DescriptionMY REACTION: Wow. This was a WONDERFUL painting to create. Pure joy. This is why I paint. No other reason. I wish they could all be this pure.CONTENT: This is a little cockapoo that lives in my new neighborhood. She reminds me a little of my old friend, Angle the Poodle. Very expressive.ARTISTIC CONCERNS: This is a a lovely lush loose piece. I used palette knives and brushes and my fingers to layer a gazillion colors in the expressionist 'background' and then used tiny detail brushes to paint this gorgeous dog.
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.