Celebrating Myself in March: Self-Portraits II

Celebrate Myself - self-portrait by Mellanie Collins

“I celebrate myself, and sing myself,
And what I assume you shall assume,
For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.”      ~Walt Whitman

Celebrating Myself in March

simple line drawing of Mellanie Collins

Who is this grumpy woman?  It’s me!  Only I’m really not grumpy. I’m just looking a little to intensely at my mirror.  It doesn’t really look like the beginning of a celebration, does it?  But it is.

During my birthday month,  I’m making a conscious effort to focus on the things I like about myself instead of finding more things to improve.  Why not take a stab at celebrating who I am.  Drawing, as always, is a great way to start.

IWhat kinds of things do yo do for yourself on your birthday.  Do you ever celebrate for the whole month or the whole week?

Creating Every Day in 2013

Mellanie Collins, self-portrait, 2013

Today I signed up for the Creative Every Day Challenge.  I’m committing to doing something creative every day in 2013.  What I like about Leah Piken Kolidas’ challenge is that it calls for creativity in it’s broadest sense. So while I may draw or doodle some days, I can also practice my ukelele, take some photos, try a new recipe, or get my garden back into shape.

I often need to remind myself that being creative isn’t always about my drawing and painting.  It’s about anything I do that gives me room to express who I am and allow me to stretch my wings as I strive to live more authentically.

I’ll not post everything I do, really, you don’t want to see it all. But I’ll be updating much more frequently than I have in the past.

So this is it.  I dove in with this self-portrait in my sketchbook.  We’ll see where 2013 takes me.

Cheers!

Lazily Copying From a Master: Van Gogh ATC

ATC:  Van Gogh Swap II
2.5" x 3.5" acrylic on canvas paper

One of the ongoing swaps over at Illustratedatcs.com is the Art History 102. Each month the host chooses an artist and we can make cards adapted from one of the artists works or create a work in the artist’s style. I signed up for the Van Gogh month and this is the best card of the three I did.

I wanted to try some acrylic painting.  Since I have a tendancy toward muted tones I thought working from some Van Gogh paintings would be an excellent way to experiment and practice.  I had no real interest in copying the painting exactly.   I just wanted to focus on color and see if I could get through a painting without it turning out brownish and dull.

I’m pleased with how this turned out.  Now that I look at it again I wish that I had kept it.

Back to the Sketchbook

Sketchbook_08_09

It’s been a long time since I’ve just played around in my sketchbook.   I forgot how fun it is to just scribble and hack away without any real attachment to the outcome.   I had spent some time working on an ATC for a self-portrait swap.  It just wasn’t working .  The drawing was okay, but I didn’t capture myself at all.   I  was suddenly just so fed up!   I needed to relax and loosen up.  There was nothing left to do but grab a few pens and my book and just cut loose on the page.  The results were surprising–and pleasing.

ATC: Self-portrait in Indigo

2.5" x 3.5"  watercolor
2.5" x 3.5" watercolor

For a recent trade I was asked to do an artist trading card of half of a face.  So I used the least expensive and most available model I know–me!

Tagged! Six Random Things

2.5" x 3.5" pen and markers
2.5" x 3.5" pen and markers

I was tagged by Mary at Artsy Musings and so to get back into the swing of things around here I thought I’d share six random things about myself:

  1. I hate to exercise, but I’ve found that I like using a hula-hoop.   I’m just so pleased that I can keep the thing going.
  2. We got rid of our car a few years back.   My husband pushes a wheelbarrow to the grocery store.  I walk along with him to keep him company.  I have been referred to as the “Wheelbarrow Lady.”  But not often, thank goodness.  I was worried that name might stick.
  3. I’m totally addicted to making and trading ATCs.  But then that is no secret.
  4. I just completed my first portrait commission!   My client loved it!
  5. I failed drawing in college.   I eventually ended up taking accounting.  It was really more about attitude (mine) than talent.   I’m glad I came back to drawing eventually.
  6. I really can’t think of six things, how sad is that?