Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Spring Meadow~ Picturing Possibilities

"Out beyond ideas of wrong doing and right doing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there.” ~Rumi

"Seek the fresh air of the forest and of the fields, and there in the midst of them shall you find the angel of air.” ~Jesus

What is it about fields and meadows that resonate with purity and new life? For me, it is the memory of childhood spent in pastureland, of walks with my mother in spring to visit newborn lambs. It was a beloved annual journey, fragrant with apple blossoms and clover; alive with bird song and rushing brooks, a land of enchanted possibility framed within stonewalls. The wild beauty of fields displays a sacred unity~ where rocks, trees and vines work out individual needs and grow together in harmony.

In the painting, Spring Meadow, softness pervades, as if seen through the eyes of a child. The interplay of simplified shape and movement, of pinks, lavender and mint green gently cradle us through the picture. The meadow’s elements are in communication with one another, pulsing with new awakening. Spring Meadow is a picture of joyful flourishing.

Pictures, whether in visual, written, or aural form, are important to our consciousness. It is by our imaging capacity that we establish our outlook on the world, which patterns our behavior and experience. An overload of stressful pictures ultimately causes conflict; they must be balanced with an antidote.

Spring Meadow invites us to picture a land of renewed possibilities, where the soul of primal earth awaits the angel of the air. I will meet you there.

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 handmade note cards. Online ordering at

Spring Meadow, Oil Painting by Melody Phaneuf, private collection

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Karen McLain said...

Great colors Melody. I can picture myself there!

Lynda said...

Guilty. That would be my plea. I would be guilty of leaving my size 6 1/2 footprints throughout the blissfully beckoning Spring Meadow.

Your work has rivaled Mother Nature!

The painting truly invites the viewer in......and all who have the pleasure to see your painting wish for the pleasure to be enjoy the colors, the sounds, the textures, the smells, and the wonderful idyllic escape, to Spring Meadow.