Finding That Perfect Sofa, or how eclectic am I…

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Lewis Sofa

If you walk into my home you will notice how eclectic it is.  Modern Art along side turn of the century antiques.  I appreciate hand made things, with an artsy feel.

Oh yes, I have a purple sofa… A very mid-century styled sofa.  So today I thought I would share a bit about my creative sons Ted and John Lewis who happen to own a boutique furniture company, Lewis Interiors.  They have an appreciation for all things Mid-Century.  In fact they design and build in Phoenix, Arizona a whole line of Mid Century furniture: chairs, sofas, rockers and ottomans.

Custom built to your criteria, (mine had to be purple) but you can choose your fabric and wood tone. Did I say that they will ship anywhere, my son John used to ship for the railroad so he knows the value of getting a piece from their shop to your home safely and on time.

They are taking their collection to the prestigious Las Vegas Furniture Mart in July and I wish them all the success that they have worked so hard for.

So in my artsy and eclectic way I know that you can have a fabulous look placing a bit of Mid Century into any decor.  Try it out, and check out their website and find that perfect piece for your own space.

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New On-line Workshop

I have dove head first  into on-line teaching and hoping to bring my knowledge to a broader base. Not everyone can fly into Prescott for a workshop so I thought I would condense my workshop  “Creating Energy and Movement with Acrylics” into 7 lessons that you can work on in the privacy of your own studio or at home.  Learn about it here.

It has been extremely strange for me to talk on a video, which I think is amusing because I can give lectures and workshops and talk in front of people with no problem. Put me in front of a camera and I suddenly find it hard to speak.  So as I get over this learning curve, and finish all the videos I hope to launch the new course by August.

I am actually enjoying putting this all together, besides demonstration videos there are downloads for handy references, and Powerpoint voice overs for a variety of learning experiences. I will also be having a closed FB group for those who want to share their experiences of the course with other course participants.

There are several ways to get in on the fun as I complete the course.  I am looking to find a beta group that wants to take the first round at an extremely discounted price for your honest feedback and critique, or you can wait till the bugs are all out and get the full experience. Either way let me know by signing up for my e-mail list if you are not already receiving this in your inbox. You can also drop me a comment below if you are reading my blog or respond to this  by email if you like.

My Favorite Paints

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Golden Fluid Acrylics and Liquitex soft body acrylics

People ask me all the time. ” What paints create that feel of movement in your paintings?”  As most of you know I am an acrylic painter and although I use mainly three professional brands of paint, Golden, Liquitex and Modern Master, my favorite by far are the fluid acrylics and soft body paints.

I especially love the fluid acrylics, the flow rate is like none  other. They smoothly handle with the flat brushes, the fan brushes and liners which I use most often. They also drip nicely and adding water to them creates opportunities for glazing.  They come in yummy colors my favorite being Teal.

If you are an artist and have never tried them, give it a go.  If you are a collector enjoy what they do on a canvas to enhance the movement, color and energy of each painting.

If you are interested in learning more about artists paints or painting in general I will be launching an on-line course later this summer.  It will consist of six modules dealing in mindset, tools, paints, techniques, composition, negative space and many other things that get to the heart of creating art that is creative, intuitive, and full of energy, movement and color.

Let me know if you want to be on my wait list  I am looking for a beta group to test it at a very discounted rate before it goes live to the public; share with a friend who may be interested in this great offer.

As always, live a creative life as possible, enjoy every moment and share the happiness.

Pam

Reaching Your Highest Potential

REACHING UP

Reaching High 24″ X 24″   TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS PAINTING

As you know I love to paint inspiring and up-lifting pieces.  I thought these Cone Flowers were just right for that kind of motivation.  Stretching themselves to reach to the sun, they are the tallest plants in this garden.  Just like these Cone Flowers we should be reaching ever upward, seeking to have a most productive and joyous life. Being the best we can be, and living the life of our dreams.  It doesn’t matter what stage of life we are in, we can always look forward to greatness, joy and abundance.  Whether that means we volunteer our time to help others, travel to places we have always wanted to go, or seek new talents, we can always reach our highest potential.

Go out this week and find the time to do something wonderful.

Pamela is an Art workshop instructor, and a motivational teacher.   To find her CLASSES and  to enjoy her Positive-Energy ART

Becoming a Painter

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“Iris”  16″ X 16″  Learn More About This Painting

Hi Friends,

I didn’t start painting until I was 40 years old.  Some people might think that a true painter would be innately born to be a painter.  Maybe I was but life didn’t present me with the desire till I was older.

My father was a wonderful painter and professional artist, I would sit hours by his side and watch him paint.  He would teach me about color, perspective and composition. Yet I never put them into practice. I idolized him, and then he was gone, at fifteen I became broken when my father suddenly died.  I never picked up a brush after that for the first half of my life.

My husband was in the Air Force and he was up for transfer to another base. So we visited Kirkland AFB near Albuquerque, New Mexico.  A friend I was working with suggested I visit Ghost Ranch, where Georgia O’Keeffe painted.  My epiphany came when I walked in her shoes in the beautiful New Mexico soil. It brought up the long shackled desire to paint.

It became my passion and the Yin to my Yang of self-preservation while working in the field of Child Welfare. It became my joy and my spark to igniting a creative life.  My father was at my back spurring me along.

That is why I believe it is never to late to find your passion. If it is visual art then pick up that brush, mold some clay or weld some metal. Join your local art’s guild find some classes or workshops, find the joy in life.

Never stop finding your true calling.

Pam

 

Thriving

 

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“Thriving” 10″ X 10″  LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS PAINTING      

Hi Friends,

We all want to feel like we are thriving, but sometimes that perception is hard to accept. This happens a lot to artists; it is the culture of art, the mystic of art.  Actually it is the fault of Vincent van Gogh!  After all van Gogh only sold one painting in his entire career, so he was the first and foremost “Starving Artist:.

So I try to thrive, and fortunately have never had to starve. I diversify my assets.  What are my assets? I could include my portfolio, but that is between me and my broker, what I really want to talk about is my skill sets.

I paint powerful, energy driven paintings full of color and movement.  They come from my faith-based life, the spiritual side of me, the side that finds joy in life, the side that want’s to lift others spirits.  My other skill set is actually two-fold, the therapist and teacher side of me.  I use these skills in my workshops and individual lessons and soon in my on-line classes.  I diversify these skills to create my purpose: “to lift people’s spirits and bring people to wholeness, by finding the beauty in this world.” 

It’s not a bad way to live, doing what I love and know best. Thriving in a beautiful art career, and helping people lift their spirits.  Let’s take the Starving out of the Artist.

Pam

 

 

My #1 question? What’s yours?

 

PRESCOTT SUNRISE, 16 X 16 ACRYLIC ON 1 1:2 GALLERY WRAP CANVAS, $320.00 BY PAMELA DUNMIRE

“Prescott Sunrise”   Learn more about this painting

Hi Friends,

Today is a question and answer session.  So I will try to answer the #1 question that people ask about my art and let you ask me some.

People always ask,  “Why do I paint what I do?”

Short answer is that it makes me happy, but the long answer is more complicated. My previous career was in Social Work; twenty years working with families, with a Masters in Counseling Psychology .

I saw that people who had broken spirits rarely picked themselves up. A single reflection of hope, in many cases, could be the trigger to make all the difference. Art became my solace after a long day of helping others who were stuck in a mire of self-destruction and hopelessness. It brought normalcy and hope to my life, so why couldn’t it bring this to others? If I were able to help a person move into a positive direction simply by viewing my art or teaching them how to create their own art they could look at life differently and change their lives for the better.

It is little wonder I try to find that spark of hope in all I do. As an artist the themes of hope and positive energy carry through all my work. I choose to paint art that is full of movement, positive-energy, and color to uplift my spirit and the spirits of others. Through my workshops I teach others to find wholeness through art.

So there you have it… I paint to heal grief, disappointment, and failure. I paint to give hope to others. I paint to help people have a joyous life.

So ask away, and then let me ask you how my art can help?  When it comes to picking art for your environment, what is your single greatest challenge?

Have a great day and continue enjoying life to its fullest.

Pam

 

Spring… rebirth, renewal and resurrection

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“Iris”  16″ X 16″

As the seasons change so do I, winter barely left us when I was waiting for hints of spring, I have an Iris garden just off my deck, surrounded by my  creek and this is where I look each year for signs of spring.  Now Iris are one of the few flowers I can plant that our pesky Javalina don’t seem to have an appetite for.  Daffodils are the other spring flower that is not on their menu.  So these two flowers are planted everywhere in Prescott .  When the leaves start popping through the earth, just like clock work around the spring solstice I know spring has sprung.

This became my inspiration for a spring collection, which is all about flowers this year; specifically Iris. So from now through May you may see a lot of flowers blooming on my website.  A fresh inviting look full of promise and hope for an amazing 2018.  Isn’t that what spring is all about, rebirth, renewal and resurrection.

Original Boutique Art  (only 1 available)  Shipping free in the US

“Iris” Original Acrylic Painting

16" X 16" X 1 1/2" Acrylic on Gallery Wrapped Canvas sides painted teal and ready to hang.

$320.00

 

Creating Atmosphere

STORMS A COMING

“Storms A Coming”  9″ X 12″ Acrylic on Vellum

This is one of my early morning studies where I was practicing technique. I wanted the feel of a storm coming yet the sun was still shinning through that sucker hole as my meteorologist husband would say.  So the painting is bright and colorful yet the sky is threatening. It definitely makes the colors pop and the shadows interesting; a favorite of  many of my followers.

It is a practice of mine to work on vellum paper to warm up in the studio before I start my day of painting.  It keeps my skills honed and allows me time for experimentation. This is an example of atmospheric experimentation,  I wanted my sky full of drama yet a landscape full of promise. Spring flowers popping up from winter rains.  Though we are experiencing extreme draught in our part of the world I am ever hopeful that God will nurture our arid lands.

This painting is matted and ready to frame total area 12″ X 16″.  A great value since I sell them far below my canvas work.

“Storms A Coming” Original acrylic painting on vellum.

Painting is 9″ X 12″ matted to 12″ X 16″ Ready for your own unique frame.

$65.00

Creating Early Morning Studies

SPRINGTIME ON THE MESA

“Spring Time On The Mesa”  9″T X 12″W  Acrylic on Vellum

I started a practice at the first of the year to force me to hone my skills and bring me into the studio and away from the office.  I have found that this art business of mine renders me more time in the office doing marketing than in the actual studio.  I must get an assistant, but I digress.

I call this practice my early morning 10 to 15 minute study. I have a pad of Vellum that I use strictly to create quick studies.  I work the first 10 minutes of the morning laying down on the paper what ever comes to mind. This practice really is a marker as to how I am thinking that day and the mood I am in. I never finish the study in one sitting but instead put it aside and pick it up again the next morning.  The next day my mood may have changed and I may go in another direction with the study. Eventually I finish it and may find I like what I have created so I will mat it and sell it way below what I charge for a normal acrylic painting done on gallery wrap canvas. The customer ends up with a Boutique Art Original at a much lower price. That is how many of my new customers have started their collections of my work.

This practice loosens me up and allows me to experiment with new techniques so I am constantly getting better. It also quickly gets me ready for a day of work in the studio.

So what do you do to start your day?

“Spring Time On The Mesa” Original Acrylic Painting

9"T X 12"W acrylic painting on vellum paper, matted and ready to frame.

$65.00