Melanie Thompson



FASO website
198
Posts

Melanie Thompson Posted Artwork 
30 days ago 
Glacier View by Melanie Thompson
5 x 7
 
 

 
Melanie Thompson Posted Artwork 
30 days ago 
Final Curtain by Melanie Thompson
Oil 6 x 6
 
Since we've been staying home it's given me the chance to re-examine some of my older photos taken on road trips. This one was a casual photo snapped while driving through eastern Oregon. It was blurry and not properly exposed, but it had a lot of potential!
 

 
Melanie Thompson Posted Artwork 
1 month ago 
Crooked River Sunset by Melanie Thompson
24 x 36
 
 

 
Melanie Thompson Posted Artwork 
1 month ago 
Moonrise Above City Lights by Melanie Thompson
Oil 6 x 6
 
For the first full moon during the Covid-19 quarantine, I needed to get out of the house. Thankfully, not too far from my home is a park at the top of a hillside with incredible views across the Columbia Basin. Of course, it's a spot well known to local shutterbugs, and there was a small crowd spread out getting ready to photograph the rising moon. I opted to stay in my car, away from anyone else, and painted from the passenger seat! I've painted from my car before, but usually it's to stay out of 40 mph winds or pouring rain. Painting in the car to avoid being too close to people was a first for me, but it's a strategy introverts may want to try even after the whole coronavirus mess! There was some kind of dust or haze in the air, so the moon seemed to melt into the horizon as it rose. It was a wonderful thing to see, and the city lights below me just added to the magic.
 

 
Melanie Thompson Posted Artwork 
3 months ago 
Waiting Out The Storm by Melanie Thompson
Oil 6 x 8
 
This little piece was painted on a stormy, rainy day, outside the tiny town of Fossil, Oregon. Fossil was a neat little town to visit, its downtown felt almost like a slice of the Old West preserved to the modern day. Eastern Oregon is full of little towns like that, though, making it a fantastic place to explore! To buyers: This piece, because of framing, being carried in a wet panel carrier, and/or being handled while wet may have scuffs and marks on the edges. The photo below shows the condition of the panel. These scuffs and marks are covered once the painting is framed, so while I want you to be aware of them, don't let them hold you back from purchasing!
 

 
Melanie Thompson Posted Artwork 
3 months ago 
View From Hat Point by Melanie Thompson
Oil 5 x 7
 
This piece was painted from the lower observation deck you see in the photo above! The fire lookout is at Hat Point, one of a few working towers overlooking the vast Hells Canyon National Recreation Area. This particular view is looking southwest, towards the town of Joseph and the Wallowa Mountains. To buyers: This piece, because of framing, being carried in a wet panel carrier, and/or being handled while wet may have scuffs and marks on the edges. The photo below shows the condition of the panel. These scuffs and marks are covered once the painting is framed, so while I want you to be aware of them, don't let them hold you back from purchasing!
 

 
Melanie Thompson Posted Artwork 
3 months ago 
Roll On Columbia by Melanie Thompson
Oil 6 x 8
 
Living along the Columbia River, dams are part of the backdrop of life. But for the first time, when I saw the distant lights on the John Day Dam in the early morning light, with a slim waning crescent moon above, I thought the dam would make a great subject for a painting. Granted, it's more about the little lights than the dam itself, but they're a whole lot more picturesque than the massive block of concrete they sit on! Painted on location, near Rufus, Oregon, in the Columbia River Gorge. To buyers: This piece, because of framing, being carried in a wet panel carrier, and/or being handled while wet may have scuffs and marks on the edges. The photo below shows the condition of the panel. These scuffs and marks are covered once the painting is framed, so while I want you to be aware of them, don't let them hold you back from purchasing!
 

 
Melanie Thompson Posted Artwork 
3 months ago 
After The Rain by Melanie Thompson
Oil 6 x 8
 
Sauvie Island is a little slice of pastoral bliss, just outside of Portland, Oregon. It's filled with little farms, a couple nice beaches, a historic building or two, all kinds of neat things to explore! On the spring day I visited, there were passing showers mixed with warm sun, bringing what could have been a new painting every 10 minutes. As the sun got low, the colors in the landscapes grew more saturated and made for a great subject to paint! To buyers: This piece, because of framing, being carried in a wet panel carrier, and/or being handled while wet may have scuffs and marks on the edges. The photo below shows the condition of the panel. These scuffs and marks are covered once the painting is framed, so while I want you to be aware of them, don't let them hold you back from purchasing!
 

 
Melanie Thompson Posted Artwork 
3 months ago 
Cathedral Twilight by Melanie Thompson
Oil 6 x 8
 
Is there a view that says "Sedona" more than Cathedral Rock? If there is, I'm not aware of it! My favorite thing to do is find a nice spot on Upper Redrock Loop Road late in the afternoon, and watch as the colors change as the sun goes down. The redrocks seem to glow at sunset! But there's something magical about the colors after the sun has set and the colorful yellow, pink and blue bands climb up the horizon to the east. To buyers: This piece, because of framing, being carried in a wet panel carrier, and/or being handled while wet may have scuffs and marks on the edges. The photo below shows the condition of the panel. These scuffs and marks are covered once the painting is framed, so while I want you to be aware of them, don't let them hold you back from purchasing!
 

 
Melanie Thompson Posted Artwork 
3 months ago 
Moonlight by Melanie Thompson
Oil 5 x 7
 
This little scene was based off a little sliver of a waxing crescent moon I saw while driving home at night. I sort of improvised the landscape below it, basing it off the rolling hills and distant Rattlesnake Mountain here in the Columbia Basin of eastern Washington. I love the mystery in a moonlit evening! To buyers: This piece, because of framing, being carried in a wet panel carrier, and/or being handled while wet may have scuffs and marks on the edges. The photo below shows the condition of the panel. These scuffs and marks are covered once the painting is framed, so while I want you to be aware of them, don't let them hold you back from purchasing!
 

 
Melanie Thompson Posted Artwork 
3 months ago 
After Sundown by Melanie Thompson
Oil 5 x 7
 
Sometimes a painting isn't so much about the subject, but about the mood. I love painting moods. This scene felt quiet, peaceful, and contemplative, and I wanted to try to capture that feeling. It was a warm summer evening in the wetlands near the confluence of the Walla Walla and Columbia Rivers. To buyers: This piece, because of framing, being carried in a wet panel carrier, and/or being handled while wet may have scuffs and marks on the edges. The photo below shows the condition of the panel. These scuffs and marks are covered once the painting is framed, so while I want you to be aware of them, don't let them hold you back from purchasing!
 

 
Melanie Thompson Posted Artwork 
3 months ago 
Flathead Lake by Melanie Thompson
Oil 5 x 7
 
While exploring the Flathead Valley in beautiful western Montana, I was lucky enough to stumble across this little scenic viewpoint just outside of Polson! This is actually a miniature version of the 10x12 plein air painting I did on location, but I loved the scene so much I wanted to try it again. Sometimes a scene just demands it! To buyers: This piece, because of framing, being carried in a wet panel carrier, and/or being handled while wet may have scuffs and marks on the edges. The photo below shows the condition of the panel. These scuffs and marks are covered once the painting is framed, so while I want you to be aware of them, don't let them hold you back from purchasing!
 

 
Melanie Thompson Posted Artwork 
4 months ago 
Finale by Melanie Thompson
Oil 6 x 6
 
Well, here it is! The 29th painting of February. Can you believe the month is over already?This one, like all the others this month, was based on a photo I took on my travels. But this one was taken while driving home after a couple weeks away, so I thought it would be the perfect way to wrap things up. So often on my way home I'm getting in late, and driving through the middle of nowhere as the sun sets. It makes for some wonderful photographs, even if it means finishing the trip in the dark!
 2 Likes
Talya Johnson  likes this
Meg Grochowski  likes this

 
Melanie Thompson Posted Artwork 
4 months ago 
Sky Ablaze by Melanie Thompson
6 x 6
 
 2 Likes
Terri Taber  likes this
Talya Johnson  likes this

 
Melanie Thompson Posted Artwork 
4 months ago 
Moon Over The Fields by Melanie Thompson
6 x 6
 
 2 Likes
Susan Gutting  likes this
Sarah Harless  likes this

 
Melanie Thompson Posted Artwork 
4 months ago 
Edge Of The Storm by Melanie Thompson
Oil 6 x 6
 
This scene came from a road trip to Boise last year. As we climbed up into the Blue Mountains of eastern Oregon, there were ominous clouds looming over us. Then, the show started. Curtains of rain that left standing water on the highway, lightening strikes just a liiitle too close for comfort, all the things that make a road trip really interesting! When we finally made it too the other side of the storm, these dramatic clouds were waiting for us. This is just outside Baker City, Oregon. It's always been my favorite part of the drive to Boise, which I've made a couple times every year for as long as I can remember, to visit family. In the summer the valley is verdant and filled with life, in the winter the mountains wear a dramatic coat of snow. It's always a bit different, and I've yet to get tired of it!
 1 Like
Talya Johnson  likes this

 
Melanie Thompson Posted Artwork 
4 months ago 
Mission Mountains Sunset by Melanie Thompson
6 x 6
 
 5 Likes
Susan Gutting  likes this
Talya Johnson  likes this
Sebastian Rous  likes this
Sarah Harless  likes this
Meg Grochowski  likes this

 
Melanie Thompson Posted Artwork 
4 months ago 
Syzygy by Melanie Thompson
6 x 6
 
 2 Likes
Susan Gutting  likes this
Talya Johnson  likes this

 
Melanie Thompson Posted Artwork 
4 months ago 
The Mittens In Moonlight by Melanie Thompson
Oil 6 x 6
 
Ok, ok, I complained about the tent sites at The View Campground last time around, but I really shouldn't have. After all, the rustic nature keeps the cost low, and the bathrooms were clean, what more could you ask for? I love where I'm from. The Inland Northwest supplies constant inspiration for my work, and there are so many places here I love to visit. But Monument Valley, even more so than anywhere else I've visited in the Southwest, has an incredible magic to the landscape. It's so big, so stark, so wide open! While I love many places, not many of them are truly magical. Monument Valley is.
 3 Likes
Sebastian Rous  likes this
Susan Gutting  likes this
Talya Johnson  likes this

 
Melanie Thompson Posted Artwork 
4 months ago 
A Blaze Of Glory by Melanie Thompson
Oil 10 x 20
 
The Vermilion Cliffs of Arizona lit up by the morning sun. This piece was accepted into the 2020 Oil Painters of America National Juried Exhibition
 4 Likes
Maureen Jistel  likes this
Meg Grochowski  likes this
Sebastian Rous  likes this
Talya Johnson  likes this

 
Melanie Thompson Posted Artwork 
4 months ago 
Sunset, Merrick Butte by Melanie Thompson
6 x 6
 
 2 Likes
Maureen Jistel  likes this
Talya Johnson  likes this

 



Follow this artist on FASO and get alerts in your email inbox when new artworks are posted

Comments

Representation


American Art Company
Tacoma, Washington - (253) 272-4327

Phinney Gallery of Fine Art
Joseph, Oregon - (541) 231-2977

Rimrock Gallery
Prineville, Oregon - (541) 903-5565


Recent Blog Posts

Small Works Auction: Prairie Storms
Posted on 11/15/2019 10:21:54 PM

Ten Years Later
Posted on 7/19/2017 8:25:46 PM

Southwest Art 21 Under 31 feature!
Posted on 8/21/2015 6:45:22 PM

Western Vision - Solo Show
Posted on 5/6/2015 11:09:34 PM


Biography
Trained as a graphic designer but always an artist at heart, I was first inspired to paint the landscape after working three seasons as a wildland firefighter. Never having spent much time outdoors, I worked weeks at a time with my crew digging fireline, monitoring fire behavior, hiking, and sleeping under the stars. I was deeply moved by the stunning vistas and by the fierce beauty of nature. In each painting I use my training as a designer to intuitively construct simple yet powerful designs reflecting the pure wonder I feel when outdoors.
The most important practice in my development as an artist has been extensively painting on location, or en plein air. Through direct observation I capture the effects of light that often are lost in photographs and use the studies to create a more beautiful and compelling work in the studio. In my mind a painting is not complete, whether created in the studio or on location, until it conveys both the appearance of a place and the feel of a specific moment: the smell of dust, the hot sun, or the cooling shade of a passing cloud.
Recently I have been exploring my homeland, the landscapes of Eastern Washington and Oregon, painting iconic locations such as Hells Canyon and Dry Falls. When confronted with the unique geology of these areas I am reminded of the overwhelming sense of awe I felt as a wildland firefighter. When people see my work depicting these often overlooked landscapes I'd like them to taste the desert air, feel the sun on their skin, and see the splendor of the wild places around all of Painters of America
American Impressionist Society
Plein Air Washington State UniversityB.A. Digital Technology & Culture, Fine Arts Minor  Place, Monuments & Canyons Plein Air Invitational, Grand Junction, CO, [...]

Read the rest of this bio on the
artist's FASO Connect Profile →