10×10 mixed media on canvas
copyright 2015 Melissa Davies
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??
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
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
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. :)
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.
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.
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.
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.