Hope that everyone is enjoying the holidays. I wanted to post the layout for the brochure that is being printed for my upcoming exhibition in New Delhi titled "India Hues" Farrago Art Gallery did a great job and I am looking forward to seeing it in person in a couple of weeks.
A Christmas copper commission piece I just did last night. It was picked up this morning to go and hide under a Christmas tree-yeah! Patina and acrylic on hand-hammered copper (approx 11 across and 9 high).
Hello! I'm back from Baja, Mexico and the Socorro Islands. It was an amazing trip...I got to smooch sealions, snorkel with whale sharks, pet giant manta rays and wild dolphins and bask in the sun. Now I am back to the snow and working on my Spokane Convention Center commission "Riverdance". I have been sculpting the clay fish and herons for the panels and working on the three dimensional trout and ducks (wood, clay and canvas) that will be leaping off the canvases after I paint them. It is difficult to show the different stages during a work in progress...but here is my attempt. Stay tuned for more!
Yeah! third and final shipment is bound for India. I finished the last three paintings. "Morning Tea" -a scene I witnessed one early morning in a tea plantation, "Bullock Cart Art" in South India and "Laxmi" the Goddess of wealth and abundance.
Finally a post! I have been busy working away on the large commission...will take pictures soon I promise. For the next week I am going to finish the last five paintings that I need for my show in New Delhi (this January). This one is of ganesha, remover of obstacles, Lord of new beginnings. This is an original acrylic on 16x24 gallery wrapped canvas.
Sorry, no posts lately...I have been working away on my HUGE commission for the Spokane Convention Center. This project is due by March, but I have a number of trips coming up so I have to work like a little ant while I am home!
The bottom level is wood in curves of different thicknesses (dimesions) with glass mosaic and acrylic paint. The second tier is a mix of wood and canvas panels, with glass mosaic, fused glass tile and acrylic paint, the third and fourth tiers will be canvas and wood panels with acrylic paint and a few three dimensional creatures coming up off them (heron, ducks and trout). I hope that you enjoy watching this coming together.
Yeah! Some cold fall sunshine today...Here is a new little blue bird painting. An acrylic on 5x7 gallery wrapped canvas for $115. I won't be posting for a few days as I'll be in NYC...enjoying the art!
Just finished "Sandhill Sonnet" a 12x18 original acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas. The textured leaf border extends over the two sides. This painting is an anniversary present commissioned for a couple in Michigan by the groom's sister. During their fall wedding, the couple had time planned for their guests to view migrating sandhill cranes at a nearby lake...oh sweet!
Back in the studio today-hooray! Working on the sandhill cranes. I should be able to post those tomorrow. Today I have "Creepy" my sneaky, creeping crow with a euro in his beak! This is an acrylic on 8x16 canvas for $255.
If you're in the area, you are invited to our opening of "Beauty and the Beast"....mermaids, monsters, demons and divas from 5-9 October 1st in the Kress Gallery, Riverpark Square, Spokane. Featuring work by Melissa Cole and Ric Gendron.
A few new monsters for my upcoming Beauty and the Beast show. "Gargoalie" is an original acrylic on 11x14 canvas (he looked like he was playing soccer with the skulls!), "Drako prismaticus" is an original acrylic on 12x16 canvas, "Monster of Ravenna" done from a woodcut created in 1512 in Italy is an acrylic on 11x14 canvas.
I painted this a few years ago and always wanted to change the girl's face...also people didn't want to hang it because they were too "naked"...so I made them less naked and this will go into my upcoming show-yeah! It is titled "Jungle Love" and is a gallery wrapped 30x40 acrylic on canvas.
Yeah! I'm finally back from shows in Portland and Boise....I am so thankful to be back home again. I just finished up another painting for my "Beauty and the Beast" show with Ric Gendron which opens October 1st in the Kress Gallery in River Park Square, Spokane.
Good morning! Another late night...trying to get things done. I finished two more for India "Nari Anjan" a purple heron 16x24 on gallery wrapped canvas, and "Holi" a 24 x 30 on gallery wrapped canvas. Holi (the festival of color) was one of my favorites when I was living in India as a child. You got to put on clothes that you didn't care about and run around pelting people and in turn being pelted with colored water balloons and neon colored powders and pastes...it was great fun!!
I'm back from San Diego. Had a very good meeting with Event Network. They supply many of the aquariums, zoos, botanical gardens and natural history museums with cards, prints and gift items. I'll be doing some new images for them including Hawaiian tropicals, orchids and dinosaurs!
Here is a new painting I finished last night at 2:00am titled "Hold Your Demons Close" . It is an original on 24x48 gallery wrapped canvas for $2,125. It is for my
two person show with Ric Gendron in October in the Kress Gallery/River Park Square, Spokane. The title of the show is "Beauty and the Beast-Monsters, Mermaids, Demons and Divas".
Good morning! I took a break from India and did two new aquatic designs. I am flying to San Diego to meet with Event Network tomorrow. They license images for cards, t-shirts, prints and other gift items for aquariums, zoos and botanical gardens around the country and I wanted a couple of new designs to show them. Wish me luck!
Another weekend come and gone! I just finished my newest piece titled "Ganga" for my India show
When Ganga descended from the heavens, her immense power threatened to destroy everything, But Shiva captured Ganga in his hair, only letting a trickle come through, so that Ganga could manifest on earth as the holy Ganges river.
My mom said that they don't really show bare shoulders in India...so I added sleeves to her top and made it into a "choli". (what is worn under a sari)
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Artist Melissa Cole often finds herself snorkeling with salmon, smooching manatees, and swimming with tiger sharks. It is from these amazing encounters that she derives much of the inspiration for her vividly colored, heavily textured and patterned acrylic paintings.
Cole was born in Oregon and raised in London, Hong Kong, and India. She graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in Zoology and spent time as a naturalist guide in Mexico. She’s written over 30 children’s natural history books and travels with her husband Brandon, who is a wildlife photographer specializing in marine life. Melissa has always dabbled in art, but has spent the last ten years fully devoted to it. She is strongly influenced by ethnic patterns, which she sees in her travels abroad. “You’ll find lots of dots, and a distinct border pattern in each of my pieces.” Her work is found in galleries ranging from Stephan Fine Arts in Anchorage, Alaska to The Wild Side Gallery in Key West, Florida.