Artist

Melanie Thompson
Richland, Washington

Melanie Thompson was first inspired to paint the landscape after working three seasons as a wildland firefighter. She was trained as a graphic designer at the time, but always knew she was an artist at heart. Working weeks at a time digging fireline, monitoring fire behavior, hiking, and sleeping under the stars, Melanie was deeply moved by the stunning vistas and by the fierce beauty of nature. Melanie paints exclusively en plein air to better capture the appearance and feel of a specific moment, “the smell of dust, the hot sun, or the cooling shade of a passing cloud.”

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Winter on the Marsh
by MELANIE THOMPSON


Oil painting on masonite board
One-of-a-kind
Signed on front
2016

12" h x 12" w x 2" d
3 lbs. 0 oz.

$650


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There is something comforting about the subdued shades of red and yellow found in the winter. Even when it's chilly I like to take my equipment out and paint in the fresh air, the subtle shades are best experienced in person. The cold was biting at my ears, but these colors won't be around for long! This painting is on a cradled wood panel with clean natural edges. It comes varnished and ready to hang.

Oil painting

Oil paint uses natural oils, such as linseed, poppy and walnut oil to bind the pigments. Oils are slow to dry, which allows the artist to rework the painting to achieve the desired effect. Also, they blend easily, which helps to achieve certain colors. With the rise of naturalism in 15th century Early Netherlandish painting, oil paints became preferred to quick drying tempera paint. Artists wanted a medium that would allow them to achieve detailed and precise effects in their paintings. Consider all of the detail in the masterpieces of Jan van Eyck and Hieronymus Bosch!

Masonite board

Masonite board is a thin, smooth panel of highly compressed wood. If not already framed, most masonite board artwork will require framing.

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