Leaves & TowheesMelissa Gannon
Watercolor, acrylic inks on Paper
Ready to frame
Signed on front and back
15 " h x 22 " w |0 lbs. 12 oz.
I spent an afternoon squirting inks on paper. Then I pressed leaves into the inks, added saran wrap and let it dry. This resulted in the lovely texture and color mixes you see in this piece. My next step was to figure out what the piece wanted to be. Once I decided on towhees and leaves, I painted over the ink with watercolor and took the piece as far as I could before adding more ink at the end for the opaque areas of the background.
Melissa is passionate about color. She finds it to be the most significant form of inspiration to paint. Speaking on influences in her work, Melissa says, “Sometimes it’s an idea that I can’t get out of my head, or a color that I just MUST paint!” She particularly enjoys painting leaves, and the changing colors of Oregon foliage are visible in her work. In 2001, Melissa began teaching art classes, which has allowed her to view her own artwork in a new way. “The information that flows in a class is awesome,” she says. Melissa is constantly learning from the students in her classes, and is more conscious of what it means to be an artistic role model.