What did the unicorn say to the alien? “Believe” - Aunt Omi Bootcamp is on hold this weekend. The kids are back with their parents and I am going to make some alien and unicorn art, sit in the middle of nature, practice yoga and have meals with my family. I brought my heavy bodied paper, gauche paint, colored pencils, watercolor pens, ink pens, graphite pencils and am filled up with lots of love and gratitude. 👊🏽💥❤️🧡💛💚💙💜🖤🎨🦄👽🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲 This is @m_fischerkeller ‘S painting. I wasn’t even done with it and he snagged it. We speak the same weirdo language. 👽🦄😂🦄👽Wishing you a blissful weekend ;-)
Sometimes I feel like I’m failing at this motherhood gig.
We are still trying to get back into a routine since school started and yesterday morning they both finally dressed themselves.
In all the craziness that we call life, I didn’t notice until right before bed that they were both wearing shirts with my art on them. (Available on amazon- link in bio.💜)
It almost brings me to tears sometimes that my kids are my biggest fans.
I wish I could see myself the way they see me. ...
Regan probably doesn’t understand the symbolism of fierce femininity hidden in her elephant shirt.
Renly probably has no idea that his wolf shirt is all about the dichotomy of choice we all battle every day.
They just like color, animals and that their mom made it. And that’s enough for me. Because seeing them wear my art affirms to me that they are paying attention to the fact that I am following my passion.
And someday when they are trying to decide what kind of life they want to live, they will feel an unspoken permission to do the same. ...
May we each follow our bliss and remember that little ones are watching. 💜&💡
Pen Box (Qalamdan) “Painted in a harmonious palette of pastels with touches of gold on a cream-colored background, this pen box is an unusual and sensitively drawn example of Persian lacquer from the dawn of the nineteenth century, possibly by the master court painter Mirza Baba (active 1780s–1810) or an artist in his circle. The top depicts one of the battles between the first Safavid ruler, Shah Isma'il I (r. 1501–24), and the Ottoman Turks in the second decade of the sixteenth century, possibly the Battle of Chaldiran of 1514. In the foreground, the two armies are shown in fierce battle against a row of cannons, at the time the ultimate symbol of the modern military. In the scenes on the two sides, which continue onto the rounded ends, men on horseback, accompanied by dogs, hunt bears and gazelles in a delicately painted Europeanizing landscape with buildings. The details of the landscape and architecture and the rendering of the figures and animals evince the continuation of the late Safavid Perso-European style into the early nineteenth century.” @metmuseum
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Just another studio peek! I love displaying some of my favorite pieces as inspiration for new projects! Have a great day everyone!
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To discover and create something from a moment of joy, fear, shock, anger, empathy, love, jealousy or pain is to be an artist.
Studying my favorite artists I have observed that often it is inside one’s pain when one begins to take the necessary steps toward discerning their artistry. Where only few realize how small they are. Where fewer accept that they are more insignificant then they’d like to admit, but that they are also vastly important. And even fewer are brave enough to become one with their vulnerability. But vulnerability is the single universal condition that makes us human - the same condition which we also fear immensely. But great art comes from the courage to be vulnerable. For it is in the space of vulnerability that we are the most authentic. 💙💙
One of the things that I know I struggle with on a regular basis is my social media game 😅 I'm one of those people who could go weeks without interacting with another human being and be just fine, so I have to work my way into (and maintain) the mentality that I should be sharing several times a day. I've been scheduling FB posts but that's something I've been reluctant to do with Instagram because my focus here especially is always on community and organic engagement. Reframing your mental space is a process for sure, so I thought I'd dedicate some space to it today - all day in my stories you can find snapshots from whatever I'm up to. There's sure to be a lot of clay and cats so take a peek! 😊🧡 And thank you for going on this journey with me
I know no one wants to think about the holidays yet...but I'm over here doing just that because it is officially COMMISSION SEASON! If you want to order a custom scratchboard pet portrait, NOW is the time to start finding that perfect reference image and placing your order!
FIRST COME FIRST SERVE and my list is already filling up!
Email me your photo, board size, and any questions you have - firstname.lastname@example.org
More info available at www.melissahelene.com/commissions
(And if you made it this far in the post, remember that I'm holding a pet portrait sale September 1-15th)
Happy Birthday, Virgos!
Virgo is the sixth sign of the zodiac from August 23 to September 22. It is an earth sign and ruled by the planet Mercury.
They are known to be hard working, meticulous and have a love for knowledge and know-how. They’re practical, clever and have a keen attention to detail that allows them to find solutions to problems that others simply miss.
Virgos walk their talk. When they say they’re going to do something, believe it. They’re notorious perfectionists and great achievers who rarely boast about their accomplishments. They get frustrated by incompetence and stupidity. They don’t like being lectured or judged. People born under this sign are organized and can’t stand clutter. They are methodical and efficient. Virgos can be bossy but only because they want to get things DONE!
They are sensitive and emotional even if they don’t show it. Virgos are more of a lover than a fighter. They may appear cold or indifferent at times but that’s because they’re cautious about opening up.
Other little fragment with the Sleeping Beauty from the #makingof video by @anna_patritsiya The full film you can watch in YouTube. The link in the profile. An english subtitles will be in next two-three weeks ❤️ Ещё один кусочек из нашего видео со спящей красавицей. Полную версию можно увидеть по ссылке в профиле 👆🏻 #dreamwalkersandmagicthings
My latest layers upon layers of rocks, mountains and water on @fredrixcanvas Dixie Pro. Seriously, working with collectors to create a commissioned piece has been the most surprising joy of my year. Their enthusiasm is energizing. And concluding the process with a happy final approval is the best feeling ☺️.
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I guess it’s a blue/gray kind of week. Today is for visiting new galleries that would like to see the work in person and continuing to work hard to finish the big workload for my upcoming exhibit. Did you know that I have an Online Classroom with tutorials for how to paint in my style? I teach the background wash techniques, how to paint tiny trees and how to make pendants. Anyone who signs up and pays just once gets lifetime access to all the videos including any new ones! I’ll be posting two new tutorials next week!
“Light Against the Current” || 5x7, watercolor with white gouache. I’m inspired by #gretathunberg ’s journey across the Atlantic on a sailboat right now. As a most awe-inspiring climate activist she opted to boycott aviation and get across the world in the old school way. When I watch her speak, I always cry. She experiences our climate emergency directly as she speaks. In her heart she is directly in touch with the devastation and transmits a spiritual lesson through her speeches, it’s what I believe sets her apart. Thank you, Greta.
“The Brightest Star”, another small basswood painting. This one is headed to my upcoming exhibit a @adornedbynomad in Boulder. Schools are back in session and Monday feels like Monday again. And somehow this week will be one of the hottest ones this summer. But there’s lot of work to be done so I’ll be staying put and working hard on my length to-do list this week. My most important goal is to get all of my work completely finished for this exhibit. Another is to do research on licensing my artwork. What is one goal you have this week?