I took advantage of some figure drawing sessions from life.
These drawing sessions were so engaging, I felt swept up in the moment. The time flew as I went from pencil, to fountain pen, to charcoal and sumi ink. Small sketches gave way to large drawings, then sketching with ink and brush using large gestural movements. Finally, I was ready for paint and canvas. The painting above is the first in a series of paintings featuring the portrait and figure in interior scenes. I think that several of these will fit well in the theme of “Balancing Act,” September’s show at Fairweather House and Gallery in Seaside, Oregon.”  Melissa Jander

  • I am painting in my new Camano Island studio and rejoicing in the light and atmosphere up here.

  • My goal is to continue creating romantic and hopeful paintings which entice the viewer to stop awhile and enjoy the simple and beautiful moments in life.” —MJ

Current Artist Inspiration: Berthe Morisot and Elizabeth Sparhawk-Jones
Currently Listening Ballet Music
Current Palette: leafy greens, sky blues, pale ochres, violet, deep blues and earthy umbers.


Fairweather House and Gallery

612 Broadway St.

September 3 through September 25


BALANCING ACT, an exhibition highlighting the symmetry found in contemporary and traditional art.

Features watercolorist Paul Brent,  ceramic artist Sandy Visse, mural artist Toni Avery, en Plein air and studio artist Melissa Jander, whimsical artist Marga Stanley, contemporary artist Diane Copenhaver, mixed media artist Jan Rimerman, fine jewelry maker Jim Hayes, and craft maker Pat Tulip. 


Please read more about our Seaside gallery, our commitment to N.W. artists, and our products made by N.W. artists.

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