Thursday, August 14, 2008

Helper Dogs and What's on the Easel Today

It's really great to see inside the studios of other artists. Thought I'd share one view of my humble studio. I'm lucky to have two good dogs offering support today as I revisit a painting of San Felipe de Neri, Albuquerque, NM.

This painting has been languishing for awhile and I just can't stands it no more! Must finish it up. It adds a little variety on the blog and reminds me that missing New Mexico is an ongoing feeling. The press waits quietly to the left, knowing that the monotype I made the other day is just the beginning.

7 comments:

Edgar said...

It is really great to see inside a studio. Yours looks cozy and well-provisioned. Makes me wonder if it would be possible to organize a "virtual open studio tour" with other artists on the net..

Melinda said...

That's a great idea, edgar. I'll take any suggestions you have on how to do that. The studio is a comfy sanctuary--wish it had a little more square footage...but, I'm not complaining!

Edgar said...

Gee... it could be great! In an open studio tour, you see three things you don't usually see at galleries: 1) old works as well as current work; 2) the work space, and tools; and 3) sometimes, work in progress or the artist working.

On the web, artists could post a bunch of photos of work (I mean the stuff that's hanging around the studio, not the stuff they're doing for web-publishing), post photos of the workspace or things like the stuff we all keep around us to inspire us when we get frustrated, and we could post images of work in progress, or videos of the artist at work, or just slide shows...

Carolina said...

Melinda--You're the first stranger to see my blog, as far as I know. Founding our own country sounds like fun, too bad it's such a complicated project. As you say, there's really not enough time for anything (even blogging, it seems to me). However, it's really nice to know that there are so many of us. I really like your work by the way, apart from any political views--it looks so color-saturated and so voluptuous, among other things.

Melinda said...

Carolina,
Thank you for visiting! I enjoy reading your blog and am comforted that there are so many people of like mind.
Hope you'll visit again. I know I'll be checking your blog regularly!
Thank you, too, for the art comments.

Anonymous said...

In looking at your top photo I have a new appreciation for the three portraits you had posted previously. They're big! Say, where can I get me some assistant dogs? Mine only wreck things.

Melinda said...

Silvina,
It is so difficult to comprehend scale on a blog! This is also true of the term "helper!" These guys mostly help themselves to the cushy spot in the studio while waiting for me to serve them bickies. Okay, that's a little unfair. If I drop anything, anything at all, the shepherd (Loki) will rush to pick it up for me.
I think I need to start adding dimensions. In my dreams, I paint 8 foot canvasses. How 'bout you?