I'm doing the happy dance.
A few weeks ago I was able to purchase another painting of Melissa Peck's.
Her artwork is exquisite and something resonates deep inside me when I see it.
I just happened to ask her if I could bring McKean over to her house to see her latest collection before she took it to the Bonner David gallery in Scottsdale. It was getting close to the time that everything had to be into the framers and Mick's a fan of hers too, so I really wanted him to see it before it was gone.
We walked down to her studio and on the easel was an unfinished piece that made my jaw hit the floor. Seriously...I couldn't move. She went around the room telling Mick about each piece and when we got to the one on the easel she said, "I'm really loving how this one is coming together." Um...yeah! My heart was beating faster and I looked at Mick and he had a big grin on his face...I guess he knew what I was thinking. So I said..."Is it sold?" She said..."No, do you want it?" Well, as the story goes, I bought the painting without even consulting Mike...without even knowing if I had a place to put it...or figuring out how I was going to pay for it. Definitely my biggest impulse purchase. But man...is it ever a piece of fabulous art.
Since she only sells the original oils, her paintings have doubled in value over the past few years, so luckily Mike sees it as a good investment otherwise I might have been in some serious trouble.
So it's not even finished or framed but Melissa was moving so I asked if I could keep it in my house over the weekend while she moved. I took just a few detail pictures. Once it's framed, I'll take a picture of the entire piece and post it.
The Tin Man (wait til you see his adorable face):
The Ruby Slippers:
The Cowardly Lion is a girl hiding behind a lion mask...as in all the different masks we wear as women...and our fears (wow..huh? How does she come up with this stuff)
Toto - ohhhh he's SO cute:
Love the scarecrow's face:
And this vintage stamp is on his tunic:
Sigh. And these are just a few of the fabulous details. There is a munchkin who is adorable, and the cutest flying monkey ever - no creepy monkies here (the only part of the movie I didn't like), Glenda the good witch, the Emperor and of course, Dorothy who is rather strong and confident in this painting. It also has more of her trademark script and writing throughout the painting. And...these photos don't even do it justice.