This winter I was invited again to show my work in the the Big 500 show in Portland, Oregon put on by Peoples Art of Portland . It’s a yearly fundraising event benefiting the Oregon Food Bank. Each artist is provided with 8″x 8″ panels and creates art that sells for $40. A portion of the proceeds of art sales from this one show provides several shelters with food for a few months over the year.
I received my invite in mid-October and managed to create 9 paintings by the December 6 deadline for submitted artwork. I’ve never painted so quickly! I painted four more paintings than I did for the show last year.
Girl with Blue Headband
8″ x 8″
acrylic on board
The show ran from December 13 through January 11. Five of the paintings sold. One of the sold paintings is this portrait of a young woman wearing a blue headband. It was my favorite and I kind of hoped that I would get it back after the show, but I had the feeling that someone would snap it up.
I’ve been taking a break from painting this winter, but now that spring is almost here I’m getting my sketchbook out again. We’ll see what happens in the coming months.
8″X10″ acrylic on hardboard by Mellanie Collins
8″x 10″ acrylic on canvas by Mellanie Collins
In September, I was invited to submit a few painting to the Fall opener at People’s Art Gallery. The October show is called “So Many Days, So Many Dead and its a mash-up of Halloween, Day of the Dead, and anything creepy, dead, or undead.
I was so excited when I received the invite, but then I saw the deadline. I had about 10 days to make a couple of paintings for the show. My first impulse was to give up and not do it. I’m a slow painter and the theme is not something I usually connect with. But then my instinct told me that I should stop being a coward and just try. It would nag at me if I let a chance to exhibit go just because I was lacking in confidence.
So I knuckled down and started to paint. I started with a classic Karloff type mad scientist and started having fun. Then I decided to try an undead woman. I didn’t want to do a zombie. I think they’re ugly and it would have been too much work. I just figured I’d make a sort of vampire woman. After agonizing over what to do, I kind of seized up again. I just didn’t know how to approach the painting. When I make my faces, I work so hard at making the eyes look alive. With this painting I had trouble figuring out how to make someone look undead, while still making a portrait that would make me happy. I struggled, swore, muttered to my muse and eventually I ended up with something I was pleased with.
So yay! I managed to get my paintings finished, framed (my husband made them up for me – sweet man!), and dropped off at the gallery with a day to spare.
The show will be over soon. It closes on Sunday, Nov 15. Now I’m working on paintings for another show in December. Yes, I’m doing the Big 500 again and I’m so excited!
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Ask me again 8″ x 8″ acrylic on board
Not hipster enough 8″ X 8″ acrylic on board
Why Am I Threatening? 8″ x 8″ acrylic on board
Don’t tase me bro 8″ x 8″ acrylic on board
Burroughs 8″ X 8″ acrylic on board
When I last posted, it was January and the Big 500 show had not ended. I was looking forward to a year of no goals or plans besides just continuing to try new things with painting.
Well, this year has been even better than last year! I sold every piece that I submitted to the Big 500 show, and in June I was invited to participate in a show called 88 Strong at The Goodfoot Pub & Lounge, featuring 88 artists and 88 themes. I made the five paintings above for the show.
I’m loving the challenge of quickly making paintings for shows, especially since I don’t really have a firm process. I learn with each painting and I’m loving it.
I haven’t been doing much drawing. I miss it sometimes, but I’m getting more satisfaction with painting right now. But I’m sure at some point I’ll return to my old drawing practice.
I’m currently in another show this month. But I’ll save that for another blog post.
Btw, stay turned for changes around here. Thanks for continuing to follow along this winding creative path.
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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.
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.
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.
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?
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
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!