Saturday, August 25, 2012

Tucson Artist, Melinda: Travelin' Bug

Well, I've been all over the country this summer (sort of). I'm ready to hunker down for awhile in the studio.

Grand Central--New York (Thanks, Mr. Artyfice) They are beautiful people, n'est-ce pas?
What beautiful people (virtually there)
Boston, MA (Thanks, friendly stranger who took this one. I can almost taste the ice cream!
Going out for ice cream in Boston.
And, of course, my favorite destination, the Grand Canyon (really there).

Standing on the roof of Verkamp's with Ell
One place I haven't been to recently--Facebook. I've been meaning to ask you, do you see a change in the way people spend their time online this year? I mean, have you noticed, as I have, that it appears that most bloggers have headed over to FB and nearly disappeared from Blogger? What do you think is up? I do miss friends there, but I was rarely seeing them as organizations bumped them from my view. I also miss some of the best pet videos.

Are the ex-bloggers power hungry professors now, working on Quantum theories, and too busy to post?

For me, I noticed that I would turn into a small mouse who clicked and clicked the lever (fb) for a tasty 'food pellet,' only to find that I remained hungry, without many finished paintings after all that clicking. Now that I'm off, I'm pushing the lever that really gives me a payoff: PAINTING! Yum.

In the Night, Spirits II (30" x 30" Oil on Canvas, Oct. 2012, © Melinda Esparza)

If you would like to purchase this painting, please click here

Here is the painting I finished this week, a 30" x 30" oil painting on canvas--a large iteration of, In the Night, Spirits. It was challenging and fun to paint this image on the bigger canvas.

I hope whatever you are doing, that you are getting just the right 'payoff' for you!


Barbara Muir said...

Great photos Melinda. I notice that a lot of bloggers have slowed their pace, but not stopped. Most people I follow are still blogging. I do not prefer Facebook. But most people who blog use other social networks too. Just trying to get the art out there. I like your new click buttons. Beautiful painting and such a treat to see the visual tour.

P.S. I haven't been blogging because I'm still sick!!!! Rats.

Melinda said...

Thank you, Barbara! I find it fascinating how people move through different paths, even though they don't know each other, or talk to each other about their new choices. Just curious to me.

I'm so sorry that you aren't feeling your usual 110%, but I know you will soon! Hang in there.

Glad you enjoyed my virtual trips, plus the real one.


Edgar said...

Nice post. Love the travel pics.

I really hope that there is a scientist in a parallel universe working on using his q-bits to destroy facebook. That would be such a relief. ;-)

Wow, that's an awesome painting!

Jeane Myers said...

oh, wow!! yummy painting - again, it has everything!! I still love blogland - the variety is wonderful - I follow not only art blogs, but writing, fashion, photography and household hints blogs and some misc.facebook is not my cup of tea, but I know for many, it works for them - just a matter of personal taste I guess xoxo - paint on!! this is exciting

Melinda said...

Thank you, Edgar. Thanks for helping make my virtual travel possible.

I don't hate facebook, as some do. I do see that there is a party going on over there, but I was only observing for the most part (not as fun). In addition, I don't want to spend all of my time partying. Gots to paint!

Glad you like the painting.

p. s. Re: facebook: See, I can post pet videos here AND chat with friends--without ads! Didn't you just love the Shepherd dreaming of being Rin Tin Tin?

Melinda said...

Thank you, Jeane! I, too, prefer blogland because we can take our time and really get a sense of the artist posting and a bit more about their approach. I think you have a fabulous blog, by the way.

While I don't hate facebook, I think it is better suited for young people with lots of social activities to manage. I just couldn't figure out how others make it work, unless they are activists for a cause--which fb is a great venue for.

Hope you are still enjoying the warm sun and lots of time in your studio!

Virtual hugs...

Bridget Hunter said...

Hiya Melinda. I've not been blogging too much because the paintings weren't working and it leaves you very dispirited - its always a struggle , nothing ever lives up to the initial picture in your head - but sometimes it gets even worse and you want to bin every one. But glad to see you're back with a lovely work.

Donald Diddams said...

First, this new painting is stunning! I can imagine its powerful presence in the larger size.

On the blog/facebook question, I
have ntoiced a shift from blogs to FB among artists. I'm not sure that is good or not. FB lacks depth, but makes broader exposure easier. But are getting "hits" or "likes" what it is about for an artist?

My experience managing the local party page has been instructive. It is a great medium for causes, as someone said, and it appeals to those with short attention spans. Pictures with a few words always get more response than a link to an article or something in more depth.

My own blogging and everything else has been cut back because so much of my creative energy has gone into the political work I volunteered to do. Thankfully, balance will be restored in a couple of months!

Cheers to you, Melinda. And keep on painting!

Melinda said...

Hello Bridget!

Oh, I so empathize with you. It CAN be incredibly disheartening when a painting just won't cooperate or even hint at how it should go to be what you want. I've heard some artists say that they occasionally have to get rid of the canvas, because it wouldn't work out. I wouldn't go that far, but I do think it should be banished for a long while before another attempt.

Thank you for your comment. I'm glad that you like this one.

Don't give up! You are a really good artist.

Melinda said...

I'm in total agreement, Donald! And, thank you for your kind comment.

I see that Facebook has real value for many, but not for all, and it is up to each of us to decide what we want and what we really get from that social media. I enjoyed seeing all of the activity, but it was keeping me from what I really want to do!

I'm so glad that you are involved locally with your party. You're doing great things and it will pay off.

Then, back to art, yes?

Warm hugs from the desert!

Jeffrey J. Boron said...

This is a grand painting Melinda, fabulous.


Melinda said...

Thank you so much, Jeffrey! I get it. I get it!

Anonymous said...

Melinda! Where are you? I keep checking every day to get that adrenalin rush that your work seems to invoke!! Suffering here with Melinda Esparza gorgeous colour, texture and subject withdrawal. Gasp... Sherrill Pearson, Montreal PS Just love the American Southwest.

Melinda said...

Oh, Sherrill! If you could have seen me yesterday. I read your kind comment and jumped up from the computer and ran back into the studio and painted for another hour and half.

I'm so glad you visit. I'm sorry for being away so long.

Come on down and visit us sometime! I'd love to meet you.

Warm hugs from the desert.