FOR THE LOVE OF TREES

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Blue Bayou 30″ X 30″

Just recently a student asked me, ” Why do you paint trees without leaves?” Hmm I began to think; I do paint a lot of snags and old dead trees. I like the structure of a tree trunk and the branches that reach toward the sky, why should they be covered up.  But I realized that it had been a long time since I painted a piece that was just vegetation. We have plenty of it up in the mountains of Arizona so yes, I should paint some.  Besides I needed a good example for my student.

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Prescott Sunrise 16″ X 16″

I found a photograph of one of our lovely sunrises that had plenty of trees (with leaves) and went to work. Than I realized how much I love vegetation in fact that is why we (hubby and me) choose to live where we do. This has turned out to be one of my favorite new painting.  There is something about forests that become so sheltering, nurturing, and comforting. I love to hike in them. I love the scent of pine, especially after one of our monsoon rains.

So I have the bug now, I will be painting many more trees with leaves, and probably some more old snags also.  I really do love trees. Painting the Southwest one adventure at a time.

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MONSOON LAKE

Monsoon Lake

“Monsoon Lake”  24″ X 24″ acrylic on 1 1/2″ gallery wrap canvas

The monsoon storms have set up a ferocious pattern in Northern Arizona.  It’s wonderful how much rain we are getting. The brilliant sunsets and the thunder and lightning crackling overhead, put an electricity and beauty into the environment that leaves a deep excitement and wonder.  The lakes are beginning to fill again, and the second bloom of wildflowers are starting to push through the soil.   What could show God’s blessing on this earth more than a monsoon?

As an artists this is the season of inspiration.  It is no wonder that I choose to paint one of our beautiful lakes during the monsoon. I love the energy of the monsoon and the colors that imprint on the sky, what better time than now for an artist that proclaim’s Positive-Energy Art.  It definitely resides on this website and here for you to enjoy.

Painting Arizona and the Southwest one adventure at a time.

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CATTAILS… ADDING THE FINAL TOUCH

CAT TAILS

“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.

If you are interested in my thoughts when painting this piece or you want to purchase it CLICK HERE

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.

If you are interested in learning about my vision behind “Ocean Dreams” or purchasing this lovely painting.  CLICK HERE

“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

Follow The Moon…become a seeker

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

“Sometimes I fall into a dream, magical and mystical.  Looking for fairies, or unmeet needs.  My heart drifts to those lost moments and I see it is good, for if I had found what I was missing I would not be a seeker.”

Pamela Dunmire, Artist and WRITER

Well I finally admitted that I am a writer…. what a funny feeling; for so long I have only thought of myself as an artist/painter of the spirit.  Yes I have been working on my first book, but I still could not say I was a writer.  I was seeking my own approval, I did not need any others.  Than as my spirit spoke in that mystical dream I understood.  I am what ever I choose to be.

“Follow The Moon” was done in a private workshop that I held in my studio for an accomplished artist who chose to spread her wings and create something different.  Just as she experimented I did too and pushed myself harder; as I taught her I taught myself. As this amazing painting appeared on my canvas, the spoken word also came into my heart and that is when I knew… I am not just a painter but also a writer.

A Straight Line Curved

A Straight Line Curved

“A Straight Line Curved” now hanging in the Spotlight Room at Mountain Artists Gallery

I have been silent for a while because I have been in the studio creating beautiful and soul-searching works for my new exhibit “A Straight Line Curved”.  It was a work of love.  The Intent for me behind this new exhibit with my friend and glass artist Patty Lindsey, is to radiate through my writing and art that any who might read these words and see these works of art will feel moved to spread love into the world.

All of my works have a small descriptive paragraph of my thoughts and feelings behind the creativity.  My intent is to draw the observer into the painting and feel the emotions that I have seeded into each work of art.  Fifteen of my most beautiful pieces are on display.

Patty’s glass art is such a lovely complement to my pieces and it has been a real pleasure to exhibit with her.  As one artist I truly admire, Deanne Brewster, wrote to Patty and I, “Congrats on a great Spotlight Room show.  I sat the gallery on Saturday and was able to absorb what you two have created.  Spectacular.”

The shows opening nite is this Friday July 24th, from 5pm-7pm, At Mountain Artist Guild and Gallery in Prescott, AZ.

Thanks everyone for all your support and belief in my talents.  I hope to see as many of you as possible on Friday night.

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China Garden… A new National Wildlife Federation Fund Raiser

"China Garden" 8" x 8' Acrylic on Gallery Wrap Canvas   $99.00 www.pameladunmirefineart.com

“China Garden” 8″ x 8′  $99.00
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Some of you may already know but if not…..  I have chosen the National Wildlife Federation as the environmental group that I will be supporting this year.  Being an Abstract Nature Artist and caring deeply for our environment and creatures that rely on it, I have decided that 30% of all sales this year will go to NWF.

I will be posting at least 1 painting per week on this blog.  I charge no tax or S&H to encourage you to support this cause.

China Garden  8″ x 8″ Acrylic on Gallery Wrap Canvas  $99.00  First to comment gets this sweet painting.   Mothers Day is coming……

Earth Day……..all year long.

"Jonquils" 30"x30" Acrylic on Gallery Wrap Canvas www.pameladunmirefineart.com

“Jonquils” 30″x30″ Acrylic on Gallery Wrap Canvas
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Ok, I missed writing a post on Earth Day. I fully meant to…but I was out in my Iris garden. So love when my Irises bloom. They are one of my favorite flowers.

Iris Garden

Iris Garden

Living in the Mountains of Arizona I have to contend with two things when gardening. The scarcity of rain, we are a desert state you know, and Javelina.  If you have never seen one they are wild pig like creatures that roam the state.  Javelina will eat almost any tubular plant but Iris; so I have a lot of Iris. Rain that’s another story. The drought in the Southwest has been long and hard.

Which brings me to global warming and Earth Day…. We are slowly killing our mother Earth. Have you seen California this year? I just got back from a trip there and it has dried up.  People are losing their homes because their water wells have dried up.  Towns are sinking a foot a year in the Central Valley because the underground water tables are depleting and the ground above is sinking.

Much of this is from our dependence on fossil fuels, we are warming the earth and it is drying up folks.  Ok, Ok, you people who live around the Great Lakes and the East Coast will probably differ, you had record snows this year, but 2014 was the hottest year on record.  How about those storms?  Storms have become more violent and more numerous.  Need I go on with the ugly truths.

Being a positive person I look to the future and the remarkable talent of the human race.  We can fix this with the help of science and everyone doing their part.  I for one watch my carbon foot print.  Drive only when I need to, use as little power as I can. I recycle, have a zeroscape landscape I don’t need to water any of my plants because they are all drought tolerant.  I use sustainable products and eat organic foods.

We can all do a part to ensure that our heritage continues and that our children’s children will have a bright future.  Every day is Earth Day.