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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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

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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.

 

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