Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Fragrant Delight~ Balm For The Spirit

If you’re anything like me, you find it a challenge to keep a buoyant and clear mind in the face of constant negative news. I busily go through my day, trying to keep my focus positive, but the sights and sounds in my periphery subliminally seep into my consciousness.

Soothing oneself with beauty is a balm for the spirit. I've often sat in the Museum’s Impressionist gallery to drink in the color and the joie de vivre with which those artists painted. My mood brightens; I defy anyone to brood in the midst of Impressionist paintings.

It is this understanding of imagery’s power that calls many artists to create. The action of creation is, in itself supremely pleasurable but it is the wish to share this delight with others that is the true motivator. For many of us, filling the world with beauty is our service work, an attempt to change minds and lighten hearts.

The painting, Fragrant Delight, exudes abundance and joy. Rich turquoise contrasts vibrant pink and showcases lush garden roses. The intensity of the light causes crisp reflections and pink echoes to radiate from the exuberant blooms. Ripe peaches add golden notes, which augment the symphonic color scheme. A circular composition structures the feeling of wholeness; flowers and fruit, so freely given by Nature cultivate the sense of abundance. A contemporary mandala, Fragrant Delight is a visual antidote to a world rocked with turbulence, harshness, and scarcity.

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.

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Fragrant Delight, by Melody Phaneuf, is a 36 x 34 oil painting. Gicleé reproductions on canvas and fine art tile coasters of Fragrant Delight are available at


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