CATTAILS… ADDING THE FINAL TOUCH

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“Cattails”  24″ X 24″ on gallery wrap canvas

This is my newest painting that I did during my latest workshop.  It was a demo but I absolutely love it for many reasons.  First, the colors are some of my favorites. PURPLE being number one and then teal is right up there in popularity.

I also love the flow of this piece, it just came together so effortlessly.  My workshop student wanted a pond painting which happens to be a favorite subject for me.  I have always called myself a “water baby”; I grew up on a lake and was nurtured by the sound of waves.

The cool colors with the warm accents always pull a painting together.  Those cattails and the rocks on the shoreline did the trick. Once the warm color came into the piece I knew exactly what was needed, so the final touch was the cattails. Those warm colors automatically direct your eye up to the cattails which is the focal point and title of the painting.

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PARK AVENUE ART

CRANE CROSSING

“Crane Crossing” 24″ X 24″

I have recently been given the opportunity to teach what I love, ART.  This year I wrote an aggressive business plan for my company.  I must admit that when I was through with it I wondered how this would all come about.  My bottom line is that I wanted to make a living doing what I love best, ART.

I decided that I would trust in my partner God, and that I would take all opportunities that he set in front of me.  Not only do I sell my art but I teach it.  I have a small base of students that take lessons from me; I also run workshops 4 times a year.  I have wanted to do more of this work, but have never had enough space in my studio to accommodate a large group.

God has set before me the opportunity to run a thriving school to teach visual arts.  It is at a space very familiar to me.  Park Avenue Arts, it is where Park Avenue Theater has git’s roots, and where I have designed sets for many years. It also houses Debbie Place who teaches vocal lessons  and will be adding Le Anne Lawhead, who teaches flute. Both these ladies are prominent in their fields. I now have the opportunity to teach visual arts in a great space and will start by filling a visual art curriculum for home-schooled students. I will also be doing one day painting retreats for adults and youth.

In July I will be teaching a two-day workshop, “Creating Positive-Energy Art”.  This is the perfect time to experience the cool summer breezes of the Arizona mountains.  We can spill out unto the creek side park for some Plein Air painting.  I am just loving the energy this space creates.  Trinity Presbyterian Church has created this Art Center to fill a gap, a nurturing place for both children and adults to find their passions, their way in life and the opportunity to grow closer to God.

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Road Trip Revisited

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Passing Trough Santa Barbara heading home there is this beautiful building in the hills above East Beach

My road trip is over and I am happy to be back home and stepping into the studio. This is when I get the most creative.  Down loading my pictures on to my computer, I can relive my memories and decide what images to paint. This image was taken going 70 miles per hour down the 101, a blurry but romantic image of Santa Barbara.

I decided to paint the emotion and feelings that this image brought up.  I have always liked the architecture of the Santa Barbara area and the feeling of another era of opulence and wealth.  There is this building that is right above East Beach that we pass by each trip, I saw it in the distance and when we approach I snapped this quick shot.  I was amazed that I even got it.  So this is the first painting of the “Road Trip” series that I completed this morning.

This is the beginning of the Study, laying in the colors.

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Now I am detailing the building, (If I only knew the name of it).  If anyone knows add in the comments please.

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Next I start refining the landscape, pushing the image back, adding more drama in the mountains, and correcting the building.

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I finish the piece by putting in the abstract sky, by mark making.  I never want my painting to look photo-real, I prefer the spontaneity of the marks.

The image feels right, the emotion is there of wealth and opulence. And I dream of myself living in this beautiful place over looking East Beach.  Ah, what a life.

Passing Through Santa Barbara

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Saturday In The Studio

WATERFALL

Water Fall 14″ X 11″ on Paint Board

Today is a rare opportunity to play in the studio, without time constraints or deadlines.  It will be the last time in the Studio for a week since our Road Trip to the Central Coast starts Monday bright and early.  My studio will be plein air on the coast.  Looking forward to it.

Meanwhile, today I decide to go abstract, play with colors and see what happens.  First off the easel is this piece.  So full of energy, very alive.  I can always tell my mood from my paintings.  Today’s start is expectations of fun, excitement and freedom.  I guess I need this upcoming road trip badly.

Using three main colors and their variations created the cohesiveness of the chaotic strokes.  Black gave it drama.  I love mark making and this is pure mark making.  No thought as to what it should become, it definitely is telling a story. Going back to my roots as a child growing up on the water. My happiest places are near the water, and on Monday I will be heading for the Pacific and that’s one large body of water.

Follow me on this fun adventure, for I will be doing some plein air painting on the coast.

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CREATING POSITIVE -ENERGY ART

 

FOREST BASIN

Forest Basin

I have discovered over the years that I love to teach and confab with other artists.  It brings me as much energy as it does the student.  Many times I learn from them how to be a better teacher, nurturer and friend.  This year I embarked on a new journey of discovery with my first workshop on Creating-Positive Energy Art.  I realized I needed to kick  it up a notch, and stretch my possibilities along with my students.

 

What I paint is not all that unique, but how I go about creating a painting may be.  First off I have evolved into a mark maker.  Tiny strokes off nothingness, becoming something.  It feels very magical when an image in my mind’s eye evolves into an image on canvas solely by creating small stokes of energy.

I start off remembering an event, a life circumstance or a picture; than I create a story from memories or feelings.  This becomes my story, unique to me seen through my own mind’s eye.  I hold it in my heart and then I put down my first mark.  I choose my colors by the mood that the memory brings. Slowly I add other colors usually starting from the top of my canvas and moving downward. Magically I start working, sometimes that memory will evoke another feeling, and than I am off in another direction.. It is a journey of self-discovery.  Each painting unique, created in the moment. It maybe realistic or abstracted solely based on the emotions brought to the surface.

In my workshops I try to teach this technique to help open the artist to greater possibilities.  It is not always easy and I see them struggle, it is hard for an artist to lose control and not dictate the direction of the painting. But than the magic happens, I will get an e-mail a few weeks later from a student telling me I showed them a new way of seeing. That it was freeing to let their intuitive side dominate the canvas.  They like the outcome,  they don’t mirror my technique but they create their own story, a story unique to them and a painting that is all their own.

I call it Creating Positive-Energy Art.

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OCTOBER… my favorite month.

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“OCTOBER”  8″ X 8″ Acrylic on Gallery Wrap Canvas

October is one of my favorite times of year.  I couldn’t let it pass by without praising it.  The Fall colors are spectacular, raking those leaves and then falling into them;the smell of burning piles of leaves next to the road. So many wonderful memories, come to me during this time of year.

Memories can be a wonderful way to bring uplift and positive-energy back into a day that may feel out of control, things can get very hectic as we go through our everyday tasks.  Stop and meditate for a moment and remember all those wonderful memories that October brings back.

Enjoy the cool crisp evenings and the gentle fall breezes. Before you know it October will be gone and Fall will just be a memory.

If you are interested in PURCHASING THIS MEMORY     Enjoy!!

Building My Dream

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“Ocean Dreams”  24″ X 24″ Acrylic on 1 1/2″ Gallery Wrap Canvas

Dream Building, it can take many forms, mine is a constant partnership with God to work toward my own greatness and to become the artist that I have always envisioned.  See that ocean in the painting above.  My vision when I look at it spans further than the eye can see across that ocean.  If I told you my whole vision it would take more pages than I could possibly blog.  Yet it is condensed down into a beautiful picture in my mind.  I see myself living my dream everyday.

You can start building a dream at any age.  One of my favorite books that I read frequently is Mary Manin Morissey’s “Building Your Field of Dreams”. She discusses growing your dream with the assistance of God through collabortaion with others of like mind.  She calls it a “partners in believing group”. I have a few dear friends who I try to meet with monthly who have similar goals.  Helping others to reach their dreams helps you to accomplish your own dreams.  Keeping your dream in the forefront of your mind daily is extremely powerful.  Each day part of my ritual before I start to work in the studio is meditating and giving gratitude for all the abundance I all ready have and all the abundance that my dreams are moving me toward.

One of my goals toward my dream is a large ecomerce site where all of you can purchase at reasonable prices paintings or prints of my uplifting Positive-Energy Art.  I have been working on my new website for several weeks and am launching it in stages.  Next up will be my Print Store which I hope to complete in the near future.  My photographer will be getting very busy in the next few weeks.  I will be stocking my studio with all my favorite prints in different sizes and price ranges, so the selection will have something for everyone who wants to start collecting Positive-Energy Art.

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“Sky Mesas”, Creating a work in progress

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Beginning of a painting

I started this painting one afternoon a work in progress.  My thinking process was a sunset and mesas.

I had a group of ladies coming by the studio a few days later and I decided to entertain them with a demonstration. I felt it was a good time to continue working on the above painting.

So this is what came next, Phase 2.

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Phase 2 but still not complete

I added more definition to the mesas and began to add vegetation to the foreground.  It was beginning to take shape.

The following day I put it back on the easel.  Not quite what I wanted yet. So started to rework it.

Phase three, developed more detail.

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Phase 3  with more definition

I started to lay in the sunset and define the mesas more.  Now I have the under-painting done but there is a lot more before I feel that it is completed.

I put it aside for a few days.

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Phase 4 now it is starting to take shape

I now started softening the colors adding in more foreground and cacti.  I added pops of orange to the bottom of the painting to balance it.  I thought it is almost done but I needed to sleep on it another day.

The next morning I felt that the mesas where to dark they needed a more dusky feel so I added sage and hints of orange.  The sky was not dramatic enough so i worked it some more by adding softer color.

Now it feels soft and warm yet full of my Postitive-Energy.  Just like my vision.

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“Sky Mesas”  16″T X  20″W  Acrylic on Gallery Wrap Canvas

“Vista” Seeing the Way to Greatness

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“Vista”  8″ X 8″ Acrylic on Gallery Wrap Canvas

When I am between big projects I have a stash of small canvases that I can play with.  I create small vignettes that I can later use as inspiration for a larger piece.  I also sell these small paintings to people who want the opportunity to purchase an original piece of art at a small price point.

“Vista” above was one such piece.  I was experimenting with a new color palette for sunsets.  I washed the background in reds and purples and accented with turquoise. I than added a bit of cloud structure and a few stokes of blue lighten with titanium white  to suggest twiggy brush.  It was a quick sketch of a feeling.

Most of my work comes from the inspiration of my daily life, nothing from a photo per say but from a memory.  A fleeting moment, a feeling, a spark of creative vision.  I see the world in a different way.  I will take this small piece and one day create a picture much larger with this same color pallette, something that will spark this memory. It’s part of my work process, a habitual ritual that keeps me painting even when I may not want to.

You see that sometimes I get tired of creating paintings, but as an artist it is what I must do so I must coax myself back into the studio when I go through these periods and paint small things to trigger bigger things.  That’s what creates success.  Always painting even when the inspiration is not there.  Always bettering myself and honing my craft.

An artist’s life is not magic it is hard work… It’s seeing the way to greatness

The Square Look…

Follow The Moon

“Follow The Moon” 24″ x 24″ Acrylic on Gallery Wrap Canvas http://www.pameladunmirefineart.com

Today lets look at square paintings.  I have become enamoured  by them, to the point that I almost solely paint on a square canvas unless I am doing a commission for someone.  Squares create a new way to look at a subject, create a feeling, or set a mood.  You no longer need a horizontal to create a landscape or a vertical to create a figurative piece.

For an artist you can break some of the composition rules, and who doesn’t like breaking an occasional rule.  Isn’t that what art is for; Contemporary Art for sure.  I have broken lots of rules, not traffic regulations or anything that would break a law; but I do fly by the seat of my pants occasionally; that’s what us creatives do.

I love the freedom of an unconventional canvas, bring on some triangles would ya. Seriously you can create great drama, excitement and movement with a square canvas.  Contrary to popular belief, squares do not confine you to inside a box. Think outside the box, think paradigm shift, think creativity.

Join me in loving the art of a square…..  OK, OK, I am not a square, I love to party too.

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