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Nuances of Freedom

“Nuances of Freedom” to open at Iowa State University Memorial Union Gallery

I’m excited to share that my solo show “Nuances of Freedom” will be opening December 14, 2018 at the Iowa State University Memorial Union in Ames, IA. This show will feature over 25 of the paintings I created through a process of carefully observing my own creative practice.

One thing I’ve learned after years of creative work-either my own creative work or nurturing the creative work of others, is that paying attention to the little things is important. When I first started out on my own personal creative journey, I thought “If I just had a beautiful studio space, then i could make things” or “If I only I didn’t have to go to work so much, then I’d have the time to create paintings.” These avoidance thought patterns were not helpful to my creative work. I know in my own creative journey that has been just as hard to start a painting if I was in my basement working on top of a door laid over two filing cabinets or in a well-lit sunroom with big windows and a great easel.

Creative Freedom

My experience is that while “lack of studio space” or “lack of time” are some of the easiest excuses to why we say we can’t do something creative, these are surface level issues. They are rarely the true reasons for why we have such a difficult time beginning, continuing or finishing creative work. There are often much more hidden, subtle, and nuanced reasons why we are not giving ourself permission to pick up the pen, pour paint, or make a life change. We often deceive ourselves that the real reason we don’t create is due to outside forces or circumstances. The reality is that most times this truly is a “inside job”. It is the internal issues that are creating the roadblocks.

“Centering Within #19” 60×48 2018©Melynda Van Zee

Over the last couple of years I’ve been consciously observing the nuances of my own creative process- the personal rhythms, the energy flows and my own internal mindsets. I’ve been asking myself questions like…

How do I create a life of abundant creative freedom?

What structures and experiences will nourish my creativity and support my work?

Captured Energy

The lines, colors, and movement of these paintings are brief moments of captured energy from my own growth process. They are a reflection of the inner changes and experiments I’m exploring as I work to intentionally build a lifestyle of creative freedom. 

“Spheres of Nuance #1” 40×30 2018©Melynda Van Zee

Show Details

“Nuances of Freedom” opens December 14, 2018 at the Iowa State University Memorial Union in the Gallery. The Gallery is on the 3rd floor of the Memorial Union located at 2229 Lincoln Way Ames, IA 50011. The show runs through February 6, 2019. The gallery is free and open to the public 8 a.m.-8 p.m., seven days per week unless reserved for meetings. Call 515-296-6848 to confirm open viewing hours.

After the show opens, watch for photos on my social media accounts. If you don’t already follow me on Facebook or Instagram, please feel free to join me.

You may also want to mark your calendar now for the Art Reception for “Nuances of Freedom” on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 from 6-8pm in the Gallery.

Last Chance to catch me at an outdoor art show this year and photos from Aspen~

 

Melynda with “Centering Within #19” 60 x 48

This month is your last chance to catch me at an outdoor arts festival this year! I start out September this weekend (Sept. 8 & 9) at the Rockbrook Village Art Fair in Omaha, NE.

My only outdoor show in Iowa will be Sept. 23 in Ames, IA for the Octagon Art Festival.

Your final chance to enjoy the fresh air and an outdoor art fair where I’ll be exhibiting is the beautiful Peoria Art Fair in Peoria, IL on Sept. 28, 29 & 30. Come and enjoy an art fair-we’d love to see you.

 

Aspen Art Fair Aspen, CO

 

John Denver Sanctuary Gardens

Aspen!

 

So many of you have been asking “How was your show in Aspen?!?” Well, friends it was a true adventure. My first art show in the mountains and as expected it was BEAUTIFUL.

 

The park where the show was held was full of lush green grass and next door to the gorgeous John Denver Sanctuary Gardens. The garden is full of huge rocks carved with the words of John Denver’s songs and other inspirational quotes.

 

Early in the morning before the show, I walked the trails through the garden, beside the babbling brook, and in the midst of hundreds of blooming wild flowers-it revived my soul.

I might have needed some “reviving” after the days leading up to the show, full of packing and loading, and then many miles through the mountains with our new trailer. We got up each mountain but we might have gone reallllly slow through a few mountain passes with our truck feeling the full weight of the load.

The quality of work at the show was outstanding, but we were beset with a few challenges from nature-rain, hail, and forest fires which caused the closure of the Aspen airport for the weekend.

Hail and rain in Aspen

 

Hiking in Aspen with the best art show helper there is~

Truly a weekend to remember. I was so grateful to have the help of my husband and two teenage sons who helped me. After we were done at the show, we got to enjoy hiking and eat some great pizza together!

New Shows and New Work

New work in Progress

 

This is the time of year when the anticipation starts mounting-I’ve been working in the studio preparing for a new art fair show year. This involves much sketching, journaling, sorting, organizing, preparing canvases, dealing with filing taxes and show applications. And, after all the many hours of preparation, the fits and starts, painting a new body of work.

More new color from the studio

I’m so excited to share this new work as I hit the road traveling. We will be spreading our art fair wings this year- traveling to three new shows in Springfield, IL, Topeka, KS and Aspen, CO. Can’t wait to meet new art friends out on the road. We are also looking forward to returning to several previous shows. The schedule isn’t finalized yet so keep checking back to see if we might be able to connect again in person this year.

Collaboration is Key to Creativity

You Are Light 60×40(2) © Melynda Van Zee 2018

I recently created several colorful paintings for a lovely home. One of the great joys of working on this project was the opportunity to collaborate with the owners of this home. I really enjoyed working closely with this family as they studied my work and decided which colors and sizes they would like for their original paintings. After we discussed the many options and possibilities and made final decisions, I went to work in the studio to dive into making their vision come to life.

You Are Light 60×40 © Melynda Van Zee 2018

One facet of the commission process that I particularly enjoy is that my clients become like an art director for the project. Their likes and desires and favorite colors and settings all play into the creative process. Together we envision the finished work. Collaboration is a key to creativity!

Wind and Waves 48 x 36 © Melynda Van Zee 2018

I’ve had so many fabulous experiences as I’ve collaborated to create unique and personalized original work with the insight and direction of my clients.

Wind and Waves Detail 48×36 © Melynda Van Zee 2018

If you are looking for more color and gorgeous artwork in your work or living spaces, please contact me here in the studio at melynda@melyndavanzee.com. I’d love to collaborate with you to add inspiration to your life.