The painting, Lilies & Hydrangeas conveys an experience of being cuddled by a swell of flora illuminated by dappling morning light. As I look out at the falling snow, the winter seems less harsh, balanced with the vision of summer.
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.
Subordinating the color also emphasizes the textural contrasts in the painting. The smoothness of the glass, the velvety surface of leaves, and stiffness of lace background are all enhanced. The opaque ceramic vessels oppose the transparency of glass. The grapes serve as a translucent bridge between the two qualities.