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New Year and New Art “Unraveled”

 

"Unraveled" Detail of first painting of 2017 48 x 36 Acrylic on Canvas Melynda Van Zee © 2017

“Unraveled”
Detail of first painting of 2017
48 x 36
Acrylic on Canvas
Melynda Van Zee © 2017

Dear Creative Heart,

This new year has brought the first large painting of the year “Unraveled”, the beginning of a new body of work, local art exhibits and an “art show application season” in full swing. It is hard to believe we are already a month and a half into the new year. 

"Unraveled" Detail of first painting of 2017 48 x 36 Acrylic on Canvas Melynda Van Zee © 2017

“Unraveled”
Detail of first painting of 2017
48 x 36
Acrylic on Canvas
Melynda Van Zee © 2017

 

Hard at work in my Downstairs Studio

Hard at work in my Downstairs Studio

Winter days in the studio are finding me adding a layer of gesso (white undercoat layer) to canvases, designing and laying down the line work for new pieces and applying to 2017 art shows.

As you can see...canvases are spread out everywhere this time of year...

As you can see…canvases are spread out everywhere this time of year…

 

Melynda Van Zee Art exhibit at Edgewater Retirement Community in West Des Moines, IA.

Melynda Van Zee Art exhibit at Edgewater Retirement Community in West Des Moines, IA.

I’ve also been enjoying sharing my work in some local art exhibits over the winter months. I’ve shared my artwork in a retirement community, an art center members show and a coffee shop. It is one of the best joys of being an artist to share work in places where people congregate as a community for fellowship, healing, growth and conversation.

"My Everything" by Melynda Van Zee Ankeny Art Center Ankeny, IA

“My Everything” by Melynda Van Zee Ankeny Art Center Ankeny, IA

There are many different responses we can choose when facing the multitude of changes, transitions, fears, and unrest that we have been dealt as a nation. One of the things I have decided to do is to choose creating and sharing art- focusing anew on creating beauty, joy, vibrant color, hope, and community.

"Emerging Through" by Melynda Van Zee Ankeny Members Only Art Show

“Emerging Through” by Melynda Van Zee
Ankeny Art Center Ankeny, IA

I’ve decided…

  • to commit to picking up my brush again
  • to commit to expressing my own creativity
  • to commit to growth that comes from reflecting deep within
  • to commit again to inspiring those around me to express the fullness their artistic creativity 

With Passion,

Melynda

“Spheres of Completion" by Melynda Van Zee at Ankeny Art Center Ankeny, IA

“Spheres of Completion” by Melynda Van Zee Ankeny Art Center Ankeny, IA

 

Melynda Van Zee’s paintings now showcased at Boat’s Home Furnishings

 

"Spheres of Complexity" Series by Melynda Van Zee at Boat's Home Furnishings

“Spheres of Complexity” Series by Melynda Van Zee at Boat’s Home Furnishings

We are so pleased to announce that Melynda Van Zee’s original paintings are now being showcased at Boat’s Home Furnishings in their Showrooms. You may visit Boats Home Furnishings at 620 Franklin Street in Pella, IA. Their gorgeous front windows are a treat as you stroll down the downtown streets of Pella and once you step inside there are so many more beautiful things to see in their expansive showrooms.

"Paths: Seasons" by Melynda Van Zee at Boat's Home Furnishings

“Paths: Seasons” by Melynda Van Zee at Boat’s Home Furnishings

Melynda Van Zee Art Exhibit- West Des Moines, IA

My paintings are a brief glimpse in vivid color of the emotional and spiritual landscapes of my soul. For the months of October and November 2015, you can explore some of my work in the art gallery at the Lutheran Church of Hope in West Des Moines, IA.

In this collection of acrylic paintings on canvas, I use text, color, line and image to give voice to pieces of my life- experiences, emotions and prayers. Painting is a time of quiet reflection and process for me- a space to have conversation with God in color.

One of my biggest challenges has been to allow myself to paint the good…and the difficult, the beautiful…and the painful- to allow the breadth of my life to find its way onto the canvas and to intuitively transfer the invisible into shape and form and color.

Works will be on display from October to mid-November.  The Lutheran Church of Hope, West Des Moines is at 925 Jordan Creek Pkwy and is open seven days a week.

 

Melynda Van Zee Art Exhibit at Lutheran Church of Hope

Melynda Van Zee Art Exhibit at Lutheran Church of Hope

"The Calling" at Art Exhibit -Lutheran Church of Hope

“The Calling” at Melynda Van Zee Art Exhibit -Lutheran Church of Hope

"Fragments" at Art Exhibit -Lutheran Church of Hope

“Fragments” at Melynda Van Zee Art Exhibit -Lutheran Church of Hope

Melynda Van Zee Art Exhibit at Lutheran Church of Hope

Melynda Van Zee Art Exhibit at Lutheran Church of Hope

"Observing the Recovery" at Art Exhibit -Lutheran Church of Hope

“Observing the Recovery” at Melynda Van Zee Art Exhibit -Lutheran Church of Hope