Visual impressions have immediacy. Certain arrangements can lead to appreciation for the intrinsic beauty of the objects, like orange apricots in a blue and white bowl.
The expanding awareness of visual experience frees the artist to observe fascinating patterns of light and shadow, rhythms of line, firm and melted edges along with textural contrasts.
The vitality of color in Rhythms and Red has a kinship to the rippling movement of light as it bathes forms and energizes the shadows.
I grin to see the photo of the house today certainly not much different than it was when Bunker painted it. It proves to me again that artists provide a useful teaching by showing us how to view daily life with enchantment.
New Year 2012~
It all goes by very fast and I remind myself that each day I am constructing memories as I continue to pursue the light and the meaning of things with brushes, paint, and inspiration.
Experiencing the presence of inner light in a painting is as powerful as repeating a mantra to focus my mind and refine emotion. Melody Phaneuf is an award-winning Boston Artist, well known for her evocative still life, landscape, and portrait paintings.
Developing vision has become a kind of spiritual practice~ a big shadow for the Creator to move in.
Storytelling became the vessel to hold the essence of light and “light” became the metaphor of consciousness.
How does one capture this wholeness in a painting? At the outset all small detail is suppressed. The painting begins as a blur and slowly emerges based on the large relationships of light and dark shapes and their correct orientation to one another.
It’s possibly a similar reason that I enjoy painting still life so much. The arranging of objects in light and shadow, stepping back, looking at pattern, moving something a little back or forward, then stepping back to compare once more, is the ritual that summons the Muse, putting me into the spirit of creation long before I pick up a brush.