Happy New Year! Welcoming 2015


Happy New Year!  Looking back, 2014 was my best year ever in terms of art.  My drawing seemed to take a leap.  I got back into painting and figured out how to make portrait painting in acrylics an enjoyable experience.  The year was topped off by my first art shows and my first art sale at a gallery!  So far I know that the Tesla painting I did for the Big 500 sold.  I know that because my mom bought it!

Five 8" x 8" acrylic portrait paintings by Mellanie Collins

Here are all five paintings I did for the big show.  My best paintings to date I think.  When I took them to the gallery I was almost a little sad to part with them.  But if they sell I will feel good and if they don’t I’ll be happy to get them back.

I have no plans or resolutions or programs for my art in 2015.  I’m going to just go with the flow and work on just painting what I like.  Last I had goals of drawing every day and filling up a certain amount of sketchbooks.  I didn’t do any of it.  I’ve striven and hectored myself long enough.   Being critical with myself has only hampered me creatively.

This year has shown me that if  I take it easy, have fun, and be interested in what I’m doing I will get wonderful results.  So this year I’m taking the slacker road.   I’m going to focus on the fun and challenge instead of trying to make my work better.

Do you have any goals for your art in 2015?


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Another Show! Bill Murray-Themed Art Show at Good: a gallery

I’ll have a painting in the Bill Murray-themed show at Good: a gallery  in Portland, Oregon.    The opening is on Friday, December 5   from 7 pm to 10 pm.  If you can’t make the opening, the show will run through Sunday, December 28.


Here’s my acrylic portrait for the show.  There will be so many great pieces at this show.  I’m looking forward to it.  Here are the show details and the event page on Facebook.






Happy Thanksgiving!


Best Wishes for Thanksgiving Day

Just wanted to take the time to wish Happy Thanksgiving to my friends in the U.S.  I know I have a lot to be thankful for, especially friends and followers who have encouraged me along my creative journey.  Hope you enjoy the holiday and have a great time with friends and family.

Thanks to Nancy S Oram for providing this condition-free vintage Thanksgiving Day image.   She has many more available on her HubPages page.

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Acrylic Painting: My Final Big 500 Painting


Hidden Strength
8″ x 8″
acrylic on hardboard

I finished my last painting for the Big 500 art show opening on December 13 and running through January 11.  This painting and all art in the showing is priced at $40!  You just take it off the wall, pay, and take it with you.  Great opportunity to get some special gifts, support local art and the Oregon Food Bank.  Win -win-win!

So if you are in Portland, Oregon come on downtown and check out the show.

Big 500 Poster


** I’m posting more process photos and other things on my FB page.  Check it out **

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Acrylic Painting: Wistful w/ Process Pics

Here’s one of the paintings I made for the Big 500 art show I mentioned last week.  Thought I’d include a few process pics too.

acrylic portrait of young girl wearing a beret

8″ x 8″
acrylic on board

I love looking at process images.  I confess that I never read the descriptions of the process when artists include them.  I just like to look at the  pictures for inspiration and see just how much a painting can change from beginning to end.  I enjoy seeing how painters (especially acrylic painters)  handle the awkward phase of the painting,  work through it and make it a success. I suppose I don’t read descriptions because when I’m painting I like to sort of my own problems.  Part of what makes painting fun is working through some muddle I’ve gotten myself into.

When you look at artist’s Do you like to read about the process or do the photos stand alone?

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A Few Big 500 Paintings

As I mentioned in my last post, I’ve been invited to be in  The Big 500 show in December.   The organizers have presented us with our wood panels last month and I’ve been painting furiously to have all of my five panels ready by the show deadline.  I have four of my five paintings done, but I may fiddle with them a bit.


Completed paintings for Big 500

Completed paintings for Big 500

Each of my paintings will  be will be scattered about among the other 5000 works that will be for sale there.  No labels or any notation is used to identify the artists so each work will be  sold on it’s own merit.  This is an excellent first art show for me.  It’s great to be included in such a great venue with so many fabulous artists!

Big 500 Poster



Gearing up for Portland’s Big 500 Art Show


I’m thrilled to be invited to have my work in the Big 500 show in Portland, Oregon this year.  This event is huge!  There are over 500 artists showing over 5000 works.  All the works are 8″ x 8″ and selling for $40!  I went to the show last year and it was incredible.  So much diversity, beauty, and expression.  It’s a truly a celebration for the senses.

The show is a fundraising event benefiting the Oregon Food Bank.   The food collected at the food drive at the opening and a portion of proceeds of art sales from this show alone provide several shelters with food for a few months over the year.

So if you live in Portland, Oregon or just visiting for the holidays,  come by and check out the show.  It runs from Saturday, December 12 through January 11.  It’s a great way to pick up some extra special holiday gifts and help out a worthy charity.

So here are the details:

Art Opening
Big 500
Peoples Art of Portland
Opens Sat Dec 13th at 2pm – until 9pm
show runs threw Jan 11th
500+ Artists
5000+ Pieces of art
Cash / Credit and Carry

Bring a can of Food for Free entry . . Food Drive for Oregon Food Bank

Peoples Art of Portland Gallery
700 SW Fifth (3rd floor) People’s is Suite 4005
Pioneer Square Mall, downtown Portland
open Thurs-Sun 12-6pm
Peoples Art of Portland Gallery: For Artists. By Artists.



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