The Truth Cannot be Told ~Lao Tse
There is an authenticity and resonance when color, texture and the impression of light congeal in a painting to express the effect of what is observed. This is a thrilling moment. The experience of truth is the reward in painting from Nature.
I often use small formats to explore combinations that unravel the immediacy of effect as a prelude to larger, more involved paintings . Smaller work quickly chronicles dynamic color and elusive lighting situations. This practice helps me store in memory defining aspects and, without too much difficulty, I can later expand on it.
The coastal marshes are especially colorful and lovely in autumn light. The pastel medium seems to lend itself beautifully to the textural quality of the grasses, Interweaving strokes of color that simulate the radiant effect of sunlight on the marsh. Each day is slightly different, revealing the progression of seasonal light.
In addition to pleasing color and texture, this marsh series is satisfying to me because of the abstract patterning. Despite the simplicity, each has an undeniable presence and an essence of truth that can be recognized by the unity of effect.
Selected from Marsh Series, by Melody Phaneuf
Melody Phaneuf is an award-winning Boston Artist, well known for her evocative still life, landscape, and portrait paintings. She has exhibited at The National Arts Club in New York City, Galerie Herouet in Paris, and with Art du Monde, in Japan. Her paintings are regularly on view at The Guild of Boston Artists in Boston, MA; Patricia Hutton Galleries in Doylestown, PA; and North Shore Arts in Gloucester, MA.
Phaneuf lives and paints landscape in Gloucester, MA and maintains a studio at Fenway Studios in Boston, where she paints and holds workshops continuing the Boston School lineage.
Melody The Artist Home, founded with photographer and color specialist, Martha DiMeo, features Phaneuf’s original oil paintings on tumbled marble tile murals and beverage coasters, fine art prints, and handmade note cards.