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My many faceted art

How I became an artist - the story

Fig 44 boy pulls mum by the hand.JPG (119532 bytes)My earliest memories are mainly tactile and sensuous like putting my whole face into a flower,

smelling large.jpg (6973 bytes) the colour and the feel of my mother's tangerine velvet dress. At 3 I knew that my mother, obviously the centre of the universe, could provide all my art material needs .  "Here’s your paintbrush, you grow your own" she said as she cut a lock of my hair off and tied it to a stick with cotton. By four I was an artist inside. Later, at Art School, I learned a great lesson: I could teach myself art!  So I taught myself to paint.

paintbrush.jpg (4986 bytes)A lesson my Dad taught me is that if you stop learning new things it's very hard to start again, so keep learning new things all your life.   It hardly matters what. Yesterday I went for my first lesson in letter cutting in stone. Fabulous! For me, changing my art medium enhances my art It is upward spiral. This year: a stage set,  mural (gigantic), a pastel portrait, electronic book illustration. This week a commission for a house portrait and a stone carving.

So I hope you’ll understand now why my art is so diverse and that you will like looking around my web site. Please email me and tell me what you think  … and if you decided you would like to commission something … that would be wonderful!

Another facet: Portraits

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Painting portraits is another aspect of my art. This is Drina who tends a marvelous rose garden in New Zealand.  I love painting children too.  I've done lots of them.  Mostly I use pastels, as it did for this painting.

Huge paintings - murals and stage sets

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This is a bathroom I did for Sally who loves the Greek islands.

Painting huge is very refreshing!  I use 6 inch brushes and a large container of paint. .  Colour has much more impact on me in large scale and my eyes feast on the colour.   I sweep the brush across using my whole body. Frequently I climb off the ladder and walk right, right, right  away, turn around and see the whole picture from a distance.  You can't see it as you paint up close, you just have to imagine the effect.

 

Summing Up: These are some facets of my art: book illustration, electronic art, portraits, sculpture, murals, bowl painting.  Not to mention drawing and painting in traditional media.  I hope you enjoy my web site and email me if you have any comments.

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One facet: Book Illustration

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This mother forms beautiful sculptural shapes with her children.  This is one of my favourite illustrations from the recently published book "Small Steps Forward" text by Sarah Newman.  Published by Jessica Kingsley of London. Click here to see more about it.

Another Aspect: Electronic art

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I love painting on the computer.  I did this wedding invitation picture for my son in California.   We worked together across the ocean over the net.  Isn't modern technology wonderful!

Sculpture

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Two stone carvings.    The"Cry of the Land Spirit"on the left was carved from Omaru stone at the sculpture symposium in Christchurch New Zealand.  Right is "Hermes" carved in Purbeck stone.

Bowl Painting:  An astronaut enters the MIR space station

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Notice how the view changes as the bowl is looked at from different angles.

I have made and painted 100 bowls this decade.  I paint the inside in such a way you may feel a strange 3D sensation and call out "I'm there".  This bowl is made of plaster, fibreglass and glue, and has three little feet.  My bowls range from 2 inches to 8 ft across.  This one is 9 inches across and the paint is acrylic.

All artwork © Jeanie Mellersh