Political Art vs Pet Portrait

Retrospective of 2018 from Melasdesign and a portrait battle for most desirable subject between Donald Trump and a teacup Yorkie.

My Trump Fantasy – Political Satire in Art

Which do you prefer? Political satire Dadaist illustration in art concerning President Donald Trump (“My Trump Fantasy”), or the cuddly cuteness of Chewie the Yorkshire Terrier’s pet portrait by Susan Hicks? Read on as I explore this exercise in visual extremes through two portraits. Portrait art is something I’ve only ventured to get serious about in the last three years. Working digitally has allowed me freedom from neuromuscular difficulties. I’ve grown to love illustration.

Despite all the medical adventures (and misadventures) I suffered in 2018, despite all the people drama on the internet and closer, despite technology hating me with every circuit involved, and despite so many having an awful year, one thing overshadowed the 365 days; something of odd color (to even non-artistic types) and little solid content.

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Dadaist protest art regarding the not yet convicted crimes of President Donald Trump. Trump satirical illustration sold on posters, fashion, mugs, stickers, and more from Melasdesign on Society6

I donned my political satire artist cap and created the portrait below entitled “My Trump Fantasy.” It’s Dadaist illustration up for sale on Society6. This political art is about our current President Donald Trump specifically, and is not accusatory of those who voted for him (unless they actually do find themselves embodying any of the not-so-charming characteristics scribbled in below). Voting is a right and a duty, and I congratulate anyone who takes the time. Just as voting is such, speaking out with art (even Donald Trump art) is also a right and a duty for those inclined. The rest should be fairly self-explanatory. At the very least, I do not feel he embodies my own philosophy

As far as the cartoon goes, I’d had the idea since I created my well received design “Alternative Facts”  (Society6 / RedBubble – see below), but at that time (a year ago) it would have been too soon to begin its creation. The “Alternative Facts” design shows redacted text with “Make Америка Great Again,” showing “America” in Cyrillic. 

This artwork is available in my RedBubble collection “Taking a Stand” on many fine merchandise items from posters to fashion. You may also purchase it in my shop on Society6. It’s a bit of Dadaist illustration that packs a punch without being a portrait.

Alternative Facts – Political Satire Art by Melalsdesign on Society6

I suspected what is now coming to the forefront in the news with the Mueller report even before the election, but needed to wait for the predictable to actually happen and be reported. Now we read, and wait. This has been a crashing rollercoaster of an administration.

When the time came to draw the presidential satirical portrait “My Trump Fantasy it was a nauseating experience. Even so, I felt it my duty to create this Dadaist illustration political satire art of Trump. The guy just isn’t very pretty! Yes, it really was necessary to use quite a bit of orange to get his face and hair looking anywhere near correct. That part had me giggling. It was a sort of giggle, gag, giggle, wretch experience. Suffering for portrait art by Melasdesign. 😉

Now a Cutie – Meet Chewie in his Pet Portrait

But enough ugliness! Onto a much more pleasing subject, by my way of thinking. My other final project of the year was a photorealistic drawing of Chewie, an adorable teacup Yorkshire Terrier. Using a photo on screen for visual reference, I declared the drawing done after about 22 hours drawing time. Wasn’t it a great model pic?

Chewie the Yorkie - Yorkshire Terrier Pet Portrait by Melasdesign as sold on Society6
Finished after 22 hours.

When my eyes work with me, and my hand control is normal, these are examples of my portrait art abilities.

The drawings in this post are achieved thanks to availability of an Android platform tablet computer with pressure sensitive stylus combined with the inexpensive and the wonderful drawing app ArtFlow, which gives me the ability to step backwards and “ignore” any wild mistakes in muscle control of from distorted vision. That said, isn’t it photo-realistic Yorkshire Terrier portrait? The Trump portrait is a bit soft focus. His pores are huge. I spared you that.

You can easily get your own print or pillow (or, or, or) featuring this Yorkshire Terrier portrait. It’s called “Chewie the Adorable Yorkie” on RedBubble or “Chewie the Yorkie” on Society6.

Find out more about my off-site print-to-order shops, for small batch art prints, fashion, decor, and wearable tech from Melasdesign.

I Like This Now and So Does Somebody Else – A Dream

Melasdesign meditation art as featured on RedBubble.

Melasdesign art “I Like This Now,” featured on RedBubble.

A personal favorite work of mine got featured on RedBubble. Read all about it. Meditation as inspiration makes pretty things. You can buy it too.

A Windy Day in Tucker County

Welcome to my little expose on my latest abstract landscape painting in acrylics called “Windy Day in Tucker County.” I’ll discuss my ideas and inspiration for the mountain setting windpower theme, materials used, color choices and a new direction in my work that is a return to what I’ve always loved to do. I’ll also touch on creating art as a disabled person.

Welcome to my little expose on my latest mountain art landscape painting. The abstract impressionist windmill art is called “Windy Day in Tucker County” and is currently for sale in the Melasdesign Handmade Shop. I’ll discuss my ideas and inspiration for the mountain setting wind power theme, materials used, color choices and a new direction in my work that is a return to what I’ve always loved to do. I’ll also touch on creating art as a disabled person. Greetings from Thomas, WV.

Windpower in the Mountains

This landscape windmill art is an imaginary view of the mountain tops in Tucker County, West Virginia. Love it or hate it, the windmills on the mountains are an impressive view along a beautiful Appalachian landscape. I have always loved them, since my first glimpse of an earlier windmill model in the Thomas Dolby video on the then great MTV for the song “Windpower” in 1982. Have a listen to that piece of synth pop gold below.

I’m fascinated by energy created through nature’s motion, from hydroelectricity to wind power. It is non-invasive and works with Mother Nature’s natural talents. The technology involved is also impressive. I’ve had the opportunity to stand within about 30 feet of the base of a wind turbine, and it’s simply mesmerizing. In the way Paul Klee painted an abstract landscape painting called “Revolution of the Viaducts” I have pondered creating my own “Revolution of the Windmills” mountain art based on my surroundings in Thomas, West Virginia. There was quite a bit of forethought in creating my own windmill painting.

Pros and Cons of Windpower

As for “clean energy” vs. coal, I prefer clean energy, but it also would have been very proper not to have green energy politicians throw out a policy that fueled the statement “we’re going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business.” According to the linked article, the policy idea being addressed in that comment was going to deal with bringing new economy / jobs into coal areas.

Love them or hate them, windmills are ever present along the peaks around Thomas, West Virginia.

With that prideful gloat, Ms. Clinton stated in part that existing coal economy would be replaced with jobs in the new economy. I have the impression that part of the proposal was never actually acted upon. Not to single Ms. Clinton out, this political posturing happens on both sides, and is so rarely backed up for the benefit of the “little guy.” This is a HUGE problem in US politics, clear across the board.

Coal is / was indeed a way of life, and a way of life that people survived from. Thomas, West Virginia was built on coal. Remnants of coke ovens are still easily seen. Modern mining is requiring less and less workers due to new technology. That is making even the open mines need fewer workers. Windpower, which is wonderfully clean and generates so much energy, needs even less manpower than the diminishing manpower needed for mining. It’s all a huge conundrum in my mind, and like so many things, I wish I could wave a magic wand and make all of this work for everyone.

Painting While Disabled

I love to paint. I do not do it nearly as much as I’d like to for 3 reasons. First of, I battle two neuro-muscular disorders, currently bizarrely opposite in effect; One (Myasthenia Gravis) leaves me unable to move through weakness and the other leaves me so stiff and spasm ridden that I can’t move in a relaxed, non-jerky manner. Yayy.

On the days when I can paint at all, I love to paint. I truly had a blast painting this colorful, whimsical mountain art. Painting is not cheap, so if my muscles are misbehaving, it’s also not worth trying to paint much, because of the cost of potentially wasted materials. This is a reason digital media, from Photoshop to drawing apps, have been so great to use. Thirdly, stockpiling stretched canvas takes a lot of space. I did not have any outlets to show, store, or even sell my original paintings. Now I am proud to offer Windy Day in Tucker County in my own Handmade Shop. Thankfully that is becoming a possibility. Listen to the video end for a bit of news on that subject.

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My first “untaping” video. 🙂 The big reveal is an exciting thing for an artist, so I thought it would be a great way to “premiere” my latest work “Windy Day in Tucker County.” Hear my thoughts on and inspiration of the painting and get a bit of news about where I’ll be offering my art for sale in person this Memorial Day weekend Saturday. How do you like it?⁣ ⁣ PS – Artwork will be posted for sale in the Melasdesign Handmade Shop. Stay tuned. ?bit.ly/HandmadeShop⁣ ⁣ #melasdesign #handmadeshop #untaping #video #art #painting #landscape #windpower #windmills #wip #reveal #contemporaryart #artspringwv #mountains #tuckercounty #thomaswv #wva #artist # #artwork #instaart #artoftheday #creative #fineart #modernart #color #instaartist #acrylic

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I am not a trained painter and have only learned about paint and mediums through experimentation and reading about mediums online. I was really happy to have some good conversations with the kind folks at Plaza Art Fairfax about what to use to get the visual effects I wanted in a way I could manage with my style and capabilities. On my last visit, the big pro-tip was my introduction to Posca Markers. Due to my neuro-muscular disease(s), I struggle with fine control of fine brushes and was always aggravated at attempting to make good lines the way I can when I draw.

I had gone into the shop that day aiming for acrylic inks (which I had just read about), but I found they were for true traditional “pen and ink” techniques. Happily, I was directed to the Posca paint pens. For my own purposes, these are sooooooo much nicer than sharpies or craft store level paint markers. My only unknown at this point is whether they have the tendency to dry out like a lot of paint pens. The pro tip for that: Store them lying flat (and I read that the tips can be soaked over night in water too). I’m keeping my fingers crossed. They really add to this landscape painting.

Blue Skies and Prismatic Clouds

Color: I wanted this painting to be a semi-realistic mountain windmill scene, but not boringly so. It has a bit of fantasy to it, so I had fun with the colors. I didn’t have any concrete idea of anything when I started, other than peaks and turbines. I love the playful aspect of art and how paintings develop. I had started with a fairly normal blue sky with clouds, but my mind went to a beautiful day in Thomas, West Virginia where the small white clouds were low against the bright blue sky and the wind was fraying their edges and even making some grow larger before my eyes with prismatic effects within. A wonderful delight to see. From that angle, there is a lot of personal inspiration in this landscape painting of the Tucker County landscape – from the high horizon into the sky above for fanciful mountain windmill art.

T-shirts and more with this landscape painting / windmill art can be found off-site in Melasdesign shops on RedBubble and Society6.

Melasdesign Handmade Shop - Original 8x10 painting for sale by artist - Windy Day in Tucker County
Windy Day in Tucker County – Signed 8×10 mountain windmill painting in acrylics.

Lastly, I have decided to get away from always painting on stretched canvas. This is for several reasons. The “on paper” format will be more mail-friendly, show and shop friendly, and should give potential customers more freedom in their framing and presentation choices. I’m also working on creating more “small” art like this landscape painting for the same reasons.

Windy Day in Tucker County painting at Bright Morning Inn in Davis, West Virginia.
Bright Morning in chose the perfect place for my painting Windy Day in Tucker County – The coffee station.

This windmill art landscape is being really well received in Tucker County, WV. Visit the always pleasant Bright Morning Inn of Davis (about a whole whopping mile away from Thomas, West Virginia) and see a print up close.