Three cheers for the power of art!

My month-long art show at our local Dunn Bros. came down today.  It’s always a learning experience when one shows work publicly, and this month was no exception.

It was a fun and interesting month.  In addition to selling two pieces, I was asked to create a “Fibonacci Sea Otter” as a companion to “Fibonacci’s Elephant”, which was one of the pieces that sold.

 

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“Fibonacci’s Elephant” 12×18 inches, mixed media on canvas paper. 19×25 inches framed

The gentleman who purchased this piece wanted a companion “Sea Otter” in a similar style.  It was an anniversary gift for his wife, who has loved sea otters since she was a little girl.  After meeting with him to discuss format and style, this was the result.

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Fibonacci-inspired sea otter. 12×18 inches, mixed media on canvas paper. 19×25 inches framed.

One of the greatest blessings of being an artist is meeting new people and making new friends.  I was so touched by this client’s love for his wife and his zest for life.  He was also very encouraging of me as an artist, and has prompted me to think in a direction I may have overlooked if our paths hadn’t crossed!  Three cheers for the power of art!

Have a wonderful August,

Melanie

 

“My Favorite Things” – December Art Show

Yesterday was December 1st.  I always love the first day of a new month because it reminds me that life is full of new beginnings, and this month that idea was particularly welcome!

With three teenage children, life is always busy.  Last month was particularly busy as I was preparing for my December art show at our local Dunn Bros coffee shop.  Yesterday was installation day, so I wanted to share a few pictures, as well as a couple pieces that I’ve not yet featured on my blog.

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Dunn Bros art wall

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in two photos

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“Fibonacci’s Elephant” – 12x18in mixed media collage. 18x24in framed

I created “Fibonacci’s Elephant” this past summer after reading about the many ways the Fibonacci pattern, also known as the golden ratio, occurs in nature.  The symbolism of the elephant was also deeply inspiring to me.

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“Quilted” – 12x12in mixed media collage, 17x17in framed

I created this piece after reading a book about the quilters of Gee’s Bend.  One artist friend commented that it looks a bit like Russian Constructivism.  This piece contains vintage fabric, hand-painted papers as well as vintage paper and sheet music.

Since the art featured in this show is a compilation over several months and didn’t have a single, unifying theme, I chose to call the show “My Favorite Things”.  The show is up through December 30th at Dunn Bros, Bemidji, MN, with an artist reception this Friday, December 5th from 5-7pm.  Music generously provided by my good friend, cellist, Sonja Connell and her accompanist/father, Jay Carlsgaard.  I hope local friends can attend.

Thanks for visiting my blog.  I hope your December is off to a great start, too!

Melanie