Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Melisande pronounced meh-lis-anda.

The second photo is of Carrie Joy who allowed me to use her image in my painting.

Thank you Carrie Joy!

The first time I came across the name Melisande was when I saw a photo of a brooch made by, I believe, was Rene Lalique! I can’t remember, it was so long ago, but I did make a sketch of it which I will include as soon as I can find it. Mind you it is not exact, but you get the idea. I love Art Nouveau and I was browsing through a book on Art Nouveau jewelry, especially work by Lalique!

I was on Facebook one day and read a comment by a wonderful artist friend, Carrie Joy of Carrie Joy Art (see my blog list). She was commenting on how sad she felt for the wildlife impacted by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. She said she felt bad for the people, but especially for the wildlife. I had wanted to paint another portrait and had asked Carrie Joy if I may use one of her photographs of herself that she had posted on her blog; she gave me permission. Hence the marriage of Melisande and Carrie Joy! Thank you Carrie Joy for allowing me to paint you in my fantasy portrait of Melisande.

Here is a quote from Debussy’s Opera of Pelleas et Melisande, 1902. “Act I. Scene I. In a forest. Golo while hunting has lost his way following a wild boar and came to a place unknown to him. There he sees a woman sitting by a spring. She acts like a figure in a fairy tale and behaves like a person stranger to and isolated from the world.

The story behind my painting of Melisande is that she was/is a Naiad, or Water Spirit, who came from the water world and lived in the lake where Golo spotted her. This is my response to the tragedy of the Gulf oil spill and to the wildlife, and the expression of compassion represented by the character Melisande (and Carrie Joy). It has been said that when you stop seeing the Naiads or Water Spirits the streams and waterways have dried up or have been destroyed.

Sunday, June 13, 2010


I am on eBay now I think under Neenerbeans and don't know how to change that name to my real name. I am selling my Dryope mixed media painting. 16" x 20" x 1/2" canvas beginning tonight. You can see it here;

Dryope a Naiad (fresh water spirit). I have agreed with eBay to post listing on my facebook but haven't seen it yet and don't know how long that takes to get listed. This is all new to me so wish me luck! All and any suggestions on selling on eBay or how to list on eBay will be appreciated, I am not finding eBay all that easy to understand or how to make changes but in time hopefully I will. Everything has it's learning curve!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

I have to share this photo my neighbor Jennifer took!

My neighbor up the street, Jennifer took this photo of my cat Fwed in her front yard! When she sent it to my Facebook and asked me if this was my cat Fwed I gulped thinking, oh no he is in trouble now! But thank you Jennifer for seeing the humor and sharing this photo...a great picture I think! When I first got Fwed he immediately ran out the back door as soon as it was open and I thought he was gone forever he had only come to our home from the animal shelter for a few hours. I was really worried because a big wind storm was coming our way that night and since he was new to the area...well you know. I always thought now if I were a cat I would love to go to Jennifer's yard and I guess that is where he spent his first night home in the storm in her yard. Jennifer has wonderful trees and plants everywhere a virtual natural paradise any variet of bird, cat, raccoon, squirrel would love! I love it! Well as you can guess Fwed did come home the next day after the storm where I kept him inside the house for the next 6 months or more! But as you can see he is outside and loving it! Older and wiser he is! He also has a four o'clock curfew that he keeps!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Coming along bit by bit...

Ok, it is my mother in her late 20's I believe, I will have to ask her later when this is finished. I wanted to approach this painting as if it was just any painting but that is not happening. I am putting things I remember in it like that look in her eyes. That "look" is not in her photo. I have seen this "look" many times when she seems to be looking far away like in a daydream. Or was it when she was seeing something far off and making judgements...well I won't go any further than that!

Ok, now I see I need to work on the left side of her face (my left that is).

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

I am stuck!

This is a portrait I am working on of mother. You can see from the original picture she is sitting on grass in a park. I can't for the life of me think of a background for the portrait. Of course it is a work in progress and maybe I need to take a break from it and the background will come.

As a child I was always more comfortable with using pencil or charcoal for my drawings. Color seems to intimidate me I am trying to get beyond that. It was tough going from black and white photo to color. I had to post it though, I always seem to get a better perspective when I view my artwork on my blog. Sometimes I wish I hadn't posted but it is good for me to do. I enjoy the critiques the suggestions, encouragement, comments!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Self portrait...does this count?

I caught a glimpse of my face at the bottom of my coffee mug yesterday (a mug in a mug). I couldn't take a picture because if possible you would see a camera lens in the bottom of the mug instead. I had my husband take a picture of my hands holding the mug and then drew my face in...tada, a self portrait. This is in response to Gritty Jane's Self Portrait challenge!

The moment waits for you....

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