Wednesday, January 12, 2011

The joy of beautiful things

Top photo: Garden Dance Goblet
Bottom photo: Rustic Line
Art and photos courtesy of Melinda Wellsandt

Deep in winter, which, officially, is not yet one month old, some part of us longs for spring. The volume of snow and rain already experienced must cause vast sections of the country to feel closer to April than December. That which is lovely is capable of lifting us out of whatever state - gloom, funk - we are in. Even those who are cheered by two feet of snow may take pleasure in viewing this work.

At Mary-Melinda's World, discovered through Premium T's blog, there is art glass of breath-catching beauty. Calling herself a "maker of pretty things" rather than an artist, Melinda shares photos of her work and behind-the-scenes activity. Once you've linked to her blog, click on the link under My Photos on Flickr at the right side of the page. Prepare to be transported.

18 comments:

Melinda said...

I have such admiration for your beautiful and insightful writing it makes me me feel so honored, and makes my little heart swell up in my chest. Thank you! (from me, who is working deep in the trenches right now).

Donna B said...

Your writing is as lovely as those beautiful things...I will check her out. Thank you once again...your words always dance and boost my mind...

Marylinn Kelly said...

Melinda - Thank you for letting me share your gifts with those who visit here.

Marylinn Kelly said...

Donna - Thank you. The spirit, as it manifests in works of art, can only enhance our days.

Kass said...

This glass work is beautiful. I'm headed right over.

Marylinn Kelly said...

Kass - Oh, good. I hope you enjoy.

T. Clear said...

Well, what a lovely surprise this blustery January morning!

(I so dearly love our blogger community.)

Claire Beynon said...

Thank you for the link to Melinda's site, Marylinn. And T. Beautiful work indeed. Glass is an exquisite medium - transparency in all its forms is hard to resist.

You prompted a journey last night; one I knew I've needed to make but haven't known how to. One thing leads to another. . . isn't it fascinating how the internet/this community comes to our aid at such times? Something mysterious (the unconscious in the guise of a friend?) takes us by the hand, shines a light on the footpath. All we need to do is link up, turn up, put one foot in front of the other, keep our eyes and ears open...

Keep warm! xo

Lisa H said...

That goblet reminds me of my teen passion for all things Art Nouveau.
Beauty in January, my least favorite month? Now that can ONLY be a good thing. Off to check out your link!

Marylinn Kelly said...

T - Thanks to you...I love it too. It is a different world.

Marylinn Kelly said...

Claire - Yes, the transparency, the clarity. I was, in a word, smitten.

I trust your journey was successful, fruitful, whatever would describe a desired outcome. There are amazements here in our community every day...we do seem to draw such strength from each other.

We have the sun back and warmth for a few days. Not so our friends in other states. xo

Marylinn Kelly said...

Lisa - Is it not a stunning goblet, reminiscent of Lalique?

The dreaded January...somebody get it off-stage fast. The good news is, there IS beauty. Feast, be merry.

Artist and Geek said...

Reminded me of Lalique too. Grains of sand turned into glass and art. And then my mind goes to Dale Chihuly...

Marylinn Kelly said...

Artist and Geek - Grains of sand. The alchemy of art and imagination.

T. Clear said...

Might I add that Mary Melinda makes her living making this beautiful art, and she employs me, so if anyone out there in the blogosphere knows of a gallery or gift shop who would be delighted to sell this work, please make the connection!

Marylinn Kelly said...

T - I will pass the word along...I would love to be able to help you and Melinda connect to galleries here in the Pasadena area, or LA, though I imagine you must be represented in some of the better places. I will forward any information I collect.

Robert the Skeptic said...

I love art glass. In Oregon, a coastal gallery makes very beautiful glass floats then hides them in hides along the coast beaches for people to find. What a wonderful concept in both art and execution.

Marylinn Kelly said...

Robert - A sort of guerrilla art approach, the hiding of glass floats. Easter eggs, treasure...there is such generosity in art used to surprise in this way. Thank you for the information.