Piece description from the artist
"Where I'm Headed" is a series of abstract oil paintings that I completed in summer 2016. After working on the detailed Abstract Cityscapes series, I needed to find more space within my work. I wanted to explore new-to-me desert color combinations and earthy hues to create warm, painterly pieces that evoke gentle dreams of travel.
I used three different substrates in the six-painting series – mixed media art board, stretched canvas, and wood panel. I used my fingers, palette knives, and silicone blender "brushes" to paint. I remember feeling very connected to the work after using my fingers as a blending tool, similar to the way I felt when working on some pastel drawings a couple of years ago. My body became physically part of the art I was creating.
Travel images flowed into my brain like crazy when I was creating these abstract landscapes – but interestingly, from places I've never visited. I kept seeing rugged mountain landscapes in Sedona, warm yellow, orange, and earthy browns of Santa Fe, and vast pink desert skies. I want to see them all in person.
"Where I'm Headed No. 4" is painted on stretched canvas with hanging wire installed.
Melanie Biehle is an American artist who paints what places feel like. Her abstract paintings are inspired by the adventure and emotions of travel. She explores shapes, patterns, and color palettes inspired by Louisiana landscapes, Pacific Northwest mountains and forests, the coasts of California and Italy, New York City architecture, and Seattle city skylines. The artist studied abstract painting and composition at Gage Academy of Art in Seattle and lists artists Richard Diebenkorn, Lee Krasner, and Joan Mitchell as major inspirations. Melanie was born in rural Louisiana and has spent most of her adult life on the West Coast. She currently lives and paints by a lake near Seattle with her husband, son, dog, and cat. No matter where her journeys take her, Louisiana, the Pacific Northwest, and Southern California will always live inside her.