Welcome to my blog!My name is Melody M. Nuñez, and I’m an artist and a writer. Please look around my website and make yourself at home. I post new blog entries weekly, and hope you’ll subscribe to my blog and come back often! To learn more about me, please view the “About” page…
Category Archives: art
Thanks to everyone who entered my book’s giveaway. It was a treat to read your wonderful comments!
It is my pleasure to announce the lucky giveaway winners. The following three people have each won a signed copy of my new book, An Altered Existence: Fictitious Stories About Faces from the Past.
2. Debbie M.
For those of you whose name I didn’t draw, please visit my books’s amazon.com page and consider purchasing a copy – I’d really appreciate it. Big thanks to those who’ve already ordered a copy! :]
WANT A “SIGNED” COPY OF MY BOOK?
If you’re planning to buy - or have already purchased – a copy of my book from Amazon.com, but would like it signed, I can provide a signed bookplate/label for you to put in your book. Simply send me a SASE – I’d be happy to send a signed book plate your way! Here’s my mailing address:
Melody M. Nuñez
P.O. Box 60030
Irvine, CA 92602
Happy reading, y’all!
Greetings from Book Central!
I received my first big shipment of books on Monday, which will be used to help promote the book, and I’m so excited! Feedback on my book has been very positive thus far, and I’m a happy camper. I’m looking forward to sharing my “baby” with more people in the coming months, so I also ordered some bookmarks and postcards to help with that. They arrived last weekend and I think they look fab. Hubby did such a great job on them!
In other book-related news, some (very) informal market research has been done, and two out of two bunnies surveyed find my new book delicious! ;]
So, have you entered my giveaway yet? I’m giving away 3 signed copies of An Altered Existence: Fictitious Stories About Faces from the Past, and will announce the winners this Tuesday, March 5, 2013. Please enter now by commenting on this link’s post, if you haven’t already! :]
I hope you have a great weekend, dear readers…
I’m thrilled to announce the release of my book, which is now available on Amazon.com!
The title of my book is An Altered Existence: Fictitious Stories About Faces from the Past. It’s a combination of both my writing and altered art, and I’m so happy to see the project come to fruition!
About the Book (from the back cover)
An Altered Existence is a collection of short stories, each illustrated with a vintage photo. These photos, also known as cabinet cards, were “orphans” collected from flea markets and antique stores. They sparked the author’s imagination, and resulted in 14 short stories illustrated with photos “altered” by the author.
- A photo of a bearded man with haunted eyes is paired with a silver key, and a story of a family with hoarding tendencies emerges.
- A wedding portrait of a young couple, combined with a gold wedding band and the words “false” and “true”, yields a tale about a gentle schoolteacher who sets her small town’s rumor mill on fire when she poses for a photo with a local scoundrel, though they’re not engaged or married.
- A young girl’s portrait, when paired with vintage buttons, births a story that many can relate to: loss, and the subsequent struggle to feel whole again.
Look into these 14 portraits from long ago, and venture into the “altered existences” they inspired. This collection includes stories about life, love, birth, death, self-acceptance, salvation, and taking chances. Their stories just may be our stories, too…*
In honor of the launch/release of my book, I’m going to give away THREE signed copies! In order to enter, simply leave a comment here on this post. The winners will be announced on Tuesday, March 5, 2013, so please enter by Monday, March 4th. Good luck!
Please spread the word!
I’d really appreciate it if you’d share the news about my new book with family, friends, fiction readers, book clubs, and artists – anyone that might enjoy my illustrated collection of short stories. Thank you in advance!
I hope you all have a wonderful week…*
I’ve just opened a shop on Etsy, and wanted to share the news so you can pop on over and take a peek via this link! I listed my first 22 items, including 19 necklaces, vintage pen nibs, and 2 sets of photo note cards. I hope you like my initial offerings! Here are a few photos to whet your appetite:
I hope you’re all having a great week! Thank you in advance for checking out my Etsy shop. :]
Tiny, dried, brittle.
I have not overlooked you.
I see your beauty…
I recently took this photo with my iPhone using a macro lens. A macro lens on an iPhone, you say?! Yes! Hubby gave me 3 tiny lenses – that attach to my iPhone – for Christmas. What a treat! I was lucky enough to receive a fish eye lens, a zoom lens, and a combo macro/wide angle lens and have been having fun experimenting with them. I hope to post more photos taken with these lenses in the coming months. They’re available at photojojo.com if you’re interested.
(I’m not affiliated with the company in any way, just a lucky gift recipient.)
Hello there, dear readers! Just a quick post to share a recent artistic upgrade in my world. I love to find everyday things, inexpensive ones, that I can use in a different way. In this case I found an old, glass flower frog and thought it might work well for my paintbrush collection. I was right!
I used to have my paintbrushes in a white ceramic container that someone had given me. It was certainly inexpensive and functional, and I used it for several years, but it was kind of clunky.
This glass “frog” is much more streamlined, and looks much better in the upper right corner of my desk. It needed a good scrub, but cleaned up nicely, is a great upgrade in both form and function. Price? One dollar. Yippee!
Do you have any storage containers or tools around your home that function in an innovative way – doing something other than what they were originally intended to do? Please share!
As you know, I gather art supplies, gift cards, and monetary donations in order to provide at-risk public school children with art instruction and supplies. This year’s donation drive went well, and I was thrilled to have enough supplies to teach three classrooms of students for the first time ever – this is one more classroom than last year/ever before. Woo hoo! Three cheers for all my donors!
I taught all three of my classrooms over the past two weeks, two in Ontario and one in Santa Ana, and it all went incredibly well. The kids are always SO excited to get to learn about art and to actually do it, and they take to the art and writing involved in art journaling like little baby duckies to water! They’re super excited when they each get their art supply kits, and are especially happy when they learn that they get to keep all the supplies and take them home at the end of the year. It was a thrill for me to see all the kids so excited, happy, and engrossed in the activity.
Many of these kids don’t have anything like this in their lives, which makes it that much more important to them. In fact, in one class, two girls sitting next to each other were overheard saying, “I’ve never had this many art supplies!” and “I think I might cry!” (Happy tears, mind you.) All the teachers I talked to were very thankful, too, saying they’d never be able to provide/buy the supplies they received. In addition to the three classes I teach in, at least five more teachers received boxes of assorted supplies to share with their classes.
Here are some numbers for you, so you can get an idea of what all went on, and how many supplies were passed on to schools that desperately need them:
Number of people that donated supplies, gift cards, or funds between June 2012 and December 2012: 31
Number of boxes and bags of assorted supplies that went to the two schools: 20
Number of art supply kits provided, so each child would have their own set of supplies: 125
Number of individual pieces/items in each art supply kit: 60+
Total number of 4th grade classes I taught: 3
Number of children who’ve received the gift of art via my program this year: over 85
Awesome, right? I’m so thankful that so many of you lent a hand and helped me provide for the kids. I can’t do this alone, and am so pleased so many of you got involved! :]
A truck full of supplies – and this was only some of what I was able to take out to the schools!
Here are some photos from the three classrooms I taught. I don’t show the faces of our budding artists for privacy/safety reasons, but I’m sure you’ll agree that the art speaks for itself. These images are of their very first art journal pages and journal covers.
I hope you’re as charmed by their artwork as I am! I’ll be returning to both schools before the school year ends to have art journal shows for the children, and will be sure to share photos from both events here on my blog.
If you’re interested in donating supplies to help bring art, writing and positive self-expression to children in need, please contact me. I accept donations year-round, and appreciate any supplies, gift cards or funds I can get since I have no budget, volunteer my time, and provide some of the supplies. Thank you for your consideration. :]
Assemblage is the perfect art medium if you’re a collector like me. A collector of what, you ask? Odds and ends. Quirky bits and pieces. Vintage photos and doodads. Assemblage is a fantastic way to use some of these found objects I’ve squirreled away.
For those of you who may not be very familiar with assemblage, it’s defined by Wikipedia this way: Assemblage is an artistic process. In the visual arts, it consists of making three-dimensional or two-dimensional artistic compositions by putting together found objects.
Some assemblage artists of note include Robert Rauschenberg, Joseph Cornell, and my late friend, Janice Lowry. Janice was an incredibly talented assemblage artist, and it was a treat to see her work in person at her different art shows over the years. I was able to purchase one of her simpler pieces around ten years ago, and am so glad I did! It’s a wonderful piece featuring a crow (below), and is a lovely reminder of Janice.
Two New Assemblages!
I recently completed two new assemblage pieces, one centered around horses and the other based on an image of a baby girl (shown at top of post). Here are some photos of these two new pieces…
Equestrian: 6″ x 16″ x 1″ – mixed media assemblage
Sugar & Spice: 13″ x 8″ x 2″ – mixed media assemblage
Sources of My Materials
I love that each of these pieces contains elements gathered from many different places on many different days. Here is a brief run down of the places where a sampling of my creative elements came from:
Smaller wooden box (baby assemblage): junk store near Lake Isabella, CA
Rectangular wooden box (horses assemblage): an estate sale in Cambria, CA
Horse show ribbon (dated 1936): an antique store near Julian, CA
Horse shoe nails: metal junk store in Missouri
Photos: antique stores, flea markets and eBay
Baby food spoon: estate sale in Orange, CA
Baby shoes: CA antique store
As you can see, they came from many different places and were purchased over several years. I didn’t know quite how the materials would be used, but they caught my eye for some reason, and I knew I wanted to add them to my stash of supplies. I love how all the individual pieces came together to form these two wholes.
Balance in Assemblage Composition
I strive for balance when I create my assemblages, and here’s what I mean by that:
- I include enough items to properly fill out the boxes, but not so many that my composition is chaotic and overly cluttered.
- I use a bit of color with the black and white/sepia that vintage items often have. Some color, but not too much that the eye gets no rest.
- I use a variety of textures, so there’s visual interest, but make sure these textures fall into the color scheme and into a few major types/groups – so they’re not overpowering. For example, in the horse assemblage I use metal, paper (including the photos), and fabric/ribbon – in addition to the wood of the box.
I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing these two new pieces of art, and found the overview of my collection and composition habits interesting. Have you ever created an assemblage? Do you have a favorite assemblage artist? Do tell!
Soft and rippled clouds -
colorful waves in the sky.
The day is ending…
I hope you’re having a great week thus far, dear readers!
Remember the doily-inspired mandalas I created in my art journals? I’ve created a few more since that first post, and thought I’d share a recent creation with you. I decided to take photos as I worked, to show the three main stages of my process:
1. Sketch the design
2. Color the mandala with water-soluble colored pencils
3. Blend color with a paintbrush & water
My sketch was very loose and rather sloppy. It’s obviously not precise, symmetrical, or to scale, but that’s not what I’m striving for. I’m focusing on interpretive renderings, more stylized designs, and am just having fun playing!
Thus far I’ve added color with water-soluble crayons or water-soluble colored pencils, but will likely add acrylic inks and other media into the mix in the near future.
I love seeing the colors come to life when they’re activated and blended with the water. Making these mandalas is a great way to try different color combinations.
Are you ready to make a doily-inspired mandala of your own yet?
Please let me know if you have any questions, dear readers!