Untitled Beauty

Untitled,  Acrylic on paper, 18" x 24"

Untitled, Acrylic on paper, 18" x 24"

     Pink. It's one of my favorite colors. Bubblegum pink, to be exact. I innately incorporate pink, blush, and magenta into the majority of my paintings; so much so, I have to tell myself NOT include it in my work. This untitled beauty was born from experimentation. I wanted to represent soft passion with the cold feeling of solitude. Throughout the painting, pockets of magenta form a sort of structure, while the cerulean blue adds a distant iciness. It almost gives me the feeling of what I imagine walking through an ice cave would be like. The dark caverns, the clearings, the stalagmites, and stalactites reaching from the ground and from the ceiling respectively. The multitude of linear directions adds a crowdedness that would feel claustrophobic if the color palette wasn't based in jewel tones, thus inducing a warmth to the colder outer regions of the paper. The presence of black in this work creates a fence, barricading the viewer within its "walls". I suppose it depends on the viewer whether or not its embrace is welcoming or threatening.

Bold brushstrokes breathe life and add direction. They give the colors a storyline.
— Jonell Melville
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I somehow managed to keep my glitter ombre mani in check through three layers of acrylic paint and using oil pastel. How? The grace of God...and consistent hand washing.

I somehow managed to keep my glitter ombre mani in check through three layers of acrylic paint and using oil pastel. How? The grace of God...and consistent hand washing.

The softer side of  Untitled .

The softer side of Untitled.

Close up of brushstrokes.

Close up of brushstrokes.

I love seeing the grain of the paper. Both the dry brushstrokes and the oil pastel create a similar pronunication of grain.

I love seeing the grain of the paper. Both the dry brushstrokes and the oil pastel create a similar pronunication of grain.