Welcome to the blog of Melanie McDonald ! I'm a professional artist, my life is divided between my home in Newquay, Cornwall and my renovation project - an 18th Century farm - in North Brittany, France. My inspiration comes from the beautiful beaches, skies and seas of Cornwall, Brittany and Scotland. This is where I share my paintings and photographs, I hope it inspires you.

April 28, 2017

#FridayPainting : Make our own light


"From within or from behind, a light shines through us upon things, and makes us aware that we are nothing, but the light is all." 

~Ralph Waldo Emerson


Painting above: Make our own light

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April 07, 2017

#FridayPainting: Early summer, Camel Estuary

My Garden -- like the Beach --
Denotes there be -- a Sea --
That's Summer --
Such as These -- the Pearls
She fetches -- such as Me

'My Garden -- like the Beach', a short poem by Emily Dickinson who loved the sea and her garden most in life.  Her distinctive, powerful and passionate poems have inspired me for years.  If you'd like to read more of her poetry, you can find the link here - Emily Dickinson's Poetry .

Painting above: Early Summer, Camel Estuary

You can take a look at all my paintings at - Melanie McDonald Gallery
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March 31, 2017

#FridayPainting - Sea of Love, Cornwall

Come with me
My love
To the sea
The sea of love

I wanna tell you
How much
I love you

Do you remember
When we met
That's the day
I knew you were my pet

I wanna tell you
How much
I love you

Come with me
My love
To the sea
The sea of love

I wanna tell you
How much
I love you

This beautiful song was written by George Khoury and Philip Baptiste in 1959.  It's been covered many times by artists including Iggy Pop and Cat Power, (both versions are regular favourites to paint along to in my studio)... but my all time top cover is by Tom Waits.  His darker version on the album Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers and Bastards is brilliant!

Painting above inspired by the song! : Sea of Love, Cornwall

You can take a look at all my paintings at - Melanie McDonald Gallery
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