. Cannot wait till the REVEAL! Much continued success to you, sweet lady!ReplyCancel

  • Faye - November 3, 2015 - 10:26 am

    You and Mr. McDreamy have bought a place in France where you will host lots of fabulous workshops! Also where you will shriek with delight each time you look out over Eddie Bill’s fields of lavender…ReplyCancel

  • Cheri Plant - November 3, 2015 - 9:47 am

    Big screen documentary on an artist who struggled until color blossomed through inspiration and guidance from a Black and White cat that changed her life. Written and directed by Eddie of course.ReplyCancel

  • Nancy - November 3, 2015 - 9:01 am

    I love this painting with your hat on the table like your visiting a good friend with the big reveal over a simple cup of tea. Quant and heartfelt warms the heart with the red flowers. My gut still says you have creatived Dreama & Eddie Art Studio. So, less wear and tear on you travel wise. Plus Eddie can have a better handle on his most important roll as manager of the Dreama & Eddie kingdom ! Sir Eddie speaks !!!
    You picked my 23 rd wedding anniversary to reveil super excited!!!ReplyCancel

  • Linda Barnhill - November 3, 2015 - 8:55 am

    So very happy for you that you set aside time to create a project YOU wanted to do. Setting goals and achieving them is good for the soul.ReplyCancel

  • Blake Honeycutt - November 3, 2015 - 2:15 am

    My thoughts on the Big Project:
    build a Dreama’s Little France theme park for artists in Paris, Kentucky to eliminate travel from the equation

    Looking forward to the workshop with you in Marco Island in January!!


Looking back I can see when it all began to unravel.
It was when I went online with my art.
I was painting away, posting new paintings frequently, having fun and totally forgetting myself. Forgetting about my quest to be a SERIOUS artist.

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  • Patricia J Finley - July 8, 2015 - 4:45 pm

    Love this post! If we’re not having fun, what the heck are we doing???

    Inquiring minds want to know!


  • Karen Meredith - July 7, 2015 - 11:32 pm

    I love the idea of a truly streamlined studio. So how do you deal with all the equipmentReplyCancel

  • Carol Crawford Theodoru - July 6, 2015 - 5:23 pm

    I can paint I can draw I have done over the years. Am 67 and trying to renew this creative energy. If you want to label “hobbyist” that would be me right now. I’ve tajwn to paint by numbers. GASP. It’s fun and will lead to once again doing real work. I love your postings and ArtReplyCancel

  • Ros - July 6, 2015 - 3:11 pm

    When a group of us were getting to know other artists in the New Comers Club, we put out a sign-up sheet for members to join, and called it SERIOUS ART GROUP. We new that would put off the hobbyist, – but of course the sign-up-ees weren’t deterred, and we had a couple of years as a fun group visiting local galleries and each other’s homes and studios.ReplyCancel

  • Robert A. Sloan - July 6, 2015 - 2:19 pm

    PS – Ari sheds Cat Hairs of Inspiration in your general direction, though I’m sure Eddie does as great a job as resident model and muse. He’s 15 years old and we’re celebrating his Home Day today with catnip, lap naps and anything else he wants. Big 15lb colorpoint long hair (medium, silky) who still acts like a rocket kitten several times a day and has papers as a therapy cat for my disabilities. He’s skilled at it, helps everything from my joints to stress reduction.

    I hope Eddie stays out of the paint, they don’t always.ReplyCancel

  • Robert A. Sloan - July 6, 2015 - 2:13 pm

    Oh, I have to comment to this! Your description of “hobbyist” set me laughing. Love your style. If you’d like to know my first impresson of your art, it was “WOW! This one’s a true Colourist, she’s making color do the work of value, especially on that middle painting that has no dark or light masses!” I was impressed! Then of course saw strong, masterful values in your cat paintings because Eddie is all about values. Eddie’s beautiful and Phyllis is great. That conversation between them in the first painting made me smile and remember “Grandma Jessie” – a colorpoint shorthair with tabby points who adopted a pregnant mouse and dutifully washed both her and her bald little mouse babies.

    Your paintings are good.

    I didn’t really think about “serious” artist as such. The choice of Professional or Hobbyist fell on a different axis to me: Professionals want to make a living at it and allow the market to influence their work, while amateurs (a better word htan hobbyists) prefer the artistic freedom of doing as they like without worrying about consistency or marketability. Skill will inevitably catapult an amateur into the category of at least some sales but the amateur can be choosy about whether, when and why to sell. The UK has a wonderful term for it too: Leisure Painter.

    As an ex-professional who’s retired due to disability I’m now a leisure painter objectively better than I was when I made a living at it. That was definitely the best job I ever had as a way of making a livng, but I no longer get annoyed at not having time to paint unsalable favorite subjects like tropical reefs or dinosaurs.

    Quality isn’t the difference. Professional (or serious) is a lifestyle choice. Certainly having a studio space with flat files and good equipment is a real help for any artist. Easily justified business expense for the professional. Leisure painters aren’t spendng any time thnking about what the IRS will let them deduct and thus get more studio time. But the idea of “serious artist” to me means more a matter of time and passion.

    Do you paint once in a while and spend a lot more time knitting or writing novels or playing the piano? Not a serious artist. In the same way I’m not a serious musician even though I actually wrote a song once, can play it on the tinwhistle and learned and forgot how to play guitar no less than four times in my life. I had fun with music but it was easy to get distracted into art or novel writing.

    I was SERIOUS (dah-dum) about my Writing and Not Serious about my art for most of my life. I set out to become a Science Fiction Writer against the opposition of my entire family plus every teacher, acquaintance and adult in my life as a child and even later as an adult. I eventually understood it takes only moments to look at someone’s drawing and go “Wow, cool dragon” to be polite (and if they can tell it’s a dragon that’s all it takes for “Man, you can really draw so well, I could NEVER do that!”) but that most people, even other writers, cringe at that stack of fifty sweaty pages when you want to know whatt they think of your novel – or its idea – and are seeking validation.

    i learned to do Twitter scale pitch plugs for novels in progress to get validation. Just little hook sentences. When I Shut Up about it artist friends started saying “You should write a book.” Because I got actually better at words.

    Also still comment with return essays, novelist side effect. It’s still hard to comment in one-liners.

    if you spend enough time drawing and painting to start getting skilled enough in your favorite subjects and mediums that other people enjoy them, you’re probably a serious artist. But don’t have to be in order to be good at it. I may only have written one song but it’s a good one in the style intended – imitation medieval dance music. I followed the rules of medieval dance music by ear, traditional dances can be done to it and a medieval scholar validated it.

    if you really enjoy it and get lost in it every time you do it, then yeah, serious artist! Music is a lot of work, painting was goofing off instead of working, writing was painfully hard and full of every bit of angst you relate. I did publish one Science Fiction Novel, thus I am now a Real Writer. That’s SF with my name on it. Made my personal Everest. I had to do that before I found out painting instead of working was just as good a way to make a living. I’m about equally good at both writing and art, except possibly better at art by way of spendng more time really doing it.ReplyCancel

  • Dodi Groesser - July 5, 2015 - 3:51 pm

    HI Dreama……in the quest to be known as a “serious” artist, I have followed many of the same steps that you walked in…..However, with YOUR help, even after the first workshop I took with you, I felt released from all of the “seriousness” of it and have been painting “happy” ever since! THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Susan Prescott - July 4, 2015 - 3:02 pm

    This was exactly what I needed to hear! It will be my mantra! Thank you for inspiring me!ReplyCancel

  • Judith Williams - July 4, 2015 - 2:14 pm

    I love your post! A couple of months ago I found myself on ypur website marveling at your ability to just have fun with your art. I always go back to the idea of having a less serious outlook on my art and oneday I saw your art and posts and thought that’s it!! thank you! You live your life the way you paintReplyCancel

  • Dave Casey - July 4, 2015 - 7:33 am

    Another action-packed Pearl of Wisdom from Miss Dreama. Can’t beat that. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Jacquelyn Fox - July 4, 2015 - 6:59 am

    Love your description of a “serious” artist! I identify a lot with wanting art to be Fun, except for the staying clean part. No matter what I try, I usually end up covered with paint! Looking forward to hearing about your “big project” which sounds like it’s very “serious!” See you soon! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Kelly Dombrowski - July 3, 2015 - 11:09 pm

    This is great! I so relate but I am just now getting to the good fun part! Plumb wore myself out trying to be a “serious artist”. Now it’s time to run my art biz like I want and do as I want! Because why bother if you are not having a great time? Wish me luck!ReplyCancel

  • Gail Barton - July 3, 2015 - 4:00 pm

    Perfectly said Dreama!ReplyCancel

  • Jeanne Kouhestani - July 3, 2015 - 3:36 pm

    I love, love, LOVE your blogs!!! They are so on target and make me feel so good! Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Kim Smith Peterson - July 3, 2015 - 3:03 pm

    Thank you, Thank you!! I somehow missed this post the first time and so glad you reposted i. ! you are so encouraging and inspiring.ReplyCancel

  • Ann Marie Judge Karmol - July 3, 2015 - 1:20 pm

    I read this on the eve of my 28th birthday (last night) and it hits right between the eyes. I’ve had a thousand false starts at artistic pursuits in my life, to the point where I’m afraid to try anymore (including a ‘serious’ stint as an art student at The Art Institute of Chicago). But as I wandered Target last night, after the kids were tucked in and sleeping at Grandpa’s, I found a beautiful pack of pens in every color that I couldn’t resist, because it was my birthday, after all. The only stipulation was that I actually had to use them. No other rules than that. And then I read this and knew I had done the right thing. Thank you for your ongoing inspiration, I am SO happy I stumbled on your blog and site a few months ago!ReplyCancel

  • Linda Will - July 3, 2015 - 12:07 pm

    Thanks again Dreama for the encouragement. You have really have gotten me back in the studio more than once. I can’t wait to see what your “big project ” is.ReplyCancel

  • Sally Cronkright - July 3, 2015 - 11:27 am

    This is so me! Neat and messy and all of the above! I needed to hear this and will keep trying to be me.
    “You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.” ~NietzcheReplyCancel

  • Sally Cronkright - July 3, 2015 - 11:22 am

    This is so me! Neat and messy and all of the above! I needed to hear this and will keep trying to be me instead of that serious artist who does not exist – except in my own brain. Thank you!ReplyCancel