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

Wistful
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

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Gearing up for Portland’s Big 500 Art Show

big-500-2014-announcement

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
ALL ART IS $40
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
http://www.peoplesartofportland.com/
Peoples Art of Portland Gallery: For Artists. By Artists.

 

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Mixed-Media Poe Painting

Poe-image

by Mellanie Collins
8″x10″
acrylic over paper on hardboard

Another acrylic painting! The Poe fest continues with this 8″x10″ painting. I took some pages from the poetry section of an old book of Edgar Allan Poe’s works and pasted them onto my hardboard and got right to painting.  As I did with my Albert Einstein painting, I put down many thin layers to get a blended effect.

Here’s an image of the work in progress with my reference photos and preliminary painted sketch.  I like how this painting turned out.  I was going to put it up for sale, but I just can’t part with it.  At least, not right now.

Poe_draft

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

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Albert Einstein on Intuition

Einstein Final -Meme

I created this 6″x 6″ painting  for a friend of mine.  She’s starting an Indiegogo campaign soon and asked for donations of items she could use for incentives.  So pleased with how this  turned out.  But I like the preliminary painted sketch better.  Oh well, that’s the way it goes sometimes.

The quote isn’t on the original painting.  I just thought I’d try creating a meme that I could share on Pinterest.  Feel free to pin it if you’d like.

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

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Acrylic Portrait Sketches: Poe and Einstein

Acrylic Portrait of Edgar Allan Poe

© 2014 Mellanie Collins
5.5″ x 8″
acrylic on paper

Last month I decided to take a break from artist trading cards and work on something larger.  I found an old 5.5″ x 8″ mixed-media sketchbook that I had not quite finished and and some tubes of black and white acrylic paint so I decided to practice acrylic portrait painting.

I find that I really enjoy painting portraits in acrylic despite the fact that a sketch like this would have probably taken much less time if I had used oil paint.

© 2014 Mellanie Collins 5.5" x 8" acrylic on paper

© 2014 Mellanie Collins
5.5″ x 8″
acrylic on paper

I start with a basic sketch and then just build the image with lots of thin layers of paint.  I make sure that I move from dark to light,  just as if I were working with oils.  My method is probably a lot more tedious than it needs to be, but I like the results.

 

**Have you seen my Facebook page? I’m posting more process photos over there. Check it out. **

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A Poppy in a Pinch

blue-poppy-drawing

Blue Poppy
© 2014 Mellanie Collins
2.5″ x 3.5″
watercolor pencil and markers

In June my friend Anita invited me to participate in a swap/exhibit put on by Art with a Heart in Altrincham, England.  The theme was “In Bloom” so I had to do something with a floral theme.

So I figured, hey, why not?  Sure I hadn’t drawn or painted any flowers in a couple of years, but since it was early in June I had all month to practice and it would all be cool.  But it wasn’t.

I forgot all about the swap!  I got a message reminding me that the cards needed to be in the UK by the end of June.  This was one week away.  I figured I would need at least five days for the card to get to the UK, so I needed to make something fast.

I rummaged around and sketched and gritted my teeth.  Nothing happened.  So I just threw up my hands and said,  “I give up!”  and just let go.  I decided I’d loosen up by drawing the impression of a flower and recklessly drew squiggles and then looked for some shadows to play with.  Before I new it I had this card.

By just messing around I ended up with something so much nicer than anything I worked hard over.  Relaxing and seeing what happens works for me.  Why do I not remember that?  Ever?

My card made it to the exhibit in time, the cards were displayed through July and I’ll get a lovely card back in the mail sometime soon.   All that fuss for nothing.

**Have you seen my Facebook page? I’m posting more process photos over there. Check it out. **

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