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Like my paintings, my main studio is


filled with color and light. The floor rugs are bold shapes of red, blue, yellow and two of the walls are full of windows for great lighting. The other two walls are adorned with my vibrant art of pets, places and things that bring a smile to my face. I also love to paint outside, in the gardens of our backyard.


I listen to an eclectic mix of music when


I paint and the style usually changes depending on the mood of the subject. I enjoy classical, folk and rock. When I paint outdoors, the natural sounds of a water fountain, birds, wind chimes and bamboo create a serene environment, interrupted by an occasional brown and white spotted blur of Kai taking off in hot pursuit of a butterfly or lizard.


I’m currently working on pet portraits of Astra and Grizzly for their dad; Mr. Mojo for his mom; Molly for her family and paintings of a dog howling at a full moon; a silly dog dancing; a Pit Bull sitting in the back of a truck and a 1964 Porsche 901. Mixed media projects in progress include a wire, plaster and acrylic-on-wood piece; a cut bamboo-on-wood piece; four plas- ter and acrylic on canvas abstracts; a linoleum block print and a welding proj- ect from a class.


My routine changes with the season. In summer, I move from canvas to canvas — working on one until it needs to rest and moving onto the next — with puppy love breaks in between of course. My portable easel is always ready to go when the mood strikes me to paint away from the studio. I’ve been known to take my easel when visiting a friend in the hospital, out to lunch or even for a long car service. I love to paint and can paint just about any- where. From October through May, you’ll find me in our gardens or in a park, taking in the beauty of my surroundings and natural light while I paint.


I visualize bright, vivid color in every-


thing. I have an equal affection for pri- mary colors, Magenta, Cyan and Yellow as they are the basis for other colors. But when I’m painting, I am a fanatic about color and the color I see radiating from, and dancing around my subject.


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Sweet Moqui - “Tribute painting of our little girl Moqui who passed away last year.”


From the first time I saw Claude Monet’s


work, I was drawn to his use of color. I am obsessed with color and light, often seeing colors refracting off nearby objects and radiating from my subjects. Monet’s observation of color and light changing with the time of day and by season, has been an inspiration to me. My loose style color washes are reminiscent of his work.


Champion Philippe Le Beau of OZ Poodles.


Malanda with Bleau and Kai.


It is a thrill to have the Dali Museum nearby, and I visit often to see his work and the traveling exhibits. Dali’s expansive artistic repertoire in a variety of media, provide encouragement for me to follow my creative passion.


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Malanda Schmitz Fine Art ArtLofts @ Florida Craftsmen Ten 5th St. N, Suite #243 St. Petersburg Visit Malanda’s studio by appointment. Mobile 813.760.9408 info@malandas.com www.malandas.com Facebook:


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