The High Point of 2015: The Big 500 Show

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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
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.

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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

 

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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?

Mixed-Media Poe Painting

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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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Albert Einstein on Intuition

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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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Fangirl Friday: Loki

Loki for Theresa 2.5"x3.5" ink and markers on brown paper
Loki for Theresa
2.5″x3.5″
ink and markers on brown paper

Enjoyed making this ATC for a trading partner I got acquainted with on my art trading site.  Turns out we are both Tom Hiddleston fans, so she requested a drawing of him as Loki from Marvel’s Thor series  and  I was happy to oblige.

I’ve never had much luck drawing Mr. Hiddleston, but this time it worked out.  So thanks out there to Therese in S. Africa.  Your Hiddles card is on it’s way to you.

Happy Fourth of July to my U.S. friends!  Enjoy the long weekend.

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Secret Solstice Gifts: A Cowboy for Joan

© 2014 Mellanie Collins 4" x 6"  watercolor and markers
© 2014 Mellanie Collins
4″ x 6″
watercolor and markers

Here is the last gift for the Secret Solstice gift swap that I participated in last month.  This was the one I was most nervous about.  This cowboy painting was for my new art pal Joan.  At some point we had done an ATC trade and she had requested a cowboy drawing.  I made her a little pen drawing with a lot of hatching.  She liked it, so I thought I would surprise her with a larger cowboy painted in color.   The problem was I hadn’t worked in color for quite a while and I wasn’t sure if I could get my groove back by the mailing deadline.  But fortunately, I pulled it together and made some decent color choices. I sure would like to get more comfortable with the medium though.

Joan told me how much she liked the painting.  Boy, was I relieved.

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ATC: Something Is Not Right

ATC: Something Is Not Right

© 2014 Mellanie Collins
2.5″ x 3.5″
ink and markers on bristol

Here’s another film noir-inspired ink portrait. This woman is checking over her shoulder because she thinks perhaps she saw something odd out of the corner of her eye. Or not.