My Safe Place

My_Safe_Place_Border_FabianThis is my latest miniature illustration titled, “My Safe Place.” It features a cute little 3D paper sculpture bunny rabbit hiding out among the spring violets and bleeding hearts. It measures approximately 4.5 ” x 3”. The illustration is made entirely out of hand-cut paper, shaped and formed and then painted in watercolor and gouache to create this realistic miniature painting.

The paper sculpture illustration was accepted in the 12th Annual Heartland Art Guild International Miniature Paintings & Sculptures Art Show.  The show can be seen at the Miami County Historical Museum in Paola, Kansas. The miniature art will be on display from June 27 thru July 29.

Chasing Paper

Crossing_My_Hearts_Melinda_I was thrilled to find out that three of my paper sculpture pieces have been selected to be a part of the show titled “Chasing Paper,” featured at the 2016 Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts in Oregon from June 24-26. “Chasing Paper” features artists who are working with the common material, paper, in unconventional ways to create beautiful pieces of art.

To learn more about the show and the festival, visit the  Lake Oswego Festival website.

Crab On A Dock

mf1crab_Fabian_Paper_SculptMy paper sculpture illustration titled “Crab on a Dock” will be traveling to Strasburg, Pa. I was happy to find out my painting was accepted into the Lancaster County Art Association Juried Exhibition. The show will start on June 19 and run through July 28. The gallery is located at 149 Precision Avenue, Strasburg, PA 17579. More information about the show and the Lancaster County Art Association can be found at their website.

Watercolorist Glenn Blue

Sketches12S_Melinda_FabianI had the pleasure of listening to Pennsylvania watercolorist Glenn Blue as he discussed some of his drawing and painting techniques.Over the years, Blue has traveled throughout the world, including Venice, Rome and Salzburg, and took classes with many talented artists during his travels. Blue creates marvelous watercolor paintings that have a realistic quality. Creating atmosphere and capturing the scene in a way that only Blue can imagine – whether he is bringing in bright sunlight shining through the trees on a wintry morning or that misty, foggy scene in the city. Through his vision and imagination he creates beautiful, realistic, watercolors full of atmosphere.

One of the things Blue talked about was the importance of continuing to practice your drawing and sketching. He will sketch any object from cars to evergreen trees to people walking down the street, filling up sketch books. He also discussed the importance of creating shadows, lights and darks and a range of values as you are practicing your drawings. Continue reading