Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Seeing Harmony

Blue Hydrangeas, oil painting by Melody Phaneuf

Art is a Harmony parallel with Nature~ Paul Cezanne

We seem to have need for the structures that create harmony. Harmonic relationships are built on similarities. Visual similarity can clothe itself in many ways; line, shape, size, color, and texture are some aspects.

Seeing an underlying order helps to simplify a complex subject. In Blue Hydrangeas, the order was found in the negative shapes, which carved out the flowers and visually rhymed with one another. Color and textural similarities further enhance the idea and are balanced against contrasting values. The complex tangle of hydrangeas is seen as a harmonic arrangement.

There is always a connection to be found. Looking for harmony is often a satisfying solution.

Blue Hydrangeas, 8 x 10 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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