SUNSET LAKE

SUNSET LAKE

“Sunset Lake”  16″ X 16″ Acrylic on 1 1/2″ Gallery Wrap Canvas

Recalling memories while hiking up a trail this magnificent lake came into view. A beautiful sunset played over the waves and I knew I was home.  My heart was content, my soul was full of wonder and the light of God reflected from my eyes. The Divine was everywhere that day, and I was privileged to see his works.

I created this piece during an art instruction. My student wanted to paint a pond, and show movement in the water.  I usually paint along side my student so that I can demonstrate techniques when asked to. I painted this lake as the movement of water flowed through me.  I try to explain to my students that whatever you paint has to be felt to be truly authentic, and if authentic, it will have movement or emotion or feelings or what ever you want to portray. The longer I create the more it becomes me, my truth, my why and my life. It is as simple and as difficult as that.

Creating my life 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…

MARCH OF THE TREES, or marching along in the studio.

MARCH OF THE TREES

“March of the Trees”   9″ X 12″on 150 lb. pressed paper

Today is #19 in my 30 in 30 challenge, you may have notices that this isn’t going very well. I have 5 days till the end of the month and 11 paintings to go. So I think I already lost the battle but not the war. The success of the whole exercise is keep marching along. I had decided long ago that for my own mental health that I needed to take weekends off. So that is what I do, I walk out of the studio on weekends and devote time to family and friends.

Just yesterday at church someone introduced me as a REAL ARTIST to one of her friends. She explained that I did all the sets for Park Avenue Theater. That got me thinking, working all day in the studio and running an art business for the last 10 years does not qualify me as an artist but designing sets twice a year for 6 years does. I guess it is all in the perspective of the beholder so I will just keep marching along with those trees.

Marching along painting one tree, one set, and one painting 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.

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…

 

 

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

$75.00

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 TREES

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

$75.00

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

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

HURRICANES

HURRICANES

“Hurricanes”  12″ X 9″ Acrylic on Paper

Well, it was bound to happen. An abstract appeared during my 30 paintings in 30 days challenge, and it is aptly named Hurricanes. Abstracts always come from my subconscious and guess what I have been thinking about; the collective safety of all my South Florida and Puerto Rico friends.

When doing abstracts sometimes I don’t notice what I have painted, I usually concentrate on shapes and color.  It wasn’t until I was photographing the painting that I saw the eyes of the hurricane and what do you know there were 3 of them; Irma, Jose and Katia.

This little exercise in creativity is making me very aware of my mindfulness, and how deep I go into meditation when I paint.

I am enjoying the journey as I discover myself one painting at a time.

HURRICANES

An original 12" X 9" acrylic on paper ready to mat and frame. Free Shipping in US.

$45.00