RED HILLS

RED HILLS

“Red Hills”  9″ X 12″ on 150 lb. pressed paper

Oh Gosh I am way behind on my 30 in 30 challenge.  It was a busy weekend and I took sometime off in the studio for rejuvenation and catching up with friends.  So this is #14 but actually should be #18.  So I better hustle, or should I.

These 30 in 30 challenges are to make you better not perfect; the idea is to continue to improve, elevate your creativity and build strong habits.  It is like boot camp for artists. It forces me to  get in there and paint even when the spark is lacking. But deeper than that it is helping me see where my creativity comes from. Somewhere deep inside I pull out glimpses of past experiences, feelings and emotions that silently bubble and wait to be brought forth.  Sometimes I don’t like what I see but most of the time I do.  In all cases it is very cathartic and keeps me mindful of who I am.

Red Hills is one of those paintings that reminds me of how much I love living in the West. It is of no place in particular, but some place I have been to in my dreams.

Challenging myself one painting at a time…

 

 

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

ABOVE THE REST

ABOVE THE VALLEY

“Above the Rest”  9″ X 12″ acrylic on pressed paper

Another painting in my 30 in 30 challenge. Here I was experimenting in looking down on a Mountain from across the valley, standing on the opposite ridge line. The Aspens turning color is the key to making this work.   You see the hight of the mountain in the foreground and the broadness of the valley.

I like the colors I chose. Using colors opposite on the color wheel from each other really makes the mountain stand out. It really does make you feel Above the Rest. This is why I love the West, there is always a mountain in the distance.

After a short blip in my schedule I am back at the 30 paintings in 30 day challenge.  Let the journey continue, one painting at a time.

ABOVE THE REST

An original acrylic painting on 9″ X 12″ vellum paper, matted in white to 12" X 16" and ready to frame.

$75.00

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

 

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 vellum paper, matted in white to 12" X 16" and ready to frame.

$75.00

 

 

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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