Original art for sale at UGallery.com | Little Boxes by the Shoreline by Melinda Patrick | $500 | acrylic painting | 16' h x 20' w | ..\art\acrylic-painting-Little-Boxes-by-the-Shoreline

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Little Boxes by the Shoreline

Melinda Patrick

Acrylic painting on Stretched canvas

Painting wraps around edges

Ready to hang


Signed on front and back


16 " h x 20 " w x 1 " d |0 lbs. 13 oz.




This is one of my coastal paintings. I live near the coast - though not close enough except for when hurricanes target us - and love zoning into a coastal image to paint. All the rooftops crammed together make me think of the Buffy St Marie song "Little Boxes." Though these are much nicer than just boxes!

Melinda Patrick

Magnolia, Texas

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.

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Melinda Patrick 1/12/2018 | 9:46 AM

I know there is a snobbery about oils vs acrylics. I first tried acrylics when I was a kid and Liquitex was the only brand and had a limited palette. I didn't really like them and worked in oils like my grandfather taught me all through college. But the new millennium brought a new attitude towards acrylics for me. All the sudden there were several brands and a rainbow palette. I found myself loving the quick drying feature of acrylics. There was no turning back for me. Then I heard a lot of poo-pooing about acrylics. They weren't valued the same as oils. But the educated art buyer knows better. A lot of well-known artists whose work sells for big money work in acrylics. Yes, you read that right. • Ever heard of Robert Motherwell? Check out his "Elegy to the Spanish Republic." • How about Roy Lichtenstein? He used acrylics a lot, including for his best known work, "Drowning Girl." • Mark Rothko? Oh yeah. "No. 13 (White, Red on Yellow)." • Thomas Hart Benton. I'm not making this up. He created several studies of "The Bicyclist" in oil and watercolor but the final was in (oh yeah) acrylics. • David Hockney painted several California swimming pools in acrylic. • That rebel Andy Warhol painted his soup cans in acrylics. I say great minds think alike. See one of my first acrylic paintings at my blog at melindapatrickpaintings.com


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