Here’s some #Caturday fun from Licorice and Loki. I hope you enjoy their antics as much as we do!
Happy #Caturday y’all!
Portrait Artist Melissa Marie Haney has a special gift for capturing the spirit of her subjects. The evidence is in the eyes, because after all “the eye is the window of the soul,” ─Hiram Powers, American sculptor (1805 – 1873)
“Art was an outlet for all the feelings that I could not express vocally,” Melissa says. “As I have aged, so has my Art. I am self-taught, so I tend to just go with my instincts and ‘eye’ (about) what I think looks good and what works. Hopefully, others will like what I do and get some enjoyment from it.”
It is easy to see how Melissa’s subjects capture her interest and her heart.
When I went looking for artists to interview, I did not need to look further than my circle of friends. I have known Melissa since our school days but only discovered her artistic talents when we became Facebook friends.
Melissa began drawing when she was a child. A shy, young girl, Melissa recalls, “animals were my refuge. Ponies, dogs, cats, just about any animal was my friend. I still have pictures I drew as a child. I have always had animals of some kind. Animals touch everyone at some level.”
Using a range of mediums,”acrylics, oils, watercolors, and mixed medium are all options,” she says, “it all depends on the subject and what (fascinates me) at the time. I tend to just go with my feelings on which medium will work with the subject.”
“Painting is a cathartic ritual for me. It is a stress relief, and a quiet peace from all the chaos. When I am painting, I tune everything else out, and (am) in my own little world for a time.” ─Melissa Haney
Although Melissa occasionally sells her painting at fairs and markets in the Mid-West, most of her clients come via word of mouth. If you would like more information on her commissioned portraits, please follow the link to her Facebook page. Melissa’s Facebook Artist Page
Thank you for reading!
I was reading a post by Om Malik about the preference for long verses short posts. It started me thinking about what catches my eye when scrolling my blog reader. Sometimes it’s completely random and based on mood. Sometimes I’m captured by a good title. But, usually, it’s a great photo that draws me in. Which makes me wonder, why am I so lazy about adding photo’s to my own posts?
It’s not for a lack of photos, I have thousands; including some terrific shots of Europe. But then, there’s so much that’s photo worthy in Europe, it’s almost impossible to take a bad picture. I’m dropping a few of my favorites in here…see what you think.
So…what makes a photo interesting or intriguing? Is it the mood or feeling it inspires?
Does it invoke curiosity or introspection?
Is it unique, artful, skillful or comical?
The rhyme or reason of my photo ‘likes’ is tricky to define:
I do favor flower photos, not in a Georgia O’Keeffe sort of way, just vibrant close-ups, with the amazing detail nature provides.
I admire animals, but I’m getting bored with cats and dogs anything else is infinitely more interesting, even farm animals. That might seem common to some. But for me, they provide a sense of peace in a pastoral setting.
Anything shot in black and white gets me every time.
I’m also wild about awesome landscapes, trees, the moon, water and certain insects. Like I said, it’s hard to narrow it down. The fascination of a photo may lie in the viewers desire to imagine what the photographer was thinking when he/she took a particular shot and whether or not that translates through the photograph.
Oh and of course…there’s the incredible edibles!
With so many excellent photo blogs out there, I began to wonder why I’m stingy with the like button? Can’t I like as many blogs or photos as I would like to?
My new favorites are the nicely paired poem and photo combo, as in these two blogs: The Source of Inspiration and The Wanderer, check them out if you get a chance.
You might just want to stop and sit awhile with some photo blogs:
Or put on a sweater…
In the very least if an image makes the viewer smile; that should be enough, now shouldn’t it?