Monday, November 22, 2010

A Blue Version of the Forgiveness Is Painting.....

12" x 12" layers and layers of acrylic mediums.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Abstract Dragonfly Collage

I thought I`d share my latest collage/painting. 20" x 20". Collaged pics and papers and an antique frame on the surface. Inspired by dragonflies at the lake this summer. Love this color of blue too. Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Layers and Layers and Forgiveness Is.....12" x 12"

This is my latest painting. I was playing with the idea of depth. Trying to make the dots look deep inside the painting. I did some dots and then I would add some gel, dots, gel, dots, gel. I thought one day ,I`m going to be making dots forever on that painting if I don`t think of something. While meditating in the pool one afternoon I saw the answer. The black lines to cut into the design. That was the answer. The saying reads... Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heal that crushed it." Radical way of thinking of forgiveness. This piece is sold.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

I joined a really interesting online class called" Complex Collage" . I had taken the Color -Beyond the Basics class and got a lot from that, I thought I`d try this one too. This is my work after taking the 2 classes and applying some of what I learned. If you join either or both classes, tell them Melanee Herrera recommended them.
I found wonderful collage papers at Brushstrokes in Lewisburg,Pa., so I started with the beautiful blue that`s in the background. I had an antique needlebook nearby and I looked at the paper and thought I`d like to use that, so the black areas and the actual needles are in this .This guided how the piece was going to move forward. I added other colors and circles, etc..

I added the groups of circles as an idea of the honeycomb, and the green running down is a resembles honey, but is green. With the needles I wanted an image that had to do with sewing, so in the class they showed how to add this bee to a collage,(or whatever image you prefer. I thought "Sewing Bee", but in a more modern way. Instead of the antique version with women sitting around a quilt sewing, I would make a version of the words. I thought of thread for the needles ,and added thread in a way to remind us of the dances the bees do to communicate to each other. I`m very pleased with how it came out. 20" x 20" copyright 2010 Melanee Herrera All rights reserved.

Attempt at Faux Encaustic

I was trying to mix mediums to have a faux encaustic look , making it look like it has a film of wax over it. But when I had it all covered it just didn`t do much for me, so I decided to leave some of it covered and some bold. I painted over some areas. I`m pleased with the outcome and I`ll try again with the faux encaustic idea on another piece. 12" x 12" acrylic. copyright Melanee Herrera 2010.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Harvest Gallery Williamsport ,Pa. March 2010

I moved to another wall at Harvest Gallery. Lots more room to spread out. First Friday was very busy , lots of people stopped by to see the latest art of the featured artist Alex Callenberger, artist and musician. 46.5 W. 4th St. Williamsport,Pa.

Photo of my new art wall at Harvest.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Monochromatic Red Abstract Painting

After doing some very colorful paintings ,I wanted to try to just explore one color. I felt comfortable using a wide range of colors and wanted to see if I could reign it in to just one. But with white & black added too. It was fun, and a challenge. Thanks for looking!

Vintage Collages for February

3 Vintage Ladies.
The top half of the ladies are made from old magazine ads from 1897 ,and a photo of very old doll slips,collaged together. Many layers added of glazes of paint and ink. I added zen doodles around the edges to mix the old and the new in an interesting way.

The Power of Love.
The 2nd collage, I used a photo copy of a 17thC. painting and collaged it over some paper with writing on it. The bottom half as shown in the 2nd image down, I grain painted blue over red .Then I painted the sides out to form a skirt. I don`t have a plan when I make my work , I just saw a shirt continuing down from the woman`s waist. I added collage pieces from old books , zen doodles,and many layers and the 3rd image is the finished piece. Again, a mix of old and new,in what I hope is an original look. Both of these collages are for sale at the Harvest Gallery in downtown Williamsport.