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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.

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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.

 

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Acrylic Painting: My Final Big 500 Painting

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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

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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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.

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** 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.

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Taking the 29 Faces Art Challenge

Color Experiment

Day 3 – Color Experiment

I’m taking the 29 Faces Art Challenge put on by Ayla Art this year.   We agree to draw or paint a face everyday in February with a bonus day.  It can be a sketch or a full painting, journal page, etc.  We then post to our blogs or to the Facebook group page.

I wanted to take this challenge because I’ve been feeling to attached to the outcome of my drawings.  I’m not having fun and taking risks.  I’m losing the joy of creating because I’m too worried about “improving” or being concerned about what people will think.  I’m limiting myself and it’s frustrating.

Edward Scissorhands

Day 7 – Edward Scissorhands

I know many people taking this challenge and getting to know others.  It’s a great supportive atmosphere and I am back to having fun drawing again.  My great hope is that this month’s challenge will help me move my drawing in a different direction.  Maybe shine a bit brighter.

I’ve been doing well.  It’s Day 12 and I’m on track.  I’m posting to the FB group every day.  I made sure to have a buddy in the group to check on me and keep me going.  I’m going to do this!

I’ll be posting my favorites weekly and put a gallery together at the end of the challenge.   See ya!

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