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.

To sign up for my workshop or to find out about other artistic opportunities contact me HERE.

Switching Gears

WATER WORLD

“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.

 

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

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.

When in Prescott stop by my studio.     For an appointment:  dunmireart@gmail.com

 

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In my Blue Stage

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BLUE BAYOU

 

Last night when I had a gathering in my studio I was asked, ” how do you pick your color palette?”  Well part of it is what mood I am in but a more practical answer would be; I have a favorite art store that I frequently visit to find luscious colors of my favorite paints.

I pick out tubes and bottles of fantastic colors that sing to me at that moment and I take them home, after paying of course. Once home I madly paint all sorts of things until the paint is gone.  That usually sates me for a while. So I go back to my favorite art store and pick out another interesting color combo that again sings to me. Than it starts all over again.

So back to my blue phase,  Blue Bayou was one of those paintings that I started when I was at the “bottom of the bottles” so to speak. It was the last day of the Open Studio Tour and I was demonstrating my painting technique. Running low I got very creative and started adding other combos of paints that were on my table and this amazing piece appeared before my eyes.  Magic happens like that in the studio.

It is kinda like life, if you let it flow many wonderful things can happen.  If you restrict it to just the bottles you have it can become boring.  Change out your color palette every now and then and your life will be fulfilling and happy. Just saying…..

 

 

 

Follow The Moon…become a seeker

Follow The Moon

“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.

My Secret World.. things happen for a reason.

Secret World 24" T X 20"W Acrylic on Gallery Wrap Canvas www.pameladunmirefineart.com

“Secret World”, 24″ T X 20″W , Acrylic on Gallery Wrap Canvas
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In my meditations there is a secret world where I go to envision myself. This world is full of energy, sparks of ideas and promises of creativity. This dynamic place transports me into my future… and I am free.

“Secret World” is one of my favorite pieces that I did in 2014.  It is now going to a new home in Ludington, Michigan many miles from its home on my studio wall in Prescott, Arizona.  The story of how it sold is quite magical, things happen for a reason.

"Following The Moon"

“Following The Moon”

The above painting “Following the Moon” was hung in my show “A Straight Line Curved”, that is running in the spotlight room at Mountain Artists Gallery in Prescott. I hung the show on July 15th but opening nite was July 24th.  Between that time it mysteriously fell off the wall and was punctured.  The gallery called me about the damages and asked if I would replace the painting with another.  So I brought in, You guessed it, “Secret World”.

When looking at the whole presentation I knew that “Secret World” should have been my first choice.  It really worked much better with the theme of the show and the energy on the walls.  A summer visitor to the area, came opening nite and fell in love with it, bought it and after the show it will be sent to her home in Michigan, which happens to be my home state.

All is well in my magical world of intention, love and higher self.  My painting has found it’s for ever home.  I am blessed and so is my collector.

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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Trimming the Trellis…… creating positive energy.

"Garden Trellis"  26" x 16" Acrylic on Gallery Wrap Canvas http://www.pameladunmirefineart.com

“Garden Trellis” 16″ x 16″ Acrylic on Gallery Wrap Canvas
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I’ve been away from the blogging circuit this last week due to a really bad sinus infection that threw me in bed and away from the world.  It gave me a really quite time to reflect on things, look at life and dig deep.

I find that sometimes life can get in the way to really living.  I am doing some energy clearing with a friend who is a wellness coach, and yes my sinuses are opening up and the world is coming back into focus.

It’s like my garden trellis, if it gets overgrown and unruly the leaves and vines take over choking out the blooms. That’s what happens when negative energy creeps into your life: muscles tighten, sinuses clog the headaches ensue.

Over loading life can cause negative energy, scheduling to many things and trying to meet the demands of a career and family sometimes stops you from really living.  Real living is savoring the moment, noticing the little things and finding gratitude, finding pure and positive energy in all you do; creating joy.

Take time this week to find your garden trellis, and trim out the negative energy, and you will find the blossoms ready to bloom.