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

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

Whimsical Works of Art by  Artist Pam Davidson  AKA "The Dot Lady"
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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

A painting from the past

I saw the above painting by Georgia O"Keeffe on Facebook today.  It is titled "Desert Abstraction" and was painted in 1931.  It brought to mind a painting I did a few years ago.  It was a commissioned job and the client knew exactly what she wanted.  I was able to create the image she had in mind. The size is 16X20 and the title is "Red Reflections".  Here it is.

The past few days I have been base coat painting domino train stations.  I have 20 done with another 14 to go.  I also have been working on a small cutting board while I was waiting for the paint to dry on the train stations.  I have a tray ready for a desert scene which I will do after I complete the cutting board.  I have three months until the Sun City Art Festival.  I like to have at least 80 items to show.  That will keep me busy!

Saturday, July 19, 2014


One of my favorite artists is Georgia O'Keeffe.  I have always been attracted to her paintings that feature a large flower.  That was my inspiration for this painting.  I wanted to do a white flower on a light background and remembered a painting I did of a magnolia on a 16X20 canvas which I sold a few years ago.  I decided that it would be perfect for this 24X24X2 inch art box.  I printed a copy of the original painting to jog my memory on the color palette.  I based coated the board in a lighter color than the first painting then I freehand sketched the flower and started painting the flower.  In less than 24 hours I had it completed.  Here is a photo of it along with the first "Magnolia" painting.
I really enjoy painting flowers but it is my southwest style paintings that are my best sellers so I do more of those.  It has been awhile since I painted a cactus flower which combines the floral and southwest themes so maybe I'll consider that for my next canvas painting.  For now though, I am going to concentrate on base coating domino train stations and working on some functional items.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Stained Glass angels by Roger

A few years back Roger made a stained glass panel of an angel for his mother. The size is 22X13.  I did the design work and glass color selection.  Here is that panel.
More recently he decided to do two more of these panels to give as gifts to a couple of his cousins who live in West Virginia. He used the same pattern and I did the glass and color selection.  All of these panels are meant to be hung in a window.  Here are the two new angel stained glass panels.
He now has to build a crate in which to ship the panels.  Hopefully they will arrive safe.  There is always some worry when we mail stained glass but so far they have gotten to their destination unbroken.

I started work on the large painting I mentioned in my last post and should have it done tomorrow.  Also, I got notification today that the paintings I submitted to the Chili Pepper Exhibition had not been accepted.  Part of being an artist is to know you will not make it into every show you apply for.  I really don't mind because if they sold the commission is 50% which means I would have to raise the price accordingly.  Now I can show them at the Sun City Art Festival and sell them at a more reasonable price.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Second version of "Cowgirl Dream"

I did a painting titled "Cowgirl Dream" in January with the plan to show it at the SAAG Gallery but that didn't happen.  I had someone come to the house to purchase one of my domino train stations who saw the painting and bought it for a grand-daughter. I decided to do another one that I would be able to show and found a frame and cut and base coated a canvas but then I had some commissions and lots of company and two trips.  There seemed to be one reason or another that caused me not to finish the painting until now.  The size of this painting is 9X18.  I am also including a photo of the first one that sold so quickly which is 8X20

For my next project I am working on another 24X24X2 art board.  I'll post photo when it is done.

Saturday, July 12, 2014


Two posts ago I told you I was almost done with a large 24X24 painting when I decided I did not like it.  Since I wasn't happy with it I decided to paint it out with black paint and start over with a new idea. In my last post I told you what my new idea was and that I had started working on developing that idea.  That was on Thursday.  I continued to work on the painting yesterday and had it finished by last night.  This morning I applied the polycrylic , made the back of the art box neat looking by painting it, and attaching the hanging wire and name tags.  Finally I took photos of the completed painting which I titled "Masquerade".  Can you guess why I gave it that name?
Not everyone sees it at first glance but if you study the painting you will see what inspired the name.  I know this is not my usual style of subject matter but I've done so many doodles while traveling this year I decided to do a painting based on one of the doodles.  Here is the doodle that gave me the idea for this painting.
Funny how I worked so long on that first painting then whipped this one out in such a short time period.  Every so often you hear of an old master painting being x-rayed and another painting is found underneath.  I doubt that this painting will ever be x-rayed and I'm not sure that the original painting could be seen because I obliterated it with black paint before I painted it over.  I wonder if I should have set the original painting aside and finished it at a later date but if I had done that would I every had the idea for this one?  I am glad I went with my gut feeling and did what I did.  I am happy with the new creation and will show it when the opportunity presents itself and see what the public thinks.

I am ready to go back to painting what I am comfortable with.....southwest whimsy and lots of bright colors.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Asymmetrical Desert Scene Bowl

I finished this bowl.  It is an interesting piece because the sides of the bowl are asymmetrical.  It is lower on one side then increases about an inch or so around to the other side.  The problem is that you really can't see the shape in the photos.  When  you see it in person it is very obvious.  The outside of the bowl is painted a deep purple and I did one of my classic desert scenes with a geometric design on the inside of the bowl.  Here are the photos.
I worked on this bowl to help me clear my mind while I decided what new painting I would do on the artist board you saw in my last post.  I had a number of people say they liked the original painting that I covered over with black but I wasn't happy with it so it went bye-bye.  Yesterday I had the word "Masquerade" pop into my mind and the vision of a doodle I did a while back came to me.  Since I wanted this painting to be something different from my usual southwest-folk art style I decided go with this really off the wall idea.  I started at 4 pm yesterday by drawing the the pattern on the board and applied most of the base coat by bed time.  I was up early today and finished the base coat and shading and am ready for the decorative design work.  It is definitely something different from what I normally paint.  I'm not sure what kind of reaction I will get from this painting but I am having fun creating it.  I'll post a photo when it is done.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

An Artist's Dilemma! What do I do?

In yesterday's post I told you I was working on a painting I was going to title "Painted Patchwork".  I started working on it weeks ago before I went on my last trip.  I spent hours working up the idea.  I made a template on the computer then had to work out the math to get it spaced out correctly on the art board.  Next I had to tape and paint and re-tape and paint over and over.  After that I started on the decorative design work.  I have many hours into this project.  So what is the problem?  The problem is I didn't like what I was doing.  I continued to work on it and was almost finished.  Usually when I am unsure of a painting the more I work on it the better I like it but that was not the case this time.  I kept telling myself to finish the painting but I just couldn't do it.  So I made a decision.  I stopped working on it and got out the black paint and poured it over all my weeks of work.  I used a crumpled bag to texture the black paint so none of the original painting would show through.  Here are photos of before and after.

Was I crazy to do this?  I don't think so.  I have peace of mind over what I did. It is not often that I am unhappy with a painting but this one was the exception. I now have a nice black back ground ready for a new painting.  I'm not sure what It will be but I'll think on it for awhile and am sure I will come up with an idea.  I may work on a bowl while I am waiting for inspiration to hit me.