Description The words in this painting read: I am in charge here, see?This piece makes me smile or even laugh out loud every time I see it. It is a lovely soft gentle expressionist painting topped by an ambitious hamster that is slightly less gentle.So, I have been working on a Cheat Sheet piece about how we absorb common perceptions and even allow them to override our own experiences. A little later, I am squinting and focusing and painting this little hamster and something occurred to me. When I began this piece, I had other words in mind. And a different sort of hamster, too. I was thinking fondly about how we had hamsters as kids and how all kids should have hamsters, etc. Except that is not how I really feel. That is the common warm fuzzy idea about hamsters. The reality of my experience was that I hated our hamsters. They totally freaked me out. They bit and they were fragile so I was always afraid I might squeeze them to death (I never did) and one time they made babies which freaked me out even more.For the record, I now think hamsters are adorable and fun. And I know many adults who thoroughly enjoy keeping them as pets. I am just not sure they are a good idea for small children.I hope this playful image brings a bit of soothing color and a few amused smiles to your home or office.
Melissa Robinson, Central Minnesota Member Since July 2007 Artist Statement I make art for people. Not for galleries. Not to impress other artists. Sometimes just to entertain myself. But mostly I make art for people. Because some connections are deeper than words. Because art is what I have to give. Color feeds me. Heals me. Lines, too. Shapes. Light. Emotion. That is the stuff behind it all. Emotion. Power. Faith.
My work is a way of weaving together the many resources we need to cope with modern life. Virtues and failings balanced with humor and grace. Scrubbing away the gobbledygook to get to the heart of things. The Holy stuff. The pulsing beat of love that sings just below all of our daily concerns. I try to capture that. Even just a glimpse of that. To remind folks - to remind myself - that our lives are not just routines and drivel. Not just responsibilities and duties and things to buy. Our lives are poems unfolding. Beautiful dramas full of unseen forces at play. Our lives are art. God's art. And when my odd little pictures are successful. They give you a moment, a space, to breath in and remember the beauty of life unfolding.
I am eternally grateful for your interest in my work and your support. You make my art (and, so, my life) possible.