Monday, June 13, 2016


Trying to remember to take time to scan everything.

Shows a bit more detail and how the color actual is in these ballpoint drawings.

Ballpoint pen and watercolor on Arches hot press.  These both fit in a standard IKEA frame, too! 

Tuesday, June 7, 2016


A couple new soft-sculpture creatures:

A Garden Spirit
This wee fellow is the first in a series created for some of my special supporters through Patreon.

And then this tentacled creature
This was a fun commission, which requested bright colors, tentacles, and claws.  
I am taking custom orders this summer, so if you're interested you can email me or send me a message through Etsy! 
melissasueart (at)

Now that TCAF has come and gone, Summer is settling in nicely in the studio.  It's quiet and there's a lot of work to do in preparation for this Fall / Winter.

I've got a couple group shows to create work for, a four-day workshop/retreat, and a six-day residency coming up.  Lots to do!  Lots of long quiet nights at the desk.

We do get out a little though, mostly for art fun:
Live-painting and dooding at some Drink & Draw events around town.  

And I've been making it to more figure drawing.  I'm really trying to go at least once a week - it's just really important for the paintings I'm working on.

And then there's a large project:
I'll be showing work in a Chicago gallery at the end of the year - a 'mini-solo' of my soft sculptures.  I'm making a lot of new creatures for the show, so I've started work already for that.  
So excited to start sharing some of that, and the new large paintings I'm working on.  
Fun stuff!