Happy Bunny Day

Happy Bunny Day paper sculpture by Melinda FabianThe first signs of spring are in my yard, not only robins, but also little baby bunny rabbits hopping all over. Mama bunny and her little ones can be seen eating the fresh green grasses that sprout up among my purple crocus, yellow daffodils and tulips. They are so cute, I just had to make a little three-dimensional paper sculpture of a bunny rabbit. I wanted to add a little humor to it, so I included the sign, “Please Keep Off the Grass.”

The entire picture is made from paper – even the little bunny’s fur. Then it is painted in watercolor and gouache.

Happy Bunny Day is available at Seaside Art Gallery in Nags Head, NC. It will be there from May 6 through June 3, 2017.

Yikes! Get Me Out of Here!

I was thrilled to find out I received Honorable Mention for my miniature paper sculpture titled, Yikes! Get Me Out of Here!

I was thinking about some of the experiences my family and I had when we went out looking for blue crabs. We always had a fun time – lots of laughing – especially when one of those blue crabs would make a run for it. It always amazed me how those critters with all those crazy looking legs could get them to cooperate and get moving so fast, darting across the sand or running across the deck to go back to the safety of the water. This is how I came up with the idea to create a picture of a basket full of crabs – with a couple of escapees!

The entire picture is made from paper that was then painted in watercolor and gouache. Even the sand is made from painted paper.

This paper sculpture is in the 25th Annual International Miniature Show at Parklane Gallery in Kirkland, WA. The show is May 2 and goes till June 4, 2017.

Quackers

I like the challenge of creating these free-standing three-dimensional paper sculpture scenes. This woodland setting is reminiscent of a scene from a walk in the woods – little ducklings with their mother standing among grasses and foliage – like the east coast woodland areas with oak leaves, acorns and cattails.

Quackers is available at Seaside Art Gallery in Nags Head, N.C. It will be there from May 6 through June 3, 2017.

Quackers won Honorable Mention in the 83rd Annual International Exhibition of Fine Art in Miniature Painters, Sculptors & Gravers Society of Washington, D.C.

Keeping Watch

Keeping Watch 3D Paper Sculpture by Melinda Fabian

As the bald eagle sits on a branch in a tree at Conowingo Dam in Darlington, MD, he is watching, and waiting for just the right moment to take off to catch his next fish.

This was the scene that inspired Melinda Fabian to create this three-dimensional paper sculpture, titled Keeping Watch.

Keeping Watch, a 4 ½” x 2 ½” miniature sculpture, was accepted into the 26th International Miniature Art Show at Seaside Art Gallery in Nags Head, NC.  Two of Melinda Fabian’s other paper sculptures titled Quackers and Happy Bunny Day, were also accepted into this miniature art show. The miniatures will be on display at Seaside Art Gallery from May 6th thru June 3rd, 2017.

Catch of the Day

Catch of the Day
Paper Sculpture Illustration by Melinda Fabian

I was inspired to create this three-dimensional paper sculpture of an eagle after my visit to Conowingo Dam in Darlington, MD last November. In the fall, it is one of the best places to watch bald eagles as they glide through the air and then swoop down to catch a fish from the Susquehanna River below. Without hesitation, the eagle grabs their dinner soaring back up into the sky, eventually resting in the trees, eating their catch- unless their dinner was snatched up by one of the other eagles soaring by.

There were so many other photographers lined up along the fence waiting to take photos as the eagles flew overhead. As soon as someone would spot one of the birds of prey, they would call out, “Left” or Right”, to signal which side the eagle is taking off so you could start shooting your camera at them. Immediately, you would hear the continuous clicking sounds of the shutters going off, as the photographers are spinning around in a circular pattern following the flight of the eagle, trying not to become dizzy as they are getting their best shot of this powerful bird.

It is an amazing site to see so many eagles at one location and to be able to watch their behavior. I couldn’t help but create a paper sculpture eagle for one of my miniature shows.

The eagle sculpture titled, Catch of the Day was accepted into the juried 25th Annual International Miniature Show at Parklane Gallery in Kirkland, WA. The show starts May 2, 2017 and goes till June 4, 2017.  Each feather is individually cut out of white paper, shaped and glued together to form the eagle. After the eagle is formed, it is then painted in watercolor and gouache. The paper sculpture eagle is framed in a wooden shadowbox picture frame.