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Middle of a Season


141Middle of a Season oil on canvas for sale melaniejoyart
When I started this one, we were living in Switzerland, in a small town in Basel-Landschaft. This was in 2020, the pandemic was already months in. I found it hard to bring myself to paint, I did not want to project all the negative thoughts and feelings I was having into it, so I would often wait until I felt a good place mentally to work on this one. 
It was exciting for me, it was colours I normally don't use, and a process I was shifting into. Plus an attention to detail that I felt a drive to incorporate.  
It took on many evolutions in my creative mind, but as usual, I let happen what was to happen - those ones tend to turn out the best. 
It was completed back in Canada, having traversed the globe - farther than most people I know have or ever will get to go. 
This was a long drawn out labour of love, many many hours of persistence, a testament that a stillness in the soul can be found and escaped to.  My own personal journey with this painting felt more mature than most of my other works, it has been resilient in the face of uncertainty, and I feel that that is an extension of my own heart and mind.

I am including a progress picture in 3 stages. I don't often take/share those so it is a nice bonus to be able to post it here.
141 Middle of a Season Progress