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This blog has no agenda other than to reveal visual art as I see it. My opinions are my own although influenced by other artists. Even though this may be a venue for me to voice my opinions, at the end of the day, I do not expect others to hold the same ones. This a blog that expresses the nature of how I see art and the journey that led me to my opinions.

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E. Melinda Morrison

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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Traveling in Greece

I going to Greece tomorrow for 10 days. Yes, I feel blessed and everyone tells me this is once in a lifetime trip. Maybe so, but as an artist, I hope this is more the norm! Traveling inspires me in my painting and painting in Greece is no exception. Even though I struggle to be a better plein air painter, it helps me in my studio painting. One of my mentors, Kim English, told me when I first started painting that plein air painting "helps him bring his habits from plein air into the studio." He is right as it seems the immediacy of plein air painting offers a fresher approach and helps me to paint an honest expression of what I initially see. I try to stay true to that honest expression in my studio.

Speaking of honestly painted, thus the name of my blog, I wanted to be able to have a conversation with other artists about the creative process. Avoiding the temptation of painting to sell versus painting for the pure joy of painting is the precipice for which many artists hang. And in this economy, painting to sell is a huge temptation and for me, it is also what robs me of my joy of painting. Don't get me wrong, as a professional artist you want your paintings to sell. Who doesn't?! But, there is a precipitous balance between providing paintings to your gallery that you know and they know will sell, and painting for exploration to tap into areas that stretch you artistically. Exploration may take you into styles that do not fit what your collectors know of your work and much less you take 5 steps backwards to take one step forward. If I am the only artist that struggles with that, please let me know!

So Greece is my experiment to start this honest expression of painting what I see because what does inspire me. I will be painting everyday and I am going to put up my paintings whether they are good or bad (that is a very hard thing for me to do!) so you can see the progression of the trip and a few thoughts. I will try not to bore you with lots of details, only the highlights and quick moments. After all, that is what I paint. Moments.


Cheryl said...

How fun! I can't wait to see your paintings! With inspiration such as Greece, I am certain they will turn out beautifully!

Have a wonderful trip!

btw... I STILL plan on having a painting done by you!!!

KJ said...

Melinda - YES - tap and stretch and 5 steps "shout" and hokey pokey yourself right about - post what you find compelling.
Aaaand - forget deciding what's "good" and "bad" - that's up to me!!! One olive dipped ouzo raised in cheers to your multitudinous moments!

Marilyn said...

Melinda you are so brave! I love the concept and that we'll see ALL your paintings. Can't wait to see what you come up with in Greece. This is really going to inspire me. How exciting!

Anita said...

Safe and fun travels, Melinda! I'll be looking for your inspired paintings! I think of you every day when I see my 3 lovely paintings of the dancing women and the gorgeous landscapes...I bet we'll see some Greek dancers in your new and exciting Greece collection!
Much love,

Carole Buschmann said...

I am looking forward to your adventure and am going to put your blog on my blog so others can continue to find you.

Blessing the Beloved said...

Wow! Thanks for including me, Melinda! I look forward to seeing the progression!

Jo said...

Hi Melinda, Can't wait to see your works of inspiration as you paint your way around Greece! I will keep Dyersburg friends posted!