On Being Thankful for the small things…

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Enjoying some time with my grandson.

This is the season for gratitude, and I for one have been blessed.  I think it is my age. Being 70 has its advantages.  No more feeling I need to compete, or worrying about my image. Now I can concentrate on the important things in life, like fishing with my grandson. As I get older riches come in different forms, hugs, laughs, kisses…

Seeing a grown child happy, with their own life choices, is something to be grateful for. Thanksgiving was a perfect time to witness this. Feeling thankful that I got to spend time with all my kids, the grown up ones and the little ones.

Find something small to be grateful for each and every day.  It can change your life.

Now back to the solitude of my studio and feeling thankful; one painting at a time…

JOY

JOY

“Joy”  12″ X 9″ acrylic on 150 lb. pressed paper

Number 16 in my 30 in 30 challenge and this time it is an abstract.  I love doing abstracts and playing with patterns.  I used that bright fuchsia again.  It was still on my palette from the last two paintings.  I hate to waste paint and this palette is beautiful. The soft sage green and sky blue pairs well with the fuchsia.  The white ties it all together and makes the negative space come into view.  I think this abstract is stunning.

I chose to name it “JOY” because that is how I am feeling these days, Joyful.  It is also what I hope you experience when you view this piece. God plants plenty of joy in this world just open your heart to receive it. Joy is a blessing to receive everyday, look around you, from the smallest bud to the expansive sky to a beautiful painting joy is everywhere.

Here’s to experiencing joy one moment at a time…

PASSING THROUGH ON THE WAY…

PASSING BY ON THE WAY

“Passing Through On The Way”  9″ X 12″ on 150 lb. pressed paper

Half way through my 30 in 30 challenge and the last half will be a bit more tasking since I have the Studio Tour coming up in two weeks. But that is another story and today I am still finding creativity oozing out of me. It has been fun experimenting with different color palettes. Fuchsia was todays color choice. I think I have painted mesas in every color imaginable, so today was no exception.

As for the reason I painted them Fuchsia… What could be more exciting than driving miles  down I-40 through Arizona and New Mexico heading on the way to somewhere.  You got the idea. I have traveled this route many times and the collective memories are etched in my brain. I have been thinking about a road trip after the Studio Tour, which lead me to remember the comforting rhythm of the car wheels traveling down such roads. The topography is mesas, hundreds of mesas. Mostly brown, but when the sun hits them just right, they magically turn beautiful colors. So todays fuchsia becomes mesas and the familiar cadence of a road trip.

Traveling in my mind’s eye… one painting at a time.

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

LONE TREE

LONE TREE

“Lone Tree”  9″ X 12″ acrylic on paper

Day five of my 30 paintings in 30 days brought me to a color palette of Ultramarine Blue, Brilliant Purple, and Sage Green.  I love working in triads and mixing the paints subtly together.  This turned out to be a quick painting, as was yesterdays.  I think I have found my groove. I love doing these experimental paintings it flexes my creativity, spontaneously riveting me into a firm painting.

I seem to always revert back to my purple and blue color palette, just seems right to me.  These colors lead me to a spiritual mindset and I begin to meditate as I paint. I feel blessed that I can find a mindfulness as I work. I love to reflect on the environment that I was planted into, the Southwest; an arid and empty space that gives you room to grow and nourish your thirst and vision.

Creating beauty one painting at a time.  Follow the Journey.

LONE TREE

An original acrylic on 9" X 12" paper, ready to mat and frame.

$45.00

 

VERGA, STORMS IN THE HIGH DESERT

VERGA

“Verga”  9″ X 12″ acrylic on paper

The monsoons are winding down, and we will have fewer of them as we move through September, our greatest chance for a nice storm will be this week. I love when they blossom into steady rain for our parched deserts here in the Southwest. No, I don’t want flooding like our dear friends in Houston have experienced just a nice gentle rain. I love the anticipation of their approach, the verga in the distance collecting over the mesas and foot hills, the feeling of moisture on your skin and the smell of sage and soil. This is when Arizona is the most beautiful.

The above painting, #3 in my 30 paintings in 30 days challenge, depicts this beautiful feeling in some of my favorite colors; turquoise and magenta. So onward with my challenge. I will be painting in the studio on this Labor Day holiday, enjoying the clouds building up in the distance with an expectation of sweet rain returning this coming week.

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VERGA

Original acrylic painting. 9" X 12" on paper, ready for a mat and frame. Shipping free in the US.

$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

30 IN 30

ON THE VERANDA

“On The Veranda” 9″ X 12″ Acrylic on Paper

Today starts my 30 paintings in 30 days challenge. I thought I would start off with an inspiration from my North Rim Grand Canyon trip.  This view is looking out over the West Veranda of the Lodge.  A favorite place to gaze in the early morning waiting for the buffet line to open for breakfast.

I love the colors and the dramatic contrast that the morning light forms on the canyon walls.  It never ceases to amaze me, just stick around for a while and watch what happens when the angle of the sun changes or a cloud passes over the canyon, it is like a whole different place.

All of my 30 in 30 paintings will be 9″ X 12″ acrylic on paper unframed.  Selling at the low price of $45.00.  I want everyone to have the opportunity to purchase an original piece of art that can be enhanced with a standard off the shelf frame.  For those who are familiar with my work know that a painting this size done on gallery wrap canvas would be selling for $135.00.  So take advantage of the offer when a favorite piece pops up in the blog in the next 30 days.  They are one of a kind and when sold no prints will be available.

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So enjoy my blog as I paint the Southwest one adventure at a time.   Pam

 

On The Veranda

9" X 12" Acrylic on paper. Original one of a kind art

$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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