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Melinda L. Cootsona

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Melinda L. Cootsona Melinda Cootsona Girls in White Dresses III an abstract figurative painting at Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley CA in the San Francisco Bay Area
Girls in White Dresses III
 
Melinda L. Cootsona Melinda Cootsona Pale in the Sun I an abstract figurative oil painting at Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley CA in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Pale in the Sun 1
 
Melinda L. Cootsona Melinda Cootsona Between the Lines an abstract figurative painting at Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley CA.
Between the Lines
 
Melinda L. Cootsona
Distant Past
 
Melinda L. Cootsona Melinda Cootsona Entrance and abstract figurative oil painting at Seager Gray Gallery in the San Francisco Bay Area
Entrance
 
Melinda L. Cootsona Melinda Cootsona Fire and Water an abstract figurative painting at Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley CA in the San Francisco Bay Area
Fire and Water
 
Melinda L. Cootsona Melinda Cootsona Girl in Chair IV an abstract figurative painting at Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley California in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Girl in Chair IV
 
Melinda L. Cootsona Melinda Cootsona Girls in White Dresses IV an abstract figurative painting at Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley CA in the San Francisco Bay Area
Girls in White Dresses IV
 
Melinda L. Cootsona Melinda Cootsona Heatwave an abstract figurative painting at Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley CA in the San Francisco Bay Area
Heatwave
 
Melinda L. Cootsona Melinda Cootsona Horizon and abstract figurative oil painting at Seager Gray Gallery in the San Francisco Bay Area
Horizon
 
Melinda L. Cootsona Melinda Cootsona Improv an abstract figurative oil painting at Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley Ca in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Improv
 
Melinda L. Cootsona Melinda Cootsona Northeast an abstract figurative oil painting at Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley CA
Northeast
 
Melinda L. Cootsona Melinda Cootsona Paloma an abstract figurative painting at Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley CA in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Paloma
 
Melinda L. Cootsona
Purpose
 
Melinda L. Cootsona Melinda Cootsona Rythym an abstract figurative painting at Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley CA in the San Francisco Bay Area
Rythym
 
Melinda L. Cootsona Melinda Cootsona The Turn an abstract figurative painting at Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley California in the San Francisco Bay Area.
The Turn
 
Melinda L. Cootsona Melinda Cootsona Whispers of Wind an abstract figurative oil painting at Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley Ca in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Whispers of Wind
 
Melinda L. Cootsona Melinda Cootsona at Seager Gray Gallery showing Black Coffee an oil painting of an abstract figure and an ode to Richard Diebenkorn in Mill Valley California in the San Francisco Bay Area
Black Coffee -
Ode to R.D.
SOLD
 
Melinda L. Cootsona Melinda Cootsona at Seager Gray Gallery showing 55 an oil painting of an abstract figure in Mill Valley California in the San Francisco Bay Area
55
SOLD
 
Melinda L. Cootsona Melinda Cootsona at Seager Gray Gallery showing Bathed in Light an oil painting in Mill Valley California San Francisco Bay Area
Bathed in Light
SOLD
 
Melinda L. Cootsona Melinda Cootsona Between Pages Figurative Abstract Oil Painting at Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Between Pages
SOLD
 
Melinda L. Cootsona Melinda Cootsona Blue Line and abstract figurative painting at Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley CA in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Blue Line
SOLD
 
Melinda L. Cootsona Melinda Cootsona Chance and abstract figurative mixed media painting at Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley Ca in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Chance
SOLD
 
Melinda L. Cootsona
Echo
SOLD
 
Melinda L. Cootsona Melinda Cootsona Garden Illusion and abstract figurative oil painting at Seager Gray Gallery in the San Francisco Bay Area
Garden Illusion
SOLD
 
Melinda L. Cootsona Melinda Cootsona at Seager Gray Gallery showing Latitude a figurative oil painting in Mill Valley California San Francisco Bay Area
Latitude
SOLD
 
Melinda L. Cootsona Lesson
Lesson
SOLD
 
Melinda L. Cootsona Melinda Cootsona Pale in the Sun II an abstract figurative oil painting at Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley CA in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Pale in the Sun 2
SOLD
 
Melinda L. Cootsona Melinda Cootsona Pale in the Sun III an abstract figurative oil painting at Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley CA in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Pale in the Sun 3
SOLD
 
Melinda L. Cootsona Same Coin
Same Coin
SOLD
 
Melinda L. Cootsona Sound
Sound
SOLD
 
Melinda L. Cootsona Melinda Cootsona at Seager Gray Gallery showing Sunday Rain an oil painting abstract figure in Mill Valley California San Francisco Bay Area
Sunday Rain
SOLD
 
Melinda L. Cootsona Melinda Cootsona Table in the Window an abstract figurative oil painting at Seager Gray Gallery in San Francisco CA in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Table in the Window
SOLD
 
Melinda L. Cootsona Melinda Cootsona The Turn II an abstract figurative mixed media painting at Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley CA in the San Francisco Bay Area.
The Turn II
SOLD
 
Melinda L. Cootsona Melinda Cootsona Yellow Dress an abstract figurative painting at Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley Ca.
Yellow Dress
SOLD
 

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Melinda L. Cootsona

Melinda L. Cootsona

Melinda L. Cootsona Description

Melinda Cootsona might be considered the Intimiste of figurative abstraction. Her paintings are reminiscent of Bonnard and Vuillard in their depiction of private intimate moments in a personal life and world. They are abstracted portraits of everyday life. Her colors are soft and creamy with pleasing contrasts. Cootsona's paintings often contain a single figure though occasionally two figures appear as in Same Coin, with twin figures seated in a garden landscape merging contours of the land with the shapes of a human form.

Melinda L. Cootsona Statement


“The Map Is Not The Territory” – Alfred Korzybski

The painting, the drawing, the map, is not the person, the object, or the place.

What you see in the final layer of my work is a culmination of the multitude of decisions that lie beneath. My work is meant to be both known and unkown; recognizable and mysterious, always with underlying layers and depth to be discovered. What makes up the territory is not always easily discernable. What defines us as individuals is more than our surface appearance.

All of my paintings begin as an abstract. Beneath their surface exist a minimum of five to six layers of multi-colored shapes, marks and inscriptions. I continue to build the layers by both simplifying the images, and adding new shapes with multiple materials, including oil bars, oil pens, and graphite. I also use squeegees and spatulas that scrape away paint to reveal the marks beneath. These layers of color, shape and line become both hidden and revealed as they evolve into the final image.

Ironically, when I paint using the buttery oils, bars, brushes and canvas, the work becomes the territory, both tactile and tangible. Strokes, marks, and textures create a three-dimensional “territory” on the canvas. The “map” that these layers create is analogous to the crossroads in our lives that make up who we are.
 

Melinda L. Cootsona Resumé


 

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