Had a great first day painting (priming and background) the first of three murals in downtown Spokane. This one is titled "The wacky world of Harold Balaz" to commemorate local artist Harold Balaz and his upcoming show at the Museum of Arts and Culture as well as his book. He is a fabulous artist in his 80s with many public works of art around Spokane. My mural group (ages 16-22) is really great to work with, very creative, enthusiastic and hardworking!
What a nice relaxing day after the hectic past weeks... a yoga workshop this morning, planted my garden, a nice dinner with my hubby...now off to paint something for my upcoming India show. Here is a new piece titled "Peace offering" which sold at the Edmonds Art Festival.
WooHoo!!! I got the Spokane Convention Center Lobby Commission after long hours of interviews and finalist proposals. I am soooo excited to be able to work on such a large scale project.
It will be approximately 24 feet wide by 22 feet tall. It will consist of 20 panels (10 48"x48" panels and 10 48"x 60" panels with approximately 6 inches between each panel) The bottom tier of panels will be 8" deep curved wood panels with mosaic (glass, tile, glass jewels, fused glass bubbles), hand-sculpted clay and acrylic paint. The next tier of panels will be my signature "puzzle" paintings with a mix of canvas, wood, glass tile and wood molding, the next two tiers will be gallery wrapped canvas (although the flying great blue heron will be three dimensional and on wood panels).
The bottom tier of panels will have the fish and water design un the underside surface so that people looking up will see it. The border design will go around the entire piece.
The ducks and trout on the edges will be three dimensional copper pieces that "fly" off the panels.
It is slated to be completed in March 2011. I will be posting pictures and progress reports along the way!
Feels like Monday...as I got back from Seattle yesterday. Must unpack the car and start drying the wet tent, side walls etc. left-over from the rainy Edmonds Art Festival. Here is a new little koi "Tiny Koi" a 5x7 on gallery wrapped canvas for $95.
One more late night post! Here is a new little froggie titled "Ojo Rojo" which I took to the Edmonds Art Festival. I ended up trading him for a gorgeous new sweater made by Suzanne de la Torre (my booth neighbor)...well actually her honey Stanley knitted it! See the post above for a picture of it.
Whew! Long weekend at the Edmonds Art Festival outside Seattle. Lots of inclement weather but not a bad show in the end! I stopped by the Seattle Aquarium on my way home, they just hung my show a few days ago and it looks great! If you are in the area, my work will be on display from June 15 through the end of August.
Count down.... On Thursday after my convention center meeting I am driving to Seattle for the Edmond's Art Festival. It will run Friday, June 18th through Sunday June 20th. I have booth #831... Hope to see you there!
Here is one of my new copper pieces "Cuba Libre" She is approximately 12x24 and can hang inside or outside.
Another crazy Monday... Here are a couple of new copper sculptures "Green Gift" and "Blue Gift" They are hammered copper with patina and acrylic. "Blue Gift" has dangling movable feet and both have turquoise, beads, pearls and coins hanging from their beaks. $175. each
Sunny Sunday...supposed to be 81 degrees today! I am inside, working on my Convention center proposal still. If I make good progress, I'll dash outside to enjoy the weather this afternoon. Here is another new little one. "Magnolia Dragon" an original acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas for $125.
Good morning...just trying to keep up as I have too many irons in the fire and they are getting hot! Oh well, they are all projects I want to do, so...that is the way of it! Here is another little painting "Big Heart", which sold at Artfest. It is an original acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas.
Another little birdie, which I created in my midnight frenzy the other night! Today I am trying to settle back to "normality" and clean up my tornado of a house and studio! This little guy is an original on 6x9 gallery wrapped canvas for $125.
Yeah! A lovely, busy sunny day at Artfest today. I had a great time chatting with people and selling art. All those people who came to visit and support my creativity made me feel so happy! Thank you! This piece " Forget me not blues" went to my fabulous yoga teacher Tamara...hooray!
Just got back from setting up the tent for Artfest this weekend. The festival season has begun! I stayed up until 2:30 am finishing up last minute little paintings like this one titled "Blue Tweet" a 6x9 acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas for $125.
Back from my day trip to Seattle to drop off 21 paintings at the Seattle Aquarium. The show will go from June 15 through the end of August. Today is a rainy day, which is a good thing as I have many last minute things to do and to paint in time for Artfest, Spokane this weekend. Hope to see some of you there! This is a new little beauty titled "Queen Mum"
An original acrylic on 8x16 gallery wrapped canvas for $245.
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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.