Mixed-Media Poe Painting

Poe-image

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.

Poe_draft

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Albert Einstein on Intuition

Einstein Final -Meme

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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Acrylic Portrait Sketches: Poe and Einstein

Acrylic Portrait of Edgar Allan Poe

© 2014 Mellanie Collins
5.5″ x 8″
acrylic on paper

Last month I decided to take a break from artist trading cards and work on something larger.  I found an old 5.5″ x 8″ mixed-media sketchbook that I had not quite finished and and some tubes of black and white acrylic paint so I decided to practice acrylic portrait painting.

I find that I really enjoy painting portraits in acrylic despite the fact that a sketch like this would have probably taken much less time if I had used oil paint.

© 2014 Mellanie Collins 5.5" x 8" acrylic on paper

© 2014 Mellanie Collins
5.5″ x 8″
acrylic on paper

I start with a basic sketch and then just build the image with lots of thin layers of paint.  I make sure that I move from dark to light,  just as if I were working with oils.  My method is probably a lot more tedious than it needs to be, but I like the results.

 

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A Poppy in a Pinch

blue-poppy-drawing

Blue Poppy
© 2014 Mellanie Collins
2.5″ x 3.5″
watercolor pencil and markers

In June my friend Anita invited me to participate in a swap/exhibit put on by Art with a Heart in Altrincham, England.  The theme was “In Bloom” so I had to do something with a floral theme.

So I figured, hey, why not?  Sure I hadn’t drawn or painted any flowers in a couple of years, but since it was early in June I had all month to practice and it would all be cool.  But it wasn’t.

I forgot all about the swap!  I got a message reminding me that the cards needed to be in the UK by the end of June.  This was one week away.  I figured I would need at least five days for the card to get to the UK, so I needed to make something fast.

I rummaged around and sketched and gritted my teeth.  Nothing happened.  So I just threw up my hands and said,  “I give up!”  and just let go.  I decided I’d loosen up by drawing the impression of a flower and recklessly drew squiggles and then looked for some shadows to play with.  Before I new it I had this card.

By just messing around I ended up with something so much nicer than anything I worked hard over.  Relaxing and seeing what happens works for me.  Why do I not remember that?  Ever?

My card made it to the exhibit in time, the cards were displayed through July and I’ll get a lovely card back in the mail sometime soon.   All that fuss for nothing.

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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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Secret Solstice Gifts: More Poe

portrait-illustration-edgar-allan-poe

© 2014 Mellanie Collins
5″x 7″
ink and markers on bristol

The other day I posted about the Secret Solstice gifts I made last month.  Here’s the second gift I made.  This was for my old mail art pal Annette.  We’ve traded a bit here and there for about five years now.   I knew she was a Poe fan and since I’d been drawing a lot of Edgar Allan Poe portraits this year I felt it would be pretty easy to do another.  This one is 5″ x 7″.  It was nice to work a little larger than I’m used to.

One more gift to go…coming soon.