(Rock, Cornwall - early morning walk along the pale sand.)
VELUX, the famous windows company, sponsors a fascinating website called The Daylight Project. The site 'celebrates all things daylight; its benefits and influences that inspire and restore human life and the natural surroundings in which we exist'. Insightful articles exploring the role of daylight in art, health, science and architecture, can be read online. Last month, I was delighted to be asked to take part in a Q&A interview, to talk about how light influences my art, and my life! The first part of the interview is featured below, hope you enjoy it ...
LIGHT BY THE SEA - Q&A with The Daylight Project
Melanie McDonald's beautiful paintings use light to explore the feeling of freedom we experience by the sea. The Daylight Project caught up with her for a chat...
TDP: How did you get into painting?
MM: In 1999 I began a Fine Art Degree in painting at Falmouth in Cornwall, (it's my second degree - I studied print design before). Initially, I painted figures, mostly of my young daughter and husband. The beach paintings were a natural development, having lived most of my life near the fabulous beaches of Newquay. It led me to think about how people spend their leisure time on the coast. I try to capture a sense of happiness and freedom in my paintings, the feeling of being 'really alive'. This sense of freedom is closely dependent upon, and translated through, the use of light in my art.
TDP: What inspires your work?
I'm very lucky to have connections with Cornwall, Brittany and Scotland. These beautiful places are a continuing source of inspiration. They are all Celtic regions, each with its own striking beauty and unique qualities. These days, my life is divided between Cornwall and our renovation project - an 18th century farm - in northwest Brittany.
Read the entire interview here Light By The Sea
Changing Weather, Camel Estuary, Cornwall
I'm an artist inspired by the coast of Cornwall, Scotland and Brittany - view all of my paintings at Melanie McDonald Gallery
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