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
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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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Monday, May 2, 2016

A new painting of roses and a new cross painting

Now that I have 12 paintings hanging in  the Vicksburg Cultural Arts Center and 12 in LA's Cafe plus the one at the Kalamazoo Institute of Art my inventory of paintings is getting low.  I hope to do an arts festival in June so that means I must spend more time in my workshop creating new art.  I finished two paintings this morning.  The first one I titled "Radiant Roses".  The size is 18X14
The other painting is another 10X8 "Decorative Cross " painting.  I sell a lot of these smaller cross paintings and decided a long time ago to give them all the same name.
One of the things I have had a problem with since I moved to MI is getting good photos of my paintings.  I had the perfect wall with good lighting in Tucson.  Here I have a good wall but the lighting was not so good.  I cannot use a flash so I have to have really bright light.  I finally solved the problem here.  Roger installed track lighting and we used very bright LED bulbs.  Here is a photo of my new lighting.
Now that I have that problem taken care of the next project is for Roger is to change out the light fixtures in my shop to improve the lighting there.

I have one more thing to share.  This is family news.  Back in early March I posted a photo of a color pencil drawing that my grand-daughter Samantha had hanging in a county wide art show for high school students at the Carnegie Center for the Arts. The same painting was chosen to be shown at another show at Carnegie which was a Three Rivers all Schools show.  I am happy to say she won an award on her drawing.  I want to mention that she had about 5 works of art in various mediums in the show and that  her sister Janaya, who is a Freshman, also had a drawing in the show.  I wish I would have thought to take photos of the girls with their art but I didn't.  Here is a copy of Sam's drawing which I posted back in March.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

VCAC Artist Reception and Tiny Art

Last night was the Vicksburg Cultural Arts Center New Artist Reception.  There was a nice turnout and good food, music, and conversation.  Here are some photos from the event.
The next event I will be part of is the Three Rivers Artist Guild Tiny Art Show.  This is a fund raiser for the guild.  All the art is 5X7.  It will be on May 14th.  I'll post more information on time and location in a post closer to the event.  Purchase of the art will be done by silent auction. Here are the tiny paintings I will be showing.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Art Life Update and New Paintings

I continue to keep busy in my new Michigan art life. Here are some of the things that I have been doing.

 I attended the Three Rivers Artist Guild "artist play date".  This was a gathering of the guild artists at one of the members gallery/home in downtown Three Rivers.  Everyone brought a project to work on and a snack to share.  It was great fun to meet the other artists and to see the art they create.

 I went to the opening reception at the Kalamazoo Institute of Art for the 2016 West Michigan Area Show.  The institute is a great venue with multiple gallery rooms and much more.  There were over 500 entries and of that number, 100 were juried into the show.  I felt honored to have one of my paintings chosen.  It was a multi-media show with all kinds of art including, fabric art, jewelry, sculpture, photography, paintings and much more.  It made for a very interesting show.

I mentioned in a previous post that I had 6 paintings hanging in LA's Cafe.  I'm happy to say that I sold two of those paintings in the short time I have been showing there.  I also had an order from Tucson for two of my Mexican Domino Train Stations.  That meant I had to get busy painting.  I had to do the commission and replace the sold paintings.  My new studio no longer looks as neat as it did in the photos in my last post.  Here is what it looks like now.

I completed the order for the train stations and sent them off to Tucson.  One was to be of butterflies and the other was to be done in blue, grey and black but I was given the option of deciding the subject to paint as long as it was not southwest style. Here is what I did.

Actually, before I did the above paintings I did two canvas paintings.  One was to go to the Vicksburg Cultural Arts Center and the other was for myself.  Here is what I did.
This is an 11X14 version of Forest Royalty which I sold at the Carnegie Show that I did for the Vicksburg Gallery.

I did this one for myself.  It too is 11X14.  I needed something to hang in the empty place in my living room where I had hung "Paisley aka Persian Pickles"  which I did for myself but on a whim entered it in the KIA show and it was accepted so that meant I had that empty place to fill.  If  "Paisley" does not sell, I will get it back in July and it will be in my living room again.  I case you don't remember it, here it is. It is much larger than the one above.

I finished one more painting yesterday.  While I was painting the blue jay on the domino train station I decided to do a canvas painting featuring birds.  I remembered I had an Audubon Book so I looked through it for inspiration for my bird painting.  
This is a very large coffee table book with hundreds of pages of birds. I spent a long time looking through it.  For that reason I titled my bird painting "Audubon Inspired"

I took this painting to the Vicksburg Cultural Arts Center Gallery today along with "Forest Royalty 2" and also "Endless Rose" which I had done in Tucson before we moved.  There is going to be a "Meet the New Artists" reception at the gallery on April 22 so I wanted to have a number of new paintings on display along with the ones already there. Speaking of the gallery, I worked there today for the first time.  Thanks to Lisa for training me on all the duties that go along with the job.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

My New Painting Studio

I'm finally making time to post photos of my new painting studio.  I'm happy to say I will be spending lots of time there.  I have to start building an inventory of paintings ready for exhibition opportunities that I anticipate will be coming up.  I sold one of the paintings that I had at LA's Cafe and also the one at the Vicksburg Gallery last week which means I have to hang replacements.  I also got a commission for two domino train stations today.  Glad I now have a functional place to work instead of at my dining room table.  Here is a photo of what that looked like.

Needless to say we didn't eat any meals at the table.  We ate at the kitchen island or more often on the couch in front of the TV.  Here is my new space.
I have a 10' counter with a stainless steel sink.  There is room for two work tables.  I will use the one covered in pink for my framing and the other covered in white to prep canvases.  Most of the walls are pegboard so I can hang frames and all my tools.  I have at least 18'feet of walls that are slat board that will display finished paintings.
This is my painting corner.  I have a comfortable chair.  I like to position my three little work surfaces in a U shape.  I have everything handy that I need while painting.  As you can see I have plenty of shelving for my paints and places for my brushes.  I have my phone handy in case it rings and have a lower shelf for my CD player that you can't see in this picture.  It is my own little corner of painting heaven!

 Next are photo of my display walls.  I have one that is just Southwest paintings.  The other walls currently hold paintings that I did while in Tucson.  Those will be replaced with all the new work that I do as a holding area until I hang them in the gallery or shows.

I have one more thing to show you.  This is a little 10 drawer unit that I have been coveting for awhile and finally broke down and bought  online.  It arrived today.  It is the perfect place for all my patterns.  After years of keeping them in file folders that got all messy and mixed up I have an organized system of storage.  I will be such a time saver.  I was always searching for what ever pattern I was looking for.  I labeled each drawer with the subject matter that it holds.  It will make life so much easier.  This studio will make painting so much more enjoyable.  A place for everything and everything in it's place.  Thanks so much to my husband Roger and son Brian for making it possible!

Monday, March 28, 2016

My new "art life" in Michigan

One of my biggest fears of moving from Arizona to Michigan was that my art life would die.  I was well established in the Tucson art community.  I was blessed to have so many places to show my paintings and a group of supportive artist friends.  I had name recognition and people liked and bought my art.  I was afraid that I would not have the same opportunities here living in a mid-west farming community that I had living in metropolitan Tucson.  I am happy to say I was wrong....I was really wrong. By doing some Internet research I found out there is a strong flourishing art community here with many opportunities.  I am beginning to meet other artists and do some networking and getting a lot of information.  I want to share with you the saga of how things are progressing.

  We made the move in September 2015 and until the beginning of 2016 I was busy unpacking and settling in. After the first of the year I started to look for places to show my art. If you read my posts in January you know I won an award and sold a painting at the Carnegie Center for the Arts and became a member of the Three River Artist Guild.  That was step 1 in my new Michigan art life.

Around Valentine's day I found out about the Vicksburg Cultural Arts Center.   I applied and became a Member and am now showing my art in the gallery.
 In the month that I have been there I have met some wonderful artists and art lovers.  An example is what happened this past weekend.  I did an art demo during an open house at the gallery.  Two of the people I met were Isobel and Coco.  Izzy is a precocious 7 year old who did a hands-on project.  I wish I had taken some photos of the canvas painting she did.  At 7 she is already a talented artist.  She said she thought she would be an artist when she grew up.  I told her she had no choice because she already was an artist.

Then there was Coco.  I was introduced to her and when she was looking through my album of paintings she spotted my painting of the Virgin of Guadalupe.  It turns out that she did a pastel of the Virgin that was accepted in the KIA West Michigan Show and had a necklace with an image of the Virgin that she was wearing.  Oh, I didn't mention that Coco is originally from Mexico.  She had been admiring my paintings and decided to buy White Roses in Talavera Vase.
Coco has her own gallery and studio just a block away from the VCAC and invited me to visit her there when I was done with my demo.  I did just that and when I walked into her gallery I felt I was in Tucson again.  The Mexican influence was everywhere.  Here art work is beautiful and I invite you to visit her website at www.cocosweezy.com.  She also has a huge personal art collection of paintings done by artists from around the world.  I am honored to have one of my creations join her collection.  We talked for a long time and she shared a lot of information with me.  I hope this will be the beginning of a long friendship.

I mentioned the Kalamazoo Institute for the Arts up coming show.  I also had a painting accepted. It is Paisley aka Persian Pickles

There is more....the first time I visited the gallery I met Dina Hadley who makes pottery.  Not long after I joined she commissioned me to do a painting of a dragonfly.  I call it Dragonfly Beauty.
I love Dina's pottery so I suggested we do a trade....pottery for painting.  She agreed.  Here is a photo of the pots on display in my home. I love the way they match the painting in the background.

The doors keep opening up for me.  A few weeks ago we decided to go to lunch at LA's Cafe which is  a coffee shop/internet cafe here in Three Rivers.  It is a quaint place that is built right over one of the rivers.  I noticed they had local artists' art on the walls.  When the owner came to our table to  introduce himself I asked about showing my work and he and his wife said yes.  I have 6 paintings hanging there.  I took a photo of two of them.  I also want to mention their food is delicious.  Everything is natural and fresh.  We plan to eat there often. Here is a photo of two of the paintings that I am showing.

Some of the other places I have been told to look into are the Kalamazoo Art Hop which is the first Friday of the Month.  The other is Art Prize which is in Grand Rapids and happens every fall.  It is the most attended art event on the planet.  Last year it had 162 venues, 1,550 artist and over 400,000 people attending.  They award $500,000 in prize money.  WOW!  I am impressed.  I am too late to apply for this year but will certainly try next year. In the mean time I have to get to work painting to build up an inventory.  Looks like I will be as busy here as I was in Tucson.

My new workshop/studio is almost complete.  It is usable and Dina's painting is the first one that I did there.  I will have a drop ceiling and new lighting installed soon.  This post is pretty long so I will do another post soon featuring photos of my new work space soon.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Fruit and family art

When I was in Tucson I lived next door to George and Gloria Magee.  They were great neighbors. Both George and Gloria are prize winning quilters.  A number of years ago I asked permission to do a painting based on one of their quilts.  I sold the painting the first time that I showed it so I did another one and it sold first time out also.  Since I moved to Michigan I have decided that painting quilt patterns would be good subject matter for this area.  I again asked permission from G&G to do paintings based on their quilts.  They gave me permission and sent me photos of all their quilts.  I will be doing a series inspired by their beautiful handwork.  Since I had been so successful on selling the one I did years ago I thought I would start with that pattern.  Here is a photo of the quilt.
I choose four of the blocks for my painting.  The cantaloupe, cherries, grapes and blueberries.
Here is the newest painting which I call "Tuttie Fruttie".
These are the first and second version that I painted a number of years ago.
I have a few other projects that I will be working on before I do another quilt inspired painting.

The next image I am posting is not by me but by my 16 year old grand-daughter Samantha.  She did it as an assignment in her art class and it was chosen to be shown in the St. Joseph County all High School at the Carnegie Center.  It is done in colored pencils.  I thought it was pretty cool that I showed at the Carnegie and now my grand-daughter is showing there.

Monday, February 29, 2016

Two new canvas paintings and my inspiration for painting them.

I completed two paintings since my last post.  The first one I call "Patchwork Pine".  I am trying to come up with some ideas of subject matter that will be more appealing to art lovers here in MI.  As I look around I see lots of pine trees of different varieties.  My thought was to do one that would look like it was done in fabric like a patchwork quilt.  Here is an image of the 16X12 painting.

When I finished this painting I was uncertain on what to do next.  I recently got all my frames organized and hanging on my new pegboard wall.  Since the frames were easy to see I decided to pick a frame first than decide what subject would look good in that frame.  I chose a 16X20 frame that I have had for a long time.  I never used it in Arizona because it did not have a southwest look.  The frame is in pastel colors and looks like it was splatter painted.  I could have refinished it but I liked it the way it was so saved it for years waiting for the right idea for a painting that would be the perfect fit for the frame.  I put a blank canvas in the frame and stared at it for awhile and thought some type of flower would be my subject.  I went to my computer desk to do some flower research and my eye went to my calendar with one of Van Gogh's bedroom paintings.  The color scheme of the carpet was similar to the colors in the frame.  I decided to check out images of Van Gogh's paintings.  When I came to his Orchard in Blossom series I got my inspiration.  I would do a tree in bloom.

   Having gone through my first snowy winter in 20 years I am looking forward to a Michigan spring.  While a bit of my heart will always long for the southwest, my roots are in the mid-west.  I remember the joy of seeing the first crocus peeking its head through the snow.  I remember the woods next to our house and seeing the trees start to form buds.  I remember the beauty of the dogwood tree in the spring around Easter time.  I am ready for that experience again.  That is why I decided to paint a dogwood tree in bloom.  Here is the painting titled simply "Dogwood"
It is 6 moths since we made the move to Michigan.  If you follow my blog you know that most of the time we have been here we have been working on the house.  It is only since the first of the year that I have been concentrating on establishing my self in the art community here.  I think things are moving in the right direction.  I have shown my art at a prestigious exhibition at the Carnegie Center for the Arts and won an award on one painting and sold another painting.  I was accepted as a member of the Three Rivers Artist guild and just last week I applied and was accepted to show my work at the Vicksburg Cultural Arts Center.  I have also applied to take part in the Kalamazoo Institute for the Arts 2016 regional show and am waiting to hear if any of my paintings have been juried in.. I miss all my Tucson artist friends but am looking forward to the new artist friends I will make here.