Plein Air Painting~ Sunflowers of Dordogne
Repose. A measured, arcing movement into the distance and intermediate value key sow quiet tranquility in Sunflowers of Dordogne I. In farewell to the sun, drowsy flowers make their final bow.
The Perigord region of southwest France is a lush tapestry of beautiful and inspiring landscape. It is here, that ancient cave dwelling artists mixed and painted with colored clay and charcoal. Between the Dordogne and the Pyrenees, the rhythms of Nature breathe and sustain, shaping those content to live in her domain.
Time echoes through the crevasses. These venerable surroundings speak to me of expansion and contraction, of cycling through seasons, sound, silence. I can see myself living here someday, painting the twilight skies, and tending flowers that salute the sun.
Sunflowers of Dordogne I, 16 x 12 oil painting by Melody Phaneuf, private collection
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.