I was honoured to be selected as one of 56 artists from 22 countries to be in the third “Belt and Road” Contemporary Art Exhibition at the Hangzhou Qianjiang International Art Museum.
As well, to participate in a contemporary international cultural exchange to respect the cultural diversity of countries around the world and promote peace, freedom, humanity, and environmental protection.
Our host and international curator, Mr. Zhang Xiangzhong, spoiled us with amazing tours and special events. Below is a short slideshow of some of the highlights of the beautiful places and wonderful memories created with new friends. I am grateful to have had the opportunity with the Eureka Global Art group.
What inspires me in my paintings? My art is derived from my life, such as the shadows dancing from the sunlight streaming through the leaves, water finding its way rolling over and around rocks. It can be simple contrast of shapes and lines, but mostly it comes down to the connection and emotion I feel when listening to music or watching dancers.
With music, the inspiration can start with a singer’s emotions, the particular lyrics, or an intricate and complex harmony. I can be inspired by listening to one of my many playlists of my favourite genres which includes jazz, rock, pop, big band, swing and romantic French songs. I don’t even have to physically hear the music and these inspirations lead me to conceptualize my emotions on canvas and connect with people.
It is similar with dancing, and getting caught up in the emotions expressed in dancer’s movements. A variety of dance styles, energy and enthusiasm are an endless source of inspiration. My parents are wonderful dancers and they move effortlessly in unity along the dance floor to diverse rhythms of music. I can clearly envision them dancing and my heart fills with the love I have for them and the love they have for one another. That in itself is inspiration.
Growing up, I wanted to be a dancer and also took piano lessons, but it didn’t go beyond teenage years, so I express myself through my own interpretation of music and dance. The different genres of music and styles of dance are reflected in different collections of my artwork. Music and dance connect me to people as well as to myself. One cannot hear my art on the canvas, but yet it says so much.
I am thrilled to contribute to this question about choosing an artist for custom artwork in the Tastefully Inspired blog series by Kathleen Bandaruk on “Art in Design – The Home”.September 13, 2018 , Tastefully Inspired [click for original article]
“Listen to Your Heart” commission for a wonderful lady with a great spirit and loving heart, and “Deja Bleu 4” for a client in London, England.
Here is my contribution: Lynette Melnyk, Fine Artist and Creative Consultant, has this to say about the process and what to look for in commissioning a piece of art. (more…)
Lynette Melnyk, Artist, Mentor, Creative Consultant featured in Purposeful Entrepreneur – CREATE Summer 2018
What Am I Doing? This is a question I often ask myself. I am at a time in my life that I could be slowing down and taking it easy, but I find myself busier than ever, learning new things and taking more chances. Why? I have always enjoyed keeping busy and being creative, but sometimes this is ridiculous and daunting.(more…)
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. (more…)
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 (more…)
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. (more…)
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.
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. (more…)