Turning Toward Lent

"Forgiven" 8" x 8"  Acrylic on gallery wrap canvas http://www.pameladunmirefineart.com

“Forgiven” 8″ x 8″ Acrylic on gallery wrap canvas

This time of year as I get ready for Lent, the Chancel Choir at Trinity which I sing Second Soprano in, is rehearsing for their Lenten Cantata.  We are singing the Bradley Ellingboe Requiem this year.  So I am listening to the CD in the studio as I paint.  I find doing this gives me inspiration, and also cements the music in my brain so that I can learn the notes faster.

One of the side effects of this process is that I tend to create more spiritual paintings during this time.  Requiem’s tend to be dark, since they are mostly about Christ’s journey to the Cross, so the painting above reflects the mood.  It also becomes personal for me, as I reflect on the past year and all I want to accomplish in this coming year.

Christ has indeed forgiven and given me grace….. I am truly grateful for all I have been given and the opportunities to thrive as an artist.

This piece is a precursor to a larger painting that I will create for the Cantata.  I am looking forward to see what energies will bubble up and produce the inspiration for the Ellingboe Requiem.



Setting Up The Seussical Jr. Sets


The Jungle of Nool, stage left.

This week we set up the sets for Park Avenue’s production of Seussical Jr. which opens February 19th and runs through the 21st.  The youth were so excited when they walked in for Wednesday’s rehearsal and saw them up.  This folks is why I do this…. To see the joy in a young kid’s eye and the enthusiasm to perform their best.


Horton’s Nest, center stage.

Horton’s nest is the central focus of the sets were most action takes place and where the story line evolves.  Speaking of story line here is a preview of what the musical is all about.

Adopted from several of Dr. Seuss’ well-loved books, it is a delightful musical, led by the narrator, The Cat in the Hat.  He tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust containing a village of tiny Who’s in Whoville.  Thus the beginning of a whimsical tale as Horton finds himself guarding a nest of abandon eggs,  and all the perils which that brings. Ultimately the powers of friendship, loyalty, family, and community emerge triumphant.  Exactly what we would want to teach all the youth that participate and come to watch our Park Avenue Theater productions.


Whoville with the Cat in the Hat’s piano, stage right.

So now that the sets are up I can start my next adventure which will be a week in North Carolina at Jeanne Bessette’s amazing studio.

Kids….. good luck on your amazing musical.  Ironically I won’t be back in time to actually see the production.  The first time ever not seeing one.  But don’t you miss it, it will be amazing.  I am going to catch a dress rehearsal before I go.

You can see for yourself at Trinity Presbyterian Church, February 19th, 20th at 7:00pm and February 21st at 2pm and 7pm.  Tickets, $10 for adults and $5 for children are available for presale at Trinity Presbyterian Church 630 Park Ave. Prescott, AZ. Monday – Thursday 9am-3pm or at the door.