Monday, August 30, 2010

Artist Melinda: Où elle est ? ¿Cómo está ella? lle mae hi'n? hvar er hún?

I've wondered where I am, too. Here are a couple of paintings I've been working on after crashing a few weeks ago. A virus turned into a bacterial infection and spread through the family. We've also got a very sick dog we're trying to save this week. But, I want the blog to be a positive place and am really hoping things will turn around and improve. I hope you're all painting up a storm and having a wonderful summer. For some of you, I think summer is winding down. For us, it's been stormy, unseasonably cool for a few days and going by way too quickly. The photo above is from the monsoon storm that blew through Tucson on Saturday. Wow, eh?! This first painting is titled: Fields in Green, 8" x 8," oil on artists' board. The second painting is titled: Motorcoach Moticos, 8" x 8," oil on artists' board. This one I painted while our college boy was riding a Greyhound Bus home from visiting a friend in northern Arizona this past weekend. Be well everyone! I'll be back soon.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Artist Melinda: Adventure Part Deux and the Drive By Shamans

..........So, where were we? Oh, yes. First, let me say--THANK YOU--for your encouraging and supportive comments. It is really awful to think that artists are not being well served and that the art world is suffering because of ineptness or inappropriate business attitudes. I believe there are many good galleries who love artists and their work out there. We just need to find them! After the experience, I cogitated about the new painting and how natural if felt. A week later, I couldn't sleep. At 2 AM I gave up and decided to work on a painting whose ground I had set down when making a short video for the Life in a Day project. Painting completely automatically until 4:30 AM, without reference, without anything but a total immersion into right brain, free form expression, these creatures showed up. It was like an overnight, drive by visitation. Totally a-Musing. Close up of right side shaman: Close up of hands: This painting is 36" x 36," oil on canvas. Maybe we artists should host more open studios and be our own representatives.