Kelly Mellos has put together a collection of lovely original oil paintings that show her personal quest toward inspiration, with each image drawn from a creative visualization. Each image is paired with a few words describing the inspiration behind it and some advice for others to achieve a life of creativity and appreciate what life has to offer. Every word makes it clear that Mellos believes in a life of empowerment, and she strives to use this collection of lovely works to help others open their minds to other creative paths. Becoming is broken into four parts consisting of awakening, underworld, rising, and new world with each to explore various themes about life, death, and beginnings.
Mellos has a writing style that’s lyrical and poetic which gives off the feeling as if you’re reading a story in quick quips. The first part is called “Awakening” and features images which represent the cycle of death and birth with the repeated image of dandelions and all images complementing each other in style. Some of the snippets of advice are reminiscent of words of wisdom which would be heard in an inspirational self-help guide. Advice offered includes tuning into your inner voice, self-discipline, and trusting in the small steps in life. Following that is “Underworld” which features the recurring image of a butterfly and poignant image of a well which represents a guide to an underworld and the offer to venture into depths you can’t see from the surface. This section is quick with only a few pieces of artwork, but each is stunning with advice speaking volumes about faith and transformation.
The third part “Rising” has stunning images of nature which feature the continued theme of girls outside in the wind with activities such as flying kites. Each of the paintings is presented with the feeling of autumn with darker colors and hues used in the background. The advice includes taking chances on opportunities, honoring mystery in life, and finding beauty through the tears, like a rainbow after a storm. The last part is “New World”, with only a few images featuring balloons which were seen early on in part one, and skipping stones images paired with advice, serving as a conclusion to the collection. Mellos uses this last part to remind people that the universe is inside of you and knowing there is no end only a beginning. Nature is key in every image Mellos brings to life with lovely images ranging from people to scenery, and animals.
The art style Mellos uses consists of mostly darker hues and shades with colors ranging in blues, grays, yellows, and browns. The focal images have an old-fashioned aesthetic, with people sporting sun hats and older style clothing. The paintings focusing on people often have them without faces which pairs well with the style Mellos has throughout each painting. Some favorite paintings will, no doubt, include the style images of a well, a rooster, and one of a rainbow with a waterfall. The art itself is of simple moments, but each has a metaphor that can be derived through appreciation and understanding of each painting. Becoming is a stunning collection which is a must for all art lovers and creativity seekers
After editing at City Book Review for a few years, I took up the duties of editorial assistant, which include assigning books for review, posting reviews to our various sites, and nagging reviewers for things. In my non-nagging time, I’m a gamer, artist, writer, and notorious black thumb/bane of plants. My answer to every book-related question: read Octavia Butler.
|Page Count||105 pages|
|Publisher||Kelly Mellos Fine Art|
|Amazon||Buy this Book|
|Category||Spirituality & Inspiration|