The thing about palm trees…

Pamela Wingard Palm Trees Collection

PALM TREES COLLECTION: Available on Monday, August 7. A new series about the beauty of palm trees, the joy of family, and the summer pleasures of vacationing.

 

The idea was to paint this series based on Palm Springs.
I visited there years ago on a family vacation. Probably in a station wagon. Stopped at Hoover Dam, Hollywood, Disneyland and then couldn’t wait to swim in the hotel pool in Palm Springs. Most likely a Holiday Inn if there was one. If we were lucky, a ‘ Holidome’. Those were the best.

I went back to PALM SPRINGS a couple of years ago with my husband and younger son. Swam in the hotel pool. Ate great Tex-Mex food. They played golf. I bought a t-shirt. The place is GORGEOUS.

But I realized that the series isn’t about Palm Springs. It’s about family, and vacations in the family car (or in our case, a rental) and PALM TREES everywhere. And how they make me smile.

I love to TRAVEL and it’s not because I don’t like to work. I have the greatest job ever. But I’m obsessive about vacationing with my family. I enjoy new scenery (I’m an ARTIST for heaven’s sakes- I’m visual.) I’m curious and enjoy the differences in climate, and topography, and culture… oh and the food.

As a kid, my mom and dad took us on plenty of summer vacations, and I am fortunate enough to have seen a lot of the country. I think the only states I haven’t been to are Hawaii and possibly North Dakota. These weren’t fancy trips. Sometimes we camped, most required way too many BORING hours in the car for my teenage liking.

But that’s just what we did. And the travel bug stuck.

When we all four of us are crammed together in a rental car or out for dinner in a new city, the family dynamic changes, and that’s the best part.  When my kids became teenagers, sometimes vacations were the only time we were REALLY together as a family unit. I mean, there was conversation. They weren’t embarrassed to be seen with me and they decompressed from the stress of SATS, college apps, and homework. They finally put away their phones and gazed out the car window.  Possibly noticing the huge world out there so different from the little suburb where we live?  Maybe they relaxed? Or all of us did?

Whether a Santa Barbara palm tree or one on the Isle of Palms, the palm just makes me feel as if I’m on vacation. They don’t grow naturally here, but south of the North Carolina border the Palmetto tree is everywhere. And they line the Carolina coast.

I can’t help but look up at them and smile.

And BREATHE.

Oh, and notice how my family members put away their phones (after documenting for Instagram and Snapchat and Facebook, depending on the generation).

We pay attention to what’s around us. RELAX. And talk to each other.

Isn’t that what life is all about?

A little gift: Coastal iPhone Wallpapers

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I’ve been experimenting again…I thought it would be fun to offer new iPHONE WALLPAPERS with each new collection, as well as a limited supply of archival PRINTS and maybe a product or two.

I’ve always wanted to see my designs on products that are useful (and pretty). I’m hoping to expand this over the next few months to include a limited number of items with each collection. I’ve put a lot of thought into it, and I don’t want to slap my artwork on a bunch of ‘things’ that no one really needs or uses. My coffee cups are white, my linens and plates are solid, my sofa is slipcovered in white. I know, not very artistic..

But I get overstimulated (and bored) with a lot of pattern and color in a lot of places. I like beautiful patterns, bold color, and boho blouses with lots of interest. But  sometimes it’s all too much for me. Maybe it’s because I use so much color in my daily work? Maybe I’m getting old and peaceful is more important than exciting?

So if that’s the case, then why do I want to create products? Because too much white is boring, and I love a pop of color on a white background. I’d love to have my work available at various price points and on products people use every day. Because it’s another way to bring a little joy into the ordinary. This collection will be carefully curated to include only pieces that I would use myself or that I really love.

For now, here’s the LINK to the iPhone downloads. Unframed PRINTS will be available for a limited time. Look for some new products in the future. What items would YOU like to see? Drop me a line, I’d love some inspiration.

New Collection available on Saturday

I postponed the ‘Beach Days’ collection to add a couple of larger pieces. 

The paint is still wet (not really) but they’ll be ready to go in my online shop for Earth Day, this Saturday, April 22 at 10 am. 

Here’s the link to the story behind the collection. 

Ten new pieces, sized from 8 x 8 to 16 x 20. All are painted on either gallery wrapped canvas or deep cradled wooden panels, which I’ve enjoyed lately. It’s a texture thing I guess. They hold the impasto stokes of the palette knife really well, and just feel really solid and sturdy. 

I’m still planning on some larger pieces for the next collection, but I might need to spend some time in a beach chair doing some research. 

New Collection: ‘Beach Days’

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‘Beach Walk’ © 2017 Pamela Wingard

Do you vacation at the beach?

Here in the Carolinas many people do, whether for a weekend, a week, or a summer. I love the new routine that falls into place after a couple of days. It often begins with a walk on the BEACH, collecting seashells or just enjoying the sight of the sun low over the water. The water glistening from the morning light.

Afternoons, if you are lucky involve a BOOK and a NAP.

The pace settles in. The salt air makes you breathe a bit deeper, maybe a little slower.

This new series is all about that feeling of RELAXATION. Shoulders decompress, stress falls away, the body seems like it belongs there, sitting with your toes in the sand.

Look for the release of my new ‘BEACH DAYS’ collection on Wednesday, April 12 locally, and next Tuesday, April 18th in my online shop.

Charlotte Beaux Arts Show

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‘Sea Breeze’ © 2017 Pamela Wingard 

What I like most about artists is most of them love to get together to talk about art, materials, inspiration, or struggles with the canvas. 2017 has already brought me the opportunity to collaborate with other artists to sell my work. I’ve met the warmest, most genuine people, whether art lovers or artists, designers, or art buyers.  My latest collaboration is taking place for the second time this year with a talented group of artists. I’m honored to be included. If you are local, please stop by the Charlotte Beaux Arts Show to sip and shop.

My new ‘Beach Days’ collection will be available. Look for a few sneak peeks on Instagram @barefootstudios.

 

 

#connectcollaboratecreate

abstractharboronwhitefloorThat sums it up. Warms my soul. Hits the heart of why I do what I do. #connectcollaboratecreate

The Southern C coined this hashtag for their social media marketing…and it’s right on target.

A couple of weeks ago I attended The Southern C Summit in Sea Island, Georgia, a conference for entrepreneurs, many of them creatives. The focus was on connecting, collaborating, and creating with other business owners, bloggers, and the media.

This event exceeded all my expectations and I can’t wait to go back next year. I returned to my studio energized and full of excitement because of the meaningful connections and inspiration I found there. I have a lot of thinking, planning and work to do now, and I cannot wait!

Check out their site for a more detailed recap, but here is my personal take on a few pieces of positive, encouraging advice I gathered. These are all paraphrased because I was taking TONS of notes.
‘Be authentic. Really be you.’  
Gray Malin, Fine-Art Photographer and New York Times’ Best-Selling Author
‘Balance to avoid burnout. What is my vision of balanced success?’
       Lizzie Fortunato and Kathryn Fortunato, Founders, Lizzie Fortunato Jewels
‘People may know you or know your work, but most don’t know both. So use video to introduce the other.’
Libbie Summers, Author, Tastemaker and Award-Winning Producer
‘Be consistent.’
       Mandy Rye, Founder and Creative Director, Waiting on Martha
‘Be true to your own style’Darcy Miller
‘Are you having fun?’Darcy Miller
‘Be helpful.’
       Nikki Bazzani, Creative Strategist, Pinterest
‘Create an action plan.’
       Monica Lavin, Independent Content Publisher, Stylist and Founder, Lavin Label

Preview and Shop New Collection: A COLOR STORY

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Hello friends,

My new collection “A COLOR STORY” is available on Monday, February 6 at 10 am.

Blog followers and newsletter subscribers may preview and shop the new collection in my SHOP during the Super Bowl on Sunday night.

New work will ‘pop up’ in my shop throughout the evening.

Go to your Super Bowl party and when you come home after half-time (it IS a school night), get in your comfy PJs and take a look at what’s new. Shipping is free on all small paintings.

New Originals available on Monday

A new collection of ten new originals ‘A Color Story’ will be available on my website on Monday. This series will include coastal abstracts and florals in various sizes.

‘I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for.’ Georgia O’Keeffe

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‘A Color Story’ February 6, 2017

It’s really a color story.

My plan was to base this series on a place. The ‘Coast of Carolina’ series. It sort of is. But my hand kept painting flowers in between the coastal abstracts. During the grey days of January, flowers make me happy. I wanted to try painting softer, more feminine color palettes and quit painting everything blue. The green of nature soothes the soul, and I wanted to capture that. Plus, Greenery is the Pantone color of the year, so why not?

Rather than being about a specific place, I’m realizing this collection is all about color. Coral, green, lavender, and cheery yellow because I rarely use yellow except to make green. This little group of paintings came together because art uplifts the viewer and its maker. Don’t we need that?

I wish I could say this art was from a deeper connection, but it’s just not. I don’t have a real story behind this, other than the one I’m telling you now. Just the need to play, to experiment, to set my own boundaries (no blue) and to bring joy into these winter months.

I admit, I tried to force this theme. I assumed I’d schedule it and paint what was on my list. This collection was difficult. I had to push myself through the frustration. A LOT of STRUGGLES with the brush. BUT, once I let go of the false pretense of the collection having some deeper meaning than color and cheerfulness, it came together. The ease came back. I worked hard on this group of paintings, but at the end, the spontaneity and joy showed up.

At least for me. How about you?

Snipets in the photo above but the collection will be available next week.

The internet killed my sketchbook.

Do you have a daily sketching habit? Or carry a sketchbook with you? I used to, back in high school. Well, I didn’t carry one with me, but I sketched all the time. Fast-forward a few years (ok, many years), marriage, house, babies, teenagers, iPad, iPhone, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TripAdvisor, Yelp,Netflix, Hulu. Need I say more? Sad, right? Well, just the technology part, the rest I’m thankful for every day.

I quit daily sketching, but I own tons of blank sketchbooks in various sizes and papers because I always think I will use them again, and like art supplies and planners they are fun to buy.

I used to design and sell invitations and stationery products.  This little company was born of my inner ‘back-to-school’ dorky love of school supplies, markers, paper, and any cool organizational tool. If you ever had a Mead Trapper Keeper or owned at least one, or dare I say two of the Classic, Compact, or Monarch Franklin planners, you are ‘my people.’

This love for paper and planning feeds into an annual planning/goal setting session, on paper of course. One of my 2017 goals is to keep a sketchbook again. I considered sharing it on Instagram each day because that’s kind of trendy and creates accountability, but it was too much pressure. So I’m keeping most of to myself for now.

I want to paint a collection of churches or colleges. That involves remembering how to draw. I’m trying to make it part of my daily routine. No eraser. Done in ink. Five, ten minutes or so. Still in my loose style, nothing too tight. Here’s what’s in  my sketchbook today… be gentle, I’m a little rusty.