Screech Owl Ponders the Milky Way by Melissa Gay

Screech Owl Ponders the Milky Way Artwork by Melissa Gay
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Title: Screech Owl Ponders the Milky Way
Date Created: November 2016
Copyright: © Melissa Gay
Genre: Unpublished Art
Mediums: Acrylic, Ink
Views: 436
Posted: 12/8/2016

About the Artist

Melissa Gay
Member Since October 2013


Projects: - The Birdwhisperer Project--https://www.facebook.com/birdwhisperer.project/ -- which I co-founded with Amanda Makepeace in 2016 is dedicated to spreading the love of birds and bird art and to encouraging personal stylistic development. Each month all participating artists create their own vision of the selected reference photo of that month's bird (all photos used are public domain or contributed with usage rights). The individual vision of each artist makes each piece unique and special. Artists of all media, ages and skill levels are welcome to participate. - Encounters With the Imaginary, vol. 3, is a project I am particularly proud to have participated in. Each artist doesn't just illustrate the stories, we write them as well! It is my first-ever short story. The books will be here soon! - I Dream of Space, a collection of my space art, is an ongoing project! Described by Toni Weisskopf as "romantic spaceships," I approach space art as if I am seeing the scenes in dreams, by building up the ships through layering accidental textures and illuminating the happy accidents I find within. Now that I have had the happy experience of Encounters vol.3, I am writing vignettes to go with each piece. - The Olde Fae card game from the Changeling Artist Collective is a project that comes straight from the heart. Each member was allowed to pick a thing from nature and illustrate a pair of fae based on that thing (one Seelie and the other Unseelie). I chose dandelions. I wanted to put an unexpected twist on the concept of Seelie and Unseelie, so I put in both paintings the seeds of their opposite Court. The Summer Dandelion is full of youth and beauty and exults in the summer sun, but in her there is also the haughty vanity of youth, an glint of cruelty in her eyes, and even the smiles of the young have a sinister, gobliny tinge. The Winter Dandelion, while an image evoking death and loss, is full of age and wisdom, and her face is lined with compassion. It alludes to everything I fear about growing old-- cataracts, loneliness, loss of mental faculties, thoughts and memories blowing away half-formed. But on the other hand, we know of dandelions that those puffs that blow away in the wind hold the seeds of future generations, so it is with hope she faces her fate, tinged with sadness, but also with dignity. (I told my model to think of watching her babies go away to college, and her expression made me cry!) It was difficult to paint, but also a pleasure. - I recently completed an artist residency program in the Westfjords of Iceland during the summer of 2019, and I am currently working on some pieces inspired by that experience, to be shown as part of a group show at the Light Grey Art Lab Gallery in 2020.

Location: Nashville, TN


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