december 2017: melinda wright
Thank you to My Sweet Peony for this show as “Artist of the Month”. I’ve brought in a collection of plein air paintings as well as some still life. I hope you enjoy the paintings. I am inspired by beautiful things. I have always loved to draw and began to study that more earnestly about 10 years ago. I studied drawing and painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, PAFA. I have participated in many shows, galleries and artist groups here in Michigan and in Bucks County, PA.
Plein air painting is hard, really hard. I had no idea. It’s always about light. Even though the subject is beautiful because it is an amazing urban scene, old barn or a glorious tree, it is that because of the light. I thought figure painting was difficult until I started trying to paint air and sunlight. But now I am striving to paint all of the landscape I can.
Most of this work is in an alla prima style which means “at once” or finishing a painting or a study in one sitting. This allows me to capture gesture and work quickly, especially outdoors. I work almost exclusively from life but will also work in my studio to complete portraits or larger works. Many of these plein air pieces were painted in and around the Grand Rapids area, on farms and in the woods where things are pure Michigan.
I love to be outdoors and tackle the challenges of Plein air but I also love to set up still life or work in a studio on figure painting. I am inspired by so many artists in history. Also I am in such admiration of living artists. We are at a wonderful time in painting. There are more and more plein air painters and a return to representational art and classical study. I am lucky to be part of it. I love to encourage others to paint and draw.
Thanks for viewing my work. Please let me know if you have any questions.