Posts in Category: acrylic paintings

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.

 

Deep Focus

Illumination #3 36×36 2017©Melynda Van Zee

In this new year I’ve been thinking about deep focus- how sometimes I achieve it and sometimes I wander so far from the path. I accomplished some big tasks over the last season of creating art and sharing my work at art fairs and exhibits. Some of my work is more visible from the outside and some of it is unground and deeper quiet work that is much harder to detect. I was so struck by the words of Carol Green who so eloquently said, “Ultimately, what takes an artist to the next level is the integrity and presence of the art they make.” (Carol Green of Green Naftali Gallery in NY) She captures in succinct language the type of art that I believe flows out of periods of deep concentration and focus.

Deep focus is an all too rare commodity in our culture today. We are well aware of the many distractions that can so easily pull us out of places of flow and concentration no matter the type of work we do. I’ll admit that over the past two months I have experienced competing forces pulling for my time and attention and I allowed some things to fall off my schedule. It is easy for creatives to battle feelings of guilt when they drop out of activities for periods of time instead of celebrating focused attention to the large work at hand. The message our culture sends is that you have to be more, share more, do it all…when in reality these activities may be in direct opposition to the activities that will actually help you create the deep and meaningful work you long to produce. I don’t think the works of presence and integrity that our society so desperately needs in so many fields of study can occur without this ongoing deep focus of mind, spirit and heart.