Forgiveness, you can’t do it alone.

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“Forgiven”  8″ X 8″  Acrylic on 1 1/2 Gallery Wrap Canvas

I stumble through the darkness, for I have sinned yet God is near and hears my sorrow and shines mercy upon me.

Today I am reminded that forgiveness is a powerful tool to help each of us live a life full of   happiness.  It is not always easy to forgive  or let ourselves be forgiven; yet it is essential.  So it really takes two of us to forgive, me with the help of my partner God.

I need to be reminded of this often, which is the reason I painted this little beauty.  Mercy is given to all of us, just because…God loves us.

Go through your day today knowing that you are forgiven.  Forgive someone else, and you will have the heaviest of burdens lifted.

Sometimes I paint my faith, a way to worship for me.  Enjoy.

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.

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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Winter’s End…The Cycle of Life

"Winters End" Acrylic Painting on Gallery Wrap Canvas, 24"T X 36"W http://www.pameladunmirefineart.com

“Winter’s End” Acrylic Painting on Gallery Wrap Canvas, 24″T X 36″W
http://www.pameladunmirefineart.com

I am seeing the beginning of Spring in my neighborhood.  Beautiful Crab and Bradford Pear trees are in full blossom.  The days have warmed and the birds are chirping profusely.  It is amazing what a few weeks can bring forth.  It was only a month ago and we were blanketed by snow.  Nature and mother earth have cycled through their darkness and come full circle into the joys of Spring.

That is how our cycles of life flow, sometimes we face bitter cold and darkness, followed by times of plenty  and sunshine.  Many of us ask,” why can’t it always be light and happiness that shines on me.”  As a person of faith I know that you must face the cold in order to appreciate the warmth; hardship in order to recognize abundance; poverty of spirit in order to find the wealth of life.

However, it does not mean you need to be unhappy.  Take those cycles and use them as an opportunity to grow and bring clarity. Find purpose in all you do for Winter’s End is here and Spring is just around the corner.

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Thoughts Run Deep….. the patterns of life.

Running Deep, Mixed Median on Paper http://www.pameladunmirefineart.com

Running Deep, Mixed Media on Paper
http://www.pameladunmirefineart.com

After days of hibernating undercover, listlessly waiting for the cold and snow to stop, I am back in the studio.  Sometimes melancholy runs deep when I am tired and my energy is spent.  After weeks of cold and snow, ice storms, sleet and long days of travel it felt good to wrap myself in warmth and deepness.

Thoughts run deep during this period……this is when I hear that deep small voice of my God, gently nudging me back to life.  This is when my thankfulness is deep within my heart.  This is the place where my dreams materialize into thoughts and actions.  This is where I become energized and my creativeness begins to blossom again.

Today I stepped back into the studio, and creating called me, it spewed forth.  It sang the deep song that I had nurtured all those days.  I am back……

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Chasing the Dream……

“Chasing the Dream” 36″ x 36″ Acrylic on Gallery Wrap Canvas http://www.pameladunmirefineart.com

I just came back from an incredible week-long workshop with Jeanne Bessette, in Raleigh, NC.  WOW, all heart and inner work…. Kinda Scary, right, but all so revealing…. I discovered the REAL ME…

What a wonderful freeing moment to find the true, unaltered, depth of the soul me. To discover, that much of what I was chasing in life was actually someones else agenda. As I looked at a person’s life and would think, I want that…don’t they look happy, aren’t they rich and famous.  I was chasing their dreams.  No wonder I was treading water, when I was trying to swim a marathon.

One must find their own journey through life, one that suits them down to their bones; one that leaves them sobbing with fear and excitement. The goosebumps just popped….. That’s the feeling you want…

During my week-long transformation I created many soul-searching paintings.  “Chasing the Dream” above, was that break through piece that switched the energy level from mildly excited to Holy Moly…. I got this.

Chase your true bone defining, goosebumps popping dream and step into it.  Your peeps will find you.

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That perfect love.

Well here it is Valentines Day, that time of year when we publicly avow our love to those we hold dear.  Or maybe it is a commercial endeavor by the greeting card and candy companies.

Many of you are singles, for various reasons and Valentines can be difficult…..  Or we have had a heartbreaking experience that makes Valentines an awful anniversary.

It took me many years to appreciate Valentines….. Once I learned to love myself, forgive others and discover the perfect love; I began to truly understand this day.  My perfect love is Christ centered. A love that comes from deep in to all humanity; even those I don’t like I try to love.

It’s hard to love our enemies, how about ISIS, the epitome of evil, or the person down the street who isn’t like me. Or that pesky person who tries to get me to think their way.  How can you love someone like them?

God tells us to love our enemies and to forgive our enemies, I try each day during meditation to send blessings though out the world especially those places and to those people who I find difficult to love.

Those who may find blessings may learn to love, may themselves begin to forgive, and turn away from evil.  They may learn to accept others put down their swords or barbed tongues and love in peace.

Today I wish all of you a perfect love, and many blessings on this Valentines Day.

Pushing Forward….Life Lessons

"Pushing Forward"  24"T x 18"W  Acrylic on Gallery Wrap Canvas. http://www.pameladunmirefineart

“Pushing Forward” 24″T x 18″W Acrylic on Gallery Wrap Canvas.
http://www.pameladunmirefineart.com

Some days you awake mired in problems, wanting to reveal your true self, but afraid to move forward.  Fear takes over, for no good reason and unmet dreams fade away.

We have all had days like this, where no matter what you try, you feel stuck.  As an artist, this happens frequently….. I have repainted a canvas, so many times it becomes heavy.  It is usually my fear of failure rearing it’s ugly head.  Instead of joyously walking into the studio for a day of experimentation, I conjure up self-talk, “I have to produce that perfect painting”.

When I stop and let go…. feel the presence of God…..and tap into my own energy that is when I can push forward and create from my soul.

This doesn’t just happen in the studio, it can happen in everyday life.  Find your center, connect with God and lean into your true energy and you can accomplish what ever you desire.  Try Pushing Forward.

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