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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.

Centering Within

It was 13 degrees here this morning when I took the puppy for a walk. I’m burying my nose in a cup of chai on the couch now contemplating all the Saturday projects. But first, fuel for the day…eggs, half of an avocado, big glass of water, vitamin, and reflection time. This is my centering time. This is the time that powers the rest of the activities, projects and…the creativity. It is this “Centering Within” process that I return to again and again-the painting behind me on the wall a mere reflection of the internal process of going within and then heading out into the world and returning again to the center for fuel for the next journey outward.

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!

Art In Community

 

Community Project in process at the Old Capitol Art Fair in Springfield, IL

It’s been a great start to the art show season! 

At the first show of the year I got to witness art in community at the Old Capitol Art Fair in Springfield, IL. My painting “Spheres of Completion” was the featured artwork for their yearly Community Project.  Together the community created an enlarged 6 ft x 10 ft painting made up of 308 5 in x 5 in painted squares based off of my original painting. I so enjoyed watching the process as each one of the squares were painted by individuals in the community and then piece-by-piece added to a large magnetic frame.

Kids adding their painted tile to Community Project

I even slipped away from my art booth for awhile and got to paint my own square tile and have it added to the mural. 

Jumping in and painting my own square for the community project

 

So relaxing to get to paint during an art fair!

The completed community project piece will be on display at the Illinois State Museum for the next two years and at the 2019 Old Capitol art fair. It was really thrilling as an artist to watch the cooperation and creativity in action as festival goers participated in this interactive project by painting their very own section of the finished piece! 

Close up of Community Project

 

I just love all the juicy colors and individual brushstrokes!

 

Finished Community Project at Old Capitol Art Fair Springfield, IL

Finished! What a tremendous job by the community of Springfield to complete this painted mural project during the Old Capitol Art Fair!!! This project was brilliantly constructed and organized by the committee who organizes the fair-GREAT WORK everyone!

Children’s Art Tent purchase

The Springfield show also had a Children’s Art Tent where only kids were allowed to shop for their own pieces of art. Artists at the show donated work which was priced at $4, $5, or $6 and then the kids got to pick out their favorite pieces. It was so great to have kids stop by the booth and show me their painting of mine that they selected in the Kid’s Art Tent. Another great way of making art accessible to all members of the community-even the very youngest ones.  

Mulvane Art Fair Topeka, KS

The first weekend in June brought us to the Mulvane Art Fair in Topeka, KS. We sweated through a super hot set up day, but then the temperatures dropped and we had two fabulous art fair days on the campus of Washburn University. It was so great to meet so many new art friends in Topeka!

We travel to Spring Green, WI this weekend. Join us Booth #30B Saturday and Sunday, June 23 & 24. (Show Hours Sat. 9-5 and Sun. 9-4.)

The studio is hopping in between all these shows as we also do final preparations for shows in Brookings, SD and Aspen, CO in July. We’d love to meet you on the road or if you happen to see a painting you are interested from my photos from the art fairs, please feel free to contact me and we can deliver or ship it out to you!