Spring… rebirth, renewal and resurrection

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“Iris”  16″ X 16″

As the seasons change so do I, winter barely left us when I was waiting for hints of spring, I have an Iris garden just off my deck, surrounded by my  creek and this is where I look each year for signs of spring.  Now Iris are one of the few flowers I can plant that our pesky Javalina don’t seem to have an appetite for.  Daffodils are the other spring flower that is not on their menu.  So these two flowers are planted everywhere in Prescott .  When the leaves start popping through the earth, just like clock work around the spring solstice I know spring has sprung.

This became my inspiration for a spring collection, which is all about flowers this year; specifically Iris. So from now through May you may see a lot of flowers blooming on my website.  A fresh inviting look full of promise and hope for an amazing 2018.  Isn’t that what spring is all about, rebirth, renewal and resurrection.

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“Iris” Original Acrylic Painting

16" X 16" X 1 1/2" Acrylic on Gallery Wrapped Canvas sides painted teal and ready to hang.

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From Creation to Resurrection… looking forward to Good Friday

Deep Under

“Deep Under” Acrylic on Gallery Wrap Canvas, 30″X30″ View it Here

This is Easter Week and I received a message from our “Friday Project” leader that our church Trinity Presbyterian in Prescott, AZ was having a very unique church service Friday evening, in remembrance of Good Friday.

No pressure here… “Do you happen to have a couple of paintings that would work well with our Good Friday Service? We are leading the congregation from the creation story through the fall/brokenness then through the incarnation to the cross and hopefully to the joy of resurrection.”

If you know my art most of it is brightly colored with lot’s of movement and positive-energy.  So I looked through my inventory.

Finding The Path

“Finding The Path” Acrylic on Gallery Wrap Canvas, 30″ X 30″ View it Here

Yes, I did find two awesome paintings that will work well for their intended mission. These two paintings above are perfect in their story of hope.  The story of Christ is about finding love and being born again in hope and mercy.

“Deep Under” can be expressed as this…  “The murkiness of life can sometimes feel as if we are drowning. What if we dove deep to find our inner peace? Instead of drowning we would be floating in love.”

“Finding the Path” can be expressed as this… “After a bout with cancer I attended a life changing retreat to transition to  a new life path.  I traveled from darkness to light, as I opened my eyes to God’s marvelous creation of me.”

So even the darkest of paintings can shine with the light of resurrection. I am looking forward to Friday night, and the Friday Project. 6:00pm at Trinity.

 

 

REFLECTIONS

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Reflecting Home  30″ X 30″ Acrylic on Gallery Wrap Canvas

Today I am feeling quite melancholy, I think I am coming off the high of a great Open Studio Tour, some unexpected sales and a successful talk.  Exhaustion has settled in and I am sharing my vulnerable self.  The studio has become a working place more than a creative space. I have several pet portraits in various stages of development for customers, but I have not found time to create for me.

When I begin to feel overloaded like I do today I turn toward reflection. A time to look back and ponder how I got to this place. It is not always easy to consistently be up to the task of growing a business. Especially at my age, people say why haven’t you retired. The answer to that is simply, I like what I do. I find purpose in my mission of spreading joy and happiness to those who stumble upon my work. I love spreading positive energy through my workshops, talks, and paintings.  I love collaborating with other positive people and bringing something new and different into the world. I thrive on that spark of creativity.

It becomes more difficult each year as my energy drains faster than my ideas. So I have learned to pace myself, say NO when I have to, and pick what is important and let the rest slide.  Now is the time to nurture my soul and talk to my kids and let them know how much I love them and go on a much-needed date with my husband.

Journeying  through the ups and downs of life one painting at a time…

FAR AWAY LANDS

FAR AWAY LANDS

“Far Away Lands”  24″ X 24″ Acrylic on 1 1/2″ gallery wrap canvas

This last weekend was the Prescott Area Artists Studio Tour which I was honored to have participated in. This was my demo for Saturday and Sunday.  It is so full of energy brought in by all the visitors to the studio. The positive vibes along with feelings of love, swelled my heart and I created some place different and new, a far away place sheltered by everyone’s love and good wishes.

I love the chance to meet new friends and fellow travelers of life. It is an opportunity to share my story and to hear theirs. It is amazing how often we have things in common, or from the same area; It seems like a divine introduction, with God saying you will really like this person.  I always do and the circle keeps getting bigger and better.

Thanks to all who shared my studio this weekend, you brought a piece of happiness and blessed this place with abundance.

Meeting new friends one painting at a time…

 

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.

My Secret World.. things happen for a reason.

Secret World 24" T X 20"W Acrylic on Gallery Wrap Canvas www.pameladunmirefineart.com

“Secret World”, 24″ T X 20″W , Acrylic on Gallery Wrap Canvas
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In my meditations there is a secret world where I go to envision myself. This world is full of energy, sparks of ideas and promises of creativity. This dynamic place transports me into my future… and I am free.

“Secret World” is one of my favorite pieces that I did in 2014.  It is now going to a new home in Ludington, Michigan many miles from its home on my studio wall in Prescott, Arizona.  The story of how it sold is quite magical, things happen for a reason.

"Following The Moon"

“Following The Moon”

The above painting “Following the Moon” was hung in my show “A Straight Line Curved”, that is running in the spotlight room at Mountain Artists Gallery in Prescott. I hung the show on July 15th but opening nite was July 24th.  Between that time it mysteriously fell off the wall and was punctured.  The gallery called me about the damages and asked if I would replace the painting with another.  So I brought in, You guessed it, “Secret World”.

When looking at the whole presentation I knew that “Secret World” should have been my first choice.  It really worked much better with the theme of the show and the energy on the walls.  A summer visitor to the area, came opening nite and fell in love with it, bought it and after the show it will be sent to her home in Michigan, which happens to be my home state.

All is well in my magical world of intention, love and higher self.  My painting has found it’s for ever home.  I am blessed and so is my collector.

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
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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
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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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That perfect love.

"Perfect Love"   In a private collection. http://www.pameladunmirestudios.com

“Perfect Love”
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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.
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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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