Birds, Bees & Blossoms

Birds, Bees & Blossoms completed hanging arrangement
Completed hanging arrangement

ArtPrize 8 is right around the corner and I am very pleased to say I, with Russell’s help, have just installed my entry at the Holiday Inn Grand Rapids Downtown.

Beeline stitching and tweet detail
Beeline stitching and tweet detail

Birds, Bees & Blossoms features whimsical birds conversing, while bees buzz amidst white and pink blossoms on light green backgrounds. It is a grouping of 9 mixed media pieces, all visually connected by the leaves and branches. Acrylic paint, decorative papers, fabric, plastic, colored pencil, ink, and embroidery floss are used throughout the individual pieces.

Blossom and bee detail
Blossom and bee detail

This grouping began as my own wishing and waiting for warmer and brighter days, filled with sounds and sights of springtime.

ArtPrize8 begins on Wednesday, Sept. 21 and ends Sunday, Oct. 8, in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  Come and fill your senses with a wide range visual delight!  It’s a great place to see art, and meet artists from all around the world!

Expanding Art on the Net

Last fall, my friend Toni and I helped each other to make Etsy shops.  My Etsy shop can be found at https://www.etsy.com/shop/HanaMeleArt.

My Etsy Shop!

I’m very excited to have this shop as it is one more way to have my work available to the public.  Bluebirds of Happiness are the latest creations I’ve been working on at the Farmers Market and what doesn’t sell at the market will be available at my Etsy shop.

- created at the Iron Mountain Farmers & Artisians Market at Art on the Spot
– created at the Iron Mountain Farmers & Artisians Market at Art on the Spot

 

Mail Art entry 13!

Mail art entry 13a

What can I say? Sun was pouring through my Southern exposure drawing room window as the ideas fluttered about like the butterfly on the stamp.  I really like how this one turned out!

Mail art entry 13b

The back of this postcard is fun to trace the stitching tracks!

If you haven’t checked out where all these pieces of mail have gone, go to Two Hands Paperie’s Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Two-Hands-Paperie/282051646297?ref=ts&fref=ts

Mail Art entry 9!

Mail Art entry 9a

Last night after dinner, I sat in a chair to watch Neil Young’s Journey.  As the movie began, I found I just couldn’t sit there without doing something.  So I ran to my office and grabbed an envelope, to the dining room table where I left my stamps, then into my drawing room for my Bic markers.

I placed a stamp on the envelope, added the addresses and began the black outlines, using the graphics in the stamp as a reference.  Once the black lines were in place, I added the bright Bic marker color, but found frustration with the flat colors.  One more leap up from my chair and I retrieved my Prismacolor pencils!  The color pencil overlay allowed me to add wonderful detail, depth of color, and depth in design.

Mail Art entry 9b

I turned the envelope over and stared at a plain white blank side.  I began the process over beginning with the black lines, adding color with marker and adding more color with color pencil.

Many of the stamps I currently am using are from the U.S. Postal Service Modern Art in America, 1913-1931 Forever Stamps.  You can read more about them at:  http://about.usps.com/news/national-releases/2013/pr13_033.htm