Sunday

Artist's Radio Interview


Friday I had the pleasure of being interviewed live by Christopher Adams, a CT Marketing & Business Coach / Consultant. During the interview, Chris was an excellent host who made me feel both welcome and relaxed. I have since combined the interview with a slide show that features about 100 of my miniature paintings- ACEOs.

Interview With Accompanying Art Slide Show:







Interview only (the interview is about 15 minutes long, the show lasts about 30 minutes):








Enjoy!

A Few of My Favorite Miniature Paintings

What a glorious, chilly, bright and sunny late fall day here in the Berkshires of Mass. Just for fun, I'm sharing some of my favorite miniature paintings that I've created over the last few years. The first two are my most recent ACEOs (miniature paintings)


Little Chipmunk
Colored Pencil and India ink
2.5 inches by 3.5 inches (ACEO)




Spring Bunny
Colored Pencil and India ink
2.5 inches by 3.5 inches (ACEO)




White Rooster
Colored Pencil and India ink
2.5 inches by 3.5 inches (ACEO)


Winter Chickadee
Colored Pencil, Watercolor, and India ink
2.5 inches by 3.5 inches (ACEO)


Cottontail Rabbit
Colored Pencil and India ink
2.5 inches by 3.5 inches (ACEO)


Kitten In A Basket
Colored Pencil and India ink
2.5 inches by 3.5 inches (ACEO)

Fall Bunny
Colored Pencil and India ink
2.5 inches by 3.5 inches (ACEO)


Spring Rabbit
Colored Pencil and India ink
2.5 inches by 3.5 inches (ACEO)


Tabby Cat
Colored Pencil and India ink
2.5 inches by 3.5 inches (ACEO)


Zebra
Colored Pencil and India ink
2.5 inches by 3.5 inches (ACEO)


Canada Goose
Colored Pencil and India ink
2.5 inches by 3.5 inches (ACEO)


Rif Raf The Rescue Dog
Colored Pencil and India ink
2.5 inches by 3.5 inches (ACEO)

Enjoy!

Saturday

Dandelion Mouse Art, Step by Step



Here is a WIP (work in progress) of my miniature paintings, "Dandelion Mouse". This miniature painting, also known as an (ACEO), is the basis for an exciting gift line I will be offering this Christmas season.

Preparing the “support”

The surface or “support” I use is 10 ply Cotton Illustration Board. I’ve experimented with different surfaces and arrived at this particular board for my miniature paintings (ACEOs). Since the little works of art are only a few inches either way (3.5”x 2.5”) and I use water based media, I needed something that wouldn’t warp and would stand up to many layers of pigment. The Illustration Board is 1/8” thick (about 10x thicker than a sheet of printer paper) and has a slight “tooth” (a bit of roughness that allows pigment to adhere).

The Ink drawing

Once I have the the composition for my miniature painting worked out, I gently draw out my idea on the Illustration Board in pencil. I then carefully ink in the painting. For years I used very expensive and temperamental Rapidiograph technical pens, but have since discovered Sakura Micron Pigma pens. These great little disposable technical pens have many different size nibs (points) and use archival ink which means the pigment will last for generations.

I consider my ink drawing the “bones” of a painting. The ink is permanent and will show through all my consequent layers of colored pencil, which are translucent.


The washes

The next step in my painting process is laying in washes of color. I use watercolor, or diluted ink, or sometimes a combination of media that’s a bit of a secret. I might use very light layers of watercolor to help build a more “toothy” or rough surface for my colored pencils.


The layers of pencil
The bulk of the little painting is layer after layer of translucent colored pencil. In this particular painting I used a very light touch that allowed the surface "tooth" to show through. This gave the background a grainy look that I really enjoy. The pencil I use is called Prismacolor and has a waxy-buttery quality. I add colored pencil layers, slowly and gently until the pencil becomes more like paint that I can push around and blend.






Last touches

My final touches include scratching through the many layers of pencil and sometimes adding small brush strokes of white acrylic. I then spray the piece with fixative and carefully paint the edges of the art to give it a professional finish.


Buy Him Now!
Print: $5.99







I also sell my original (ACEOs), as well as prints on my New Art WebsiteEtsy, Artfire and on Bonanzle.

I hope you like my step by step of "Dandelion Mouse".
Enjoy!

Wednesday

I'm YouTubin' Art!



Thanks to my teenage son's encouragement, I now have a YouTube Channel! How fun is that?!? I plan on adding many step by step videos of my miniature art, here are my first two. These are two WIPs (work in progress) of my "Little Angel" ACEO and "Fall Bunny" miniature paintings.




Thanks, son.

Enjoy!

Saturday

Follow Friday On Twitter

I see Twitter (especially "Follow Friday") as an opportunity to create waves, or expanding circles of positive energy. I joined Twitter about three years ago and have learned to use it as a wonderful supportive community. As you select individuals to follow and begin to actually interact with people on Twitter, you find that it can be a pretty amazing "Twittersphere", a community of potentially awesome contacts. I believe a good recipe for your "Tweets" on Twitter is:

  • 90% Sincere interaction with people, "Re-Tweeting" (meaning to repeat some one else's great information) others art, sales, pictures, great news, etc.

  • 10% Self Promotion
On Fridays there is a Twitter event called FollowFriday (#FollowFriday or #FF which includes the "hash tag" code on Twitter). It's a chance to recommend your favorite people for others to follow. For me, #FollowFriday has become really a labor of love. It brings me joy to recommend another person, add a few brief highlights about them, and "pay it forward" by bringing them more followers on Twitter. So come Tweet with us on Twitter's #FollowFriday! Me, on Twitter
Enjoy!

Find Melody's Animal Art Here:
Melody Lea Lamb's Miniature Animal Art

Tuesday

Winter Chickadee Wears A Hat!



Occasionally I get to employ my graphic design skills along with my fine art creations to change a miniature painting (ACEOs) into something all together new! This also gives me a chance to make my small art more suitable for bookmarks and greeting cards. Its fun to come up with a different composition or refine a piece. I just finished altering this little Chickadee painting by giving him a warm (and, oh so cute) Santa hat for the holidays!

Chickadee in a Santa hat is available as:
  • A handmade, hand cut and signed set of cards on Etsy.
  • A set of printed cards in my gift shop.
  • A customizable greeting card in my Zazzle shop.


Just for fun I am including some of my handmade bookmarks that I've redesigned and their corresponding originals:



















Enjoy!

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