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

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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘Never Give Up’ – Art as Encouragement

Do you ever feel discouraged?  Do you ever feel hopeless?  I must admit there are times when I do.  Not about life in general, but certainly about some situations.  When I experience these thoughts and feelings, the words of a beloved old pastor somehow find their way into my consciousness.  This dear man shared that “discouragement is one of the devil’s greatest tools because people don’t realize that it comes from him”.

Over the past several weeks I’ve been reading the Psalms.  It’s remarkable how many times David found himself in hopeless situations and cried out to God.  Time and time again he had to wait (and wait) for deliverance, but time and time again he proclaimed his confidence that God was his deliverer and that HE would rescue him.

I think it was Winston Churchill who gave us this beloved quote, but it could have just as easily been our bible friend, David.

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Never Give Up – 10x10x1.5 inches on cradled birch panel

 

It was a fusion of David’s psalms, Winston Churchill’s quote and Kelly Rae Roberts’ postcard art that inspired this piece.

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Never Give Up – detail

 

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Never Give Up – detail

Thanks for visiting my blog.  I hope you find encouragement through this post.

Many blessings,

Melanie