13 Mar

2020 Spring Journal Entry - Wallace House - https://dreamatolleperry.com/

During the Creative Process

Spring Always Comes

No matter what’s on the horizon, nature has a way of mothering us.
She’s the steady hand we rely on— more than we know.

In one of my favorite books, A Moveable Feast, Hemingway speaks of her.

‘With so many trees in the city, you could see the spring coming each day until a night of warm wind would bring it suddenly in one morning.  Sometimes the heavy cold rains would beat it back so that it would seem that it would never come and that you were losing a season of your life. … But you knew there would always be the spring, as you knew the river would flow again after it was frozen…the spring always came finally…’

Inspired by Hemingway and the carpet of purple at the Wallace House here in Paris, Kentucky …


I did a little watercolor musing in my journal here…



Which I am hoping will inspire you to make a little painting today from this…

‘When spring came, even the false spring, there were no problems except where to be happiest. The only thing that could spoil a day was people and if you could keep from making engagements, each day had no limits. People were always the limiters of happiness except for the very few that were as good as spring itself.’
~ Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast

Let us not limit our happiness.
Let us be as good as spring itself!

P.S. I should note that both videos were shot impromptu by me, so audio and quality are what they are 😉
And, I always love hearing from you—comments are welcome below!

2020 Spring Journal Entry - Wallace House - https://dreamatolleperry.com/

Spring entry in my red leather Italian journal…Wallace House, Paris, Kentucky

P.P.S. Somehow, when I write, I always feel gratitude for you. For your attention, for you reading my stuff, for just being here. It means a lot! You can receive my letters straight to your inbox by subscribing here. (My letters are free, of course!)

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    Dreama, I like everything you do but my favorite is the watercolors and
    sketching…they are so free and fun…I love doing them myself. You are such
    an inspiration !! Janice

  2. Linda Brunk

    Thank you Dreama, your message, and especially your calming video
    came at the most needed and inspiring moment …. A Blessing….

  3. Phildora Weaver

    love what you write.It soothes me. Thank you.

  4. Delaney Prins

    A gentle reminder to look for beauty and peace in a time of sorrow from MSU shootings –

  5. Celia

    Thank you for “Spring Always Comes.” I got inspired halfway through your video and went and got my little spiral bound card “journal” and painted along with you. Enjoyed the soft music in the background.

  6. Ann Stafford

    It is 10:30 at night and couldn’t sleep so was checking and saw this in my email. Such a pleasant, calming message and stimulating videos. Love crocus, trees and old houses. Thank you, Dreama!

  7. Susan o’Connor

    This message and video were a delightful surprise. Thank you.

  8. Maranne

    Thank you from the PNW….beautiful 💕

  9. Laura lass

    That video was so relaxing. Dreama, I am so impressed with the looseness and spontaneous strokes that you put on your paper. You make it look so easy. I am encouraged by your videos and strive to be relaxed and in the moment. Thank you so much.
    Happy Spring …. Laura Lass

  10. Thank you for sharing this experience, the Hemingway quote, and the painting. Many years ago I was taken by your beauty (physical, aesthetic, emotional, and surroundings) that was inspiring.and encouraging to me, so I took your oil painting course.. Finding art teachers with a pure heart is very difficult. I look forward to using your photo to paint in my journal. Just a moment ago I discovered that my azaleas are beginning to bloom–It is February 12th! This is very early, but the blooms raise my spirits today as did you video! Thank you again.

  11. Darlene Laursen

    Lovely!!! I’m loving your beautiful journaling. I have taken a few of your courses and enjoyed them all. This was a real treat to get to see you paint again.

  12. Jenny Hare

    Thank you Dreama. I was in the garden this afternoon looking for green shoots coming up and then just now I had the loveliest time painting along with you.
    I finished two little paintings. Spring always comes!
    much love and light, Jenny

  13. Wanda

    You have such a way of reminding us of the beauty that is all around us. Thank you for starting my day with peace and beauty!

    • Dreama Tolle Perry

      thank you Wanda for reading and sharing your thoughts!

  14. Katherine Powell Wells

    Beautiful and inspiring

  15. Maribeth Jagger

    Thank you so much for sharing your video… it’s exactly what I needed to start my day. You are a treasure!

    • Dreama Tolle Perry

      Yay and thanks for such sweet words Maribeth!

  16. Deb J

    Such beautiful videos this morning!

  17. Gail Hyatt

    Hi Dreama,

    I would like to make a suggestion. Would you be able to do some courses just centered around water coloring? Perhaps you already have some but I’m not sure where to find them.

    I loved going through your oil and watercolor course in 2020, during the pandemic (It was a lifesaver for me) and would love some more guided painting exercises, but I don’t have the bandwidth for oil painting right now. Let me know if that’s something you’d consider.

    With much love,
    Gail Hyatt

    • Dreama Tolle Perry

      Gail–I am glad you feel inspired to make some time for yourself and your gifts–it is so restorative and so important when you are such a giver as you are! Flow, my monthly membership is the best choice. It’s watercolors and oil and since it’s been around for almost 3 years, there are currently 35 watercolor videos, start to finish, along with over 200 of my personal photo references for you to paint from as well. And you know how active my FB groups are (the hashtag idea you suggested for Flow is going strong 😉 Whatever the case, as you noted, watercolor is easy to slip into the week to do something kind for yourself. Always good to hear from you and read your suggestions!

  18. Gail Hyatt

    Hi Dreama, It’s been a long time.

    Thank you so very much for this beautiful meditation today. It was just what I needed. I’ve been in a season of giving and helping for several years, without much attention to myself. It can be exhausting at times. After watching this video I feel hydrated and nourished.

    I’m making it a priority this year to do simple things, like water coloring, to keep me renewed, grounded, and ready to meet the challenges. Keeping things simple will be the key for me right now. Watching your video reminded me of how simple painting can be. I can fit it into my day anywhere at any time.

    Thank you for reminding me that painting is not a luxury but medicine.

    Spring always comes. You’ve been the crocuses for me today.

    Much love,
    Gail Hyatt

  19. Diane Flanagan

    Thank you, Dreama! This moment in time was such a delight early on a Saturday morning. Weekends are a time where I usually just focus on catching my breath but today I hope to breath in the joy of creating simple beauty just for pleasure.

    • Dreama Tolle Perry

      Diane! You nailed it–‘to breath in the joy of creating simple beauty just for pleasure.’ That’s the gold 🙂

  20. nina

    So peaceful to watch! God’s blessings on your gifts! May your spring be filled with wonder!

  21. Terese Welch

    Thank you for sharing!
    Spring always comes! You’ve helped inspire me to finish
    A painting that I’ve been commissioned to do. It a photo of a cat sitting on a table next to a bronze statue of a cat! The problem for me is the client wants it exactly like the photo only bigger and there is no color! I was starting to get depressed! I found myself procrastinating. So now I’ll take myself out side to take some photos of my daffodils that are blooming all over our property and paint me a picture of pure happy yellows and greens. Happiness abounds!!🥰
    Sincerely, Terese

  22. Cindywickingstad

    A soothing and inspirational video during these concerning times.

  23. Vijaya

    Thank you for this beautiful inspiring video. Looking forward to the beauty of spring! Thank you for bringing cheer and joy to our lives.

  24. Thanks for this lovely and peaceful bit of inspriation.
    Stay safe my friend

  25. Judy Blake

    Lovely, thanks!!!

  26. Priscilla krejci

    What a lovely little watercolor sketch to brighten the day, especially at this time! Thank you!

  27. Christine

    Loved your impromptu videos and so needed the bird somg and the beauty!
    Thank you💚☘️

  28. Joann

    Thanks so much for that lovely break. I am inspired. Love and peace to you

  29. Jennifer

    Thank you for this inspiration! Nothing up here yet in Minnesota, but might go buy some flowers & work in my journal!
    More videos please!

  30. Thank you for bringing such joy to life for us!
    You are like a loving ray of warm sunshine😃💗🌻🙏

  31. Mary Neely

    Precious words and watercolor A breath of Spring

  32. Linda Levine

    thank you thank you for this demo. It has inspired me on a Winter’s day. I give take out my watercolors today and give this a try. Now I am looking forward to remaining at home today. You are the Spring, Miss Dreama!

  33. Carmen

    I just wanted to drop a note that your presentation made me smile so big 🤗It was a much needed one for I can’t wait for spring and everything it offers! In beauty and in life’s storms❤️❤️

  34. Karen kubovchick

    Thank you for doing this free video. It is a lovely thing to do for us while
    we are in our homes. I am taking your Paris class and really enjoy watching you paint.

  35. I love this! Thanks for sharing. I think your videos were very well shot. I enjoy spring as well and have some beautiful flowers coming up here. I am inspired to watercolor some of them now. Thanks

  36. Joan

    This was so up lifting and peaceful. Thank you!!!

  37. Twila joy martin

    Your emails are sweetly genuine and joyful–I look forward to receiving each one. Thankyou so much for sharing
    Blessings, Twila Joy Martin

  38. Judy Findley

    Lovely, inspirational 💖 Thank you!

  39. Thank you for a moment of calmness in the midst of the country and world going through the Coronavirus. I canceled my trip and didn’t drive to Dallas from Northwest AR to be with my young grandchildren for their spring break. We are Skyping each other to laugh and watch each other be silly and we miss each other too
    It’s for the best now and I needed a lift in my art space and found this sweet video of you getting excited about spring, lovely

  40. An uplifting peek at artist Dreama’s life…she takes a stroll, sees early-spring purple flowers, then takes us through a visual journey inside her watercolor journal. 🎨

  41. Jannette Fletcher

    I loved this soft painting. However, I have not been getting your Saturday posts. Please don’t forget me.
    I have enjoyed your style of painting
    Due to family illness and deaths, I am really behind with my painting but will get caught up.
    I am looking forward to your reveal of what you have for us on March 24.
    Have a blessed and wonderful day. 😁


    Thank you, Dreama, for your lovely videos and creative inspiration. And for reminding us that spring will come again – in our hearts and in the world around us. Love to you!

  43. Carolyn S Zimmerman

    I live in Montana where spring comes late. One year I got my camera and drove to the country to find the first flowers of spring. I was too early so I sadly dragged myself home where I decided to walk into my front yard. There were the first crocus of spring! I had to laugh.

  44. Thank you for sharing this moment of peace and quiet creativity with us Dear Dreama.

  45. Elaine

    This is so lovely! Thanks Dreama, for such inspiration. It was so enjoyable watching you paint the delicate crocus flowers!

  46. Jill Revell

    Lovely to see your spring flowers. We in New Zealand are still in late Summer with the feel of autumn on its way. We are not looking forward to winter as the Coronavirus is stalking our South Pacific islands.We will just have to hold onto your quote “spring always comes” and hope for the best😀

  47. Wendy

    Thank you for sharing your watercolor journal today.
    Watching you paint those sweet flowers brought me so much comfort. I especially like the message, Spring always comes.💜

  48. THANK YOU FOR SHARING, DREAMA!! What a wonderful email for you to share on what feels like a dark and dreary Saturday!!! Such a nice reminder that there is beauty everywhere. Get our faces away from the media and off of the empty toilet paper and hand sanitizer shelves and open our journals! Spring is coming indeed.💐🌸🌞

  49. Julia Byrnes

    Hi again, Dreama and company. I haven’t been active since August when my husband . Marty, had a stroke. It was a very severe stroke, leaving him paralyzed on his left side. He has made little progress due to infections and other complications. He is currently in a nursing home. I, like many others, got the news that visitors are no longer allowed. This is our first day of separation and we are broken hearted. Seven and a half months, and now this! Thanks for the uplifting video when we all need it. Perhaps I will paint again during this hiatus. Heres a favorite quote of mine, feel free to use it. “When your heart breaks, let it break open.” !!! Love, julia

  50. Just beautiful, Dreama. Please tell us about the pallets and paints that you use.

  51. Cynthia G

    So happy and peaceful! Could you please share the names of the pigments in your watercolor palette?

  52. Cynthia

    Thank you for this lovely, hopeful springtime meditation….

  53. Meg Barry

    Thank you so much for sharing the videos of the wild crocuses and your journal entry. After watching, I found myself relaxed and smiling. Although I’ve lived in Texas for 41 years, I grew up in Ohio, where my mother grew crocuses along the side of one of our porches. We always knew spring was on the way when they’d pop up (even through snow some years). Crocuses look so fragile, but are actually so strong. Thanks again for all you do for the Dreamettes!


    Listening to this little video really brought a sense of calm over me. Thank you so much for sharing your gifts!


    Thank you so much for sharing a glimpse of Spring in Kentucky, and your beautiful creative interpretation of that moment in time.

  56. Kim Jebson

    Love your journal entry!!
    They are not crocuses I believe they are Flox
    regardless, very pretty and makes me excited for SPRING!!! Thank you for sharing!!

  57. Love your quote and video. I’m from back East and love to see those crocuses. This is a very uplifting note. I started as a watercolor painter, but quickly learned that I was better at photography. However, now I’m starting the acrylic journey and having loads of fun. Have an inspiring day.

  58. How utterly exquisite and inspiring! God bless you, Dreama!

  59. I really enjoyed watching you paint this entry into your journal. Very inspiring! Thank you! Spring has not arrived here in West Michigan yet, but it won’t be long. There are little green sprouts coming up everywhere in the garden.

  60. sydney stocks

    Thank you Dreama! Your sharing of your process with the watercolor sketch and the wonderful quotes (both from you and from Hemingway) are just what I needed today! It’s been a crazy week for everyone, I’m sure and we all need some of that inner peace which you are so kind to share. BTW it’s snowing out here in Portland, Oregon! The first real snowfall of the season, not at all normal for us! I’ve been watching it fall this morning and it’s so beautiful and since I know it won’t last, I am just enjoying it’s quiet beauty. Perfect with your sharing of Spring.

  61. This is so relaxing watching you on this video……..miss taking a class with you this year!

  62. Linda Stratton

    What a beautiful spot that you captured: A soft moment with your brush. A favorite color. Quiet peace in a loud world. Your tools gracefully dance on your canvas as an extension of your delightful thoughts. It was lovely to watch and the message was gently received! Thank you for reminding us to hush our minds, hearts & souls and take in the pleasantness around us!

  63. Gayle

    Thank you for this lovely, soothing moment. Please think of sending us more. It’s a reminder that we’re going to be okay.

  64. Jer

    So calming and beautiful…thank you!! Please do more short videos like this

  65. Jan tilker

    This is such a touching gift dreama. Like an awakening…like a prayer answered 🙏. More than you know, thank you 🌷🌷🌷
    God is good 🌞🌸

  66. Laura

    Can’t wait to try this! Thank you for your uplifting message of love hope and creativity! #Dreamaon ❤️😘
    Painting happiness today…,

  67. Dreama I just learned something this morning that I had been doing wrong, using a pencil instead of a no. 01 pen, it sure makes a it better, and also you do not color everything on the page. Thanks again. Diane O. Lenamon

  68. Patricia nance

    Thank you so much for sharing this. It brightens my day to see lovely flowers such as these. Your entry in your journal is beautiful as well!
    Spring always reminds me that there is hope!

  69. Susan Mooney

    A lovely moment of spring always comes. Watching you paint is so Zen. Thank you for the video. ❤️

  70. Judy Lober

    Such a beautiful meditation time this morning watching you paint Spring emerging in the South. Will be quite a while before we see these in Northern Michigan. Thank you!

  71. Maribeth Jagger

    Thank you, Dreama. You are a bright spot, just when it is needed. ❤️

  72. Sarah


    Thank you for sharing this morning. What a nice way to start my day

  73. Janet FOrd

    This is so beautiful and you make it seem so easy! Before the day is over, I hope I can try this! Thank you for you constant support & encouragement…it is inspiring! Janet

  74. Delaney

    Lovely message for today which I really needed- too much sadness and unknowns happening around me. Hemingway is one of my favorite writers- loved the quote!! Thank you.

  75. Lisa

    Thank you, Dreama! Just what I needed today. Opening my watercolors after a long week at work. Yes! Spring always comes. 🙂

  76. Dreama, thank you for always thinking of us! You saw that beauty and then thought of us to share it! xoxoxo!

  77. Pat

    What a beautiful way to wake up!!

  78. Sara Hanson

    As always beautiful! I love the depth of color on the petals. That’s where I need work. Thank ya!

  79. Julie Diehl

    Thank you Sweet Dreama!! I can’t wait to paint this today😍

  80. Kandy

    Thank you for blessing my morning, Dreama! This is just beautiful! 😊

  81. Loved today’s inspiration and your beautiful spring entry! You’ve inspired me to go out and take a picture of the two tiny daffodils that I noticed yesterday in my garden. Thank you, Dreama, I really loved this video! Happy Spring!

  82. Patrick

    I love watching you paint. Thanks for sharing Dreama! Blessed Day to you.

  83. Les

    Spring always comes. Was so uplifting and made my day. I would like to see more water color in journals. Thank you.

  84. Thank You! Watching your video is a great way to start the day!

  85. Arlene MacNay

    Dear Dreama,
    It was such a pleasure and inspiration to watch you painting in your sketchbook. Spring feels a long way off up here in Canada. I look forward to the first snowdrops and crocuses every spring. Thank you so much for sharing your talents with us. I love your paintings and your words of encouragement. They reflect your warm heart and spirit.

  86. gail

    That did it for me. I was captured by what I saw and went to painting in my small leather journal. Thank you for inspiring me.

  87. Elizabeth Prange

    What a wonderful surprise this morning! Thank you for sharing. The relaxing sweet painting was a joy and inspiration to me this morning!

  88. Jane Glover

    Nice way to start the morning. It’s like meditation watching you do watercolors. I need to spend some time on it. It has taken a back seat to painting in oils. I must start spending some time doing it. I feel inspired! Thanks Dreama

  89. Pamela

    Thank you Dreama. I attended a workshop you had in Lexington several years ago (maybe one of the last in-person workshops you did), it was my first workshop. 😊Your messages and art continue to fill my life with inspiration and creativity.

  90. Diane Hall

    Thanks for sharing Dreama! Your always an inspiration! Hope you keep sharing!

  91. Genny

    This quote from A Moveable Feast is pure deliciousness!

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