WHAT IS THE STORY BEHIND YOUR ART?
When I start a painting, I don't usually have a specific story in mind. If I do, it's loosely based on the story I wrote for my HOME PAGE of this website. I want you to remember that you have magic. I want you to rediscover all your special powers. I want you to have adventures and find your way through this mysterious journey called life. The imagery I use is also metaphors for feelings and problems that we encounter in life.
HAVE YOU EVER ILLUSTRATED BOOKS?
Yes, I have illustrated a few books. One was a children's story called, "Piggy Forest". Another was a text book for children. Yet another was for a workbook about finding your ideal job. And finally, I illustrated an exercise book for women. I have created many illustrations for clients and companies, including portraits, posters, websites and business cards (to name a few).
WHAT DOES "MELICIOUS 1900" MEAN?
I came up with the name before I knew it was in the urban dictionary. I meant it to be a mash up of my name, Melissa, plus delicious, plus the era that I love, 1900 (and before). In the urban dictionary, it means something truly delicious---enough to make you say, "Mmmmm." It can also mean a desirable woman named Melissa. I think those all kind of work for my website. Don't you?
WHY ARE YOUR PAINTINGS BLACK AND WHITE?
I love vintage photographs and by-gone eras, so painting in a monochrome color palette evokes those images and time periods for me. I also want my paintings to feel mysterious and other-worldly like from some other time and place. The limited color does that.
WHAT? THAT'S NOT A COLORED PENCIL DRAWING? THEN WHAT ARE YOU USING TO CREATE YOUR ART?
Yes, I'm often told that my acrylic paintings look like colored pencil drawings. I think people assume this because it's on paper (BFK Rives paper) and it's very detailed. They wonder how I got such tiny strokes with a brush. I tell them I use tiny brushes (double and triple 0 sizes). It surprises and impresses them. I'm happy to hear that. I do create drawings with colored pencils and ball point pen (usually in my sketchbooks), but they are much more messy and less precise than my paintings. If you see them side by side you'll see the difference in texture. The paint goes on the paper very smoothly. The pen and pencils go on kind of scratchy and rough.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN DOING ART?
I have been working professionally as an artist since 2004, but I have been studying, learning and growing for over 20 years. I finally feel like I am a master of my craft and that my art is only going to get better and better.
ARE THERE PLACES WHERE I CAN SEE YOUR ART IN PERSON?
Sometimes, I have work in group art shows or other exhibitions. If you join my INSIDER'S NEWSLETTER, you can keep up-to-date on all the art shows and events that I am in or that I create. I really don't like the traditional way of displaying art in a gallery or show because I want to interact with the art and my audience. I feel it is very important to give you an amazing, art adventure. You can be certain to find my art displayed in exciting and new ways. One of the ways was doing a "Chalk Drawing Story Hunt". Another way was at the "2016 Monster Drawing Rally at the Portland Art Museum". It's pretty accurate to say that it's my ongoing project to keep you on your toes with magical, adventures and surprises.
WHAT IF I BUY A PAINTING AND END UP NOT LIKING IT?
I definitely want you to be completely happy with a painting or any artwork that you buy from me. If you are not completely happy with it, return it for another artwork or get a full refund. That's my guarantee, ensuring your satisfaction and enjoyment.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR YOU TO FINISH A PAINTING?
It's hard to give a specific answer to this question. It really depends on the artwork. The bigger it is, the longer it usually takes, but the smaller pieces still take me several weeks to finish. I am very much a perfectionist when it comes to my artwork. I want it to be refined and polished, but still with the imperfection of the human touch. It's a delicate balance. That said, it takes weeks and some times months to complete a single art piece.
WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY "DARK FAIRY TALES TO REMIND YOU THAT YOU'VE GOT MAGIC"?
There is a quote by the fantasy author, Neil Gaiman that says, "Fairytales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten." That is what I'm trying to do with all my artwork. I believe along the way and in the midst of trouble and strife, we forget that our uniqueness is our magic and we must rediscover it to come up with the best solutions to solve our problems. All my art is meant to inspire you to remember.
IF I CANNOT AFFORD YOUR ART, WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO SUPPORT YOU AS AN ARTIST?
It's my deepest desire to find really good homes for my artwork where it will be cherished and taken care of. If you can provide this, I'm willing to entertain your offer and/or to create a payment plan for you. If you still don't feel like you can afford it, the best way for you to support me as an artist is to spread the word and tell everyone you know why you love my artwork. This specifically means sharing my art & the stories behind it on social media and having it link back to my website. Thank you so much. You are a true fan when you do this. You mean the world to me.