Author Archives: Melinda Cootsona

Your Three Words – A New Kind of Resolution

Happy New Year!! And, no, those are not your three words.  I have a little story to tell that starts out sounding kind of maudlin, but if you bear with me it could change your life.  Seriously. How’s that for … Continue reading

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Beauty, Silence and Prayer

Today I revisited the Richard Serra sculpture, “Sequence” at the Cantor Museum on the Stanford Campus. It is a monumental, awe-inspiring work made of ship steel plates that twist and curve to form elegant and stunning spaces. At every turn … Continue reading

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An Introduction to Melinda Cootsona of Paint Happens

Melinda, Beckett and Toaster   I love oil paint. I love the gooey textures and the thick, rich colors, and, yes, the smell. Unlike watercolors, I can change any stroke at any time; the entire painting experience is dynamic. I … Continue reading

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Nothin’ Like Shoppin’

Don’tcha just love getting new art catalogues in the mail? Good solid lunch time reading.  This whole blog is going to sound like a plug for Jerry’s Artarama so forgive me, it’s just that they have some really exciting new … Continue reading

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The Dance of Avoidance

They say the true artist has to create. The artist has no choice. Artists speak of being virtually driven to the studio. One, or two days away from their artistic endeavors and by the third day they are almost mad. … Continue reading

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Dear Teacher…

Have you ever wanted to hand a letter to your art teacher and let them know your thoughts? I have had so very many students tell me of their horrendous experiences with thoughtless teachers. I’m certain that we have all … Continue reading

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