Very many classic authors and artists have honored the flowers: Robert Burns, Ann Taylor, Sylvia Plath, Philip Levine… Now, Elena Malec wants to be added to this smart list with her impressionistic soft pastel paintings from imagination.
She is welcome.
Robert Burns (1759-1796).
He is considered the national poet of Scotland but is celebrated worldwide. He wrote in the Scots language, in English and a “light” Scots dialect, accessible to an audience beyond Scotland. Here, you can read an example:
A Red Red Rose
O my Luve’s like a red, red rose
That’s newly sprung in June;
O my Luve’s like the melodie
That’s sweetly played in tune.
As fair art thou, my bonnie lass,
So deep in luve am I;
And I will luve thee still, my dear,
Till a’ the seas gang dry:
Till a’ the seas gang dry, my dear,
And the rocks melt wi’ the sun;
I will luve thee still, my dear,
While the sands o’ life shall run.
And fare thee weel, my only Luve,
And fare thee weel awhile!
And I will come again, my Luve,
Tho’ it ware ten thousand mile.
Ann Taylor (1782-1886)
She was an English poet. She wrote poems for children, for which she achieved long-lasting popularity. She also was a literary critic.
The Field Daisy
I’m a pretty little thing,
Always coming with the spring;
In the meadows green I’m found,
Peeping just above the ground,
And my stalk is cover’d flat
With a white and yellow hat.
Little Mary, when you pass
Lightly o’er the tender grass,
Skip about, but do not tread
On my bright but lowly head,
For I always seem to say,
‘Surely winter’s gone away.’
The Gaudy Flower
WHY does my Anna toss her head,
And look so scornfully around,
As if she scarcely deign’d to tread
Upon the daisy-dappled ground?
Does fancied beauty fire thine eye,
The brilliant tint, the satin skin?
Does the loved glass, in passing by,
Reflect a graceful form and thin?
Alas! that form, and brilliant fire,
Will never win beholder’s love;
It may, indeed, make fools admire,
But ne’er the wise and good can move.
So grows the tulip, gay and bold,
The broadest sunshine its delight;
Like rubies, or like burnish’d gold,
It shows its petals, glossy bright.
But who the gaudy floweret crops,
As if to court a sweet perfume!
Admired it blows, neglected drops,
And sinks unheeded to its doom.
The virtues of the heart may move
Affections of a genial kind;
While beauty fails to stir our love,
And wins the eye, but not the mind.
ELENA MALEC was born in Bucharest, Romania.
A graduate from the University of Bucharest with a MA in modern languages, Elena pursued a career in education and research.
Without a formal training in art she eventually followed her passion for drawing, sketching, doing watercolor at different ages. From 2008 Elena resumed drawing and painting on a daily basis learning and studying art on her own. Art is for Elena an expression of her freedom of creating from imagination but also inspired by daily subjects, still life, her travel photographs.
Whether is charcoal, watercolor, pastels or colored pencils each medium is approached by the artist in its unique spirit to convey serenity, beauty, joy of color and shape.
Elena believes art is a realm of beauty and harmony and art’s mission is to inspire meditation, bliss, positive energy, peace.
Elena Malec is a member of the Pastel Society of the West Coast and of Orange County Fine Arts.OCFA
Elena’s first public recognition of her talent was the publication of her art in the digital version of Tiferet Journal.
Elena Malec won a special recognition in the Nature Art Exhibition -Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery
Elena Malec’s artwork published in the printed issue XIX, summer 2011 of Tiferet Journal.
Elena Malec’s portfolio published in Art Network News Quarterly.
Art and a short bio published in the inaugural edition in print and online of Shangri La Shack literary journal
May 18-July 1, 2011- The Artist’s Eye – group exhibition with OCFA
July 9 –September 2, 2011 – Nature morte, group exhibition OCFA.
September 24, 2011 – Drawn Together, inaugural exhibition at Siena Art Institute, Siena, Italy.
October 22, 2011- January 7, 2012 – Peace project – group exhibition California, New York