Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Abstract Pattern and Shimmering Light

From Bridge, Good Harbor, Oil Painting by Melody Phaneuf

Plein Air painting is a perfect balance to studio work. My teacher, Robert Cormier, used to say that it was the way to “clean up your color eye.” Outdoors, I look for abstract pattern exposed by the effects of light.

From Brittany Forest, Oil Painting by Melody Phaneuf

I’m always intrigued by patterns that have a musical quality. I look for rhythms that move the eye in a way that I “hear.” This was something I learned to do as a child and has become the heart of my selection process. It is my way to simplify and find order amidst chaos.

From Harbor Sunset, Oil Painting by Melody Phaneuf

Boston Artist, 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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