Friday, October 28, 2011

2011 Tucson Open Studio Tour: Tucson Artist Melinda Esparza Waters the Plants, Dreams of Snow

Rincon Peak Winter Snow October 2011 Image © 2011 Melinda S. Esparza

What is it about deadlines that can freeze all artistic activity? It feels like the psychological equivalent of "...caught in the headlights."

On the other hand, it has energized me to submit a donation of art to the Westmont Museum of Art in Santa Barbara, CA. The deadline is the first of November, so I just made that. And, the 2011 Open Studio Tour got me to deliver this new work to the JCC art gallery for the upcoming preview exhibit.

Heck, it even got me to do a little gardening...(This means I watered some plants and bought a young okra plant at Whole Foods.) Ha. Have you ever had fresh okra, by the way? It is very good with cornmeal and mesquite flour and very easy to grow. The flowers are spectacular too.

This painting, Rincon Peak Winter Snow (18" x 18", oil on cradled artists' board) is a reminder that winter is coming and perhaps a little snow will show up on the mountains around town. Wishing you all could show up for the Open Studio Tour.

Here's an image of the postcard that is being mailed out by Tucson Pima Arts Council. While I think there could be some refinement with the graphic design (I know. Having a graphic designer in the house can cause one to be very fussy), it does have my artwork in the lower right hand section!


cohen labelle said...

Wow your beautiful painting appeared like a dream right before my eyes contiguous with the fact that I had just been thinking about you!
Bonne chance with the weekend tour. Your paintings are a knockout!!!!
xo, Marcia

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Melinda,

I am working to deadline, but kind of plugged in by it. So this piece is so shockingly and overwhelmingly beautiful I have been filled with joy looking at it. Thanks for that. Now I am even more plugged in. Gorgeous work. Good luck with everything, and you can be proud of your pluck.


Jeane Myers said...

good morning Melinda - your painting interests me because when I think of snow, I think of cool colors and your snow rides atop a riot of brilliant colors! it's a wonderful painting - environment really does influence our palettes, no? - congrats on getting huge amounts of work done! whew! xo

Donald Diddams said...

Your openng line about deadlines freezing all artistic activity made me laugh. One sure can get that deer in the headlights feeling!
But obviously, it didn't affect this beautiful piece. Wow! Great colors and that bit of texture on the lower slopes... just fabulous.
And not to worry, there's still two weeks until the Open Studio Tour!!

Melinda said...

Hello Marcia!
Oh! That is so interesting. That's just the way I saw this mountain as I was driving home one day. I wondered why I never noticed how beautiful and dream-like it is. And then, to have snow on its peak, well, it was like seeing something brand new.

Merci beaucoup! The day would be brighter if you were here. I just know it.

Melinda said...

Hi Barbara,
You go girl! I always admire your ability to forge ahead. You are a force of nature, now aren't you?!

If I can make a moment of joy and create a nice moment, then I know my work is done.

Thank you! Wish you could be here too.

Melinda said...

Thank you, Don!
I do get all ramped up and then there is a dip that causes a little panic before one of these events.

But, I will take heart and trust that you are correct that I need not worry. I'll do my best to paint a little more before that weekend.

Thank you so much for your supportive and thoughtful words. They are always welcome.

Wish you could stop by...!

Melinda said...

Hi Jeane,
That is very interesting. I wrestled this painting for quite awhile, and it nearly "defied me" throughout. But then, I didn't let the 'snow' push me around, I responded to the image.

I feel totally unprepared to paint snow. It's such a rarity for me to see here.

Yes, I think environment has a great deal to do with palette and approach. Very interesting indeed!

Thank you for your perspective. It's made me think.

Jema said...

I understand how a deadline can created some restrictions in the painting process. I come from the land of snow...Minnesota. It is difficult to paint, so I avoid!

I think it is wonderful to have your painting featured on the poster. I am getting closer to Arizona...just might get there in time perhaps!

Melinda said...

Welcome, JeMa!
Thank you for visiting and reassuring me that painting snow can be difficult. I thought it was just me. Ha.

Wow. It would be great if you can stop in the weekend of the open studio tour. There is a lot of southwest art here, and it would be a treat to meet you. You are having quite the adventure, yes?

Best wishes--and, I hope you'll drop by again.