Friday, November 16, 2012

Tucson Artist, Melinda, Thanks Everyone Who Stopped By!

Here it is Friday, and I'm just now feeling like I've recovered from last weekend's open studio tour. It was a blast.

We had a music jam, lots of laughter and chatting, and some treats. But most of all, we had intelligent, witty, kindhearted visitors. It was so very wonderful to see everyone. Oh, yeah, and I did this quick painting on Saturday. It's not done, but Mr. Arty Fice made a time lapse of the process:

Thank you!

I did sell four paintings!

Winter Dark

Winter Dark © Melinda Esparza

New Mexico Hill and Junipers

New Mexico Hill and Junipers © Melinda Esparza

 Sun Fell, Sky Followed

Sky Fell, Sun Followed © Melinda Esparza
 Redwall Canyon

Redwall Canyon © Melinda Esparza

Thank you, dear artist bloggers who keep me committed to the work. Wish you all could stop in sometime! More soon...


Roberta Warshaw said...

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful.

Bridget Hunter said...

Really like the paintings you sold Melinda. We're supposed to be doing an Open Studio next Spring in this part of Scotland. I'm not sure though as I paint in a spare bedroom!

Barbara Muir said...

Oh what beautiful work. I love these paintings. Congratulations on your sales and a great event.

Wish I could have been there!


Sharmon Davidson said...

Melinda, I found your blog through Jeanne Meyer, and just wanted you to know I find your work incredibly beautiful.

Jeffrey J. Boron said...

Hey Melinda,

Well wasn't that fun!! Sounds like it went off really well alas once again my Lear jet mechanic can't seem to coordinate your shows with the jets monthly servicing...go figure =8-/

Your "Winter Dark" is spectacular with lots of that "MELINDA MAGIC" goin' on! Congrates!!!


Melinda said...

Thank you very much, Roberta! I really appreciate your stopping by and commenting.

Wishing you all the best!

Melinda said...

Thank you, Bridget!

Oh, I think you would have a good time. Maybe you could collaborate with some artist friends and set up in a different room. Sometimes, artists in Tucson set up outside. I'll bet that's too 'iffy' in your area, though.

Hope you give it a try!

Melinda said...

Hello Barbara,

Yes, I wish you could have been here too! I know you would have enjoyed the weather and the very kind people who visit.

Thank you for your kind words and friendship.

Warm hugs!

Melinda said...

Well, Jeffrey, I think you need to fire that Lear jet mechanic and hire a new one. Next time, I'll keep any open studio tours secret and we'll coordinate without that Lear jet mechanic's interference, okay?!

Thank you so much for your support and generous comments. I'm glad you like Winter Dark.

Melinda said...

Hello Sharmon,

Welcome to my blog! Thank you so much for visiting and commenting.

I live for artist friends and their support. It makes the solitary life of an artist much richer!

Hope you'll visit again in the future.

Best wishes with your excellent work!

Jeane Myers said...

aaaahhhhhh!!! are you taking deep breaths, laying supine and recharging after a very successful weekend!! CONGRATULATIONS!!! four very lucky people to now have your energy in their homes. I know the kind of work it takes to prepare for a studio tour, but I also know the rewards - so happy for you xoxo

Melinda said...

Pretty much, Jeane! It has taken me awhile to recharge, but I feel happy that so many nice people showed up. Wish you could have been here too.

Thank you so much for your comment. It's always good to have you visit, you know.

Hugs. xoxo

Anonymous said...

Hi Melinda, So happy you had a great success selling your paintings.Except I'm very disappointed...someone has my Winter Dark. Haha. Love that painting but I still view it daily on my desktop. I was so excited to see the little video. Don't want to sound like a soppy date, but have wanted so badly to see you create. Thank you! Can I ask what that liquid is that you use with your oil paint? Liquin? Linseed Oil? It seems to make the effect so sensuous.

Melinda said...

Hello Anonymous,

Darn! I'm so glad that you also enjoyed Winter Dark, and I'm glad that you can see it here, online, whenever you want.

You're gonna love this: I am using water based oil medium mixed with water based oil thinner. I also used a spray bottle of water that, unfortunately, doesn't show up in the time lapse. I love using water based oils and mediums because they emit a lower field of fumes and the clean up is with soap and water. And, these paints have all the richness of oils, because they ARE.

Pretty cool, eh?!

Thank you for commenting. Visit again!

Donald Diddams said...

Winter Dark is one of my favorites, too, Melinda. I trust it has a very happy home!
Congratulations on the sales and the entire event. Watching a painting be born in 2 and a half minutes was great. Love all the tools -- like fingers -- you use to move the paint around.
Happy painting!

Melinda said...

Thank you, Donald. Yes, it is in good hands.

I am so grateful that all of the collectors have been so thoughtful and passionate about my work.

Hope you are doing well and enjoying the fruits of your recent labor. I know I'm grateful for your work.

Anonymous said...

hi again Melinda,

Just want to say thanks for the info on the 'liquid' you use to move your paint around. Definitely going to venture into water based oils, and will search further into water based oil thinner - no luck so far but will push on.
Thanks again, Sherrill, Montreal

Melinda said...

Hello Sherrill!

Yes, do see if you can pick up some Winsor Newton Artisan water based oil paints and medium. I buy mine from Dick Blick art supplies. Another great brand, but more expensive, is Grumbacher Max and Holbein Duo Aqua water based oils.

I get Winsor Newton paints because they make 200ml tubes. Yum.

Good luck!

Anamaria do Val said...

Hi Melinda! I made a drawing inspired by a photo you posted here, Remembering my brave Wynema (c. 1912).Would you mind if I post it in my blog? If you dont, would you like me to say she's your grandmother?

I was delighted with the expression on the girl's face, it's an unique photo. Hope to hear from you ,hugs Anamaria

Melinda said...

Hello Anamaria do Val,

I'm happy that you were inspired by the photo of my grandmother. Yes, it would be alright with me if you post your drawing. Please do include that she is my grandmother. That would be an honor.

Thank you so much for visiting and commenting!

I look forward to seeing the drawing.

Best wishes!

Anonymous said...

Hi Melinda,

I just want to make a comment of appreciation. I was looking again at the little video on this posting and after viewing it several times, I have an even greater appreciation of your work. There is an amazing amount of detail and deftness that goes into these pieces. Another reason to love them. Sherrill, Montreal
PS: Got my Winsor Newton Water Oil paints today with water oil thinner. Thanks.

cohen labelle said...

Melinda, belated congratulations on your sales two weeks ago - fascinating, irresistible paintings - lucky collectors!!!!
Also happy thanksgiving and happy election results, all good reasons to celebrate!

xo, Marcia

Linny D. Vine said...

Happy Thanksgiving, Melinda!
AND...Congratulations to you on all of these treasures going home with collectors to be treasured!!
(I, too, am very fond of "Winter Dark"!)
PS Think I caught a glimpse on the film of "me spirit" having a rip roaring good time at your studio tour!
another PS - So thankful to have you for a blog bud, Melinda!!

Melinda said...

Hurray, Sherrill!! I'm so glad you got the paints. You're gonna love them. If you have any questions about them, I'll try to offer any tips I can think of.

Thank you so much for writing such encouraging words. It feeds my artist's soul.

Let me know, won't you, how you like the paints?

Warm hugs from the desert!

Melinda said...

Thank you very much, Marcia! Yes, it was grand to have new collectors, and old, interested in my work. I never know which paintings will resonate with whom at these studio openings, but I'm always grateful.

Yes, I have much to be grateful for, as do we all, yes?! Oh, my, the relief after the election was profound. It was so powerful that I couldn't even shout for joy. I just sat staring at the results as waves of relief washed over me.

I've missed you. I hope you are working in your studio and will share some of your gorgeous work with us.

Warm hugs!

Melinda said...

Dear Linny! Thank you for your kind wishes for a happy Thanksgiving.

Oh, yes, I felt your presence here. I'm glad that the film caught a bit of your lovely self visiting (and for liking Winter Dark). Someday, eh?! And, don't forget to bring your favorite artist friend with you too.

I am very grateful to call you friend, artist bud, and kind inspiration.

Wishing you every success as you continue to expand Linnyland to the entire globe!

Warm hugs from the desert--xo