Author Archive | melissa

In The Art of the Sea

All around town I see posters for a new film, In the Heart of the Sea. It promises star power, stud power and a really really big fish. This movie is based on a book of the same name by Nathaniel Philbrick. It recounts the tragedy of the Essex, a whaling ship that was destroyed […]

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How I Got My Groove Back

It seems as though I have a lot to say on the difficulties of getting myself to paint. One might be tempted to ask why on earth I do it if it’s so agonizing. After all, no one’s got a gun to my head. To which I reply, no, not one you can see. Despite […]

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Painting by Numbers

The Problem I hit a rough patch, painting-wise, during the dregs of winter. After spending a few months staring at the sky, I found that my practice was becoming stale. I’d amassed quite a few studies done directly from my windows (see Sky Studies), only to find that my plans of turning these into the […]

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What Turner Taught Me

When I was an art student, I did a lot of copies. One of these copies was of a Turner painting (Landscape with a River and Bay in the Distance, circa 1845.)  I’d only ever seen it in reproduction, but I fell in love with the brightness and lightness of the work, the seemingly simple […]

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Painted sketch of cloudy sky.

High Ceilings

I read somewhere that if you want high ceilings, go outside. In this spirit, I’m spending long hours staring at the winter sky (though from the warmth and dryness of my southwest windows).  I do this in part because it is winter, and the ground looks like hell. But the sky, and the light! Despite […]

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My First Art Show In 15 Years!

I’m having a show. On March 24, at Poke Community Acupuncture in Vancouver. This is a big deal to me because I have been steadfastly avoiding such things since I graduated from art school in 1998. Since before that, actually. I was an early-bloomer in avoidance techniques. It’ll be a pretty casual affair, and my […]

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Painted sketch of green apple on blue ground.

Practicing Painting Polygamy

During the two years I spent working on that chair (the one from “Finished! Finished I Tell You!”),  I spent a lot of time making no progress at all. For months I’d work my way backwards, determined to ignore my direction. Then the work became so torturous, the feeling like I wasn’t painting it so […]

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