Merizon Studio: Gratitude Today I am grateful for a chapter close...

Merizon Studio: Gratitude

Today I am grateful for a chapter close...
: Gratitude Today I am grateful for a chapter closed in the book of my life. It is a chapter of which I do not care to discuss the contents ...

Today I am grateful for a chapter closed in the book of my life. It is a chapter of which I do not care to discuss the contents of, but never the less, it is closed and I am moving on down the road! Sort of an apropos way to wind up the year!

It just makes me have better understanding, that life is not linear in it's experience. There are all sorts of circle arounds, back tracks, jumping aheads. I know that is a super simple way to describe an amazingly complex event, ones' life. But really, I have accrued just a fractional increase of wisdom this day, and I like it! I feel really peaceful and content in this world of discontent. I wish the same to you!


As I was uploading photos of my husband, Wayne's hand made mirrors on to my Merizon Studio facebook page, my thoughts turned to the history of mirrors and art. Specifically, paintings. Upon looking up mirrors there was a ton of information going back practically to the beginning of time! Being a visual person, my mind began to wander with all the verbage and I focused on some of the many paintings I found that contained mirrors, or that had mirrors for self portrait use. Here are a few that I liked!

                             Jan Van Eyck ~ 1390-1491  "Arnolfini Portrait" oil on board

Edouard Manet ~ "A Bar at the Folies-Bergere" 1882

Pablo Picasso ~ "Girl Before a Mirror"  1932

M C Escher ~ "Hand with Reflecting Sphere" 1935



What a beautiful, moody day for being in December already! It makes me feel as though I am living on the British Isles with all this mist and fog. I am still in the process of putting up Christmas decorations, but am distracted by the out -of- doors and prefer to revel in the beauty of Mother Nature on this mysterious Sunday afternoon. These girls seem to like it too!
Here are a couple new images of "Nanok" or Nancy Davis's work available at Merizon Studio.

This first painting, "Village on the Hill" oil, measures 20"x 24" and is on a stretched canvas without a frame. It is priced at $250.00.

The photo of the mirrored images have two of Nancy's paintings, the first being called "How Many Vase's", the second reflection is just a portion of a  brilliant painting named "Celebration of Life".
"How Many Vases", oil on board, measures 11' x14" and is priced at $140.00. "Celebration of Life" oil on board, measures 36" x 24" and is priced at $500.00.

The mirror in which the paintings reflect, is made by Wayne and is not for sale, however he can make you a custom mirror to your specs, shape being within reason, and before Christmas, if ordered before December 10th. Prices depends on size and estimated time.


Today is the day to go out and get our tree! We haven't had a Christmas tree in the past several years for some reason or other, and so I am extra excited. We will put it right in front of the picture window facing the north so that all the people driving up the hill can see our beacon of holiday spirit! This will induce me to clean the house, throw out the old dusty black and orange Halloween candles and get my red and green going on.

I have always tended to not be a "keeper" and so I do not have a specific box or boxes of Christmas ornaments and decorations. I do not have the color coded plastic tubs tucked up in the attic. I do, however, have a few ornaments given to me over the years packed in various places that I run across while looking for other things. My tree may need a lot of strung popcorn and paper snowflakes to compliment the beautiful green foliage.

I am secretly pleasantly pleased to take on this challenge of hosting a family Christmas party out here on the homestead. I want to make it a memorable, uplifting experience for my family. A time for stepping out of the stress's of the daily grind for just awhile. I picture everyone with a smile on their faces. Non of that forced or fake stuff.

I want to hear laughter and easy chatting. Should we have soft music playing in the background? That would certainly be a revolutionary thing for this group. In my family we were taught to respect music and take it seriously. To have it as a background does not show respect. You either listen to music or you don't have it playing, period. I remember my dad telling me of a party to which he was invited as a young man, where there were jazz musicians playing their instruments to a happy, drinking, partying crowd. "No one was even listening to the music" he said with disdain! Soon, he had had enough and left via an open window....That's what he told me!?

by Mark Merizon

Anyway, yes, I need to start planning for my Christmas party now, and getting the tree will be a major motivator, "see stew?", as my daddy would say!


I look back at Thanksgiving with peace in my heart and extra girth to my waist, and say 'it is all good"......well, maybe not the girth part, but whatever.

Now Christmas is approaching with all the usual anticipation. Tonight Wayne and I are selling his mirrors at the Ludema Floral Holiday Open House in Grand Rapids from 5 to 8pm.
There will be Waynedrops and peace mirrors, face mirrors and Starnites.  Really fun options for Holiday gift giving.

I will be leaving the open house a little early to attend my second blogging class so that I will in the future, be able to have the most fabulous blog ever!

The wind is howling today, rattling the windows as I write this. When I went out to the barn to feed Mot a little while ago, I just crouched on the floor and held that chilly kitty until he squirmed and want to get on with the business of eating his breakfast. But there is nothing like being in a huge, I mean HUGE, old barn on a windy day to send a shiver of adrenaline right up your back. It's really an amazing experience!

Have a great day folks!


Holiday Season

It has a way of sneaking up on one, this holiday season phenomenon! For me it is a bittersweet time, with past holiday memories of family and love intact. The loss of my parents within the last three years and my sister, six years ago, give me reason to wince at the approaching days of Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Being settled now, in the farm home in which I grew up, really forces me to confront my loneliness for those that I love. The days where laughter, love, and crazy chatter filled the air. When my mother would bake non stop beginning the week of Thanksgiving and not stopping until Christmas and New Years were well in the distance. Her check lists filled with chores and gifts, groceries and details. I find these old forgotten lists in my mothers things. I miss her all the more.
I certainly don't mean to paint such a gloomy picture of my heart. I just wish to express my feelings so as not to let them consume me. I've been told this is healthy. I believe it to be true.
This year, I have decided to have Christmas here again, after three years of letting my sister handle everything. I am a little concerned as I don't want to make anyone sad with all the changes I have made to the house over the past year. My little sister, especially, has a difficult time when she sees that my Mothers's house is no longer the same. If it were, I know that would hurt equally as much. There is no winning in this of situation.
I do take comfort and truly believe, that my Momma is happy that her family once again will gather on the farm. Just like before. She will be the flickering candle, my Daddy, the hint of cigar aroma that still lingers, my sister Michele, the light in everyone's eyes.
I will get through this! Peace everyone!


New hours

Merizon Studio will be open for all your framing needs, Tuesday thru Thursdays from 11am to 5pm. If you can't make it during these hours, I am only a phone call or email away. We can make an appointment that is convenient for you.
As the gallery section of the Merizon Studio is in the house in which I live with my husband and my cats, an appointment is appreciated for viewing the current exhibits.
I love this new adventure, and although I have been a picture framer for many years now, I am feeling my way as I grow in both knowledge and expertise. I appreciate your patience with me! Thank you!

616.485.5752 or chantal@merizonstudio.com


Nanok's Whimsies

Merizon Studio is proud to announce an opening reception for Cannonsburg artist, Nancy Davis to be held on Saturday, September 17th, from 4pm-8pm. The exhibit is appropriately named "Nanok's Whimsies" as Nancy's diverse style of painting often has a humorous or lighthearted quality infused with her amazing sense of color.
Nancy paints with oils, standing at her easel in her rural home near Townsend Park. Her painting time is precious as she also works full time at Booking.com in Grand Rapids where she uses her fluent French and Portuguese language skills to book international reservations. She also raises teenage twins, Will and Sophie, with her husband, Geoffry, and has a menagerie of pets she lovingly looks after.
As a result of spending several years in Portugal, many of Nancy's paintings have a European flavor, which is refreshing to find here in West Michigan.

 This will be the first time Nancy has ever shown her work to the public and I am very confident and  excited that when they are seen, they will be loved!
The exhibit will hang through October 10, and may be seen by appointment.


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We pulled it off...

      There is nothing like having a spring art show to get us moving at the Merizon farm.  I don't think I have set a paint brush down for 30 days.  Although it has been so much work to whip this place into shape, I wouldn't have it any other way.

      The show was a success!