Impressions of Dawn~ Peaceful Harbor

Coastal Oil Painting, Peaceful Harbor by Melody Phaneuf

Peaceful Harbor, 16 x 20 oil painting by Melody Phaneuf


Only that day dawns to which we are awake ~Henry David Thoreau

In the early morning you would never ponder the bustling activity and sound of a working harbor. There is nothing here distracting from the abstract pattern of sky, land and sea.

It is cool this early in the day and the light flows from a silvery filter. Hints of orange foretell that it will be hot later in the day. Breezy blues are already submitting to violet undertones. The shield of gossamer clouds will ultimately submit to the sun, but at this moment the light shimmers like pearls.

Peaceful Harbor was inspired by this serene coastal moment. The painting expresses a still quiet, but quickening pulse. The endless sky evokes a sense of expansion while the reflection of the sea acknowledges the light. Peaceful Harbor is to me a sublime symbol of cultivating awareness, a quiet contemplation of beauty and our relationship to Nature.

Peaceful Harbor, 16 x 20 oil painting by Melody Phaneuf

Boston Artist, Melody Phaneuf is well known for her evocative still life, landscape, and portrait paintings. Her paintings are regularly on view at The Guild of Boston Artists, 162 Newbury Street; at Fenway Studios, Boston by appointment; and North Shore Art in Gloucester from May through October. Phaneuf ‘s paintings have been exhibited at The National Arts Club in New York City, Galerie Herouet in Paris, and with Art du Monde, in Japan.

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.

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