Nature Study in Green and Yellow

I fell in love with this piece!  It was an experiment that worked out.  For the background, I used old book pages and a mix of pale umber and gold acrylic paint for texture.  The design is made of illustrations from various vintage books.  This would be a fun “i spy” piece to hang in a children’s room.  Can you spy the dinosaur??

Study in Green and Yellow


B & L

This is a mixed media piece I made for a wedding gift for my wonderful friends, Ben & Laura <3

acrylic on canvas with vintage floral illustrations

B&L


SPACE!

Usually when I make a collage, I already know who I am making it for.  This was a fun project I did with no particular person in mind, but I knew that I wanted to do something a little geeky and masculine.  I ended up gifting it to a friend for her little boy’s room.  Glad it found a good home!

9×13 collage on canvas, 2014

Space Exploration


Wild & Pretty II

 

purple gem

11×14 Collage on Canvas Copyright 2014 Melissa Davies

 

 

Last June when I turned 29, I set a goal for myself to create 30 pieces of art before I turn 30.  If I include all of the art that I made for my wedding, then I definitely cleared my goal.  I think I’ll make this a tradition – 31 pieces of art by my next birthday.  :)


SAGUARO (or GIANT CACTUS)

cactus

12×16 Acrylic on Canvas

 

I did this painting based off of an illustration out of the book Children’s Guide to Knowledge:  Wonders of Nature, Marvels of Science and Man (Parent’s Magazine Press, 1974).   The entire book is full of gorgeous illustrations of plants, animals, historical people and iconic places; a wonderful treasure that I was lucky enough to stumble across at a thrift store.


Wild & Pretty

Pink Gem

11×14 Collage on Canvas, Copyright Melissa Davies, 2014

Sometimes I experiment with themes and technique, and these past couple of weeks I began playing with color and layering to see if I could achieve the illusion of a cut gem.   Sometimes my experiments fail; this time, I was very pleased with the result.  It’s very different than my earthy, nature inspired collages.  This one is bright, a bit glamorous, a bit psychedelic; a nod to the 80s with a bit of Art Deco influence.

I am increasingly amazed by the power of social media to connect with other artists from around the world.  Last week, I posted a picture of this piece on Instagram, and shortly after I was approached by a London-based band asking to use it for the cover of their new single.   So we’ll see what happens with that!  I love the opportunity to collaborate with other artists.


“Gazing West”

Looking West

 

This is an 11×14 collage on canvas.  I used different textured/colored paper and illustrations from vintage books.  Can you figure out why I called it Gazing West?

 

This would look perfect perched on a bookshelf or hung above a favorite reading spot.

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Fletcher

Fletcher

Another monogram mixed media piece for my adorable new nephew, Fletcher. I used vintage sheet music and illustrations from children’s books and acrylic paint. It’s mounted on a 20×20 canvas.

By the way, I really like the name they picked out! I looked up the origin of the name Fletcher, and discovered that it’s of English, Scottish, and Irish origin (my brother-in-law’s wife is Scottish, so this makes sense). It means “Maker of Arrows.” I’ve been into drawing arrows lately, which means I love his name even more <3

Welcome into this world, Fletcher! I hope you find it to be a beautiful place full of love and light.


Giving old books a second life

I love baby girl names that start with the letter “A” – they are soft, feminine, and pretty.  So I was extra delighted when asked by a friend to make two collages for her daughters’ nurseries.  Analise & Adelyn are her sweet little girls, and their names perfectly suit them!

Each mixed-media collage is mounted on a 20×20 canvas.  I used acrylic paint over vintage ledger paper in the center, and illustrations from vintage children’s books around the border.  Each piece tells a story.  Completely unique and original, this is something they can treasure forever.

*As a side note:  when looking through old children’s books, I found a page that someone marked in pencil “Jan 2, 1935″ – I love how this book has survived for 80 years!  (you can see this marking in the first image below, along the bottom border with the fox and White Hen title).  Sometimes, I have a hard time cutting these pictures out – you might even say I’m destroying these books.  But I feel like I’m giving them a second life.  Instead of being hidden away on a shelf or in an attic, their beautiful illustrations are put on display for everyone to enjoy.

Adelyn Analise


“A” is for Averie

So many babies recently! But this one is particularly special to me – my first niece, Averie, was born just a couple weeks ago, and I fell in love with her the moment I laid eyes on her.  She is perfect, and I’d like to think that she looks a bit like me:)  I cannot wait to make finger-paint messes with her.  I made this piece of art for her nursery and it hangs right above her crib.  It’s a 20×20 mixed media on canvas featuring various illustrations from vintage children’s books that border her initial (in purple, to match the nursery).

 

nusery

me and averie

I love this little girl so much! <3


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