Welcome to Pam Davidson's Online Art Gallery Enjoy a Scroll Through My Art Work

Welcome to  Pam Davidson's Online Art Gallery Enjoy a Scroll Through My Art Work
Surreal Saguaro

Whimsical Works of Art by Artist Pam Davidson AKA "The Dot Lady"

Whimsical Works of Art by  Artist Pam Davidson  AKA "The Dot Lady"
Welcome to my Home Studio

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Doodles I've done over the past few months

I just got back from another trip.  You read in a post I did a couple of years ago how someone asked if I was a Zentangle artist.  I had no idea what this was so Googled it and found it was a form of doodling.  I was leaving on a trip the next day so took a sketch pad and a black Sharpie which I used to doodle with while riding in our car.  I found it was a great way to kill time and create art at the same time.  Everything I did in the next year was in black and white but last year I decided to add color to my doodles.  Since then I have been on a number of trips both flying and driving and I have always taken my sketch pad and bag of colored sharpies and magic markers with me.  When I got back from this most recent trip I realized I had 35 doodles that done in the past year that I had not scanned into my computer.  Since I have no painting project I had to work on I decided to take the time to scan and to combine the scanned images onto sheets with 4 to 6 images on each sheet.  I spent most of yesterday and all of this afternoon doing that.  I am posting the 8 sheets below.  Keep in mind that most of these doodles were done in a moving vehicle.  A few of them were done in waiting rooms or other places where I had time to kill and wanted something to help me pass that time.  None of these were done at home.
Click on each sheet to enlarge the images so you can see all the detail.  When I do one of these I have no idea what the finished drawing will look like.  I just randomly start drawing lines and shapes and fill in with color and then do the detail work.  I still have no idea of  how to use these images I have been collecting. I want to keep the originals but can print off copies. At this point the only thing I can think to do with them is to use them on greeting cards.  Another idea is to  print a larger size of the doodle and sell it as a print to be framed. I wonder if they would sell?  I have never sold prints before.  It is something to think about.

  I have another long trip planned later in May so you can expect to see more doodles when I get back.  In the mean time I hope to get back to cleaning and organizing my shop tomorrow.  Once that is done I will start painting again.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Happy Easter 2015

I have had two commissions to work on last week.  The first was for a couple from CA who were visiting some friends of ours.  They came to the house to see my work and bought a butterfly tray and commissioned me to do a painting of a quail.  They wanted the tail to overflow onto the frame.  I happened to have the perfect frame for the project.  Before I had it done they called because they decided to also buy a divided dish with a quail on it that they had seen while here.  Below is a photo of the painting and also the two other pieces they bought.
The other commission was for a friend who had a small table that her father had built many years ago. She wanted me to paint it as a companion piece to a small step stool that she had bought from me last year.  Below are photos of both.

Before I got these commissions I had prepped a couple of items which I put aside to do the commissioned projects.  After they were completed I finished work on the prepped items.  The first is a wood carved coyote and the other a medium sized bowl that decorated with butterflies.
I took a photo of each side of this little guy. The next photo is of the butterfly bowl.
Now that I am caught up with all my work it is time to give my shop a good spring cleaning.  The last few times I cleaned I did a quick surface clean.  This time it has to be a top to bottom cleaning.  Time to sort through things and get rid of old dried bottles of paint, old beat up brushes and junk that I have collected over the years.  I'm not looking forward to it but it must be done!

I hope everyone had a Happy, Blessed Easter Day.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Good time with long time friend and new projects

My long time friend Shirley came for a 10 day visit.  We have known each other for over 40 years and she has been here many times in the 19 years we have been in AZ.  Back in the day, we used to paint together.  In fact, she was in the first class I ever taught in 1976.  She hasn't painted in a long time so I decided it was time for her to try it again.  She had no problem getting back in the groove.  Here is a photo of us painting together and of her project.
I was able to get a couple of Mexican train stations done in the time we painted together. Here is what I did.
Before Shirley came I finished a couple of projects but didn't photograph them.  Here they are.

One of the things we did while she was here was to go to yard sales and I found this elephant.  I finished him today. He was a fun project.
I have a bowl ready to paint so that is what I will be working on next.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

"Mare and Foal" AKA "The Queen and Her Prince"

This is my newest painting.  It is another version of the painting I did for the Double Exposure Exhibition last year.  I sold that painting so decided to do another.  This one is quite different than the first one I did based on a photo by Mary Nation.  The rules for the exhibition were to do a painting in our own style of the image taken by the photographer we were paired up with.  I tried to keep it as close to Mary's photo as possible yet still have it reflect my painting style.  For the painting above I decided to use the same idea but to glam it up.  I used a frame that I had refinished in gold and incorporated  lots of glitz into the painting.  It has such a regal look that I am considering renaming the painting "The Queen and Her Prince".  What do you think about that idea?

Here is the photo the painting is based on and the first version I did for the exhibition.  Both are much more subtle than the new painting.
I have a good friend from Ohio coming  for a visit soon.  We have been BFF's for over 40 years and I look forward to spending time with her again.  I probably won't get much work done while she is here but, on the other hand, we used to paint together back in the day so..... maybe I'll find a project we can work on while she is here.  Yes, I think that sounds like a plan!  I bet she will enjoy doing that.  It will bring back memories of the "good old days".

Friday, February 27, 2015

"Sunflowers in Red Vase" and other "Red" paintings

I finished two paintings this week that I am going to enter into the RED exhibition along with one other I did a little while back.  I think this is going to be a fun show.  All the paintings have to be at least 60% red.  I love art exhibitions with a theme.  This show starts in April and I can"t wait to see "RED"!  Here are the paintings I hope to have juried into the show.
"Sunflowers in Red Vase"
20X16

This is my newest version of "Endless Rose" Size 21X21

"Enchanted Gecko"
25X21

Tomorrow is the opening reception of the Time Travelers Show.  Currently I have paintings in 4 different show in Tucson.  I am happy to say I have had my paintings in overlapping shows for over 2 years.  I enjoy creating art and feel blessed to have the opportunity to have them hang in shows for people to enjoy.  I am also blessed that many of my paintings have sold and are now hanging in homes.

I haven't decided what my next project will be.  I'll probably start something new tomorrow morning.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

"Time Travelers" Figurative Art Show

Above is a flyer for an exhibition taking place at the Toscana Studio and Galley at 9040 N. Oracle Rd. in Oro Valley.  The opening reception is this Saturday, Feb.28 from 5 to 9.  I have two paintings in the show, "Virgin of Guadalupe" and "Contemplation".
I am currently working on a couple of paintings that I will submit to an exhibition titled "RED".  I'll post photos when they are done.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

More Domino Train Stations

I finished six more train stations.  Now I have a total of 10 for customers to choose from.  Here are photos.
I have four more train stations base coated and about six unpainted but I think I'll work on something else now that I have a nice selection of finished ones.  I am not sure what my new project will be.  I have boxes full of trays and bowls and other objects.  I will sort though them and see what gives me inspiration.  I also could do a canvas painting.  Hmmm...What will I do next?  I'll have to think about it.