Art Show Opens Tomorrow at Dunn Bros.

Thanks to my sweet family, my art is hung and ready for tomorrow’s First Friday Art Walk in Bemidji, MN.  My husband and son attached hanging hardware and two of my kids helped me hang the show today.

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My son helping me at Dunn Bros.

 

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and advising me on placement of art.

 

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He even took care of final details!

Here’s a sneak peek.

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If you’re in the Bemidji area, I’d love for you to join us tomorrow evening, July 1st, from 5-7pm at Dunn Bros.  My friends Sonja Connell and Jay Carlsgaard will be providing musical entertainment, as Sonja plays cello and her dad accompanies on piano.  Their music is wonderful!

Thanks for reading.  Have a safe and happy weekend.

Melanie

 

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Stars and Stripes Forever

This piece was inspired by love for my country as well as Independence Day, which is right around the corner.  God bless the USA.

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Stars & Stripes Forever – 18×24 inches – mixed media on gallery wrapped canvas

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Stars & Stripes Forever – additional view

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Stars & Stripes Forever – detail

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This piece will be included in my show at Dunn Bros, Bemidji, MN throughout the month of July.

Wishing you a happy summer,

Melanie

Some art just has to be made…

I should be making “serious” art for my art show in July.  It is, after all, June 4th.  The days are ticking by at an alarmingly fast pace….and yet, I just had to make this piece!

It’s not “high art” by any means, but this little basset hound just stole my heart!

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A photo I took earlier this spring.

My brain automatically translates into mixed media and I don’t think it’s curable!

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“Hound Dog” – 12×30 inches, mixed media on canvas

I love to incorporate special papers in my work.

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Page from pre-1900 dictionary.

I bought the dictionary for $2.00 (USD) because the front cover and binding were falling apart. One’s person’s trash is, indeed, another’s treasure!

In all my art-related reading, there are certain quotes that stand out to me and inform my work.  The one I had in mind when I decided to create this piece was from Annie O’Brien Gonzales’ new book, “Bold Expressive Painting”.  She advises readers against mentally trashing an idea.  Wow!  That got me thinking about how many times I do mentally trash ideas…because I think they’re too infantile, or beyond my capabilities, or just stupid!!  (Oh wait, I’m supposed to be the fearless artist…..busted!)

Anyway, I’m pleased with how this piece turned out.  I always ask my husband for his opinion, and he told me he really likes how the dark glaze looks like wood.  I’ll go with that, because he is very honest!

Thanks for visiting my blog and have a great weekend,

Melanie