Wednesday, June 9, 2010


Fireworks, oil painting by Melody Phaneuf

This morning my eye fell on a painting, perfectly illuminated in the morning light. It was a welcomed relief from images of oil covered pelicans and spewing underwater fury. I am deeply troubled how little appreciation many have for the earth as a living organism that, like a body fighting a ravaging disease, finally becomes exhausted.

The painting is called Fireworks, named for the red roses in the arrangement. Fruits, flowers, and refreshment from an earthenware jug provide a sense of abundance and beauty. I love the character of the old wooden chest, soul of a mighty tree, hand-planed with the meandering imprint of human hand. And the light that revealed vibrations of color splashing against the deep blue background is enchanting and transformational.

It is a blessing to be sensitive to that, which is miraculous in our paths– a certain slant of light, the rhythm of the ocean, the wild beauty of our world. To me, painting is an act of reverence, helping to hold the vision of a perfect world.


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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