Welcome to my little expose on my latest abstract landscape painting in acrylics called “Windy Day in Tucker County,” currently for sale in the Melasdesign Handmade Shop. I’ll discuss my ideas and inspiration for the mountain setting wind power theme, materials used, color choices and a new direction in my work that is a return to what I’ve always loved to do. I’ll also touch on creating art as a disabled person.
Windpower in the Mountains
This painting is an imaginary view of the moutain tops in Tucker County, West Virginia. Love it or hate it, the windmills on the mountains are an impressive view along a beautiful Appalachian landscape. I have always loved them, since my first glimpse of one in the Thomas Dolby video on the then great MTV for the song “Windpower” in 1982. That video is nowhere to be found (by my searching), but have a listen to that piece of synth pop gold below.
I’m fascinated by energy created through nature’s motion, from hydroelectricity to wind power. It is non-evasive and works with Mother Nature’s natural talents. The technology involved is also impressive. I’ve had the opportunity to stand within about 30 feet of the base of a wind turbine, and it’s simply mesmerizing. In the way Paul Klee painted “Revolution of the Viaducts” I have pondered creating a “Revolution of the Windmills.” We’ll see.
Pros and Cons of Windpower
As for “clean energy” vs. coal, I prefer clean energy, but it also would have been very proper not to have green energy politicians throw out a policy that fueled the statement “we’re going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business.” According to the linked article, the policy idea being addressed in that comment was going to deal with bringing new economy / jobs into coal areas.
With that prideful gloat, Ms. Clinton stated in part that existing coal economy would be replaced with jobs in the new economy. I have the impression that part of the proposal was never actually acted upon. Not to single Ms. Clinton out, this political posturing happens on both sides, and is so rarely backed up for the benefit of the “little guy.” This is a HUGE problem in US politics, clear across the board.
Coal is / was indeed a way of life, and a way of life that people survived from. Modern mining is requiring less and less workers due to new technology. That is making even the open mines need fewer workers. Windpower, which is wonderfully clean and generates so much energy, needs even less manpower than the diminishing manpower needed for mining. It’s all a huge conundrum in my mind, and like so many things, I wish I could wave a magic wand and make all of this work for everyone.
Painting While Disabled
I love to paint. I do not do it nearly as much as I’d like to for 3 reasons. First of, I battle two neuro-muscular disorders, currently bizarrely opposite in effect; One (Myasthenia Gravis) leaves me unable to move through weakness and the other leaves me so stiff and spasm ridden that I can’t move in a relaxed, non-jerky manner. Yayy.
On the days when I can paint at all, I love to paint. Painting is not cheap, so if my muscles are misbehaving, it’s also not worth trying to paint much, because of the cost of potentially wasted materials. This is a reason digital media, from Photoshop to drawing apps, have been so great to use. Thirdly, stockpiling stretched canvases takes a lot of space. I did not have any outlets to show, store, or even sell my original paintings. Now I am proud to offer Windy Day in Tucker County in my own Handmade Shop. Thankfully that is becoming a possibility. Listen to the video end for a bit of news on that subject.
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My first “untaping” video. 🙂 The big reveal is an exciting thing for an artist, so I thought it would be a great way to “premiere” my latest work “Windy Day in Tucker County.” Hear my thoughts on and inspiration of the painting and get a bit of news about where I’ll be offering my art for sale in person this Memorial Day weekend Saturday. How do you like it? PS – Artwork will be posted for sale in the Melasdesign Handmade Shop. Stay tuned. ?bit.ly/HandmadeShop #melasdesign #handmadeshop #untaping #video #art #painting #landscape #windpower #windmills #wip #reveal #contemporaryart #artspringwv #mountains #tuckercounty #thomaswv #wva #artist # #artwork #instaart #artoftheday #creative #fineart #modernart #color #instaartist #acrylic
I am not a trained painter and have only learned about paint and mediums through experimentation and reading about mediums online. I was really happy to have some good conversations with the kind folks at Plaza Art Fairfax about what to use to get the visual effects I wanted in a way I could manage with my style and capabilities. On my last visit, the big pro-tip was my introduction to Posca Markers. Due to my neuro-muscular disease(s), I struggle with fine control of fine brushes and was always aggravated at attempting to make good lines the way I can when I draw.
I had gone into the shop that day aiming for acrylic inks (which I had just read about), but I found they were for true traditional “pen and ink” techniques. Happily, I was directed to the Posca paint pens. For my own purposes, these are sooooooo much nicer than sharpies or craft store level paint markers. My only unknown at this point is whether they have the tendency to dry out like a lot of paint pens. The pro tip for that: Store them lying flat (and I read that the tips can be soaked over night in water too). I’m keeping my fingers crossed.
Blue Skies and Prismatic Clouds
Color: I wanted this painting to be semi-realistic, but not boringly so. It has a bit of fantasy to it, so I had fun with the colors. I didn’t have any concrete idea of anything when I started, other than peaks and turbines. I love the playful aspect of art and how paintings develop. I had started with a fairly normal blue sky with clouds, but my mind went to a beautiful day in Thomas, West Virginia where the small white clouds were low against the bright blue sky and the wind was fraying their edges and even making some grow larger before my eyes with prismatic effects within. A wonderful delight to see. From that angle, there is a lot of personal inspiration in this painting, from the landscape of Tucker County to the sky above.
Lastly, I have decided to get away from always painting on stretched canvas. This is for several reasons. The “on paper” format will be more mail-friendly, show and shop friendly, and should give potential customers more freedom in their framing and presentation choices. I’m also working on creating more “small” paintings for the same reasons. If you are interested in buying this original art for yourself, visit: or stop by my booth at the ArtSpring Festival Art Market in Davis, WV on May 25, 2019.