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

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

HEADING THROUGH THE DESERT

HEADING THROUGH THE DESERT

“Heading Through The Desert” from my “road trip” series

Sometimes the most memorable, road trips are those closest to home, the day trips. Being that I live in Arizona that usually means traveling through the desert to get someplace.  There is a certain beauty about the desert.  The arid plateau, bursts forth with wildflowers after a life-giving rain.  That is when I love it the most.  The distant mesas of the southwest, give the desert form and beauty.  I become one with the creation.

Those of you who love to road trip have a plethora of beautiful memories.  I can take that memory and bring it to life as a custom painting for your home.  My standard size is 11″ X 14″, but I will create a bigger size for that special place.  All you need to do is contact me HERE. Drop me a comment and we will make it happen.

 

So here’s to Road Tripping, enjoying life and expressing myself one painting at a time.

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Road To Port San Luis

ROAD TO PORT SAN LUISThis recent painting was done for my “Road Trip” series.  The inspiration comes from my trip to the Central Coast of California and my stopover in Avila Beach.  I took this picture from San Luis Bay Inn.  It is perched high above this road and the ocean below.  From here you have magnificent views of Port San Luis and the harbor.  On this beautiful day many of the fishing boats were out to sea with only a few moored.

I really love painting these small studies, and the memories that bring back times of pleasure and relaxation.  I love to take road trips for the inspiration and the regeneration that they provide.  I always feel full of creativity after a short road trip.

I get lost in the creative process, and visualizing my memories.  Telling my story, and putting it on canvas makes me feel as if I am traveling again.  Jot me a line and send me a picture and I will help you bring your memories back to life. Just tell me your story and let’s see how the two of use working together can create a memory for your home.

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Cruising the Coast

CRUISING THE COAST

“Cruising The Coast” Acrylic Study on 11′ X 14″ canvas

I could paint this picture blind folded, well actually maybe not but this stretch of the California Rte 101 is etched in my memory.  I commuted to work on this byway for nine years.  OK, in the painting I omitted the hotels, homes and restaurants that dot the shore, but I prefer to paint the coast in its pristine beginnings.  All those hotels, and homes have created traffic on the 101 and that is one of the reasons I no longer live there.  These days I prefer my small mountain town to crazy California traffic jams.

I do miss my ocean breezes and the smell of the salt air, walking the beach and fresh seafood, I could go on and on…. So our last road trip was back to the old stomping grounds around Pismo Beach.  It was perfect timing corresponding with my new “Road Trip” series  which I started this spring and will work on through the summer and into the fall. I hope to have a sweet slugh of painting about road tripping since it is one of the things I like to do best.  Road tripping gives me great inspiration for painting my positive-energy art, and many of these small studies will be inspirations for larger paintings.

So heres to Road Tripping, enjoying life and expressing myself one painting at a time.

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“Looking Over Avila”

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“Looking Over Avila”  11″ X 14″ acrylic study

This is an acrylic study of  a view I saw looking at Avila Beach while I was standing on the patio of the San Luis Bay Inn. The inn is situated on the hill above the town.  I snapped a photo and saved it until I was back in the studio.  I had never seen Avila from this perspective.  I thought it would make a great painting for my “Road Trip” series. The road below leads to San Luis Port which is one of my favorite destinations.  I love watching the seals begging for scraps from the fishermen coming into port with their fresh catch of the day.

 

I enjoy capturing these interesting vignettes, which become memories of a life well-traveled.  At a later date I may create a larger painting of this scene. But for now it captures the mood and feeling of that moment.  One of my friends who saw this study said it was “magical”… Yes, I believe it is.

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North of Cuesta Grade

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Driving up the Cuesta Grade

Today was a road trip to North San Luis Obispo County. One of my favorite places for wine and frivolity.

I usually schedule a full day for wineries and a stop in Moro Bay. Today started out cold and overcast by the coast but slowly burnt off as we traveled inland.  Going up the Cuesta Grade, just north of San Luis Obispo, we were heralded with patch works of green and bright yellows from all the winter rains dressing the mountains with wild mustard scattered amongst the wild grasses and live oaks.  We noticed that many of the grape vines were pruned down to stubs and new sets had been planted. No doubt due to the bad drought that this area has witnessed for the last four years. Thank God for the winter rains, for everything looks very healthy now.

We were on a mission to pick up our wine club order from Peachy Canyon Winery so that was our first stop.

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Peachy Canyon Winery, the best place to find a Zinfandel 

Peachy Canyon is a small winery that the locals love best where you will find a great Zinfandel. I have been buying from them for years. I joined their wine club once I moved to Arizona so that I could have their wonderful Zins shipped directly to me.

After visiting with the staff, we continued our tastings of some of the other fine vintners on the Central Coast, and then it was time to fill up with food to soak up all that wine. So we headed south on California Rte. 1 to Moro Bay and my favorite lunch spot, Bayside Cafe.

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Bay Side Cafe, always the best for fresh from the sea fish

OK, I had been waiting all day, heck, all week for this.  A fresh Salmon filet on a pretzel roll and their California Chowder. (Basically clam chowder and green Chilies). The perfect end to a great day of road tripping.  I gathered a ton of reference photos and I can’t wait to get back in the studio to paint the memories.

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Road Tripping Day One

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Coming through San Gorgornio Pass

 

Woke up bright and early this morning to start our Road Trip to the Central Coast of California. A full day of driving got us to the coast around 5:30 with check in at the San Luis Bay Inn, in Avila Beach.  It was cold and breezy, with fog hanging low over the ocean; typical for this time of year.

The Drive was one of the prettiest in record years with a wildflower bloom that climbed up the hills and mountains as far as you could see.  This was due to the wonderful winter rains that blessedly fell on California and Arizona this winter.  There is still snow on the peaks around Palm Springs and Los Angeles.

Traffic was light going through the LA basin and the dreaded traffic jams around Burbank on the 101 never materialized. So we made the trip in record-breaking time.

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Pacific Ocean North of Ventura

North of Ventura the 101 opens up to the ocean and the gloom of coastal fog, and we knew we were getting close to our destination.

Road Trips are the ultimate way of seeing the USA.  I hope you will join me as I paint and photograph my way across the Central Coast.

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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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Switching Gears

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“Water World” In a private collection

Today is one of those days when I start “Switching Gears”, wrapping up all my projects, that are due now and planning for the week ahead’s media for a marketing blitz.  Then packing and planning for my road trip to the Central Coast of California starting next week.

It always takes me a few days to switch gears…  Frankly it is hard for me to leave the studio. It really is my sanctuary and a place I love to be.  It is my creative space, meditation space, growing space, and retreat. It is where I self-actualize, move from one thought to the next, place one stroke and then another on canvas creating my story.

Road Tripping is a way to gather more inspiration to bring back to my studio; to constantly keep my flow going and to stop the blocks that hit me as a sledge-hammer hits a brick.  So it is time to switch gears, move forward and seek some down time.  Down time to me is seeking the ocean, feeding the gulls, dinning on fresh fish, sipping my favorite wines and visiting old friends.

After a long trek through the deserts of Arizona and California, my first stop will be at Hadley’s.  Here is where I replenish my supply of nuts and the sweet dates that grow in the Coachella Valley, below the towering mountain of San Jacinto.  The wind blasts the hot air captured by the giant arms that whirl along the highway, and I will need a drink to quench my thirst.

As we drive up California Route 101 after the smog and grit of LA, I will switch gears again.  That first waft of salt air and the feel of moisture that gently pats my cheek and caresses me with a kiss, signals it’s time to let go.  The ocean will come into view and the green rolling hills of the Central Coast will beacon to come further and I will have reached my inspiration.

So follow along as I travel on my first “Road Trip” of 2017.  Let’s see where inspiration will lead me as I gather resources for my “Road Trip” series.