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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"
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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Step by Step procedure of "Surreal Saguaro" Painting

I took photos of each step of the painting process of my latest "Surreal Saguaro" painting.  The first thing I did was to paint the background solid black.  Then I drew the saguaro in chalk pencil and then divided it up into random sections.  Once that was done I started to fill each area with an undercoat
of white.


I then added color to each section.  I lost count of how many different colors I used.  Each color took two to three or more coats of paint.
When I had all the sections filled with color I floated a darker shade around the edges of each section.
That was the tedious part.  Now the fun begins.  I started to decorate each section.  The first thing I painted in was a Picasso like face.  After that I did the kitten and keyboard.  More ideas started to fill my mind.  I think the flamingo was next.  Then my grand-daughter saw the painting and suggested I put Waldo in it and my son saw it online and said it had to have Darth Vader.  We watched Christmas Story which influenced me to include the leg lamp.  The more I painted the more ideas I had.  I added dots and trim work as I went along.  Here are some close-ups of some of the things that I painted.




When I had all the sections decorated I outlined each section in black.

The last step is the scary part.  I always think maybe I shouldn't do it because as you can see the painting above looks pretty good.  The only problem is that it looks flat.  To give it a 3-D look I paint in the ribs with black then dry brush a white highlight in the center of each rib. I also add some dark shadows in black where needed.  It covers some of the detail work but gives the saguaro the dimension it needs.  Here is the finished painting.
I hope you enjoyed seeing each step I took to create this painting.  I worked on it for a couple of weeks and enjoyed the process.  I also enjoyed listening to three great audio books while I was painting.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

3 Paintings that will be entered at the Carnegie Center for the Arts

After many hours of work I finished my latest version of "Surreal Saguaro" which I will be entering in the Regional Juried Arts Competition 2017 at the Carnegie Center for the Arts.  I will also enter two other paintings I did a few months ago.  This version of the saguaro painting is different from the others I have done because I added much more detail and fun items.  There are animals, musical instruments, flowers, and a few surprises like Waldo, Darth Vader, and the Leg Lamp.  I did many versions of this painting when I lived in Tucson and every one of them sold.  I am not sure if I will sell this one because I don't know if people in Michigan will be interested in hanging a southwest painting in their home.  I decided to do it anyway for the competition because I wanted something different and this one is different!  Size is 36X16X2 and it is painted on an artist box.
Here are the other two paintings I am entering in the competition.  Hopefully they will all be accepted.
"Mr. Hoots"

"Study in Patchwork #4
Shades of Grey"
I have mentioned before that for some reason some of my larger paintings appear smaller when I post the photo.  "Surreal Saguaro" is much larger then these other two in real life but appears smaller in the blog post.

I will be doing another post in a few days showing the step by step process of how I painted "Surreal Saguaro".

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Seasons Greetings 2016

I want to wish everyone Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.

 I have been busy the past month with lots of activities and  working eight shifts at the Three Rivers Artists Guild Holiday Show.  I also started work on a new painting that I will be entering in the Carnegie Center for the Arts winter regional juried show.  The deadline is the first week in January so my time is running out.  It is a large painting with lots of detail so I feel the pressure of getting it done. When it is finished I will post photos of it and two other paintings that I will be entering in the show.

May God Bless you all in the new year......

Friday, December 9, 2016

Two Santas

I thought I should have at least one Christmas type painting at the Three Rivers Art Guild Holiday Show.  One of my popular Santa paintings in Tucson was "Cowboy Santa".  There are lots of farms and "horse people" here in MI so I decided to do another version of this painting and see if it will sell here.  The size of this one is 10X6.

My husband and I bowl twice a week and have made friends with many of the people we bowl with and also the owners of the bowling alley.  For that reason I decided to dig out an old bowling pin I brought with me from Tucson and paint it as a gift for the bowling alley owners to use as a Christmas decoration.  Here is "Bowling Santa"  Click on the photo to enlarge it and check out what is in his bag.

I plan to start a butterfly painting soon.  The pattern is traced onto the canvas and ready to go.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Colorful Pet Paintings

I finished two canvas paintings and two domino train stations in the past week.  All were of animals.  I haven't done any cat or dog paintings in the past except for a couple of commissioned paintings I did a few years back.  I decided it was time to do both a cat and dog painting to hang in the Three Rivers Art Guild Holiday Show.  The first photo is of an 8X8 painting titled "Peek-a-boo Kitty".  
I am happy to say that this painting sold just a day after I took it to the gallery.  The couple who bought it said it reminded them of a kitty they had that used to do this.

The next painting is one that I finished yesterday and will take to the gallery soon.  I hope it sells as quickly as the one above.  I call this one "Patchwork Pups".  The size is 5X12.
For some reason the photo appears much smaller than the one above.  I can't figure out why that happens.  

Here are the two Mexican domino train stations.  Both images are small versions of paintings I have done in the past.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Three Rivers Artist Guild Holiday Show

The opening for the Three Rivers Holiday Show was on Friday, November 25, 2016.  This is the first holiday show that I am doing since I moved to Michigan.  Here is my display.
There are 20 artists taking part in this show which will end on December 27th.  The gallery looks great with a variety of wonderful art.  I am getting to know the other guild members and am happy to be a part of this group.  I worked for the first time at the gallery today and find it is run almost identical as the gallery I was a part of in Tucson.  We had a special visitor stop by today and I had my photo taken with him.
I am happy to report that I sold a painting on the opening day of the show.  It was an 10x8 version of "Mare and Foal"
Since I had an empty spot in my display, I spent all day yesterday doing another version of this painting.   I took it to the gallery today to fill that empty spot.
Now I have another empty spot to fill because I sold another painting today.  It is one of my "Desert Dwellers" paintings which were so popular in Tucson.  I was surprised that some one from Michigan liked it!
I have a cross painting that is the perfect size to fit the new empty spot. It is called "Mexicali Cross".
I also sold 2 of my new mirror compacts that my grand-daughter Laura made with my art work on them.

It is a good start to have sold things in the first few days of the show.  I hope it keeps up.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Something old, something new, something recycled.

I'm busy getting ready for the Three Rivers Artist Guild Holiday Show.  I have less than a week until my scheduled set up time.  I have so much to do.   I have to make price tags and painting labels,  I must do a bio update.  I have greeting cards to print. I have to decide how to do my display.  The list goes on and on.

 I did a few last minute paintings.  The first two photos are of what I call "old" paintings.  They are some of my best selling designs which I have painted many versions of in the past. Each version has sold.  The first one is my classic "Endless Rose" on a 12X12 stretch canvas.  The second one is "Equine Mystic".  I recently did a larger 11X14 version which I am showing at LA's Coffee Cafe. I chose to do a smaller 8X10 for this show.


I also did a new design which was inspired by a duck decoy that I found at a yard sale.  I am displaying it on my new shelf unit.  It is on the bottom shelf with another duck on a stick.
I had been wanting to do a still life painting for the holiday show.  In most of my still life paintings I feature a container of flowers with some object or piece of fruit at the base.  I knew I wanted to do an arrangement with sunflowers but couldn't decide what else to put in the painting until I had an ah-ha moment and decided on the duck decoy.  I was trying to come up with something that would look more mid-western then all my previous south-western still live paintings.  I think I accomplished my goal with "Duck Decoy Still Life".  Size of this one is 16X12
So you have seen my something old and something new, now for the something recycled.

 I wanted another floral painting for the holiday show but knew I didn't have time to do one. Then I remembered I had a box of  paintings that I had taken out of frames when I was packing up for the move from Tucson to Michigan.  I found the box and discovered this painting titled "Pink Blush".  I went though my frames and decided on one that seemed to be a perfect match for this 20X16 painting.  It gave new life to a painting that has been tucked away in a box for over a year.  Hopefully it will find a home here in Michigan.