How I Choose Titles For My Paintings

Pause to Wonder, acrylic painting on canvas, 24×36″ (91x61cm)

People often ask me how do I choose the titles for my paintings. It is a great question because there can be a number of variables involved when I make that decision for a piece of art.

The title can be influenced by a song lyric, a phrase I have heard beforehand that resonates with me and suits the painting, the emotions I was feeling during the creative process, or the feelings or thoughts I have when I finish the painting and reflect upon what has transpired.

Ideally, I want the title to tell the story or evoke a response or emotion. I also like the title to be open-ended so the collector brings their own meaning, interpretation and connection to the painting.

Titles can happen immediately after completion or take almost as long as the painting took to create. Generally titles do not come to me until I am finished. If I think of a title before completion, it can change my creative process and influence the result. Although saying that, the exception is when I create custom commissions.

Before I begin working on a commission piece, I listen to the collectors to find out their personality, their story, and what they want. From their words come the idea, and possibly the title and then the commission develops. In the end, it is all about creating a connection from me to the collector and their life. It is a complete circle and I am the facilitator.

Some art patrons may ask “what does that title have to do with the painting?” It may not be apparent, or visually obvious, but the title has a connection with the finished artwork. It is all about the journey, from start to finish. It is meant to make one think.

If you have a story, idea or exciting memory you would like to see developed into an original painting, contact me to discuss your thoughts for custom artwork. I would be happy to make the connection with you.

Crazy For Some Jazz Music

Every so often I find myself in the mood for a little jazz. It might be a classic standard or something new and contemporary, or a happy mix of the two. Sometimes its the smooth playing of the instruments or the calming, sultry vocal stylings that are just what my creative juices need to get going. When that happens I have a go-to playlist of some of my favourite jazz tunes. These songs virtually transport me right into a lounge environment and life in the studio becomes pretty laid-back. Hope you like them!

Stop This World – Diana Krall
Unforgettable – Nat King Cole
Love Me or Leave Me – Nina Simone
Blue Moon – Carmen McRae
C’est Si Bon – Louis Armstrong
What Is This Thing Called Love – Billy Holiday & Bob Haggart
Mack the Knife – Bobby Darin
Walk On By – Diana Krall
The Masquerade is Over – Sarah Vaughan
Feeling Good – Nina Simone
At Last – Etta James
Georgia On My Mind – Ray Charles
Where Or When – Diana Krall
Chelsea Bridge – Duke Ellington and His Orchestra
My Baby Just Cares For Me – Nina Simone
Si tu vois ma mère – Sidney Bechet
Charmed Life – Diana Krall


Escapism Through Art – Connecting to Your Happy Place

There are many times we just have to say to ourselves… breathe. It is so easy to let everyday life get the better of us and not really enjoy the here and now. For me, I find water calming and relaxing. All I need is the ocean, sand, surf and sun and I am instantly at peace.

My painting “Breathe” (48” x 36”, acrylic on canvas) is the end result of transporting myself and connecting with my happy place. After the winter here, I needed to escape. While I did not physically go to my favourite tropical destination this winter, I was able to transform my studio into a magical space of relaxing calm by turning on one of my favourite inspiring playlists of island themed music and painting with a beachy colour palette of blues, whites and golds.

The movement and colours remind me of the soothing elements while at the beach. I can feel the trade winds blowing softly and I can breathe in the salt air. The warmth of the sun is heating the sand. I can feel the tiny grains and shells in the sand, and falling away under my toes as the water swirls around my feet and I sink into the wet sand. I breathe easier with seeing the sparkling reflections of the changing turquoise blues of the water. It instantly calms me. The connection to nature gives me comfort, joy and strength at the same time. And ultimately, the inner desire to not hold back and put forth what I need to express.

So what was I listening to when painting “Breathe”? Below is a playlist of one hours worth of escapism I use to create my own tropical paradise. Enjoy!

1. One Particular Harbour – Jimmy Buffett
2. Island Daze – Jim Morris
3. The Seashores Of Old Mexico – George Strait
4. Magic – Kenny Chesney
5. Sea Cruise – Glenn Frey
6. Jamming – Bob Marley & The Wailers
7. Hot, Hot, Hot – Arrow
8. I Go To Rio – Pablo Cruise
9. Coconut Telegraph – Jimmy Buffett
10. Turn Around and Run – Kelly McGuire
11. Kokomo – The Beach Boys
12. A Slice of the Island Life – Jim Morris
13. Be As You Are – Kenny Chesney
14. Island Fever – Jimmy Buffett
15. Jamaica Farewell – Harry Belafonte


How Art Can Empower You to Connect

Empower is a strong word. By definition, it means “the process of becoming stronger and more confident, especially in controlling one’s life and claiming one’s rights.” So what does it have to do with art?

In February, Karen Brooks, of Wear With Passion, featured myself and four other women in her Forever Fierce: Voices of the Midlife Revolution blog post. The post was about what it means to be fierce at midlife. I never really thought of myself as fierce, but when I learned more about the Forever Fierce movement and its intention to empower women in midlife and beyond, it struck a chord with me. Maybe I was fierce after all.

My artwork is a continuation of my personal growth. It has given me more confidence and more trust in myself to take more leaps and be bold. Maybe it was in me all along and suppressed, but I now have an edgy aspect in my art that is flowing out onto canvases in expressive movements when I dance and listen to music.

It also got me thinking about connections in both my life and my art. The more I thought about it, the more I kept thinking about my audience and the connection my art makes to them. After all, on a different level, art makes us connect.

Art can make you feel – energy, emotions. It can challenge you to think of other people’s perspectives, stir up your imagination, help you reflect in deeper ways, it can stir up wonder in our minds, think about past memories, people. Connection.

Let’s face it, art is magical. It is certainly magical to me while I create it. And those who buy my art find there to be some sort of magical connection between the art they buy and their personal lives. Art has the power to take you out of your never-ending circle of daily thoughts and routines. It can also awaken and connect you to the reality of your better self.

The goal with my art is to engage and inspire viewers to find a little more connection in their life. To connect through the captivating flow of movements, the use of colour and the depth of layers. My art communicates a meaningful authenticity and a passion to encourage emotions and conversations. Emotions to help people be bold and fearless, find inner strength, believe in themselves, and live out loud!


 Uplifting Instagram Accounts in YYC

By Ella Clarens – February 8, 2018 , Vern Magazine, Life & Style [click for original article]

Last year was a year of growth and getting back to the basics; it was a year of re-evaluating and letting of go of all that did not serve us. This year is about starting fresh on a positive note. Here are ten Instagram accounts to keep your spirits high, motivated and in gratitude:

Lynette Melnyk is a #YYC painter who captures your gaze with her paintbrush. It’s all about the flow of each stoke and mixing different colors together to produce a masterpiece! Recently, she was part of a massive art show taking place during the internationally famous Miami Art Week: Spectrum Miami 2017. Melnyk has even ventured on to use different mediums such a wire to add another dimension to her work. When watching her Instagram stories of her paint, you cannot help but feel at ease.



The Art of Creativity and Conversation

By Haffa M.K. – January 14, 2018 – from Coco & Co LDN, Recommended by Coco     [click for original article]

Coco has recently partnered up with Lynette Melnyk – creative consultant, fine artist and undeniable aesthetic genius. Lynette is a true maestro of the arts with an abundance of raw talent supplemented by a formal education, and a boldness strengthened by a unique vision.

Contemporary artist, Lynette Melnyk has a distinct style combining a refined luxurious aesthetic with an edge, resulting in sought-after artwork which answers one’s desire for uniqueness.

Her abstract expressionist style is created from her interpretation of nature, dance and different genres of music. Her curvaceous strokes and fluid movements are representative of an elegant strength found in nature, so similar to the winding and personal journey of our own lives. Her brush strokes are like painting music, from energetic and bold abstracts to lyrical and soothing flows. Music itself is abstract, and the musical influences appear on the canvas through expressive and emotional movements.

With each painting there are no rules or restrictions. The creativity flows, just as the paint flows. The layers and layers create a depth to the story. Her art is a powerful communicator and it has a meaningful authenticity to express emotions and conversations. Her goal is to engage and inspire viewers through the captivating flow of movements, masterful colour palettes and unexpected whimsy.

Lynette is rapidly building a strong following of collectors in North America and Europe. She recently completed two large commissions for an interior designer in London, England for the Arlington House Apartments England, with additional inquiries from Abu Dhabi and Singapore.

Creative endeavours have always been a part of her life, with formal education in interior design, visual communication design, photography and painting. She owned and operated a successful design, marketing and corporate communications business for many years and continues to evolve the creative communication process through her art.