Melody was one of the first people I followed on Twitter, when I saw her artwork mentioned by another friend. She is one of those lucky people who makes a living with her creativity. She has recently illustrated a children’s book for a very talented young writer. Melody is a very strong, very positive person and I wanted to hear more about the force behind her art.
To me, creativity is the means by which I can share all things that move me in life. As an artist, I am especially affected by what I see. I think in images, dream in images and am deeply moved by what passes before my eyes. For example, when I am out jogging on a country road (which I do often) I see spectacular vistas, the sunlight hitting distant mountains just so, or a whimsically meandering spring vine creeping along a fencepost. When I see these things, my heart wells with inspiration and I am compelled to capture that on paper.
My favorite part about being an artist is the actual process of creating art. When I begin a miniature painting, I find myself becoming completely enamored with my subject, whether it is a woodland creature or whimsical cat. With each stroke I am more in awe of this spirit and throw myself into capturing what inspires me. It’s a process filled with heart and my hope is that I can convey at least some of this feeling in each painting I create.
Sometimes I am delighted and slightly surprised when I complete a really successful painting. It’s like I get totally lost in the process, fully intent and concentrating deeply on my subject, then when I come up for air and step away from the piece, it’s a thrill to see what has come to life!
I have been painting tiny little pieces known as ACEOs (Art Cards, Editions, and Originals) for about six years and am still excited about this small format. Below is a piece written by a friend which conveys how I feel about painting miniatures:
The Secret of Miniature Art
~ Written by Carol Rosinski
The secret about miniature art is the intense sense of intimacy that is experienced when you hold a piece in your hand. When a piece of art is so small that it can rest in the palm of your hand, you are being gently invited to bring it a little closer to your eyes. You bow your head a bit and bring your hand nearer to your face. This is a very intimate pose. At this moment, you have let the piece of art enter into a vulnerable personal area. You would never hold anything dangerous this close to your face. This is the way you would hold a butterfly or a small kitten; very gently and close. Miniature art is a gift, a treasure, a secret and special friend.
What do you think, participants? Do you also find yourself being captivated by images, or being so lost in the process of creation that you are surprised by the result?