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.
February 21, 2012
The quality of what you said ....
Excerpt from Briefing for a descent into hell by Doris Lessing
'The feeling of the quality of what you said .... ' says the character in the passage above, it reminded her of being a child. These words I underlined with my red pencil. That child-like feeling .... filled to the brim with wonder, free from sadness and fear. Other words also float in my mind .... innocent, carefree, trusting, luminous, hope. The child in the painting is my daughter. She's playing on a beach in Cornwall where I used to play at the same age, feeling the same feelings. It's an evening in early May, the sea is unusually still, milky white, the sky drifting, pale grey. The adult figure is her beloved father. It's the first time our new puppy has had a taste of the ocean, literally. Someone said that this painting reminded them of poetry. I like to think it captures and evokes a little of that child-like feeling. The strong dream-like quality mentioned above, pledged in paint instead of words. Those halcyon days ....
Painting: Porth, Newquay - Still Waters
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