Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Snow, Spring, New 80s, Twin Peaks, Potatoes, and Mars

Welcome to the new year, when thoughts of the Polar Vortex and Winter Storms are on the East Coast's mind. I hope you are all safe inside, or are enjoying snow like a kid! Since we're all thinking about it anyway, the theme of the first part of this Melasdesign / Design of Life blog entry is weather. 

Melasdesign Artist Blog January 2018

Through the pictures and links below, you should get a pretty good overview of the products each Melasdesign shop offers. Some items overlap - art prints, phone cases, iPad cases/skins, t-shirts, tapestry, mugs, hoodies, stickers, throw pillows, and comforters. I hope I didn't sound like the guy on Forrest Gump talking about shrimp! Fashion and Student Gear is more unique to RedBubble. Society6 has a further selection of home decor. Don't forget the CafePress shop either - fewer designs, but a totally different range of products.

Mela's Sense of Snow

What follows is my first pattern of the year - one inspired by the beautiful snowscapes I've experienced and greatly enjoyed. Yes, I am a snow lover. I am a cold weather lover. My teeth don't start chattering until about 8 degrees Fahrenheit (provided I have a good coat). Above that you can generally find me lifting shouts of joy, with face and arms up to greet the snow. 'Mela's Sense of Snow' is featured in Melasdesign shops on Society6 and RedBubble

While we're still on the subject of cold, let me wish you all a happy new year! Did anyone even go outside? Brrrrrrr.

2017 was the biggest year yet for Melasdesign, with much love shown to my shops, along with many opportunities to hone my artistic skills further, including lovely folks who entrusted me to capture their fur babies' likenesses in drawings. You took me into new areas of exploring pop culture references and looked on excitedly as I painted abstract images in acrylic. I am *extremely* grateful for all the love and support I've had over the past year; from customers, social media followers, and all the people far and wide who have given me such positive input. I couldn't do it without you. It has spurred me on and let me focus on getting even better! 

Melasdesign Thanks 2018

I've also got plenty on my plate already for 2018! Stay tuned for the return of hand-crafted felt items, more pet portraits (so popular during the holidays!), plus more abstract art, illustrations and patterns as only "Mela" can! 

Since I've concentrated on the extreme cold we're experiencing as of late, let's move on to weather that is more popular with some: Sunshine and Spring Temps.

Flowers Float by Ladybug Stream

This is available on many products in both RedBubble, CafePress, and Society6 shops from Melasdesign. The image is from an oil painting I did in the mid 00's. I think it is such a happy design and would be highly suited for nature and flower lovers, ladybug fans, and even nursery decor. It's decidedly warm and cheery! Bask in the sunny glow.

Flowers Float by Ladybug Stream - Melasdesign on Society6

Flowers Float by Ladybug Stream - Melasdesign on RedBubble

Flowers Float by Ladybug Stream - Melasdesign on RedBubble

Windows to Red Planet

From weather to astronomy, and perhaps even astrology: This is what happens when old paintings get resurrected into something new, aka abstract photomanipulation. It was created in a more or less stream-of-consciousness manner, but when I took a step back and looked at it, it somehow reminded me of the apartment in David Lynch's cult film "Eraserhead." ..... I can't tell you why! It's like being in a bizarre flat-walled building looking out a window, and seeing a vast, empty red organic surface - the red planet! It doesn't make a bit of sense, BUT many say that about David Lynch's work too! That's why people love it, and discuss it, watching it time and again. Keep reading for even more Lynch-inspired fun!

Windows to Red Planet - Melasdesign on RedBubble

Windows to Red Planet - Melasdesign

Windows to Red Planet - Melasdesign on Society6

Signs 17

And now a continuation from last month of New 80's inspired design work. I love this so much! I'm not generally so outspoken about my own preferences, but turning this old graphic into a reworked pattern just gets me excited! It's made up symbols, from European traffic signs to danger warnings of the atomic ilk. It reminds me of 80's graphic design. I have it featured on all fashion on RedBubble and it looks great on the home decor selection at Society6. Tech, Tees and Student Gear are rocking it too!

Signs 17 Graphic T-shirt from Melasdesign on RedBubble

Signs 17 Spiral Notebook from Melasdesign on RedBubble

Signs 17 from Melasdesign on Society6

In closing, a gem for you David Lynch fans who held out this far. I am such a fan of the new Twin Peaks! I loved that it was both very creepy, fascinatingly vague, and also very, very funny. The end made me shudder, and I'm a seasoned horror movie fan. Wow. So scary. 

Dougie for Congress

How could I resist making a tribute to the character Dougie Jones? Here he is running for Congress. Yes, Congress. Not the House, not the Senate. At this point that bunch is so down and out that he would fit into either like a charm! Don't you think? Unfortunately, although they are a bunch of bumbling nincompoops at the time, they haven't so far had the uncanny ability to save the day in the end anyway, like Dougie. Maybe we really do need him in office. 

Dougie for Congress on Society6

This is a digital drawing from scratch, by hand. It is not a photomanipulation or reworked photo. I combined Dougie's ironic persona with a background that suggests the Black Lodge, and added then the requisite campaign motifs to wrap it all up. This one's only on Society6. Be sure to click the link for a close-up image. 

Has anybody other than me noticed that Lynch has an uncanny knack for using potatoes in many different ways? Hmmmmm.... Let's see. Someone else thinks so too! Food, planets, characters, textures, and more? Some day I'll promote a drinking game called "Spot the Potato." It kills me! I love the creativity.

If you didn't catch David Lynch himself in the wonderful epic final film from Harry Dean Staunton, "Lucky," by all means check it out! There couldn't have been any finer send-off for such a fine, all encompassing American actor.

That's all for the beginning of 2018. Here's wishing you all the best! Stay tuned for more Mela and please join my mailing list (in the lefthand column) if you would like to be notified when new blogs are posted. Depending on how the Net Neutrality fiasco boils down, that might be the best way to get the latest news. We'll see. Hang tight, and we'll see if 2018 is as wild a ride as '17 was.