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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, August 23, 2016

Poppy painting and my vacation

So...after we finished the hardwood floor project we went on a vacation for 8 days.  Our trip was to the Washington DC area with a stop in Ohio both coming and going. We were originally  from Austintown, OH and still have family there and, as it is the half way point to DC, we were able to see both family and friends on our over night visits.  Our son Brian and wife Sarah live in Falls Church, VA and their daughter Megan and husband Paul flew in from their home in Hawaii so we had another mini family reunion with them.

 Soon after we got back home I finally had a chance to finish the painting I had started 3 weeks before.  I call it "Poppy Trio".  Size is 11X14.
 I am not going to bore you with vacation photos but I do have a couple to show you.  We took a "Duck Tour" of DC and I took tons of photos of all the landmarks but will only post one of them that I thought was artistic.
Here is another photo that I took in Falls Church.  Brian and Sarah live in the Mosaic District on Strawberry Lane where there are lots of interesting little shops.  Roger and I took lots of walks exploring the area and when I spotted this cool art work on a wall I just had to have a photo of myself taken with my new friend.
While staying in Brian and Sarah's high rise apartment I realized it was a gallery of many of my paintings.  Because they are a military family they have moved quite a few times and every time they move I do a new painting for them.  Over the years they have accumulated a fair size collection.  I took photos of all of them but since there are so many, I decide to make them into a collage.  Here are the paintings I did for them over the past 10 years or so.
Roger has built many stained glass windows for the various homes they have lived in but the windows stayed in the houses when they were sold.  They have only kept one which is a hanging panel.  The blue stars represent the two military family members.  Brian served in the Air Force for 26 years and is now retired and Sarah is still active duty and can retire in about 4 years.  Here is the stained glass panel.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Large Home Project

Over the past year this has become a home improvement blog as much as an art blog.  At the end of this month it will be one year that we moved to MI.  Since then we have been spending most of our time working on our new home.  I haven't had as much time to paint but doing the house remodeling has been fulfilling  my creative side.  I have to admit I don't do much of the actual work, I am just the idea person.  Roger and our son Brian are the workmen in the family but in the case of our most recent project I was able to join the work crew!

We bought this house from a family who had young children and pets so the carpet was not in good condition and we wanted to change the floors but weren't sure what we wanted. In Arizona all the floors in almost every one's houses was ceramic tile.  No one had carpet.  When we had people visit from back east they all loved the floors but said it wouldn't work where they came from because the floors would be too cold in the winter.  We found out that was true so tile was not an option. We finally decided on hardwood.  After months of comparing different kinds of wood we chose bamboo.  On Sunday, July 31 we started work.  We had friends from Ohio visiting us for the weekend and they volunteered to help us pack up our chess set collection and move the heavy furniture. (A big Thanks to Mark and Mary.) They left on Monday morning and Brian arrived on Monday afternoon.  By the time he got here Roger had removed the carpet so they were ready to lay the floor.  It was easy to do because it is a floating floor and the pieces snap together.  Brian installed the sub floor, Roger cut all the end pieces and I snapped together all the straight pieces. It took one week from start to finish.  Here are photos of us working and the finished floor.
I love my new floors and all the other home improvement projects we have done.  It is really starting to feel like home.  If you would like to see the other things we have done just click on "old posts" at the bottom of each page and you will be able to see everything we have done to the house in the past year.

I thought I would show you the painting I was working on before we got into doing the floors.  Here is how far I got on my painting of poppies.  We are going to take a short trip so I will not be able to finish it until we get back.





Friday, July 29, 2016

Stained Glass Windows and Stool

Roger made two matching stained glass windows for our kitchen.  Stained glass is hard to photograph because you get reflections and also because of what is outside the window showing through.  In the case of these windows it is the woods in back of our house that change the color of the glass.  The trees are in full bloom and the green of the leaves change the color  making it appear a yellow-green.  In reality the glass is a very pale amber color.  We chose the glass in the winter when the trees were bare and you could see the true color of the glass.  I am interested in seeing what they look like in the fall when the leaves turn to red and yellow.  I think I will take photos at different times of the year to make a comparison. Even though they change colors with the changing of the seasons we love our new windows.  They add a touch of class to the kitchen and you can see them as soon as you walk in the front door because of the open floor plan. We decided to go with a more traditional design similar to the windows we had in our Tucson house.  Here are two photos taken at different angles.

These are the first windows Roger has built since we moved to MI.  He is now ready to start another one which will be in our grand-daughter and her husband's house.  They live on a farm and the window will depict a farm scene.  It is a large interior window which is in a wall that divides two rooms.  I will be doing the design work and color choice with the help of my grand-daughter.  Once that is done Roger will do the construction.  We make a good team!

My latest painting project was something for me.  We have three stools at our kitchen island and sometimes when we have company I wished I had another small stool that we could pull up to the side of the island so four of us could sit there for breakfast.  Awhile back I had found a stool at yard sale that I was going to refinish and sell but I changed my mind when I realize it was the perfect size for my kitchen.  I decide to keep it for myself.  Here are before and after photos.
Our next home improvement project will be replacing the carpet and vinyl floors in the downstairs of the house with bamboo hardwood.  The living room, dining room and kitchen will be all hardwood with a slate like tile in the entrance hall and by the back door.  The house will be torn up for awhile until the job is completed but it will be worth it.  We have been here 11 months and think the floor project should be done by the one year anniversary of our move.  We will also be having some outside work done in mid August.  The driveway will be widen and a new large front porch will be built.  Roger will be installing the floors but we have hired a contractor to do the outside job.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Paintings featuring a flower, abstract and quilt pattern.

I completed three new paintings since my last post.  The first was another in the "Study in Patchwork" series.  This one is #3.  I decided to do it to show at the Vicksburg Cultural Arts Center.  I love the one I did for myself and have had lots of good comments from people who have visited my home.  Here is the latest version.  The size on this one is 27X27.
As I was working on the patchwork painting I had time to start another painting while I waited for the taped off sections to dry.  I had a beautiful gold and green frame that I had gotten on one of my yard sale shopping sprees.  I put a blank canvas in it and after staring at it for awhile I saw a flower emerge in my mind.  I sponged on a pastel base coat then did my drawing of a magnolia on paper and transferred it onto the canvas.  Once the patchwork painting was done I started work on painting the magnolia.  The size of this painting is 13X15.  I call it simply "Magnolia".
While I was working on the magnolia painting I suddenly had the urge to do an abstract piece so I stopped work on it and gave into my urge and did "Blue on Blue".  I can do an abstract in a short period or time.....just a few hours.  I did this one on a 20X20 canvas box which I base coated in various shades of blue and purple.  I had some bottles of texture paint that I have had for awhile but had never opened so now was the time to put them to use.  I drizzled them onto the base coat in a random pattern.  Next I used a toothbrush to splatter some mother of pearl paint over the whole thing and I finished it off with metallic blue circles which I applied with a round sponge.
The painting process of these three paintings overlapped each other.  I will be showing them all at the Vicksburg Gallery.

I am now working on a stool that I will use in my kitchen.  I have out of town company coming this weekend and hope to have it done before they arrive.  Look for a photo of it in an upcoming post.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

A new painting, something new in my studio and being "flocked"

I have been unable to do any painting in my studio for over a week because it has been a construction zone but I did finish an 8X10 painting before the work began.

 Since I moved to MI everything that I had forgotten from my mid-west past has become new again to me.  The change of seasons is one of those things. We arrived her at the beginning of fall and got to see the leaves of the trees turn beautiful colors and then fall off.  Next came the winter and snow which we had not seen for 20 years.  Then came spring with lots of rain and things turning green again.  Now it is summer with beautiful flowers everywhere.  Since I love to paint flowers this has been an inspiration to me.  I noticed the tiger lilies blooming in my neighbor's yard and decided to do a painting featuring one large "Tiger Lily" which is what I titled this painting.
I have a confession to make about flowers and any plant in general.  While I love to paint flowers, in real life, I am a plant and flower killer.  This is not by choice.  For some reason I have a Black Thumb when it comes to plants of any kind.   My mother had a Green Thumb and could grow anything, I am sad to say she did not pass this talent on to me.  If anyone gives me a plant as a gift it will be dead in a short time.  Too much water, too little water....I never know what the problem is.  I can paint them but I can't grow them.  At least in AZ the cacti in our yard flourished because the more you ignored them the better they grew.  I am good an ignoring.

Now for the new studio improvement project.  Our son Brian and his wife Sarah came for a visit and they decided I needed a ceiling in my shop.  Roger had planned on installing new lighting for me so this was the perfect time to do both projects.  Here is the before photo.
And....Here is the after photo.
All I can say is that it is light and bright thanks to Brian, Sarah and Roger.  Time to get back to painting.

Now to tell you about our being flocked.  "Flocked?" you ask.  "What is that?"  Here is a photo of our flocked yard.
We woke up to this yesterday morning.  Flocking yards is a fund raising project for the Three Rivers High School band.  Here is the way it works.  Someone will give a donation to the band and give them an address of someone they want flocked.  In the middle of the night these flamingos will be placed in the front yard of that house.  In turn, we will give a donation for them to be removed and placed in someone else's yard.  When flamingos first started to appear in yards around town we had no idea of what was going on until our grand-daughter, who is a member of the band, explained it to us.  What a fun idea to raise funds for the band!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Study in Patchwork #1 and #2

I just finished a painting that I did for myself.  It is a larger version of one I did many years ago and had hanging in my Tucson house.  I did not give it a title at the time I painted it but, since I just did another one, I decided to call them "Study in Patchwork #1" and "Study in Patchwork #2".
 Here is #1 which is a 16X20 stretched canvas.
Number #2 is a 30X38 stretched canvas.
What is strange is that when photographed and cropped they appear to be the same size while in reality the bottom one is much larger.  Because of this I decide to take photos of them on display in my home so you can get some perspective of what they really look like.

Here is #2 hanging on the wall in the hall at the entrance of the stairway.
 I have #1 in my dining room on an easel,   Since these paintings are multi-directional I have it displayed vertically.
Seeing these two photos gives you a better idea of the real size.

I may decide to enter #2 in an exhibit in the future but for now it will be hanging in my hall.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

2016 Vicksburg Arts and Craft Show

Here is my report on the June 11 craft show that was part of the Car Show in Vicksburg, MI.
This was the first arts and craft show that I took part in since my move to Michigan.  I only did one of these kind of shows a year in Arizona.  My price range was from $15 to $150 and I always sold at least 50 items at that show.  The sales were usually half paintings and half craft items. Sorry to say, I found out that people in Michigan do not buy art at these kind of shows.  In fact I was the only person who showed art.  I sold only one bowl which was enough to make back my booth fee. I was going to post a photo of the bowl that I sold but I could not find one in my files.  It is ironic that the bowl had a cactus flower pattern.  The gal who bought it loved all things southwest.  I also, found out that not many people here play Mexican Train Dominos.  I sold hundreds of domino train stations in AZ but not a one here so far.  Here is a photo of four that I painted for this show.


 That being said, I still feel the time and effort I put into doing this show was a success because of the contact and interaction I had with the people I talked to.   I found out that people are starting to recognize my work.  I had comments that they had seen my paintings at the Carnegie center for the Arts and also the Vicksburg Cultural Arts Center.  I won't say that I will not do anymore of these kind of shows but I will pick and choose which I will do.  For the time being I will stick to showing my work in galleries and also in LA's Cafe.

Now for the good news.
This is my daughter Kim's booth.  She makes goats milk soap and and lotions and various body products.  Her price range is from $1 to $5.  I'm happy to say she sold like crazy.  People loved everything she makes and were buying.  To see her products go to this link. http://www.triplecreeksoaps.com/index.htm  She sells online as well as in farmer's markets and craft shows.

Here is a photo of just one of her soaps.  She makes close to 100 different kinds of soap.
The last thing I want to mention is that the weather has been hot and humid her in Michigan.   I was used to hot in Arizona but not the humidity.  My hair became hard to manage.  For that reason I decided to cut it short.  Here is a photo of the new me.