It’s that time again, where I introduce you to an artist who makes me yearn and covet and turn a particularly unflattering shade of chartreuse. Suddenly I want to work in oil on ginormous canvases. Until now I’ve been utterly, illogically, intimidated by large canvases, despite the fact that it’s easier to work big than small.
I deeply relate to these words of Melissa’s but in a strange sort of a way:
I feel that I am just now beginning to create the work that I have been working toward all these years. I am grateful for every bad painting I have painted to get here. Julia Cameron said “Remember by being willing to be a bad artist, you have a chance over time to be an artist, and perhaps, over time, a very good one.” I do not feel that I am at any destination, simply on a journey. It is exciting to watch my work evolve. Every group of new paintings I love more than the last.
You see, I have this conviction that within me lies the ability to make the type of art I yearn to make. Each new painting proffers a glimpse, each time ever-so-slightly clearer, of My Art.
As far as I can tell, Melissa only has an abandoned blog and sadly no other web-presence. It’s still worth a look though, as she did blog for a good few years before The Great Fizzle-out of 2011.