Friday, April 8, 2011

Tucson Artists' Open Studio Tour (April 16th and 17th) Coming Up Soon!

Image © 2011 Melinda S. Esparza

New growth on the prickly pear cacti, and mesquite trees greening up, mean food! And fruit! Did you know that you can eat the prickly pear pads? They taste a bit like bell peppers with added sweetness or a light vinegar spiciness.

Now, when I talk about food, I think about the last time I posted a recipe:
Melinda's Tangy Summer Salsa
or Oh Yeah, It's a Dry Heat Fajita
. Yeah, that day is coming.

But today, I have this painting: Glyph (8" x 8", oil on artists' board) that reminds me of the ancestors, of the land, of reading the landscape the way one might read the marks on one's own skin.

Image © 2011 Melinda S. Esparza

The Tucson Artists' Open Studio Tour is approaching, only a week from this weekend. Previous to each event, there is a collector (or two) who buys a painting in advance. This week, a buyer purchased Daydream Sabino and I am delighted for her!

Image © 2011 Melinda S. Esparza

And, I'm glad that it will be appreciated! Another collector bought Terra Incognita. It has been looked at by several potential buyers recently.

Image © 2011 Melinda S. Esparza

Wishing you all a great week painting. And, if you can swing by next week, I'll have treats!


Donald Diddams said...

Another open studio tour... a busy schedule! I'd love to see it, even though two lovely paintings are already gone.
Glyph is fascinating, as is your comment about it that it reminds you of "the ancestors... reading the landscape the way one might read the marks on one's own skin." Those fabulous colors and the markings laying open the history of the land for all to see and appreciate.

Melinda said...

Hi Donald,
Yes, it can be fatiguing to be in two open studios within six months, plus submit work!

Maybe that's why I dragged a bit in posting.

I'm glad you like Glyph. I'll bet you agree that we artists look with great intensity at the landscape. I'm sure you're this way too.

Thank you for always leaving such thoughtful comments.

Jeane Myers said...

mmmmm, two beautiful paintings and now two wonderful sales - congratulations Melinda xo

Melinda said...

Thank you, Jeane!!
Virtual hugs back at you!

Linny D. Vine said...

These are all treasures, Melinda!!! If I can learn to fly in a week I'll be there, otherwise, know that I'll be there in spirit. Wishing you GIGANTIC SUCCESS (always and all ways)!

Melinda said...

You fly in my dreams, Linny.

I will look for your smile in the clouds.

Thank you so much!!

daviddrawsandpaints said...

My ears pricked up at the mention of food.
And then I'm treated to such visual delights as 'Glyph' with it's colours and scratchings.
I too have found that I can scratch into paint while its wet and am astonished at the results. If you keep some treats for me then I may let you see my etchings sometime...

Your collectors are not daft - they obviously have good taste for more than prickly pear :o)

Melinda said...

Ha! Hi David. You would be intrigued by the strange addition of mesquite flour and prickly pear fruit in with cookies (biscuits)and tea. Wish you could come by and have a taste.

Thank you for your ever thoughtful, and often very witty, comments.

Yes, I do see your beautiful scratches in your work and love them!

Jeffrey J. Boron said...

All exceptional pieces Melinda! Once again I'm sure your venue will be a must see on the tour! Did you say treats, I'll see if they can get my private jet out of the detailing shop a little early,
hmmmm... =;-))


ps: the word verification to post this comment was 'blast'

Barbara Muir said...

Congratulations Melinda. What consummately beautiful work. I'm sure your show will be a total success. There is nothing I'd like more than to be there.

Have a fantastic time.


Anonymous said...

Your abstracts are so unique and I love the colors that you use. Congrats on the sales and good luck with the Open Studio.

Melinda said...

That would be great, Jeffrey! As you know, I have my own Lear Jet landing strip in my front yard...yeah, that's the ticket...So, you won't have any problem with landing close to the treat table!

Thank you so much. How I wish you could swing by (along with another artist friend near you).

I sure hope everyone has a "blast."

Maybe next time you'll be able to fly in and show those beautiful detailing colors.

Melinda said...

Thank you so much, Barbara! It would be great if you could be here, before it gets really, really hot.

We do have a good time during the tours. It's a running party and I hope, a welcoming atmosphere always.

Melinda said...

Thank you, Jean. I'm glad you like the abstracts. I enjoy yours so much and really appreciate your coming by and leaving a comment.

Wish you could stop in this coming weekend too.

cohen labelle said...

Hi Melinda
It's been on my mind to wish you all the best for your open studio tour- hoping all goes swimmingly! Lucky collectors and art lovers in Tuscon. Your work is beautiful!!!
xo Marcia

Melinda said...

Hello Marcia!
Thank you very much for the good wishes. It means a lot to me.

I hope everyone who comes by has a nice time.

Wish you could stop by too!

Virtual hugs--

Peter Tudhope said...

Hi Melinda, thanks for wandering over to my site, now doing the same with yours. Mutual respect. Do you know the work of William Crozier? You might like it :)

Bonnie Luria said...

Dear Melinda- too long away from your wonderful blog. How it thrills to know that you have collectors who display the wisdom of purchasing in advance. It does two things- ensures that they get their favorite pieces, and as well, adds a soupcon of enthusiasm for the artist.
I so love the textural color plays of your work and the fearlessness of application of both, that they embody.
Brava, twice.

Melinda said...

It thrills me too, Bonnie! A lot!

Wish you could be here. Thank you so much for your generous and kind comment. I'll be thinking of you. Hope you're done mopping...!