Check Out Mellanie Collins, Artist on Facebook

FB graphic for Mellanie Collins, Art & Gifts Facebook Page

I just put up a page for my art on Facebook. I’m posting my art and featuring artwork by my friends. So check it out. And if you’d like my page that would make my day.

Cheers!

29 Faces Challenge: All the Faces

29 Faces Good, Bad, Ugly

29 Faces
Good, Bad, Ugly

Here they are! All of my faces for the 29 Faces Art Challenge.

Some are good, some aren’t.

During this challenge  I learned a lot about what stops me from practicing every day.   I also finally seemed to understand that not all drawings are going to be good ones, no matter how much I practice.

In the past I drew in fits and starts.   If it didn’t work I’d get into a funk and drop it for a while.  But now I see that by doggedly sticking with it I end up with far better work and more work that I am proud of.

Thanks to Ayala Art for the challenge.

Check out other artists taking the challenge:

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29 Faces Challenge Highlights: Days 20 – 28 + bonus

I’ve finished the challenge! I’m so proud of myself. I’ve never completed an art challenge before. I usual drop it by day 10 or so, but this time I did all 29 faces. One for each day of the month and one extra. Here are what I think are the best of the drawings I did for days 20 – 29. The last image is a portrait of Edgar Allan Poe I made for an ATC trade.

Day 20  2.5″ x 3.5″ ink on bristol

Day 20
2.5″ x 3.5″
ink on bristol

Day 21 - Joy 2.5″ x 3.5″ ink on bristol

Day 21 – Joy
2.5″ x 3.5″
ink on bristol

Audrey Portrait - cross-hatching portrait

Day 26 – Audrey
2.5″ x 3.5″
ink on bristol

Edgar Allan Poe ink portrait

Day 29 – Poe
2.5″ x 3.5″
ink on bristol

Thanks to all the challenge participants who came by to check out my work. And thanks to all of you new followers out there. It’s so cool to know that people are actually seeing my work! Soon I’ll post a collage of all the faces I made for the challenge: the good, the bad, and the ugly!

Until then, happy drawing!

29 Faces Challenge: Highlights of Days 13-19

Cowboy for my art pal Joan

Day 16 – Cowboy for Joan
2.5″ x 3.5″
ink on bristol

I’ve manage to stay more or less on track with the 29 Faces Art Challenge. It’s the 21st and I’ve done 19 faces so far.  Here are my favorites from Days 13-19.

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Day 18 – Introspective
2.5″ x 3.5″
ink on bristol

I pretty excited! I think I’ll manage to complete the challenge. A definite sea change. What if I can commit to working on something everyday for the rest of the year? Whoa, I better not get ahead of myself.

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Day 19 – John Cusak for my art pal Amy
2.5″ x 3.5″
ink on bristol

I’m very pleased with this John Cusak sketch. It’s for my dear friend Amy who encouraged me to take this challenge. It took a long time to get the likeness. At first he kept coming out looking like Kevin Spacey. Oh well, I’m pleased and Amy is pleased and another ATC goes out in the mail. It’s so lovely to share art with friends.

Check out other artist taking the challenge:

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Taking the 29 Faces Art Challenge

Color Experiment

Day 3 – Color Experiment

I’m taking the 29 Faces Art Challenge put on by Ayla Art this year.   We agree to draw or paint a face everyday in February with a bonus day.  It can be a sketch or a full painting, journal page, etc.  We then post to our blogs or to the Facebook group page.

I wanted to take this challenge because I’ve been feeling to attached to the outcome of my drawings.  I’m not having fun and taking risks.  I’m losing the joy of creating because I’m too worried about “improving” or being concerned about what people will think.  I’m limiting myself and it’s frustrating.

Edward Scissorhands

Day 7 – Edward Scissorhands

I know many people taking this challenge and getting to know others.  It’s a great supportive atmosphere and I am back to having fun drawing again.  My great hope is that this month’s challenge will help me move my drawing in a different direction.  Maybe shine a bit brighter.

I’ve been doing well.  It’s Day 12 and I’m on track.  I’m posting to the FB group every day.  I made sure to have a buddy in the group to check on me and keep me going.  I’m going to do this!

I’ll be posting my favorites weekly and put a gallery together at the end of the challenge.   See ya!

January: On my way to Artzona

So glad to have a nice trip to Arizona to look forward to. This year I’m attending Artzona, a weekend gathering of artists from my mail art trading sites, ATCs for All and Illustrated ATCs. We’ll hang out, make and trade art, and make a lot of racket. A great way to escape the winter doldrums.

I’ve been making ATCs to trade over weekend. Here’s one I made last night.

drawing of a young Buster Keaton.   2.5" X 3.5" ink

drawing of a young Buster Keaton.
2.5″ X 3.5″ ink

I have friend who likes Buster Keaton, so I’m sure this card will have a great new home.

Beautiful Pencil Portraits by Sergey Gusev

You should check out the portrait drawings gallery Sergey Gusev’s Visual Art Blog. These are beautifully rendered realistic pencil portraits.