Monday, September 28, 2009

inspiration monday

not too long ago i received several comments on this post about the painting that hangs on the wall in our living room. there's always a good story behind every great piece of art.....here's this painting's story:
back in 1998 my little dutch boy was commuting from florida to quebec, canada, as the general manager of a gorgeous hotel, the Chateau Cartier (he would work ten days and come home for a 4-day weekend. this was supposed to be a temporary 6-month assignment and lasted 18 months. good times....not). during this time, he met a budding artist from brazil, Marcio Melo, who was invited to solo exhibit his artworks at the chateau.


my dutch boy and marcio found that they had quite a bit in common, one thing being marcio's fabulous artwork! this particular painting is of marcio's studio house, located on moffat lake outside of ottawa. marcio knew how fond my dutch boy was of it, so out of appreciation and friendship, he offered it to my dutch boy as a gift....and i wish i could tell you how we treasure this (let me put it this way....in case of fire, i would grab the dog, the family photos and this painting!)


but probably one of the most interesting things about this painting is the way it's put together. the story goes that when it came time to paint this, he didn't have any large canvases (this measures about 60" x 46"), so he taped white paper bags together to create one large canvas to paint on (and then he just painted right over the tape!)! and while we hear so much now about taking care to use archival resources, i just love how marcio was so inspired to paint that he did what he had to do to create the canvas!
to me, that's true artistic passion....he paints because he has to.

you can visit marcio here, and see the photo of his studio house here.

for a larger view, click on photos

13 comments:

Lauren Maurer said...

I LOVE this story! That's good stuff, Lori! :) Happy Monday!

Jes said...

that is quite inspiring. :)
i always (or quite often) feel like i need the best of the best of supplies before i can even START a project...:( it is a lovely work of art!

hope you're having a great monday!
~jes
oh, and p.s...i was doing a little bit of gushing about you on my blog this morning ;)

Dolores said...

What a great story and a beautiful painting. Thanks for pointing us to Marcio's work.

Julie Bagamary said...

What inspiration to just CREATE!!

Sara said...

I do love to hear the story behind the art! Thanks for sharing! hope you had a great weekend :)

beedeebabee♥ said...

Hi Sweetie! What a BEAUTIFUL painting, and such a heartwarming story to go with it. I took a peek at Marcio's...if only I could look out my window and see what he see's! That's a little bit of heaven, for sure. What a sweet and talented man! Hugs, Paulette ;)

Lainie said...

Hi, Lori,
Happy Monday. Isn't September beautiful and inspiring? What a lovely painting. You are blessed to have it in your living room.
-Lainie
PS I made my first journal. Thanks so much for the shopping tips. I posted pictures today:
http://lifeintheefficiency.blogspot.com

aimee said...

art is even more inspiring when there's a good story behind it! gorgeous painting!

Gina Lee Kim said...

Your home symbolizes so much love and goodness! I loved Marcio's gallery of bird paintings (of course).

PrairiePeasant said...

So much more meaningful when you know something about the artist. Nice to hear you have a little Canadian connection!

Staci Danford said...

What a wonderful story.. And such a fabulous colorful picture. I know it brightens your day.. Love it.
Staci

Sue K said...

This is a beautiful work of art! I loved the story behind the work! All of us "art supply junkies" can learn something here! It looks lovely in your home and I'll bet you treasure it!
Thanks for posting this...it is inspiring!

Jennifer DeDonato said...

Yep, i would run out of a fire with that picture also!

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