Painting The Marshes

Oil Painting of Essex Marshes by Melody Phaneuf

Marshlands, Essex, 30 x 24 oil painting by Melody Phaneuf

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It seems that every August, there is a series of thunderstorms and then autumn is here. Summer temperatures may return but the light has shifted and is performing its alchemy on vegetation.

Marshlands are a magnificent place to observe the magic. Color contrasts expand; reds and purples weave through yellow green. All else appears subordinate to the dance of color in the field.

While painting Marshlands, Essex, the music from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons played in my mind. The insistent rhythms of hue, so like the composer’s dynamic expression of Nature’s force. The movement and color of marshland grasses is continuously shifting, delighting the eye with every transformation.

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Marshlands, Essex, 30 x 24 oil painting by Melody Phaneuf

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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; North Shore Arts in Gloucester, Ma; and Patricia Hutton Galleries in Doylestown, Pa.

Phaneuf maintains a studio at Fenway Studios in Boston, where she paints and holds workshops, continuing the Boston School lineage.

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