Dreama Tolle Perry » Artist and Writer

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"Individual Greatness"

“Sunny Side of the Street, French Style”
6 x 6in oil on museum quality panel
There is a naïveness, a childlike approach that happens when we first try something new like painting.
We are simply happy with the process.
We enjoy the results and are eager to do it again.
Somewhere on the path though, we start to pick up the fears, perfections, patterns of the collective art world around us.
We “grow up”.
We become fearful, stilted, stymied, and sadly we are confirmed in our thinking
  Given a nod that this is how it works.
Sometimes it feels as if the collective way of thinking and approaching your gift is to give you just enough hope to keep you alive,
not enough to thrive,
or experience JOY,
 just enough to keep you from starving to death.
Is  this really how our lives are intended to be?
Is this where collective thinking  about what “great” art is, leads to?
So that you can see how far from the mark you really are
and how unlikely you are to ever get there?
Remember why it was that you became an artist.
Embrace that story of who you are.
Return to the Source.
All the JOY, the smiles, the passion of when you first began to paint emanated from somewhere within you.
Shove back the crowd of collective thinking of what art is.
Allow room for your Source to breathe your gift.
Rest in the knowledge that you have been given exactly what you need
 to be the artist that you were born to be.
Change the collective thought
live into
your individual greatness.

  • Anonymous - December 13, 2011 - 9:12 pm

    Thanks for your inspirarational words. I continue to be blessed by “accidentially” discovering your website. Your genuine kindness comes through in your words.. I wish only the best for you and can only hope that one day my paintings bring a smile to someone like yours have done for me.ReplyCancel

  • june in ireland - December 13, 2011 - 12:41 pm

    Such beautiful, uplifting, life-affirming, motivating words to perfectly accompany an equally beautiful, uplifting, life-affirming and motivating painting.

    This is so beautiful, Dreama. The colours just make my heart sing and my eyes fill with joy. These words touched, moved and inspired me, and truly resonate with me, inside.

    Thank you so much for changing the dark, brooding, formidibly fierce storm that’s raging outside my window as I type this, into something warm, sunny and intensely happy and blissful, just by looking at this painting and imagining myself there.

    Just as we each have individual greatness within us, your paintings, all together, express and display a collective greatness, beauty and bliss.ReplyCancel

  • Becky Joy - December 13, 2011 - 12:06 am

    Beautiful post, words and painting. ThanksReplyCancel

  • Sue - December 12, 2011 - 9:03 pm

    Thank you, Dreama!ReplyCancel

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