|Family Dogs Greet the New Year|
Monday, December 30, 2013
Tuesday, December 24, 2013
|Traditional International Cookies - Soon to disappear among smiling family|
I hope this Christmas finds you surrounded by family, friends, laughter, joy, warm bellies, full hearts and peace.
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Watch out. It's a moose with mistletoe!
Meet Valfrid the ChrisMoose!
Valfrid dressed for the holiday in his favorite scarf. If he's like me, he received this classy creation from a talented knitter sister or aunt.
The name Valfrid means a Powerful Peace. I think that is perfect for the holidays and a fitting name for an 8 ft giant with a tender heart.
By the way, if you invite Valfrid to your party, he'll be there with bells on!
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
|CBIG Art on Display!|
This Saturday, December 7th from 10am to noon you'll hears the stories about some of the artwork surrounding you on the gallery walls.
Tis the season for sharing. So why not share a story with someone you love.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
|Oh Tannenbaum Tomes!|
You know you're a book lover when you build a Christmas tree out of old encyclopedias. These outdated books will eventually get ripped apart for crafty purposes (maybe greeting cards or jewelry), but I think they make for a distinctive Christmas tree today.
Thank you Pinterest. I find such good ideas there. 2014 resolution is to do more of those fun Pinterest ideas and bring more of that inspiration into my paintings.
Friday, November 29, 2013
|So much fun stuff delivered right to your door!|
I've added several of my watercolor characters to some amazing products at CafePress. Through the end of December, you can purchase Bird & Bear on a bib, a dragon on a t-shirt, or a horse on a new wallet.
Why not keep the store up all of time?
Well, I want to keep it fresh. I also want to stay true to myself as a fine artist and focus on the choices that make for the best paintings and not worry about what will sell to the most people.
So you'll only find my watercolors in the CafePress store for a limited time. I'll let you know in the blog when I've opened a new pop-up store. Of course, you can always contact me if you have any custom product or artwork requests.
By the way, every friday is Black Friday when your last name is Black. Some of you may grumble at that joke. You should. It was awful.
Others of you may grumble about Black Friday being a dark day of people behaving badly and rushing to the stores before the sun rises. The truth is that Black Friday is when most retailers get "in the Black" for the year, meaning they show a profit, as opposed to being "in the Red" or in debt.
So a Happy and Fruitful Black Friday to All!
Thursday, November 28, 2013
|Wild Turkeys Unaware of Thanksgiving Dinner Plans|
Things I'm thankful for this year... sunlight, laughter, family, friends, furry friends, watercolors, and the internet as a way to connect with people. And as I'm discovering (learning... I'm also thankful for learning) the internet is a great way to share my artwork with new people.
My dad took this picture of turkeys invading his yard. The dog stayed inside, but he kept a very close eye on the birds, which was difficult with so many of them!
Happy Thanksgiving Everybody!
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
|Family friendly art for any room!|
In other words, I now have an online store at Imagekind to sell Fine Art Prints, Gallery Framed Art, or a Canvas Wrap of my watercolors.
These images can be printed up to a massive 55 inches -- that's over 4 feet long! So, I'm working to get the cleanest and highest resolution shots of my artwork. I'm starting slow.
You can get to the Imagekind store at anytime from this blog with the tab at the top of the page labeled "The Fine Image Shop"
You may notice that I'm calling the shop "Designomel" as in Design-of-Melissa. Eventually, I'll showcase children's art, animal art, floral art, and (dare I be so bold) fine art.
Sunday, November 17, 2013
Children's Book Illustrators Guild gallery opening. The show is open through December 21st so stop by the Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts and pick up a one-of-kind gift for the holidays.
These artists have a delightful sense of humor that really shines through in all of their playful art. Who knew that sea turtles, emus, collies and kids could share a space so joyfully.
Saturday, November 16, 2013
|Bailey Schimel, Snack Happy Schnauzer|
Any food that enters Bailey's house will be his. Including that seven-month-old peppermint in the bottom of your purse.
Don't let the distinquished beard fool you. This hungry hound once crawled onto a Thanksgiving table and devoured an entire stick of butter. He looked awful proud of himself, until his tummy taught him that the best treats should be enjoyed in moderation. Lesson learned.
Thursday, November 14, 2013
|Sassy Black, Curious Collie Mix|
One ear up.
One ear down.
Don't you just love a dog with such an expressive face?
Sassy is well known throughout her neighborhood for herding small children, stubborn cats, and noisy squirrels away from the street. She's also quite famous for her uncanny ability to know when someone opens a bag of baby carrots, and for her amazingly acrobatic eyebrows.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
|Art Gallery Postcard|
Energetic traditional and digital artists working with a variety of subjects create an eclectic show. Everyone in the family will find art to fall in love with. (There's a particularly handsome purple dragon that's sure to draw a crowd.)
Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts is open 10am-4pm, Tuesday - Saturday.
6666 East River Road, Fridley, MN 55432
Contact (763)574-1850 or firstname.lastname@example.org for questions or purchases.
Saturday, November 9, 2013
|About the Author page from The Old Trunk|
Self-publishing, old school style, with genuine wallpaper and Elmer's Glue covers!
Surprisingly, the author bio still holds up. Although, I'm a little behind on all of Nancy's adventures these days.
This beautifully hand-illustrated book comes from my career as a 4th grade student in Mrs. Shell's classroom #113 at Loon Lake Elementary in Walled Lake, Michigan.
You can see the early influence of Garfield illustrator, Jim Davis, on my drawing. Look at that cat’s eyes. You just know he’s up to something.
Thursday, November 7, 2013
|Emma Schimel, Wile E. Westie|
Warning! Family members should NOT view this picture or it may spoil your Christmas surprise.
That furry lump on the couch might look sweet and calm, but Emma never fully outgrew her puppihood. Open a door and she's ready to sniff out an adventure.
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
|Bella Mott, Boxer Beauty|
Bella, the boxer, happily protects and plays with her best friend, little Sophie. She occasionally struts about town in snazzy clothes, but you'll most often see her in her lovely, natural fur coat.
Monday, November 4, 2013
|Old Palette, Blank Palette, Art Bin Full of Color|
|Fresh Palette and Color Guide|
I love my old palette, but is that red Alizarin Crimson or Perylene Maroon? That dollop of Antwerp Blue, was that Winsor & Newton or Daniel Smith? Over 60 color on this old palette, but only one shade of orange?
Yes, a true artist only needs three primary colors on their palette, but wouldn't it be great to collect all of the colors! With my new palette and color guide I will not fear running out of a color. I will know its name and its maker and I will keep its place full within my family of color!
Sunday, October 6, 2013
|Did you say bike ride?|
(Eat steak, scratch a belly, throw a ball)
Wherever you go.
(To the park, on a walk, to the kitchen)
I'll be right by your side.
(Especially if you have food, or toys, or my leash, or food)
Friday, October 4, 2013
|Charley the Bike Riding Dog|
The bikes can be enjoyed by people of all ages and abilities. So can Charley.
To see more pictures of Charley and for info about the bikes visit Blackbirdbikes.com.
Sunday, September 29, 2013
|The Crow and the Water Pitcher|
I didn't count all of those rocks as I painted them, but I suspect it would take considerable patience for that crow to gather all of those pebbles. A refreshing drink of water will prove to be a a well earned reward.
Saturday, September 28, 2013
Sunday, August 18, 2013
Monday, July 1, 2013
Thursday, May 30, 2013