Dreama

Hi,
I'm Dreama...

let's get to know each other!

I'm Dreama. I'm a writer and painter. Named by my grandmother. Self-taught in art. Lover of yes.

Bubble baths are my thing. A place for epiphanies. It's where I was when I got it on the 'no' thing.

You have to understand, I’d been saying 'no' for a very long time in my life--no to things that I actually wanted! Like having a life that held all the things I loved. Dreaming in color--having a life of my choosing and doing the things that made me smile. Yeah, I had lots of excuses for saying no. I wasn’t good enough, I was self taught, maybe I had waited too late.

Then I heard a voice.
‘How’s that been working for ya?’
No, not an angel.
Just a replay in my head from a Dr.Phil show ;-)
Obviously not.
 Working for me.
Never knew how beautiful 'yes' was until I started using it on my own beliefs of what was possible.

Painting and writing and teaching and traveling all begin with 'yes'.

Up for some 'yes' in your life?
Oui, si and yeah baby!
That's what I'm here for
—to help you find your yes!

A few of my favorite things...

Click on the dots below to read more of my thoughts on each of my favorite things.

If you hear a voice within you say, ‘You cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.
Vincent Van Gogh

I have had many studios in my  years of painting. There are a few things they’ve all had in common.
Easels and a cat or three.
Currently there are two studio cats. 
Eddie Bill and Eddie Pierre. (I know, two cats with the same first name. Never really planned that, it just sort of happened)

My home base studio is the Dream.Love.Paint cottage, 100 years old and a place that gives you a hug every time you walk through its doors.
It has touches that remind me of my grandmother’s house.
Absent of any technology and filled with flea market treasures (I have a picnic basket collection that I never really planned…it just sort of happened) and a swing suspended from the ceiling in the front room. It has a way of slowing your heart rate down to a simpler time, reminding you that it’s just fine to be yourself.

My other studio is a bit of a traveling one since the last few years have found me staying for extended periods of time in paintable places like Provence, Tuscany and Paris.  (never really planned that either, it just sort of…happened 😉
You can visit those ‘studios’  in my online courses!

It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.
Ernest Hemingway

Magentas and Caribbean Blues… next to sunshine yellows. You may have guessed I really like mixing color – laying one juicy brushstroke down by another ….and sharing my love for color and brushstrokes with artists in my courses.  I’ve been known to paint in my pajamas and everything I own has some paint on it somewhere.  This includes Eddie.

I’ve tried reading the books on color theory with absolute zero success. I know there are probably rules and reasons but my falling head over heels in love with color has been just that.  No practical sides to it at all.  Nada. Zilch.
Flaming romance, run away do crazy stuff kind of love.
That’s me and color.

You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.
C.S. Lewis

I am pretty sure I am the only kid who ever skipped school to read a book.  Seriously.  And no it wasn’t a school assignment.  A giant book at 900 plus pages that I needed to know how it ended.  (Who can sit in class with that kind of drama happening?)

Books comfort me.  Like a warm blanket, a cup of cocoa, a conversation with a dear friend, or petting Eddie’s fur—they are something to look forward to when life gets out of sorts.
In true Forrest Gump fashion I can say…I like books.
A lot.
Here are some of my past and current favorites:
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert (love the Audible version of this esp.!)
A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway (his ‘lean’ descriptive style of writing is inspiring to both my paintings and my writings—reminding me to look for ways to say more with less!)
I Can See Clearly Now by Wayne Dyer (actually, any book by Wayne is my favorite 😉
Emerson’s Essays by Ralph Waldo Emerson
This Thing Called You by Ernest Holmes
The Power of Now by Eckart Tolle (no relation but I can relate to his writing..does that count??)

Who wants to become a writer? And why? Because it’s the answer to everything. … It’s the streaming reason for living. To note, to pin down, to build up, to create, to be astonished at nothing, to cherish the oddities, to let nothing go down the drain, to make something, to make a great flower out of life, even if it’s a cactus.
Enid Bagnold

Not that I saw it coming but I guess it was only natural that someone who loves to read as much as I do would eventually fall in love with writing.
It wooed me, asking me to say more with less, to get specific. To question how much and exactly what was needed to tell the story.

It satisfies me in a deep, soul thirsty way.
A lasso on my thoughts—corralling them and helping me to drill down to the essence of a thing. I’m a thinker and writing helps me think through those thoughts and meet them in their visible places.

You’ll find a lot of my thoughts, bare and honest, on the journal pages (aka my blog) of this site. I’m not sure how it happened but thousands of readers now grace these pages and have created a little community in the comments (I’d love to hear your thoughts too).

In ancient times cats were worshipped as gods; they have not forgotten this.
Terry Pratchett

Eddie is my mentor, my BFF, my critic, my guru, all rolled into one hairy black and white suit. He sits on my papers when I KNOW there is work to do but he KNOWS the work will wait and moments of BEING won’t. He has been known to take a stroll through my palette (he seems to favor Magenta and Violet).

He is a California cat, picked up from the pound many years ago. We have an agreement.  He doesn’t ask my age and I don’t ask him his—or which life he’s on.
Probably why we get along so well.
He knows I love a good hot bath with bubbles. Our nightly ritual is this. He sits on the side of the tub, ‘bumps heads’ with me, and drinks a bit from the faucet when I cool it down.

I’ve painted Eddie many times over the years —he has a huge following according to him.
I did allow him to write a guest post on my blog a few years back. I’ve yet to live that one down. 
Say it with me… ‘Total lapse in judgement.’

Eddie’s mantra is ‘let them eat mice’ and as he likes to point out, few are purrfect like him.
I have to agree, at least on the purrrfect part 😉

Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

I travel a lot…often to France and Italy and though all the croissants, chocolate and alleyway cats may make for a delightful trip it is the value of the journey itself…the rich reward of being present…mind, body and soul….in the moment. Soaking up every little things that leaves me wanting more. Also…traveling with paints? I have a lot of experience in this field (!) so I’ve made you a little something to help out. You can find it by clicking here.

People who love to eat are always the best people.
Julia Child

Inspiration feeds me but so does food! A bold French roast cup of Starbucks with Greek yogurt and berries will start me beautiful in the morning. Along my wanders through the world I mostly eat the flavors of France and Italy (of course!) with homemade ricotta drizzled with honey, cakes, quiches, cherries, chocolate, wine…this could turn into a very long list!

Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.
Helen Keller

This little business of mine has expanded to reach zillions with just a click of a button online (and add in about 30 years of painting and work!). Our team comes along with us on trips and they’re always around in the studio or digitally helping everything run. And to drink wine with 😉 If you reach out to our support team you’ll find one of our gals or my husband Ron on the other end helping you out as best we can.

What about you?

Now you know more about me, I’d love to get to know you! Tell me about yourself in the comments. Where are you at in your painting journey, where in the world are you and what do you wish to learn most?

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  1. Well….me? I am inspired when see your work and read your words. And inspiration is a thing I am in need if. Thank you!
    I create legal docs by day and create art by nite. The two sides of me no longer battle for my life, they live side by side in harmony, mostly, with the occasional spat over time stolen from one or the other.
    But the time has come for the artist in me to prevail. I am moving ever so slowly in that direction. I have to for she…the artist…nags at me. You’ve got a bracelet to finish, or that blanket from last winter, but then your loom awaits you ! Thank God I’m painting ! Without that I’d be crazy !
    And, so time. Yes, time.

  2. cheri Waltz

    Hi Dreama, I was wondering if you will be teaching a class in Southern California this year. I am enjoying the first week of your Internet class. So much inspiration from everyone on Facebook taking the class.
    Thank you!
    Cheri

    • Dreama

      That’s wonderful Cheri! Love that you are loving it 🙂 I will not be teaching in Southern California this year–lots going on so I have put my workshops on hold for awhile. Thanks so much for your interest though!

  3. pat riblet

    thank you so much for writing the lovely description of yourself would picture you. Your use of color in your painting and eye-shadow is just gorgeous. Pat

  4. Judith Hirtle

    Dreama ~ I’ve been following you for a few years now. I absolutely adore your use of colour and style of painting. It speaks to my heart. Thankyou so very much for following your inner voice and sharing your beautiful talent with us all- not just the painting but the writing too. Someday I hope to meet you in person in one of your workshops.
    That’s a big dream for me because I have always longed to be able to paint and write. My brother received art lessons because he could draw well. I always envied that. I don’t know if I have talent but I did learn tole painting in the 1980’s and after my first class using paint I was so excited I couldn’t sleep. The next night I dreamed of painting big swirly “comma” strokes. I’m sure I woke up with a smile on my face. When I painted I was totally absorbed. No hunger, no cares —just being in the moment and thrilled to be so.
    I stopped when life got too busy. And tole painting went out of style. I cherish my work and long to paint pictures. But I struggle with fear and finding out I can only paint when I have drawn on the image from a pattern.
    I’ve never tried to sketch. I feel terribly self conscious. Were you like this at one point in time? How do I move on?
    I babysit my first grandchild 5 days a week and am thrilled to be doing so. I think I could find time and a space – my heart has always sung when I read inspiring words, watch dance ( I can just feel how wonderful it must be) and by sketching and painting. I wonder If I would be given such yearnings and no talent to go with it. I feel a need to express myself through art and maybe writing.
    Your words and colour inspire me and, well I love it all. Now you have made your classes available on e-classes!!!!!! ☺️
    I’ve registered and am excited for January 2016.
    However I’m afraid of starting. Can you give me any advice. I’d really appreciate it coming from you- I admire you and your work like no other painter I’ve seen.
    Blessings to you and both Eddies and your dog.

  5. Susan warwas

    Tuxedo cats are the best kind of cat!!! (Imo). I wish I could paint exactly like you do. I am working in pastels. Do you think I could ever get the vibrancy you have in your paintings using pastels?
    Sincerely,
    su

  6. Nancy Bisogno

    I wanted to know if you sell Oil Painting videos DVDS or acrylics?

  7. Diane Chaplain Ferguson

    Hi, Dreama! I came across an article about your art on an art magazine and was very impressed so I had to look up your website. I love the colors in your work! They look very much like the images in my head that I never get around to putting on a canvas! Your art inspires me to get out my pastels and have fun! Thank you!

  8. Rosemary Breehl

    Hello Dreama, I think we may be kindred spirits! I’m a watercolorist perfecting my craft by painting every day. My purpose in life is to “Inspire others to see their own greatness so they can feel confident to live the life of their dreams.” Thanks for sharing your story with the world. It needs more people like you. I’m on Pinterest… it’s where I found you. Perhaps we can connect. Do you have watercolor workshops in or around Albuquerque or Santa Fe. I’d love to attend one. My best to you. Rosemary Breehl.

  9. Leslie Johnson

    You color my heart

  10. Anne Wan

    My name is Anne Wan, from Hong Kong. I love your paintings and life styles very much. I have been started my watercolor painting journey since 2013, very short, very junior, hope to share with you in future.

  11. Shirley Jean Hawkins

    Love your paintings,the colors are wonderful I love color it make me happy.

  12. Judy K. Humburg Dutra

    I sent you a request for directions on a watercolor journal.
    Jhdutra2002@att.net
    Thanks
    Judy Dutra

  13. Glen

    I have only found you and your wonderful paintings today via the Daily Paintworks website. I can’t stop looking at your lovely work. I love all of your work! The magnificent colours you achieve and match together and your beautiful application of brushstrokes is inspiring. Your paintings sing.
    Thanks for being there and I wish you many years of continued success. I’ll look forward to your DVD?!?! from Melbourne Australia

  14. William E Fagan

    Hi I’m Bill Fagan
    Hi I’m Bill Fagan I am an urban sketcher and loved your videos of sketching in France and the Paris photo montage. Paris c’est magnifique. it is in my soul. Look forward to your blog!

  15. I knew it! Eddie gets into the paint and sometimes presents as “black and polychrome.” I once had a gray cat with one pink mitten and three sky blue ones thanks to his romp through a painting and palette where I was doing the background in Alizarin Crimson and Ultramarine. Managed to get enough out of his paws that he wouldn’t get sick but those staining colors tinted Vila for weeks!
    Currently I mostly use pastels or pen-watercolor, both mediums easier to keep out of Ari Cat’s lovely long hair. I used to hate the color beige and dislike brown till I got a beige cat. He has every nuance of gray and brown hues in a full range of values from pure white whiskers and ice-blonde mane to his black mask and smoky tail and paws. With near-white toe tufts.

  16. Deborah Irwin Pond

    Thank you Dreama for your color and inspiration to do what I love!!! Your art may have

  17. Emily

    I’m saving to attend a workshop, but would LOVE to get my hands on a DVD in addition to that…so would my mom, aunt, sister, best friend. We are all Dreama Art fans up here and are hoping your DVD project comes to fruition. Thank you for all the beauty and inspiration you put out into the world, Dreama!!!

  18. Gert Kilchrist

    Where is error

  19. Pat Hoy Muth Albert

    Your paintings light up the world we live in. They just make me smile !

  20. Abby

    Dreama,
    I heard you on a podcast today. It was a wonderful podcast called “artists helping artists”, as you spoke I thought Dreama has read or practices the principals of Ernest Holmes. So I thought I’d check out your website, and i see in you pile of books, you have a copy of Science of Mind. Anyhow, my point is, you are a breath of fresh air. Thank you.

  21. Lynn

    Really nice website and atmosphere. I enjoyed meeting you a little more on your video clip. And great that you share your writing. Warmly Lynn

  22. Lisa McNerney

    I am so moved by your beautiful art. Thank you for sharing your gift with me tonight.

  23. Rosemary Anne Waldie

    Thank You!

  24. Desiree Habicht

    It was so much fun to finally meet you and take your workshop! Three days of absolute bliss! Laughter, chocolate, painting with new friends is the best medicine for anything that ails me! Thanks again, learning has never been such fun!
    Desiree

  25. Yvonne Ray Snead

    Love Dreama’s art, her soul has to be a special one.
    Can hardly wait until the next art class I will take with her in April 2015!

  26. Yvonne Ray Snead

    Love Dreama’s art, her soul has to be a special one.
    Can hardly wait until the next art class I will take with her in April 2015!

  27. Mo Jennings

    Love your paintings! & your outlook!

  28. Sometmes I lose sight of what brings joy to me – in turn – brining that energetic joy to others.
    I love the energy in your paintings and in your writing.
    I needed to read your words at this moment – perfect courage.
    Thank you!
    Stay inspired!
    ~Kate

  29. Bettyjrubner

    Dear dreama–I love your work. Your colors are fabulous!
    Could you send me information on a trip to France or Italy? Next summer?
    Thanks for sharing your pieces!
    Fondly, betty

  30. Jeanne Kouhestani

    I love your art and your wit! A big WOW!

  31. Jeanne Kouhestani

    I love your art and your wit! A big WOW!

  32. Judy. Me

    I love all of the beautiful paintings. They are so inspirational. The flowers are so graceful and charming. I had such a wonderful time in France with you and all of the purple berets. I’m going to have a wonderful time visiting again in my comfy chair. Your writings lift my heart and revive my spirits. Love Judy

  33. Della Bone

    I SOOO enjoyed seeing your art on display at St. Peter’s! It was a cloudy, gloomy day until I saw the vibrant colors on your beautiful pieces! You are such an inspiration! Thank you!

  34. Maureen Zmak

    You are my rainbow !

  35. There was so much in this post that I loved. Wow….you and I have many of the same books in our libraries!

  36. Nancy Taylor Levinson

    Please disregard my last post….. all I had to do was LOOK
    I will try to get into your Costa Mesa workshop someday…and possible Lexington Ky.
    I’m from Cincinnati.

  37. Jolene Gailey

    Dear Dreama
    I tend to rely on you postings as my daily meditation. I will just join with the rest to thank you as much as I can for your wonderful thoughts. As a struggling artist, I appreciate all that you reflect upon and share in such a giving way. speaking of reflections,(how do you like the segue sp? I am on a spanish computer and spellcheck well, forget it) I am struggling with the reflective surface of my palette and then I see you using a mirror!!!!! Share with me how you do that.

  38. Hi Dreama! I stumbled across your site a couple months ago. Your paintings are so beautiful. I love the colours, the style , the pure joy of them , everything about them!! I so hope I can buy one when you have some available. That energy and life and love are just what I want in my home. your writing speaks to my heart.
    I am a nurse and in my mid 50’s. I feel more and more that now is the time to finally open myself to all the things I’ve dreamed of. I am being drawn to art. I have always wanted to paint but never tried. I have always wanted to capture things in my own way and express them. I feel this strong desire but feel completely stuck.
    Now I am home recovering from a stressed out lifestyle and would so appreciate any tips you could give me.
    Wishing you much love and joy! Judy

  39. Lisa V Fine Art

    You rock girl, soooooo proud of you hon.

  40. Marlene Weinstein

    Dreama,
    I loved reading about your painting and reading and your inspiring positive attitude. After a 30 year career in health care, I retired almost 2 years ago in my mid-fifties and have been going to Art School at a local public university. I am a “Painting/Drawing” major and have been so enjoying my chance to try something that I have always wanted to do. I am making progress in my work and have fun talking to the regular aged college kids.
    I am also a BIG reader. Let me think.. recent good reads: The Lady in Gold (about Gustav Klimt’s life), The Round House, The Greater Journey by David McCoullough (reading this now and is superb), Fever, The Orphan Master’s Son. Please share some of your favorites as well.
    Enjoy and be well! I will keep an eye on your workshops. I hope I can attend at some point!
    Yours,
    Marlene Weinstein

  41. Ana Dana

    Thank you for sharing. You describe love beautifully! ❤️❌⭕⭐⚓

  42. Youngsun Cho

    Hi, Dreama!
    I’m Youngsun living in Seoul, Korea.
    I’m artist and I work in both oils and watercolors.
    Your positive attitude toward life is inspiring.
    I love your paintings and your wrtings too.
    Thank you!!

  43. Becky

    Dreama,
    I live close to the other Paris (in Maine) and of course I love purple. Enjoying your beautiful bright and bold colors in your paintings.

  44. Dreama, I just love reading your writing. Like a good book you don’t want to end.

  45. lesley cole

    Attracted to color liking butterfly

  46. Dreama,
    Come visit southern California and paint on either of our Italian farms including our new one in Temecula’s wine country.
    I can email you some photos to tempt you.
    Farmer Nic

  47. Hi Dreama,
    I will be taking your workshop next November in Costa Mesa. I hope you don’t mind that I work with a pallet knife! I absolutely love RWE’s definition of success. Hugs to you.

  48. Very intrigued by your paintings with so much bright color and
    light with an abundance of flowers! Someone mentioned your watercolors but I haven’t seen any. At 50 I started taking painting classes at our local Del Mar Jr. college painting in oils….didn’t know what the…..I was doing as I’d never had art in school. I wasn’t crazy about working in oils so we switched to WC for a semerster. I finally quite after taking
    drawing and art history classes several times. Went with a private teacher & studied with her till she became ill. Then on to another teacher who had taught art in middle school. She was very good with WC and also liked to work with acrylics also. Sadly,I had to drop out (for health reasons & couldn’t drive) so
    I’m pretty much stuck out where I live in the country am not near
    any painting peers who could help me get started again.

  49. Judith Perkel

    Found you on Pinterest. I too see the purple in all things. Glad to meet you!

  50. Maria Da Penha Sinhorelli

    The Art of Dreama Tolle Perry, que bom tê-la encontrado. Amo seu trabalho, Vc é humana e maravilhosa. Vc é como sua pintura, linda e vibrante, nos passa alegria. Bj!!

  51. Who doesn’t love you, Dreama? Bless you and your tender heart!

  52. Ann-Margret Perkins

    I was just in Paris today~ the ‘other’ Paris. I am an Interior Designer, and I met a client at her home today. I stopped by Hobby Lobby to have some of my paintings framed. I found, in the clearance isle, oil paints on sale! I was a very happy girl. I have started painting. I have taken a few lessons and played around with some paints and brushes. I have a picture I took at the Dead Sea that I would LOVE to paint. I should just start, but I’m waiting….not sure for what. I love your story, and most of all, your paintings. BEAUTIFUL! Ann-Margret Perkins

  53. Fulya Çelik Çetintaş

    Dreama, I love your paintings and your style..THANKs…

  54. larry bragg

    hope you will do a dvd would love to have one

  55. Dreama

    Thanks so much to each of you for writing! I LOVE hearing what you have to say :-)!!!

  56. Love your beautiful paintings. Color is lucious

  57. Nancy Sewell Makar

    I love how vulnerable you are, it helps me be vulnerable with my creativity. Forever grateful, Nancy

  58. Donald Andersen

    Interesting story. Love what you paint and wish I had your imagination. Started painting at the age of 75 with WC and into oils at 81. Have a lot to learn’ but an interesting and rewarding journey. Don. Andersen

  59. Just reading this post Dreama, made me feel good right down to my toes! As a watercolour painter I really enjoyed your recent journal paintings and was inspired by you to order some twinkling paints for my own use. Now, I wait in anticipation of their arrival. Many thanks, have a great day!

  60. Marilyn

    Hi Dreama,
    I love your name and your your Grandmother for being a dreamer! She must have seen your creative spirit from the beginning. I’m not good at following through on projects. I journaled for years and then quit. I dream of being a watercolorist, bought the paints and paper(already have brushes for acrylic paintings). Even bought a beautiful journal, all crisp and new. It still has that “new journal smell”. You know like when you buy a new car and love that new car smell?
    You are inspiring! Give my best to the Eddies. My polydactyl female feline sends a “high five” or in her case, high seven or eigh,t to both Eddies.
    Welcome back to/from Paris.
    Ciao
    Marilyn

  61. Sharu Anjirbag

    Just chanced upon your painting when I was searching google.. Loved it and went straight to your page..Your paintings are so cheery and so joyful…God Bless you.

  62. khalid al blawi

    Hello,
    My love for paintings got me searching and I came across your paintings online and also found your website. I am impressed by the wonderful paintings you currently have for sale. Am interested in buying paintings from you, can you get back to me with the price range of your paintings and also the shipping cost to Saudi Arabia. Hope you accept (Credit card) as a method of payment?
    Await your response soonest.
    Best Regards.

  63. Claire Southward Snyder

    The colors are so vibrant. Your watercolors positively glow! I’m enjoying the trip.

  64. Margene Parker

    I so enjoy following along on your journeys, may we meet up in the same space one time, thanks for all the tips. love your bright colors and beautiful renditions of your travels. Thank you.

  65. Dreama

    Thanks Linda 🙂 I don’t have a DVD but I am looking at doing one.

    • Donna

      Sssooooo….how’s that DVD instructional video coming?? I sure would love to get my hands on it!!

  66. Linda

    Dreama, I love your paintings and your style. Do you have an DVD courses or demonstrations? We’d love to have you for a class in Albuquerque, NM.
    Thanks

  67. Michael Joseph Mikolon

    lOVED WHAT YOU DO!!! yOU HAVE THE IT

  68. Cynthia Cannan

    I love your site. I am a wanna-a-be water colorist.

  69. Karen Dittmar

    It was so nice to meet you last night in Cortona, Italy. I sure wish I had your talent. You are very blessed.
    Karen and Gary from Florida

  70. Mary Neely

    I know I’m on your email list but I just read though your fun sweet bio again and felt your warmth and joy right through my mini pad . Love you Mary

  71. I love your colorful paintings and your fun personality. And really miss hearing you on the AHA podcast. Being new to the painting world I have found the information both you and Leslie have given extremely valuable.
    Thank You

  72. Dreama:
    Your writings always make me smile. Your paintings bring inspiration and joy to my art world.
    Thank you for sharing your many talents and telling us about your life and your successes.
    It is on my bucket list to attend a Dreama Tolle Perry workshop.
    Teddy Jackson

  73. Nancy Martin Piros

    Super nice. I love how you put this together. I love to see your paintings and laughing and all the funny and fun things you write! You put a smile on my face too! XOXO Thanks Dreama.

  74. Isabella M Davis

    Love the vibrant colors of your wonderful art, your positive nature and your happy disposition that is infectious…best wishes today and aleays.