Sunday, April 19, 2009


It is funny that sometimes I think my experience as an artist is so unique to me (because it feels that way) until I look around and see that I am not the only one who is trying to figure life out through the images I create. The top painting is about me figuring out the "Mechanics of the Heart" It is about falling in love and the journey of staying in love once you do. I incorporated one of my favorite images of Lizbeth Zwerger one of my all time favorites. The image is an illustration from her Wizard of Oz. Sometimes I feel like my own questions about love are like Dorothy approaching the Wizard... the answers really lie within myself and it is amazing the journey I go on in order to find them. The bottom painting is a commission piece I just finished for a woman who fell in love with "Puddin Face."
I am excited about the work going on in my studio. I actually just entered my current favorite into the Spring Salon at Springville. I love it so much it actually hurt to have to part with it... I am telling myself (at least for now) that I get to keep it. I have decided that if I didn't let myself keep a painting every once in a while I think my artist would rebel and lose the desire to create. Honestly, I don't have the money to buy my own art! I guess that is the advantage of being the artist... kind of like getting free dental work when your dad is a dentist... right? ;-)

5 comments:

The Art of Kim Kincaid said...

You're killing me here, Melissa. It's Puddin' Face II!! Love it!

donna said...

right!

love these!

rochelle said...

The first one is so beautiful! I love how your art makes you explore your own self. Good luck at the Springville Salon! It sure makes my day when I see that you've updated your post. Thanks for writing.

Belinda Del Pesco said...

Both of them are beautiful. The hands in each of them, and the "holding" of things near and dear are so palpable.

Sylvia said...

I wish I could make it down to Springville, hopefully I will feel well enough before it ends. Which one is your current favorite. I'm dying to know. :)