Whatever the subject of a painting, an artist’s work is always something of a self-portrait. That the artist directs visual components to evoke emotion, or tell a story through the interplay of line, shape, color, movement and light, reveals something of the artist’s personality.
My own temperament is best suited to studio work. Quiet contemplation and an orderly environment provide me a sanctuary to analyze visual modes of expression. I enjoy working with still life because of its potential to express an idea or evoke emotion with familiar objects.
The still life painting called Fortune’s Wheel, is about transformation provoked by sudden change. The ever-turning wheel has stopped with the Jester hanging by one foot. Three tarot cards suggest clues to his present ordeal. The black veil that obscures the exhibit poster yokes the Jester to the wheel. An extinguished candle, well-worn map, and coins are strewn; the sand in the hourglass is running out. Light from two sources suggests that disorder rules, but the Jester still smiles, knowing the wheel will turn again.
Fortune’s Wheel is one of the paintings featured in the March issue of American Art Collector. Fortune’s Wheel will be on view at The Guild of Boston Artists, 162 Newbury Street during the month of March.
Fortune’s Wheel, Oil Painting by Melody Phaneuf
40 x 48, Framed $16,000
Available for purchase at The Guild of Boston Artists
Melody Phaneuf is well known for her evocative still life, landscape, and portrait paintings. Her paintings are regularly on view at The Guild of Boston Artists, 162 Newbury Street; at Fenway Studios, Boston by appointment; and North Shore Art in Gloucester from May through October. Phaneuf ‘s paintings have been exhibited at The National Arts Club in New York City, Galerie Herouet in Paris, and with Art du Monde, in Japan.
Melody The Artist Home, founded with photographer and color specialist, Martha DiMeo, features Phaneuf’s original oil paintings on tumbled marble tile murals and beverage coasters, fine art prints, and handmade note cards.
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