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.

On My Soapbox In Florida

squirrel_s4_melinda_fabianTwo of my miniature paper sculptures, “On My Soapbox” and “On The Rocks,” have been accepted into the Miniature Art Society of Florida‘s 42nd Annual International Miniature Art Show. The show runs Jan. 15 through Feb. 5, 2017, at the Leepa-Rattner Museum at St. Petersburg College, 600 E. Klosterman Road, Tarpon Springs, FL 34689.

Quackers Win Honorable Mention

quackers_melinda_fabian_paperI was honored to receive Honorable Mention in the Sculpture category for my 3-D paper sculpture titled Quackers at the 2016 Miniature Painters, Sculptors & Gravers Society of Washington, D.C.’s 83rd Annual International Exhibition of Fine Art in Miniature.

The miniature art show will be on display through Dec. 31, 2016 at the Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda, MD 20852. If you are in the area, I hope you will stop in to see the miniature art show.

 

 

 

 

Support Your Local Artists

melinda_fabianharford_artists_galleryLooking for that perfect gift? Your local art gallery may be just the place to find it! Many galleries are often filled with art made by artists in your very own town. You can find beautiful works of ar, including watercolors, pastels, oils paintings, sculptures – in many different styles, from realistic to abstract– in a wide price range to fit into different budgets.

Many artists will also print their art work on note cards or sell prints of their work. Not looking for a painting to hang on the wall this season? That’s OK, your local gallery probably has a jewelry artist, ceramic artist, woodworker, and perhaps a fabric designer specializing in creating beautiful women’s scarves. You never know what kind of treasures you will find until you stop in!

melinda_fabian_havre_de_grace_holiday_galleryVisiting your local gallery is also a nice way to learn more about your favorite artist. Many times, the artists also work at the galleries, so you can meet them in person. It is a nice way to learn the artist’s story – why they are interested in creating that type of art work, how they got their start and what process they go through to create their art work.

There’ still plenty of time to visit your local art gallery to find that perfect handmade gift made by one of the artists in your community. Happy Shopping!

My Art Work can be seen at the following locations:

Paper Critters: Paper Sculpture by Melinda Fabian

Here are a couple photos from my solo exhibition at the gallery at the Havre de Grace Library in Havre de Grace, Md. My exhibition, which includes 26 paper sculpture pieces, shows a wide range of what can be done with just a simple piece of paper — from a paper silhouette giraffe to the complex shaping and forming of a 3-D iguana. The complex 3-D realistic paper sculptures seamlessly blend hand-sculpted paper elements painted in watercolor and gouache to create one-of-a-kind art pieces.

The exhibit will be on display through Oct. 14, 2016.

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Have you checked out your local art gallery?

Colorful_ButterfliesIf you are looking for something fun to do in your local area, check out your local artist gallery. Attend one of the receptions and meet talented artists right in your own area.

These galleries rely on their community to help support their endeavors. Consider joining your local gallery and help support your fellow artists. Even if you don’t want to exhibit your art in the gallery, there are plenty of other ways you can participate in the group.

Many local art associations also bring in professional speakers to teach or demonstrate during their meetings. It is a way to get out of your studio and meet someone else that you automatically have something in common with, and even find a little inspiration.

My area has several small galleries, and I have been to several of the openings at different galleries. I look forward to checking out more of them in the upcoming months.