Last Wave of SummerMelinda Patrick
Acrylic painting on Stretched canvas
Painting wraps around edges
Varnished and Ready to hang
Signed on front and back
20 " h x 20 " w x 1.5 " d |1 lbs. 8 oz.
The ripple of the water's edge is what compelled me to paint this scene. Thus the title. The challenge of the piece was the sky. I don't normally paint billowy clouds because they intimidate me because of my painting technique. They're easy in oils but not so much in my flat layers of color. The stark yellows make me feel like summer is ending so this must be the last wave. Such as it is.
Melinda’s bright acrylic paintings feel like snapshots of everyday life. Her cheery compositions capture glimpses of what a carefree passerby may notice on a sunny weekend afternoon. Main street signage, casual cafes, and outdoor leisure areas leave the viewer nostalgic for summer vacations passed. Melinda’s subject matter comes from her personal snapshots. “I take thousands of photos everywhere I go,” she says. Then, back in her home studio, she uses her pictures as reference material, but takes creative license with colors and composition. Her bold yet crisp use of color, shadow, and shape speaks to her professional background in graphic design, and results in compelling examples of contemporary realism.