Saturday, May 29, 2010

O for the Love of Dog, Plus Artist Incognito


You see, I have these oily rags in my studio and they remind me every day how risky this is. And this thought reminds me of a video I saw on youtube about a man who had some oily rags lying in the corner of his workshop.

O Dogs. They are wonderful: Shepherd Leads State Trooper to Fire:


Still somewhat incognito in Arizona. This painting is a reworked one from last year: Self Portrait Like Hybrid Flowers. I like this one for right now.

Be safe in your studio, even if you have a rescue dog...

18 comments:

SamArtDog said...

Ya gotta love this rescue dog! Rescue takes smart determination; this hound has it in spades.

I would say the same for you. Self portraits take guts. Reworking them like this takes bolas. I like it!

SamArtDog said...

Is that an amp behind your oily rags? You're not kidding when you say studio!

Melinda said...

Ha! Dogs are great and I know you know it.

I'm not so sure about bolas (how about one powerful ovario?). But, I am sure about wanting to push the image a bit.

Thank you.

Yes, you are correct. That is my amp. I'm learning to play electric blues guitar. Really love to play. The amp and guitar were presents for graduation from the UA.

Do you play?

Barbara Muir said...

I do love dogs brilliant animals that they are. And this portrait of you is fascinating. I'm hoping for a series as you emerge, recede, change, move -- so exciting. As your work always is, and an inspiration.

xoxoxoxoxoxoBarbara

SamArtDog said...

No, but I'm a wicked good listener. I even thump my foot in time to the music! Used to howl in harmony, too, but my pipes went slack when my neck did.

Anonymous said...

I must say, that's a very pretty pile of oily rags there... You have changed that portrait from a pretty picture into something very powerful and mysterious. Makes me wonder what's going on down there in Tucson!
And music... Not a talent of mine, unfortunately, but I have never seen a musician -- good or mediocre -- who didn't seem to be in a blissful state when they played.

Melinda said...

Thank you, Don. Yes, there are a lot things going on in Tucson--some of which should remain oblique.

You're right, too, about music. There is a high that attends playing that is stronger than any drug. I think we artists experience this kind of euphoria when we have finished a painting that surprises us in a really good way.

Jala Pfaff said...

Cool painting!

Dogs are great... when our second Golden, Mojito, was about a year old, we got two little kittens. We never let our kittens out until they're all grown up... and one evening Mojito came upstairs to my bedroom door (he never comes upstairs--doesn't like the stairs) and panted and paced. I was so taken aback by his strange behavior...then looked downstairs and saw that the front door had blown open in the wind and the two little kittens were just taking their first little steps outside...

Jeffrey J. Boron said...

Well I get your point Melinda, a very important point but 'Melinda el a Stephen King'...I don't think so! Shiver me timbers Melinda this is the stuff of nightmares! Shock art...yikes =:0
(Very well done however)

Jeffrey

Jeane Myers said...

mmmmm, I have missed so much here Melinda - love this self portrait! and the little piece in your last post is just yummy - today, throwing away the oil covered rags in my workspace xxo

Melinda said...

Thank you, Barbara. My original focus in painting was on the figure, but I've been out of practice and need to study anatomy a little bit more, I think.

I'll see what I can do. :)

Melinda said...

Wow, Jala, that is a great dog you have. Thank you for sharing the story. I never get tired of dog stories.

Glad you like the painting, too.

Melinda said...

You made me laugh out loud several times, Jeffrey! I do not want to frighten you. Really.

Try to think of it as a kind of good, protective psychological mask. You know, for traveling around the state (but safe in Tucson).

Melinda said...

Hi Jeane,
It's a pleasure whenever you stop by! Thank you for your comment.

Glad I could inspire you to be safe with the oily rags!

You are such an inspiration to me and I look forward to all of your new work.

Linny D. Vine said...

I know you're in there, Melinda...come out and play...

Melinda said...

Okay, Linny, I hear you. I'll try not to be so shy in the future...
:)

cohen labelle said...

Melinda' your self portrait is interesting, perplexing, intriguing, mysterious.
It makes me think that for many of us – self portraiture is really an exercise in self disguise. Our internal mental modalities are always in a conference negotiating who we are, who we were and who we are about to become.
Marcia

Melinda said...

You make excellent points, Marcia. I believe that a self portrait doesn't have to representational, especially because they are all psychological studies.

This one kind of scares some...