Keeping Watch

I was looking through recent photos I took of my paper sculptures and realized I had taken a picture of this little guy before I attached him to the background and framed him in the shadowbox frame.

Miniature eagle paper sculptureAt a quick glance, it almost looks like I am holding onto a tiny bald eagle! But it is all made from paper. The individually, hand-cut feathers and even the talons are made from paper.

This miniature sculpture, titled “Keeping Watch,” is a part of the 26th International Miniature Art Show at Seaside Art Gallery in Nags Head, NC. It will be on display and for sale from May 6 through June 3, 2017.


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.


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.

Mini Art in Nags Head

Elephant_Melinda_FabianFrom April 30 through May 30, two of my miniature paper sculptures, Peanuts Please! and Springtime Delights, will be at the 25th International Miniature Art Show at the Seaside Art Gallery in Nags Head, N.C.

This will be the third year my artwork has been on display, and Seaside Art Gallery has become one of my favorite miniature shows. Partly that’s because of the history of the art gallery itself.

Opened in 1961 by the Smith family, the same year Nags Head was founded, the Seaside Art Gallery has become a favorite of the beach town. It started as a one-room gallery and over the years expanded to the 12-room art mecca it is today. It continues to be a family-operated business that specializes in original artwork of all kinds. Seaside Art Gallery is now run by second-generation owner and accredited fine arts appraiser with the International Society of Appraisers, Melanie Smith.

With few recognized official miniature shows around the country, Seaside Art Gallery runs one of the largest. On how it got started, Smith says, “My father Chester Smith and his wife Arnette were in Florida visiting with our artist, David Hunter. They enjoyed the miniature art show in Florida so much that he decided to do one here.” The first annual miniature show opened in 1991.

Featuring hundreds of pieces in a variety of mediums from across the country and around the world, there is sure to be something for everyone. The artwork, which must be 1/6 the scale of the original subject, offers the finest detail in a package you can’t resist.

The best part of running a miniature show? For Smith it’s getting in the artwork. “I love having all of the little boxes coming in from all over the USA and the world, opening them up and seeing all of the surprising treasures.”

Visit Seaside Art Gallery April 30–May 30, and preview all the artwork in the miniature show here. And don’t forget to explore the rest of Seaside Art Gallery while you’re at it!

Seaside Art Gallery – Miniatures In Video

In May, three of my paintings were featured in the Seaside Art Gallery’s 24th International Miniature Art Show. Just this past week, I discovered a video by the Outerbanks Voice featuring reporter Kay Barefoot and Seaside Art Gallery owner, Melanie Smith. A nice focus on the miniature art show, Barefoot and Smith provide an overview of the miniature art show. They even discuss my Junk Drawer paper sculpture and the camera shows detail of my elephant’s ears and Juno the Peacock’s feathers.


Even though it may be a little late, the Outerbanks Voice video gives an overview of the show and the different kinds of art featured, the history of the wonderful Seaside Art Gallery and a great discussion about what miniature art is. For example, did you know the 1/6 rule means a human head in miniature art can’t be larger than a quarter? Check out the video below, and see if you can spot my elephant, peacock and junk drawer!