Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Rhythms and Roses~ In Celebration of Spring

Friday is the first day of spring and it is almost warm enough to work in the garden. The idea of renewal has us adjusting to brighter days, lighter colors and thoughts of new growth. There is a delicacy in the air, a quickening sensation of life force.

Roused by the Muses of Spring, I created Rhythms and Roses. It is one of a series of four paintings inspired by seasonal delight. The delicate color is soothing to our eyes, a gentle emergence from the neutrality of winter months. The split-complementary color scheme is tempered by use of light tints. Spiraling pattern of the spring green carafe and carved detail of the shelf create a sense of movement and growth. Orchestration of soft versus firm edge and echoes of interwoven color throughout Rhythms and Roses establishes a quiet pulse.

Since it’s still a little cool to garden, I attend to spring tidying and redecorating at home. I feel the vernal urge to begin again. And to help me encourage the Muses of Spring, Rhythms and Roses is now gracing the mantel.

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

Rhythms And Roses, part of The Rhythms Series, is a 24 x 17 Oil Painting by Melody Phaneuf. Fine art prints and handmade notecards of this image are available at

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