Little Blue Crab

Little Crab paper sculpture by Melinda FabianThis cute little blue crab sitting on the sand is made entirely out of paper. Even the sand on the beach is cut from paper.

This piece was accepted into the juried 25th Annual International Miniature Show at Parklane Gallery in Kirkland, WA. The show starts May 2 and runs until June 4, 2017.

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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.

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.

My Work At Parklane Gallery

Giraffe.Melinda.FabianThree of my miniature art paintings are for sale at the Parklane Gallery located at 130 Park Lane, Kirkland, WA  98033.

My Giraffe, “Nelly,” a miniature iguana in his habitat titled, “Hanging Around” and a tiny sandy seashell scene titled, “Seaside Treasures” are all on display.

The 24th Annual International Juried Miniature Show will run from May 3 through June 5, 2016. You can also see the show and make a purchase from their online gallery via their website if you aren’t able to see the show in person.