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 vellum paper, matted in white to 12" X 16" and ready to frame.

$75.00

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 TREES

An original 9″ X 12″ acrylic on vellum paper, matted in white to 12" X 16" and ready to frame.

$75.00

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

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

CANYON VIEW

 

CANYON VIEW

“Canyon View”  9″ X 12″ Acrylic on Water Color Paper

I just got back from a trip to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. It was my first time to the North Rim, though I have been to the South Rim many times.  The North is superior to the South in many ways.  First the amount of people is limited, which makes for a more intimate setting, and an up close and personal view of the vistas.  This side of the canyon is at 8,000 ft elevation and surrounded by Alpine Forest which provides a lush and varied vegetation.

The lodge built in 1916, is lovely and surrounded by forest shrouded cabins which are so cozy and comfortable.  We stayed in the West Cabins and felt like we had stepped back into the 1930’s and 1940’s, with all the conveniences of a modern hotel except for TV. Who needs a television when you have the canyon to entertain you.

While I was there I hiked the vistas and did some “plein air” painting.  Above is one of the memories that came out of a long day of the most spectacular views around.

This prompted me to begin a series of paintings dedicated to the North Rim and that beautiful Alpine Forest.  All of them will be 9″ X 12″ on watercolor paper.  Perfect for a mat and frame of your choice.  These are being sold at a cash and carry price of $45.00 yet you can purchase the above painting through PayPal just click above.

More stories of my days at the Grand Canyon’s North Rim will be forthcoming.  If you like this painting and want to experience more follow this blog or visit my website here.

See you next time, as I travel and paint the Southwest one adventure at a time.

CANYON VIEW

9" X 12" Acrylic Painting on paper. Ready to mat and frame.

$45.00

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

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“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.

If this painting pulls at your heartstrings it available here

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.

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.

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“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