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Once a Dream Did Weave a Shade *New

Once a Dream Did Weave a Shade oil on canvas "In this poem, Blake portrays the concepts of the return to innocence from experience."  This resonated with my very soul when I read the poem and the meaning behind it.   Something I never expected when I became an artist, is the journey.  There have been so many hills and valleys, so much learning, and unlearning.  And at every moment of revelation, I am always hope to find myself back to the innocence of beginning as an artist. This painting represents that dream to innocence, but I didn't know it at the time. It felt like a new adventure as I was painting it, just like when I picked up my first brush. A Dream by William Blake   Once a dream did weave a shade O'er my Angel-guarded bed, That an Emmet lost its way Where on grass methought I lay. Troubled, wildered, and forlorn, Dark, benighted, travel-worn, Over many a tangle spray, All heart-broke, I heard her say: "Oh my children! do they cry, Do they hear their fat

Hold Me In The Dark *New

Hold Me In The Dark oil on canvas I have many paintings on the go right now, ones I even started before this one.  But sometimes, you just have to sit down to some Enya, your favourite colours, and paint something. Whatever happens. And it felt so good to disappear into this one.  I will get a better photo in the future to replace that shine on the left side.

Just a small town girl painting a small town on a small canvas.... *New

untitled oil on canvas board It's just a small painting, but it commemorates my first session of painting since the summer of 2019. We spent 3 months in Boston, USA and then a few near family over Christmas back in Canada.  Then mid January we went to Switzerland for 3 months, with plans to see so much on Europe.... So not a lot of painting got done, and not a lot of sight seeing either... Then a pandemic broke out and we realized we might be staying a bit. And we were right! I am posting this in August of 2020 from Switzerland - that's a heck of a lot longer than 3 months!  So we got to the business of ordering art supplies so that I may continue with my work (as if it ever feels like work!). And I painted this little nugget. It may not seem like anything fancy, but I enjoyed every moment of it's creation, and that love goes into future artwork.

Into the Mystic *New

Into the Mystic oil on canvas 12x24 inches / 30.5x61 cm This is the second painting I did whilst travelling Western Canada in an RV.   I am in love with this one so much!  At night, in the almost dark, the moon glows somehow, and to me that is magical! Again though, this picture does not do it justice, it was a quick snap before going into storage.

Out To Sea *New

Out To Sea oil on canvas 12x24 inches / 30.5x61 cmAdd caption I painted this in the spring of 2019 with water soluble oil paint.   We were living in an RV travelling around Western Canada at the time and it was hard to paint with oils. The room and storage is limited, and it takes a bit for oils to dry, so moving your house around can risk a wet painting.  But this is one of two I completed while travelling. The lighting on the right side gives it a dull grey colour, this is not the case, that side is just as vibrant as the left.  This was one of the few pictures I took before putting it in storage.  

Original Sales on Hold

Due to the obvious pandemic, all sales of originals will be on hold. I am currently in Switzerland and will not have access to my paintings until I have returned to Canada to collect them.  However... If there is a painting you are interested in, please feel free to send me a message via email at contact@melaniejoy.art or my page on facebook to let me know and we can discuss it's sale for when I return. Until then, my RedBubble store is still available for replicas and products. Thank you for your patience! Sincerely, MelanieJoy

Cast Away

Cast Away oil on canvas 12x18 inches / 30.5x46 cm Sold

In The Bleak Midwinter

In The Bleak Midwinter oil on canvas 14x18 inches / 35.5x46 cm $200.00

And Still She Lights The Night

And Still Still She Lights The Night oil on canvas 12x16 inches / 30.5x40.5 cm $150.00

Seventh Childhood

Seventh Childhood oil on canvas, gallery wrapped 12x24 inches / 30.48x61 cm $300.00 Other Products

October Blue

October Blue oil on canvas, gallery wrapped 14x18 inches / 35.5x46 cm Other Products

The Storm That Shall Arise

The Storm That Shall Arise oil on canvas, gallery wrapped 14x18 inches / 35.5x46 cm cdn + shipping $350.00 Other Products

Chaos In The Dark

Chaos In The Dark oil on canvas, gallery wrapped cdn + shipping $150.00 Other products

The Calm Dark Hour

The Calm Dark Hour oil on canvas, gallery wrapped 30 x 15 inches / 76 x 38 cm $350.00 Other Products  

In Awe of Wonders and Possibilities

In Awe of Wonders and Possibilities oil on canvas, gallery wrapped cnd + shipping $250.00

The Last Druid

The Last Druid oil on canvas, gallery wrapped

The Changing Wind

The Changing Wind oil on canvas, gallery wrapped

I Dreamed I Lived By The Ocean

I Dreamed I Lived By The Ocean oil on canvas, gallery wrapped Sold Online Store

As The Sea Awaits My Soul

As The Sea Awaits My Soul oil on canvas, gallery wrapped Sold Online Store

I Came Upon a Faerie Tale

I Came Upon a Faerie Tale [2018] oil on canvas, gallery wrapped Sold There are sooooo many sparkles!!

Head In The Clouds

Head In The Clouds [2018] oil on canvas, gallery wrapped Sold

Great Southern Land

Great Southern Land [2017] oil on canvas, gallery wrapped 14x18 inches / 35.5x46 cm cdn + shipping $300.00 Anyone that is familiar with my posts know that many of my paintings are associated with music, often particular songs.  This one is no different. There is a great band from Australia that most of you might not realize you know - Icehouse. I listened to them during most of this creation. One song on repeat, hence the name. It was stuck in my head for days as I thought of doing this painting. I really hope that I have done Uluru justice. <3 Great Southern Land - by Icehouse

Amongst the Silent Guardians

Amongst The Silent Guardians oil on canvas, gallery wrapped Online Store coming soon I painted this one specifically for my husband to hang in his office. <3

I Begged The Rain To Stay

I Begged The Rain To Stay oil on canvas, gallery wrapped 12x16 inches / 30.5x40.6cm cdn + shipping $150.00 Online Store

Amaranthine

Amaranthine oil on canvas, gallery wrapped 8x10 inches / 20x25.5 cm cdn + shipping Sold Online Store

The Night I Disappeared

The Night I Disappeared oil on canvas, gallery wrapped 14x18 inches / 35.5x46 cm Sold Online Store

Deep Within the Breath of Serenity

Deep Within The Breath of Serenity oil on canvas, gallery wrapped 14x18 inches / 35.5x46 cm Sold Online Store

Paint the Sky with Stars

Paint the Sky With Stars [2017] oil on canvas, gallery wrapped 14x18 inches / 35.5x46 cm cdn + shipping $300.00 Online Store

Less Travelled

Less  Travelled oil on canvas, gallery wrapped 8x10 inches / 20x25 cm cdn +shipping $100.00 Online Store

Chapter 10

Chapter 10 [2017] oil on canvas, gallery wrapped 16x20 inches / 40.6x51 cm cdn + shipping $150.00 Better Photo also coming soon!

In Search of Alice

In Search Of Alice oil on canvas, gallery wrapped 6x8 inches / 15.25x20.3 cm cdn +shipping Online Store The name of this one is reference to Alice in Wonderland. Lost in a dream state where everything seems not quite right and little off. It's a wee little gem that works great on a small wall. Most ideal with foliage nearby!

Lovers Entwined

Lovers Entwined oil on canvas, gallery wrapped 18x18 inches / 46x46 cm unavailable Online Store

Echoes Of Ghosts

Echoes Of Ghosts [2016] oil on canvas, gallery wrapped 12x24 inches / 30.5x61cm cdn +shipping $180.00 Online Store So we (and by that I mean my husband) took this painting and put it through a program to hear what it sounded like.  We slowed it down and the sound was similar to eerie crickets or aliens, with a faint extra frequency in the background that sort of had an ethereal sound, hence the name. Have a listen for yourself...

Behold the Might Of The Little Tree

Behold The Might Of The Little Tree oil on canvas, gallery wrapped 12x12 inches / 30.5x30.5 cm Sold Online Store

The Warm Fragrance of July

The Warm Fragrance of July [2016] oil on canvas, gallery wrapped 14x18 inches / 35.5x46 cm Online Store

The Moon That Soothed The Siren

The Moon That Soothed The Siren oil on canvas, gallery wrapped 14x18 inches / 35.5x46 cm Sold Online Store

An Enticing Wind

An Enticing Wind [2016] oil on canvas, gallery wrapped 14x18 inches / 35.5x46 cm cdn + shipping $300.00 Online Store

I'll Leave My Love Between The Stars ~ For David Bowie

I'll Leave My Love Between The Stars [2016] oil on canvas, gallery wrapped 20x20 inches / 51x51 cm cdn + shipping $350.00 Online Store Have I told you I love the movie Labyrinth yet?  Of course I have. That's the first thing I put on when I picked up my first brush. I have been a David Bowie fan since I was a kid.  But not in the way you think.  I admit that I really am not very familiar with much of his music. And he has a lot! Don't get me wrong though, I love his music. Except the song 'Space Oddity', that one gives me chills to the very core of my being and I don't really know why. The movie was my first introduction to him and wow was he awesome. (He may be the reason that I have always had an attraction to Goth-type men. Or punk men that wear makeup. And men with long hair....) I remember holding up the microphone to the tv speakers to record the music onto a cassette, I was enthralled by all of it.  And it was him, and all tha

Go Gentle Into the Good Night ~ For Anita

Go Gentle Into the Good Night oil on canvas Charity Donation Online Store You're thinking to yourself, isn't it 'Don't Go Gentle Into that Good Night'?  You are correct, if you are talking about the poem by Dylan Thomas . But we are not talking about raging against the dying light. My painting was painted in sorrow, in pain and in memory.  In previous posts I have talked about the passing of my Aunt Anita. In May she passed away, quietly and swiftly. And very unexpected. It was a blow to many of us as she was so well loved and such a beautiful light, an extraordinary example of not only what the world hopes of a Christian, but as a human being. The loss of her is deep, it is constant. Every day I think of her and most days now I can smile. But some days, like today, I weep because she is not physically here anymore. Today would have been her 67th Birthday and I can not call her, email her or hug her to wish her a wonderful day full of happi

I Cherish The Loneliness of Autumn

I Cherish The Loneliness of Autumn oil on canvas, gallery wrapped 14x18 inches / 35.5x46 cm Sold Online Store I am an October Baby. I spent my birthdays jumping in piles of leaves. I love the smell of leaves fading, the look of them falling to the ground and the sound of their crunch. That day when the wind changes ever so slightly and you know it's the start....it makes me just as giddy and excited as when there is a thunder storm.  And I love halloween, not in the conventional/commercial sense, but in the mysterious, dark spooky magic that tingles in the air on a late October night sort of way.  But I have never liked the color orange, except when it is pertaining to Autumn and all that it entails. Then it is the most magnificent color in the world, so warm, so inviting, so special. It's as if the only color that exists in the month of October, is Orange. I cherish the loneliness of autumn....  I am forty, I have become mortal.  I have no further

Eve of a Lover's Moon

Eve of a Lover's Moon oil on canvas, gallery wrapped 14x18 inches / 35.5x46 cm Sold Online Store

The Grace of a Murmured Offering

The Grace Of A Murmured Offering oil on canvas, gallery wrapped 14x18 inches / 35.5x46 cm cdn + shipping $300.00 Online Store

The Beauty In The Journey

The Beauty In The Journey oil on canvas, gallery wrapped 14x18 inches / 35.5x46 cm not available Online Store This would be my 100th completed painting!! Hence the name of it. It has been a journey so far that I never actually expected. As a child you never realize that there is so much more to being an artist than just creating art. There is pain, anger, enlightenment, personal growth and so many more emotions that one never expects. I have had to come to terms with hating things I have created, while others have loved it. That is a weird feeling. I have been so excited by something I still can't believe it came from inside me. And then when you let that first artwork into the world, it's like letting a tiny a piece of yourself go, knowing that you may never ever see that painting again, so that when you look at pictures of your past work, you always wonder..... and then you have to let that go. I have many out in the world, and most I am aware of their loca

A Gentle Lullaby

A Gentle Lullaby oil on canvas, gallery wrapped 10x14 inches / 25x35.5 cm Sold Online Store I had a dream about this in October 2015.  Sometimes they become a reality. Better this than some of my other dream options! There is a shine on the left tree that I am unable to fully remove, so please note that the edge is not 'bright', it's normal.

Last Night of a Dying Sun

Last Night of a Dying Sun oil on canvas 12x24 inches / 30.5x61 cm cdn +shipping $200.00 Online Store This is my only painting that is lost from my meticulous archival information.  I really have no idea when I started it, I believe it was 2006 - like 95% sure. It has been following me around waiting for me to finish it.  I know that when I started it I wanted it to be a painting of Charn (yes another Narnia reference) but after I did the base work, I realized I did not have the skill set to complete it the way I wanted. Or perhaps I saw a great dying sun and that's as far as my mind took it.  I do have a few paintings waiting for completion from years ago but this one is the oldest. I have been staring at it, off and on for 10 years, pondering, thinking, waiting. Then one day it just felt right. And I am glad I waited because I am love with how it turned out!

Through The Night

Through The Night oil on canvas, gallery wrapped 14x18 inches / 35.5x46 cm Artist's Collection Online Store I had the idea for this going around in my head for days along with (of course)   Loreena McKennitt - Night Ride Across The Caucasus I am so happy with how it turned out. In fact, I enjoyed this so much I am making many more, different colors, trees, scenery.... watch for them in the future!