The Lemon Branches

For the third year in a row the school year has ended in a blur of events, travel, scramble-scramble-scrambling to finish paintings, shows, trying to ignore distractingly good weather and not getting nearly enough sleep. There’s so much about Third Year I want to share with you and have record of before immersing in summer…

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Alla Prima Portrait Workshop with Irvin Rodriguez

Last week I took a super fun and extremely challenging alla prima portrait workshop instructed by a great young painter named Irvin Rodriguez. Irvin and I met almost a year ago at the Frye Museum while I was copying a painting in the gallery. He introduced himself and asked if I was training in an atelier, because…

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Preston at the Ruins

We are finally at the part of the year where the poses shift from short studies to longer, more realized paintings. Preston posed for us for about three weeks. He’s a trained dancer and you can see this in the finished painting because of how he was able to support his carriage through posture throughout a…

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Good News in Threes

You remember I mentioned in the last post that I started 2017 with a flu? Well, sad I couldn’t be back in the studio, I spent that time (literally) feverishly applying for scholarships and casting for a few new opportunities. Recently some wonderful gifts caught the line. Yesterday I checked my email during the long break…

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New Website and New Blog Address

Hey gang, I finally made a website with my portfolio of work. The website’s address is  www.melissamesserart.com and I have linked this blog to it (you can see the “Art Monk Blog” link in the image of the home page above in the upper right corner). UPDATE – To access the blog directly without going to…

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A Few for the Ages

I often go into periods of infatuation with artists whose work effortlessly illustrates a skill I’m trying to learn. I’ll read all I can about them and make studies of their work. But I have several enduring favorites. I’d like to introduce them to you through my eyes, although many or most you already know: Da…

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My Teacher’s Paintings

In trying to understand color I’ve been looking through my teacher’s archives and seeing her work with new eyes. I haven’t actually written about her directly, though I suppose I write about her indirectly quite a lot. Before I’ve always found her paintings beautiful but could never name what was so magical about them. Now as I…

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