Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Grand Canyon Artist in Residence Melinda Esparza: Of an Evening's Measure

Of an Evening's Measure (8" x 8" oil on artists' board)© 2012 Melinda S. Esparza
To purchase this painting, click here.

What is the purpose of an AiR (Artist-in-Residence)? How is that opportunity honored, and what can one get out of it?

I found that I:

Cleaned my palette

Found I used less of everything

Looked more

Spent time more wisely

Addendum--Things I learned:

Stand back when pulling down ancient rolly blinds

A wolf spider is hard to sleep near

Save the Daddy Long Legs

Condors perform for travelers, and ravens do too

Walking up three flights of stairs several times a day in addition to sightseeing, grocery shopping and laundry doing, will definitely hobble one for a couple of days

Synchronicity is everywhere if you're open to it

Don't put things with polyester in the public dryer with towels--they will melt

Stop with the multi-tasking already

This piece (Of an Evening's Measure, 8" x 8" oil on artists' panel) was created during the last two weeks. Plus, here's another slideshow of a spectacular sunset last night. Wishing you all paint time.


Jeane Myers said...

you made me laugh so hard!! painting is amazing - so much depth!! looks/sounds like you fly like the condors xo

Edgar said...

Great lessons. I'm taking notes, especially:
-Looked more
-Stop with the multi-tasking

You are going to let me have this painting, right? :-]

Barbara Muir said...

Beautiful painting and Lovely lessons. I just watched the slide show, and when the option came up to watch it again, I did again and again. The pictures seemed to grow in power and 3D quality with each viewing and my urge to be there, be there, be there.

Thank you. You put us there -- a kind and generous act.

Superb work.


Donald Diddams said...

Melinda, the colors in this painting seem to glow and radiate power. I can only imagine what it must be like in person.
Love those things you learned... about yourself, the birds and the spiders! And maybe that's the best thing -- an experience like yours gives time to reflect and think those thoughts.

cohen labelle said...

This painting, Melinda, is spectacular, evokes a marvelous sense of stillness and stretching out of endless time!!!
I suppose when you return home you will be taking some of that wonderment and special awareness with you – you’ll be an artist in residence at home in Tuscon – walking on AIR with an immense treasure trove of images to think about and work on.

xo, Marcia

Bridget Hunter said...

I love this painting !!! And your list made me chortle.

Melinda said...

Hello Jeane!

Flying high, my spirit soars with each pass of the condors and ravens!
Yes, there have been some crazy mishaps and encounters. You know, I'm no bug-ologist, but I have data that shows all insects in this house travel west and wind up on my pillow. There should be a study...

Thank you!

Melinda said...

Hi Edgar,


Melinda said...

Thank you, Barbara!

It has been a gift to me to have you show interest in the place and its power.

Thank you for being so generous with your support. You know how important it has been to me.

Keep going! You're marvelous.


Melinda said...

Thank you, Donald.

You're so wise. There is great power in getting away, immersing oneself in the present and allowing growth.

The biggest thing I've learned is to honor one's own inner voice.

I know that you have already learned this.

Thank you for your ever thoughtful comments.

Warm hugs from the Rim.

Melinda said...

Thank you, Marcia. I'm so glad that you see that in my work.

I've kept a journal of this trip. It has been spiritually, physically, mentally and professionally challenging. It is my hope that I never forget the nuances of being here.

Yes, I will descend from this aerie, bringing with me messages of new grounding for new work. I see it changing a great deal. Do you recall hearing that whatever we do for 21 days becomes a new habit? Well, being here for 23 days has really made an impression on me! I highly recommend getting away from one's routine and concentrating on art!

Warm hugs from the Rim!

Melinda said...

Hello Bridget!

Thank you. Oh, I have stories to tell...

You are such a wonderful painter. You would love being here. It would be fascinating to see what you'd do with the landscape.

loriann signori said...

Hi Melinda!
Congratulations on your residency! Sounds like you had a productive time. Beautiful painting!

Melinda said...

Hello Loriann!

What a treat to have you stop by. Thank you for commenting. It was a fabulously productive time and I am still affected by its many layers of influence. I wish I could write everything about it that might be helpful to other artists, but alas, I am not a writer.

Hope you are doing all that you want in your spectacular studio. I love your work.

Best wishes always!