New Items Available!

Last week, I was able to add two of my favorite pieces of art to my pages on Redbubble and Society6. Please do stop by and check them out. I’m working to add most of my art and photography to the sites but it’s slow work indeed with our wonky internet.

Here are the two pieces of art now available on my pages. You can visit the pages by clicking on the link for each site in the caption under each photo. Thanks for stopping by!

Web of Life

“Web of Life” – mixed media artwork by Melody Kittles – Check it out on Redbubble by clicking here. Check it out on Society6 by clicking here.

The Mechanic

“The Mechanic” – mixed media (drawing in micron pens, colors and textures added in Gimp) by Melody Kittles. Check it out on Redbubble by clicking here. Check it out on Society6 by clicking here.


Mandala Creation and More

I’ve been very busy over the last week or two. I was inspired to paint a little picture on the inside of my grandmother’s birthday card. I was inspired to create a triptych of mandalas based on some scriptures which resonate within me. I’ve also been working a little more with photography and reading a book on the art of writing titled, “Write To Discover Yourself” by Ruth Vaughn. There have been so many thoughts and feelings and ideas rushing through my entire being I’ve had quite a time keeping up with them all.

I grabbed “Writing To Discover Yourself” on a whim, thinking it might help me create a photo ebook. That’s another of the ideas which has been floating around in the limbo of my mind for a while. I’m not sure of the viability of such an idea. I planned to do a bit of research today while at the library. I was pleasantly surprised when I cracked open the cover of the book. I immediately found it to be something I craved. I love how Mrs. Vaughn’s faith shines throughout the book without being pushy or preachy. She sticks to the topic and brings her own point of view to bear in such a way that it is encouraging, not judgmental. What a fantastic way to show how true Christians should behave and live! What we DO is much more important that what we SAY, no matter whether you are a spiritual person or not. So I’ve begun digging deep inside myself through journaling and poetry, expanding my vocabulary by making lists of strong nouns and verbs, and trying to grasp once again the ability to view everything I see every day with fresh and untainted eyes. I highly recommend this book to anyone seeking to be a better writer or creator, as the exercises included herein will help you know yourself better.

Mandalas – I have viewed many mandalas over the years and drowned in their exquisite designs and complexities. I finally challenged myself to create a mandala and this challenge has morphed into a challenge to create three mandalas based on three Bible scriptures containing some important lists. While creating this mandala, I was concerned with form and symbols to include within it. I had trouble decided which mandala to create first, and in the end, the number of items to include ruled the day. I started with the shortest list. I first drew it in pencil, then inked over the lines with a micron pen. The version you’ll see today is finished in Gimp to make this work a mixed media piece. This mandala includes eight virtues with symbols that work for my own perception. Yours may be a bit different. The eight virtues are: purity, peacefulness, kindness, mercy, fruitfulness (or productivity), impartiality (or logic), and the opposite of hypocrisy (truthfulness).  I’m not certain I conveyed those virtues well in my work so that’s one area I’ll try to improve upon in the next mandala creation.

"Heavenly Wisdom" - mixed media artwork by Melody Kittles - Please click on the photo if you wish to purchase a print of this artwork or gift item. You'll be redirected to my deviantArt page for this piece.

“Heavenly Wisdom” – mixed media artwork by Melody Kittles – Please click on the photo if you wish to purchase a print of this artwork or gift item. You’ll be redirected to my deviantArt page for this piece.

Web Of Life

This is the first drawing I worked on while on Thanksgiving break. I really had a lot of fun creating this one! It’s another mixed media piece, the drawing done on sketchbook paper with micron pens, an HB pencil, a ruler and a compass, then photographed and edited in Gimp. I added the color that way since we’re away from home for a little bit and I don’t have any paints with me. I will be creating a different color effect in acrylics on this piece and “The Mechanic” when I return home, though it may be some time before they are done. When complete, I’ll share the final result with my readers here. To order a print (no downloads please!!), click here to go to my gallery or click the photo to go to the artwork page. All artwork prints are on sale (25% off) for Black Friday only! Support your local artists, artisans and small business owners this year while you shop for Christmas gifts!

"Web of Life" - mixed media artwork by Melody Kittles

“Web of Life” – mixed media artwork by Melody Kittles

“Bound By Fate” Art Challenge

I recently joined an art group on facebook, Your Daily Art Challenge. I plan on doing only the challenges that strike a chord in my heart and spur my creative spirit. As soon as I read the challenge theme for today, “Bound By Fate”, ideas started flying around in my head. I used the canvas I’d intended for the last artwork in the Mask series so Number 8 will have to wait a little longer. I thought I might be able to incorporate them into the challenge but it didn’t feel right.

The first thing I thought of when I heard the theme was my husband and my belief that God put us together and did so for a reason. The second thing I thought of was the red string of fate I’m always reading about in manga. John created an absolutely beautiful photo earlier in the year and it played a big part in the inspiration for this artwork. Please click here to see his beautiful photographic art.

So here is my newest mixed artwork, created in acrylics, ink, and fabric. I used black and red acrylic paints, watered down quite a bit. I also used some gold ink to add a little metallic flare. I asked John to choose the fabric to create his arm. He chose camouflage fabric, which suits him well as a USAF Veteran. I chose a gold metallic, diamond patterned stretch knit. I traced our arms onto some Heat and Bond iron on interfacing and affixed that to the back of my material to make sure the fabrics didn’t fray. Then I peeled off the paper backing, added a coat of Mod Podge to the back of each fabric arm and placed them onto my canvas where I wanted them. I used a bit of Fabri-tac to make sure the edges were permanently fixed in place. I used a very thin strip of a stretchy red fabric for my red thread and tacked it in place with Fabri-tac. For a nice addition, and something also holding a special meaning for us, I added an infinity symbol in the thread. I also must thank John for helping me add the red spots on the canvas. Here’s the finished project. I hope you like it!

~"Bound By Fate" art challenge ~ mixed media artwork by Melody Kittles

~”Bound By Fate” art challenge ~ mixed media artwork by Melody Kittles and John Kittles

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