ORANGE CLIFFS

ORANGE CLIFFS

“Orange Cliffs” 9″ X 12″ acrylic on pressed paper

This is number 12 of my 30 in 30 challenge and today I worked in orange.  This challenge has given me the opportunity to explore many different colors that I might not normally use.  But fall is coming and it is when I usually pull out the oranges and reds. But for this exercise I decided to make the cliffs orange in this turbulent ocean. As a friend on Instagram said. Beautiful, so much Verve ( which means an energetic style) in this one. Yes, I do have an Instagram page and here it is.

I really do love the energy in this one. It is full of strong brush strokes and  bright complimentary colors.  As for why I painted it… we had a cold trough set up yesterday and blow through our area.  The wind was chilly and so invigorating after a long hot summer. It made me recall standing on the ocean shore feeling the strong breeze and watching the rough waves chopping in the water. It makes me realize that sometimes I miss living by the ocean but that was another time and another journey.

Today I am continuing on this great journey one painting at a time.

ORANGE CLIFFS

An original 9" X 12" acrylic painting on 150lb. pressed paper, ready to mat and frame. A one of a kind painting by Artists Pamela Dunmire

$45.00

CHERRY BLOOMS

CHERRY TREES

“Cherry Blooms” 9″ X 12″ acrylic on pressed paper

Number 11 in my 30 in 30 challenge and today I looked around the studio and noticed I have several tubes of Pink paint so I decided to do something with it. Not always a fan of this color I envisioned things in pink to inspire a painting. Then I remembered the cherry tree in our yard when I was a young girl. When the blossoms arrived I got excited thinking of the coming season of plenty. My mom made the best pies, and jars of cherry jam each season. I would help her pit the fruit, my hands staining red. My dad would put a tent of cheese cloth over the tree because the birds loved those cherries as much as we did. In July I would climb into the tree and help him pick buckets of fruit. To think it all started with those Cherry Blooms.

Sometimes inspiration comes from days past and today I am feeling that Pink is my favorite color; because it brought back such a sweet memory of my mom and dad.

Creating memories one painting at a time.

CHERRY BLOOMS

An original 9" X 12" acrylic on pressed paper, ready to mat and frame. A one of a kind painting by Artist Pamela Dunmire

$45.00

HIDDEN POND

HIDDEN PONDThis is number 10 in my 30 in 30 challenge, it’s moodiness is just perfect for this cool and dreary morning that lead to a wicked storm with hail pelting the deck.  But lo and behold the sun in shining at this moment with the sound of thunder in the background.  It has been a crazy monsoon season.

I love the depth of this painting which is created by putting pops of light colors in this instance turquoise next to patches of dark grey and blacks.  It is just layer upon layer of darks and lights until the right effect appears.  Not knowing what a painting will become until close to finish is exciting for me.  It is a very meditative process and my mindfulness of my surroundings always shows up in the painting.

I am loving this challenge as I journey through these 30 days one painting at a time.

 

HIDDEN POND

Original 9' X 12" acrylic painting on pressed paper, ready to mat and frame. A one of a kind painting by Artist Pamela Dunmire

$45.00

ABOVE THE REST

ABOVE THE VALLEY

“Above the Rest”  9″ X 12″ acrylic on pressed paper

Another painting in my 30 in 30 challenge. Here I was experimenting in looking down on a Mountain from across the valley, standing on the opposite ridge line. The Aspens turning color is the key to making this work.   You see the hight of the mountain in the foreground and the broadness of the valley.

I like the colors I chose. Using colors opposite on the color wheel from each other really makes the mountain stand out. It really does make you feel Above the Rest. This is why I love the West, there is always a mountain in the distance.

After a short blip in my schedule I am back at the 30 paintings in 30 day challenge.  Let the journey continue, one painting at a time.

ABOVE THE REST

An original acrylic painting on 9" X 12" pressed paper, ready to mat and frame. This one of a kind painting will not be reproduced.

$45.00

AFTER THE STORM

BEFORE THE STORM

“Before The Storm” 9″ X 12″ Acrylic on Paper

Today as Floridians are waiting for Irma’s landfall I have been following some of my friends posts on Face Book, and their struggles and fears of losing the life they have been accustom to.  The concerns of not having a home to come back to, or what possessions they may end up with.  In the past I have been able to keep a one degree distance from the crisis; an easier path to observe and then pray for my fellow victims. This time it feels more personal.

I have close friends and relatives in the eye of the storm, knowing their fears and struggles, I somehow feel it deeper this time. My one friend who was fearful for her pets as she had to leave them behind hunkered down in the house as she boarded a plane. I wonder how those house cats will do as the pressure increases and they hear the storm approaching. My other friend’s mother choosing to ride it out, because she has no where to go, is wondering what will become of her body if she is killed in the storm. Neighbors who use to live next door and now live in the eye of the storm, wondering if they made the right decision to move permanently to Florida. Family members bracing for tidal surges and immense flooding, insurance agents and rebuilding.

It seems almost too much to bear in the last few weeks with Harvey, now Irma and the forest fires enveloping the west plus an 8.1 earthquake, terrorism, and DACA.  Life is dark today. Yet, I am an optimist, we are resiliant, fair and caring. We will roll up our sleeves and help others. Find shelter for those who have none and keep giving til it hurts.We will make laws to protect others, and contain global warming.  We will negotiate for peace and find common ground. It is always calm after the storm and it will be again.

Praying for Everyone today.

AFTER THE STORM

Original acrylic painting of the Gulf Coast done on 9" X 12" pressed paper. Ready for mat and frame.

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HURRICANES

HURRICANES

“Hurricanes”  12″ X 9″ Acrylic on Paper

Well, it was bound to happen. An abstract appeared during my 30 paintings in 30 days challenge, and it is aptly named Hurricanes. Abstracts always come from my subconscious and guess what I have been thinking about; the collective safety of all my South Florida and Puerto Rico friends.

When doing abstracts sometimes I don’t notice what I have painted, I usually concentrate on shapes and color.  It wasn’t until I was photographing the painting that I saw the eyes of the hurricane and what do you know there were 3 of them; Irma, Jose and Katia.

This little exercise in creativity is making me very aware of my mindfulness, and how deep I go into meditation when I paint.

I am enjoying the journey as I discover myself one painting at a time.

HURRICANES

An original 12" X 9" acrylic on paper ready to mat and frame. Free Shipping in US.

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LONE TREE

LONE TREE

“Lone Tree”  9″ X 12″ acrylic on paper

Day five of my 30 paintings in 30 days brought me to a color palette of Ultramarine Blue, Brilliant Purple, and Sage Green.  I love working in triads and mixing the paints subtly together.  This turned out to be a quick painting, as was yesterdays.  I think I have found my groove. I love doing these experimental paintings it flexes my creativity, spontaneously riveting me into a firm painting.

I seem to always revert back to my purple and blue color palette, just seems right to me.  These colors lead me to a spiritual mindset and I begin to meditate as I paint. I feel blessed that I can find a mindfulness as I work. I love to reflect on the environment that I was planted into, the Southwest; an arid and empty space that gives you room to grow and nourish your thirst and vision.

Creating beauty one painting at a time.  Follow the Journey.

LONE TREE

An original acrylic on 9" X 12" paper, ready to mat and frame.

$45.00

 

RED SKY WARNING

RED SKY WARNING

“Red Sky Warning”   9″ X 12″ Acrylic on paper

Remember the old saying, “Red sky in the morning sailors warning” ? That is where my title for the above painting came from; you see I am married to a meteorologist and he constantly says that. Appropriate for a desert painting that is Surreal in feeling.

This is day four’s painting of the 30 in 30 challenge that started on September 1st.  I thought I would use this challenge for experimental expression and do some things that I don’t normally paint. I can’t get away from the colors I love though, so you will still see color, energy and movement in all the paintings that I am doing for this challenge.

The deeper that I get into this challenge the more I am feeling a creativeness starting to  bubble, like a well-spring, bringing new ideas and freedom of expression. Stay tuned for what pops up next in my subconscious.  It may be very revealing as to my nature and how I think.

So enjoy my blog as I paint the Southwest one adventure at a time. More of my works that are not in this challenge can be found  here.

Thanks for stopping by.  Pam

RED SKY WARNING

An original acrylic painting on 9" X 12" paper. Ready to mat and frame. Shipping is free in the US.

$45.00

 

VERGA, STORMS IN THE HIGH DESERT

VERGA

“Verga”  9″ X 12″ acrylic on paper

The monsoons are winding down, and we will have fewer of them as we move through September, our greatest chance for a nice storm will be this week. I love when they blossom into steady rain for our parched deserts here in the Southwest. No, I don’t want flooding like our dear friends in Houston have experienced just a nice gentle rain. I love the anticipation of their approach, the verga in the distance collecting over the mesas and foot hills, the feeling of moisture on your skin and the smell of sage and soil. This is when Arizona is the most beautiful.

The above painting, #3 in my 30 paintings in 30 days challenge, depicts this beautiful feeling in some of my favorite colors; turquoise and magenta. So onward with my challenge. I will be painting in the studio on this Labor Day holiday, enjoying the clouds building up in the distance with an expectation of sweet rain returning this coming week.

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Follow my journey through the Southwest one painting at a time.

VERGA

Original acrylic painting. 9" X 12" on paper, ready for a mat and frame. Shipping free in the US.

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ENJOYING THE JOURNEY

ENJOYING THE JOURNEY

“Enjoying The Journey”  9″ X 12″ Acrylic on Paper

Number 2 in my 30 in 30 days painting challenge.  Today I chose to loosen up and paint from the heart, which almost always turns into flowers. I also tend to paint in blue or purple when it comes from deep inside me.  Two of my favorite colors.

This painting was quick, not like yesterdays which took me several hours. This spark of creativity was spontaneous. It just bubbled out after meditation time on the deck. It is actually my favorite way to paint. Loose brushstrokes, a limited color pallet and contrast. It never fails to produce a dramatic painting.  So I named it “Enjoying The Journey” because that is what I do as an artist.  Enjoy life one painting at a time.

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ENJOYING THE JOURNEY

9" X 12" Acrylic on paper. Ready for matting and frame.

$45.00