“Begin Again”

Grow

10×10 mixed media on canvas

copyright 2015 Melissa Davies


Study in Blue

12x16 Mixed Media on Canvas  copyright 2014 Melissa Davies

16×12 Mixed Media on Canvas
Copyright 2014 Melissa Davies


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.


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