MISTY MORNING

MISTY MORNING

“Misty Morning” 8″ X 8″ acrylic on gallery wrap canvas

I love fall mornings when the mist begins to rise off the desert and it is indistinguishable between the sky and earth. A coolness settles in, shapes blur and dreams become real. This is how I felt this morning as I was sitting on the deck planning a day in the studio. A cool dampness settled in and I recalled this scene from long ago. So it became probable that I would paint that feeling and make dreams become real.

This is how all my paintings start, a feeling, an emotion, a memory, they come to life in my being and then show up on a canvas. It is how creativity works in me. I praise this experience and how it brings the light into my life.

This must be number 22 in my 30 in 30 challenge, I have lost count, but I have not lost the magic.

Creating magic one painting at a time…

 

 

TWO APPLES it’s harvest season…

TWO APPLES

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

Today’s painting in my 30 in 30 challenge has broken all the rules.  I should have one tree or three trees but not TWO trees. But I snuck one in as your eye is leaving the paper.  Maybe that means there are a whole slew of other apple trees.  Maybe it is an orchard. If I step back I can envision it.  That is what I tell my students, paint till you are 80% done and let the viewer fill in the rest. Let them envision their own story.

I love this time of year, growing up in Michigan we had this great Cider Mill that I loved to go to in the fall. They have an apple press that was built in the 1800’s and is meticulously cared for.  They make the best fried donuts on the planet, perfectly paired with their cider. I remember as a kid running through their orchards and climbing the trees. Such happy memories I needed to paint an apple tree or maybe two.

Remembering my childhood 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.

CANYON FALLS

CANYON FALLS

“Canyon Falls” 16″ X 16″ acrylic on gallery wrap canvas format  

This is  #13 in my 30 in 30 challenge. I did this painting while doing a lesson with one of my students who wanted to paint waterfalls. Being that I hadn’t painted a waterfall in over a year I needed to rethink how to achieve the luminous quality of the water going over the falls and then relaying that to her.  Sometimes I learn just as much during a lesson as my student does. In this case neither of us finished our falls. This took a bit of reworking this morning but I believe I accomplished what I set out to do.

My student had a photograph of a falls in the High Sierras that she painted. Of course I very rarely paint from a photograph so my painting is completely from my mind’s eye; something from a memory of the Lord of The Rings, or the Hobbit I am sure. I did have fun painting this and it makes me happy to view it.  Plenty of positive-energy in this painting…

I diverted from my 9 X 12 on pressed paper format for this challenge and painted this on canvas. I really love painting on canvas best, this one will go on the gallery wall for the Open Studio Tour the first weekend in October.

Getting ready for the studio tour Oct. 6,7, and 8, one painting at a time.

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 150lb. pressed paper, ready to mat and frame. A one of a kind painting by Artists Pamela Dunmire

$45.00

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

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

 

RED SKY WARNING

RED SKY WARNING

“Red Sky Warning”   9″ X 12″ Acrylic on paper

Remember the old saying, “Red sky in the morning sailors warning” ? That is where my title for the above painting came from; you see I am married to a meteorologist and he constantly says that. Appropriate for a desert painting that is Surreal in feeling.

This is day four’s painting of the 30 in 30 challenge that started on September 1st.  I thought I would use this challenge for experimental expression and do some things that I don’t normally paint. I can’t get away from the colors I love though, so you will still see color, energy and movement in all the paintings that I am doing for this challenge.

The deeper that I get into this challenge the more I am feeling a creativeness starting to  bubble, like a well-spring, bringing new ideas and freedom of expression. Stay tuned for what pops up next in my subconscious.  It may be very revealing as to my nature and how I think.

So enjoy my blog as I paint the Southwest one adventure at a time. More of my works that are not in this challenge can be found  here.

Thanks for stopping by.  Pam

RED SKY WARNING

An original acrylic painting on 9" X 12" paper. Ready to mat and frame. Shipping is 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