Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Grand Canyon, Grand Year, Grand Hopes

From my point of reference today, a thought: When looking toward the future and what it may bring, try, try, try to remember how much you've survived, how much you've overcome and how strong and confident it has made you. Let the year that has been, and your dreams for the next year, be filled with child-like joy and anticipation--while not losing any of your hard earned wisdom! The best of both worlds, yes?

The sky is gray now, cloudy and cool. It's wonderful for sun bleached eyes needing a shady day. It feels like sunset at 4 PM. Lovely. It feels like a year ending.

Here is another segment of the Grand Canyon painting from my work this afternoon. This is about 2 1/2' x 1 1/2' in the upper right quadrant. I can't tell you how therapeutic it is to paint this. But, I'll guess that as you ponder nature with all of its specific beauty (in your region and mine), you are often delighted when given the chance to wander or gaze unmolested by the trappings of cities and culture. Ah.

Best wishes for a better new year wherever you are, whatever your circumstance. I don't make resolutions, but I do hope to continue to paint often. You, dear fellow artist bloggers, keep me sane, disciplined and optimistic!


Anonymous said...

I like the colors you have used on your Grand Canyon painting. It has a nice glow.
Happy painting in 2010.
Thanks for your comments on my watercolor.

Melinda said...

Thank you, Jean. It's fun to paint on this canvas.

Your watercolors are lovely. Best wishes in the new year!!

SamArtDog said...

thanks for shining it on, melinda; it becomes you.

i find it interesting that the thumbnail of this section of your G C painting looked to me like a patchwork quilt. i thought, "what's she doing? what about the grand canyon painting?" then i saw that it's another patch of the painting. micro-macro. very cool. epiphanies all around us.

happy new year. here's to hope!

Melinda said...

I smile in your general direction, SamArtDog...with shiny teeth and bright eyes...

Yes, you've got something there. I see the patchwork thing and it does kind of look like a quilt.

My approach is to put down some underpainting and then to add highlights. When that doesn't work, I go over it all again. My challenge is to gray out the background to increase distance, very hard to do when high contrast is such an addiction.

Here's to many epiphanies and many artful, hope filled days.

--and with a wry grin, thank you.

Marie Fox said...

Hi Melinda - Thank you for your wonderful and meaningful comment about my figurative art. I especially appreciate your words now that I see the beautifully bold design and colors of your own art. Many thanks and big wishes for a creative and colorful year ahead. Marie

Melinda said...

Hi Marie,
Your figurative work is masterful and when I look at your paintings, my jaw drops with wonder.

Thank you for your generous comment. You are an inspiration!!

Happy, Healthy, Inspired New Year!

Linny D. Vine said...

Melinda, your beautiful soul comes through in both your words and your paintings.Joyous 2010 to you!

Melinda said...

You are too kind, Linny. Thank you for your comment. May your next year also be filled with joy and many great paintings!

Virtual hugs!!

Jeffrey J. Boron said...

Can't wait to see the whooole thing Melinda...its looking grand!

As always your heartfelt writing touches my soul and I'm sure I'm not lonely in that! All the best to you Melinda for a wonderful year on your artistic journey!


Melinda said...

You have no idea how much your presence here and your paintings mean to me, Jeffrey. We artists are light for each other and I'm so glad that all of us keep going.

This beastie is really something. I'll paint for two or three hours and it seems I can barely tell. I wonder if the painting will be easy to read when it's finished.

Wishing you all the best: Good health, Peace, Inspiration and Good friends!!

cohen labelle said...

Hi Melinda
I agree! Nature restores us. Spinoza believed that knowing nature and its laws was the same as knowing God – transcendent, natura naturans.
I love your painting. It’s like a symphony!!! Have a joyous 2010.
xo Marcia

Melinda said...

Oh, I like that Spinoza, Cohen Labelle. It is odd, but comforting to enjoy painting this image and feeling as though I'm there. A bit like a meditation, it is--somehow different from other landscapes.

I hope it is a good symphony when completed. Right now, I feel as though I'm working on the bass section.

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Melinda,

What great thoughts. It is great to greet the year with joy. I love how you write and how you paint. You have certainly been a big part of the joy in my life in 2009.

Happy New Year.


Anonymous said...

What an amazing painting. Each section you've shown is a beautiful work of art in itself. It's great seeing the whole canvas on your easel too -- gives a sense of the majesty of the scene and the painting. It looks like one could get lost in the painting and its mysteries. Fantastic!

Melinda said...

You gave my year a sense of enrichment, Barbara, and I'm hoping I can do the same for you and anyone who visits here.

Best wishes always!

Melinda said...

Thank you, Jana! I think by showing a detail at a time it is going to be easier to read from online. I didn't know this when I started posting the segments, but I see now that this describes the largeness of the canvas and the time necessary to paint it.

Getting lost regularly, but not freezing yet!