Sunday, January 20, 2013

Mardi Gras Art Print Giveaway

In Louisiana - everything is gearing up for Mardi Gras, which is right around Valentine's Day this year. I thought I'd spread some love, so I'm offering a chance to win a print of my "Mardi Gras Nights" painting. The original painting belongs to a collector and hangs in a room overlooking Royal Street - one of the best places to be during the parades.

For your chance to win this, go to Melanie Douthit Art Studio on Facebook and share it! Simple as that! You have till early Thursday morning, then I will announce the winner. Note that I only ship to US addresses. Thanks for stopping by!!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Sneak Peek at my 2013 Sketchbook Project

I'm so excited that I'm a part of the Sketchbook Project 2013. The Sketchbook Project is a traveling sketchbook library with its base in the Brooklyn Art Library in Brooklyn, NY. I mailed my sketchbook off last week and already received a confirmation that it arrived safely. My sketchbook will also be available to view digitally soon! I'll post a link here.

Want to see a few of the pages? My sketchbook is called "Psalm 23".

pages 1-2
pages 3-4
I lost count of what page this is. (smile)
This is my FIRST completed sketchbook. I used patterned papers on the background and gessoed over the papers in places. I used Neocolor II wax pastels for most of the coloring, with some shading with Faber Castell Big Brush Pens (love the india ink!) as well as line work with Faber Castell's Pitt Pens.  The marker work on pages 1-2 were Stampin Up! markers that I've had in my stash for a awhile. Love that they had two sizes of tips on the ends - good for the small detail. When I finished my book I sprayed each page with Kamar and let dry.
Right now I'm working on some pieces for some upcoming shows. Can't wait to share. Thanks for stopping by!