Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Color Returns: Tucson, Art and Things Heating Up

I'm pleased to report that the city of Tucson along with Flagstaff, AZ are suing the state over the recent immigration law signed by Governor Jan Brewer. The temperature today: 92 degrees, or 33.3333 C.

As some of you know, one of my blog posts was plagiarized recently. But, what you didn't know was that I also dropped my know. (!)

Nobody wants to use it now. Sheesh.

And, our dear KayDee dog has tick fever. She's gonna be fine with meds. The phone?...not so much.

I'm also pleased to report that I am still here (relatively cheerful!), still working, hopeful that we will continue to converse on subjects aesthetic, political, personal and global. I will, however, be thinking about these issues as they relate to being online.

If you want more information about blogging and plagiarism, which I didn't know was so pervasive, here is a link to a wonderful blogger, Velveteen Mind, who did something about it, and a link to Mr. Artyfice's rant. Feel free to weigh in.

This painting is worked from the photo I took for the solarplate image you see from the previous post. It is 9" x 12", oil on linen panel artists' board.

Happy Cinco de Mayo!


Barbara Muir said...

So good the painting. So delicious.
I thought of you as I flew to New York today, and I told Steven that your little puffy cloud was coming with me. It did. It was over the airport in Toronto. So we flew out with women pilots! Yes, right through a blue space in the clouds surrounded by thunder storms, then your cloud joined others on the way south, and turned into a fluffy white topping on a huge green earth cake. Yum.

Like the painting. Yum. So next year in New York. You and me and our friends.

xoxoxoxoxoxBarbara (I'm loving it!)mat

Barbara Muir said...

The mat was a mistake. The net is grimly slow, leading to errors. Love the painting

Melinda said...

Thank you, Barbara. Glad you like the painting. It was fun to paint.

Loved your description of the cloud and day. Nice image!

Oh, I just thought you were so excited that you misspelled your own name. ;-)

daviddrawsandpaints said...

Yay!! take that Frenchie!

I should be so lucky being plaguerised :o{

Love the painting with it's kind of wind-tossed spinning and fly-away flicks. What are they anyway - cactasuses about to flower?

Melinda said...

Ha!! Brother David! You get it! Yes, it is a kind of compliment, isn't it?

Well, I'm so glad you like the painting. Maybe those flicks are representing all of the pollen flying through the air. The large bits of dark with red and orange flicks are the buds that will soon flower, as many are now doing, and will become the prickly pear fruit from which I make juice and syrup. Yum. I can hardly wait. It's a bit like pomegranate juice with a slight hint of green plant taste.

Thank you for your comment. I'll bet you've got a lot of work done in the last week, yes?

SamArtDog said...

Damn the copycats -- full steam ahead!

Sorry about your phone. Did it float? Never mind. That would be way more than I want to know.

Ate a big greasy batch of flied crams in honor of CinqdeMayo. Ole!... urp.

Great painting of space confetti!

Back to the mountains next week.

Melinda said...

Hi SamArtDog. I love your comments. You are such a good story teller.

Have a safe trip. More art soon, eh? After your tummy settles from the clams...?

cohen labelle said...

Hi Melinda
I love this painting of yours – it's beautiful and it has great verve!

As for the phone well, if you set it in the hot, bleaching, Arizona sun – perhaps in time the relentless heat will provide sufficient therapy for its recent misadventure.

It’s wonderful and reassuring that there is a strong growing counter movement against this nasty, vindictive law. I see that the Phoenix Suns were also showing solidarity by their decision to wear the Mexican – Los Suns’ jerseys on Cinco de Mayo – a significant gesture and of course many of NBA’s best players are African Americans, Latinos, European , our own Steve Nash is Canadian (hear, hear) and as my David pointed out – a very multi national league!

Hey Melinda, let’s sock it to them!

Anonymous said...

I wondered if that beautiful cactus solarplate was going to turn into a painting! This is gorgeous! Like candy. We have lots of prickly pears here, but I never heard of making juice and syrup from the fruit. I bet it's good!
Too bad about the phone, but as they say, sh-t happens. Even more too bad about the plagerism. Seems weird to me that someone would do that... enough bad karma in the world without creating more.

Melinda said...

You have read my mind and peered into my world, Marcia! That's exactly what I did with the phone. I sprayed it with disinfectant and set it out in the blazing sun for two hours. It works, but some of the keypad buttons don't work. Pretty amazing, eh?

Yes, the people of Arizona can be a sleepy bunch, allowing idjits to mess things up, but we respond quickly.

Thank you for your comment!

Melinda said...

Wow, diddamsdigitalart, your hunch was quite intuitive and correct! I was going to paint a watercolor, but I was sitting closer to the oil paints. :-)

The world is pretty crazy right now, but we'll keep going toward all the good things in life like art, friends and community activism, eh?!

Thank you for your comment.

Linny D. Vine said...

This is great, Melinda! Fiesta tambourines bursting from silver foil bottles...a celebration of emotions. What a week in Magical Melinda world!!!

Anonymous said...

Like a delicious cream cheese frosting on a very hip wedding cake, this painting is visually edible.
I love it.

What a fine line we tiptoe on, wanting to be informed and despising the delivery system of the news. Being part of the world view and turning away from it.
Living on an island has taught me to focus on the small things at hand, influence change one person at a time and do what you can when and where you can.
Because the big picture is as unmovable as the pyramids. But I think we can all lift a stone.

If imitation is a form of flattery, why doesn't it feel good to be a victim of plagiarism.
I'm so sorry to hear about this.
They did, however choose substance and class to " borrow ".

Melinda said...

Whoo. I like your imagery, Linny! I can definitely see this cactus as musical instrument, hailing spring and magical days ahead. It does kind of look like one of those children's toys that one can spin and tap like a tambourine.

Thank you so much for suggesting "magical Melinda world." I really like that label, almost as much as I like lovely Linnyland.

Yes, things are brighter and happier in this artist's world...

Melinda said...

Oh, Bonnie. I wish I could give you a larger island, say the size of the world, in which each day people with your kind of heart change one small wrong as they move through the day. Not with anger do they change the moment, but with a strong love for the integrity of spirit within us all, expressed in gentle persuasion and the strength of conviction to be true, and just, and merciful.

I will lift a stone with you every day. Some of them will have paint on them.

Thank you. I agree. ;-)