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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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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

My "Artist's Block" is gone and Roger finished his latest stained glass window!

I'm happy to say ideas for paintings started to flow not long after I did my last blog post 10 days ago. While I was in my funk I started stripping paint off of one of the old chairs I bought at a yard sale last summer.  What a messy job!  After one day of working on it my brain started to spit out ideas for paintings.  I immediately stopped stripping and started painting.  (Hmm...I should clarify...I stopped stripping paint!)  Anyway, my husband finished the nasty job of getting the paint off of the chair while I worked on my paintings.

I completed two canvas paintings and three paintings on 10" wooden plates.  Here is what I got done in the past week.

The first is an abstract which I call "Swirl and Whirl". It is 15" square.  I did this one while I was waiting for the base coats to dry on the other canvas and the plates.  Abstracts are fun to do because they are quick and I never know what the finished product will look like.  I channel my inner Jackson Pollock.  You know...drip and splatter and swirl.  Here is what I came up with.

The other canvas painting is an 8X10 titled "Run Like the Wind".

Next I worked on some 10" wooden plates which I purchased at a resale shop last fall.  There were about a dozen of them and I put them aside and forgot about them.  I found them when I was cleaning my shop and decided I should start working on them.  The first one I did is one of my geometric designs on a black background.

I got my inspiration for the next two from posts I saw on Facebook.  Someone posted a video of the works of Diego Rivera who is one of my favorite artists.  It put me in the mood to paint calla lilies.  Here is what I came up with.

The day after I saw the video I saw a photo of a very colorful peacock.  I loved the color combination so did this painting using the same colors.
After going though a week without painting because I was in a dry spell I then produced 5 paintings last week.

For the past month Roger has been working on a large stained glass window for our living room.  There are two windows in the front of the room looking out onto out new porch and one window on the side of the room with a view of a vacant lot.  We have a game table sitting in front of that window.  Most of the time I kept the blind shut because we did not like the view and also because as cars pulled into our development they could see into the house.  We decided early on that we need to put stained glass in the window to block people from seeing in and to give a nice appearance to that side of the house.  We had other project to keep us busy our first year here so this window was on the bottom of the list of things to do.  It finally worked it's way to the top of the list.  Here it is.


I just remembered that today is Valentine's Day so Happy Valentine's Day wishes to all my readers.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Three new paintings done this week

I am finally feeling better after my bout with the flu.  I spent this week working on three paintings.  The first is based on a photo of some friend's new rescue kitten.  They found it in the motor of their car awhile back on a freezing cold day.  They planned to take it to the rescue center but on the trip there they fell in love with her and decided to give her a home themselves.  Her name is Mocha.  I saw this photo of her and decided to use it as inspiration for a new painting that I titled "Little Ball of Fur"



At the same time I was working on the kitty painting I decided to do an abstract painting so did the base coat on the canvas in beige and then sponged some brown on top of that.  I thought that after it dried I would add more to it but when I was done sponging on the brown I liked it just the way it was and declared it a finished abstract painting.  It took maybe a half hour of my time to do it.  I am going to keep it for myself because there is something in it's simplicity that I really like.  I think I will hang it next to my "Stormy Day" painting.  I call this one "Brown on Beige".  It is a large painting but shows up here as much smaller than the true size, also, I just noticed that I didn't sign it.  I'll have to do that and I think that once I hang it I'll take another photo which I will include in a future post so you can have a better perspective of the size.


The third painting I did this week is another version of "Phantom Herd". I painted variations of  this painting four times in the past and sold all of them.  Here is the newest one which is number five.
Here are photos of the other four paintings shown in the order in which they were painted.  The third one was commissioned  and the client wanted it facing the other direction.  The other three were sold in exhibitions.




Now that I am feeling better I am anxious to get to work on some new and original subject matter.  The problem is that I am going through an "artist block".  I can't decide  what I want to paint.  It was so easy to come up with ideas when I lived in the southwest.  Since I moved to Michigan my idea pool seems to have run dry.  I'm thinking of maybe doing a lighthouse painting.  Being close to the Great Lakes, there are lighthouses everywhere.  That is the only idea I have come up with.  I may hold off on doing a canvas painting and work on some old chairs that I got at a yard sale last summer. They both need stripped of the old paint. I'm suffering from a bad case of cabin fever and need something to keep me busy.  Stripping paint might just be what I need to fill my time while I wait for my creative side to kick in with some new ideas.

Friday, January 27, 2017

My first paintings done in 2017

It has been over three weeks since my last post.  I finished two paintings and a domino train station since then.  I also have been under the weather with the flu.  The paintings were done before I got sick but I decided to wait to do a post until after the opening reception at the Carnegie Center for the Arts Regional Show which was last Sunday.  On Monday I woke up with the flu and had no ambition to do anything except lay on the couch and watch Netflix.  It is now Friday and I am feeling much better so decided to do this post now.

I'll start with the paintings.  The first is one that I started last year then set aside to work on the Surreal Saguaro painting that I featured in the last post.  Here is what I had completed when I stopped working on it.

It sat for over a month before I finally got back to it.  Here is the finished painting which I titled "Butterfly Garden".
My next piece was a special order domino train station for someone who winters in FL and wanted one featuring flamingos.
I then decided to do another version of "Peek-a-boo Kitty" because I sold the first one the day after I painted it.  It was bought at the Three Rivers Artist Guild Holiday Show by a couple who said it reminded them of their kitty.  Since it was so cute I painted another one.

I did not win a award at the Carnegie Show this year but was honored that all three of my entries were accepted.  Here are photos of me with each of the paintings.
I also wanted to mention that my grand-daughter Samantha has a painting hanging in a show at the Open Door Gallery in Sturgis, MI.  Here is Sam and her tiger painting.

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.