Thursday, February 5, 2009

The Art of Hand-Written Notes

We keep them for weeks or sometimes years. We display them on the refrigerator, come across them in drawers and bookcases. Like revisiting a favorite place, we open and read them again. Hand-written notes touch us because they are expressions of caring.

How my spirit soars as I reread a note from a former teacher and much-admired artist:

Dear Melody,

Just a note to say how very fine your 3 winter rooftops appear at the Guild~
You have taken your gift for design into the landscape & done so with a handsome, restrained color scheme.

They are First Rate!!!

Best Regards,

Taking the time to write a short, kind note when it isn’t expected stirs us, opening portals of connection. I celebrate Valentine’s Day by writing notes to honor friendships and the work of others. Whatever the sentiments of the correspondence may be, the unspoken message of a hand-written note is “you matter to me.”

Melody Phaneuf is a Boston Artist, working at Fenway Studios. Phaneuf is well known for her evocative still life and landscape paintings and has achieved significant acclaim for portraiture. She has exhibited at Galerie Herouet in Paris, The National Arts Club in New York City, and with Art du Monde, a traveling exposition in Japan. Phaneuf’s paintings are regularly displayed at The Guild of Boston Artists, 162 Newbury Street, Boston, MA.

Melody The Artist Home, founded with photographer and color specialist, Martha DiMeo showcases the artist’s original paintings on tumbled marble tile murals and coasters, fine art prints and note cards. Online ordering at

Featured Above~ Rhythms And Red, handmade note cards, from the original oil painting by Melody Phaneuf

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