Long before I found the SCA, I was an artist. I was even a fine arts major (not a lucrative career field unless you're Andy Warhol, and I don't have his LeEt marketing skillZ). This is a selection of some pieces I've done over the years that I'm particularly fond of. No, I haven't sold any of them, but then, I haven't really tried (though I've made a few of them into postcards over the years).
Like most artists, I've gone through various stages, but I seem to always come back to abstract surrealist impressionism. It feels right. Sometimes it's more abstract than others, sometimes more surrreal, but it's always me.
Sometimes, this makes people nervous. I can't think why.
Part 1 - High School and College (1987-1989)
(those are the dates of the images I have. I dropped out of college to get married. I don't recommend this .)
I went to high school in the U.S. - Walt Whitman in Bethesda, where I had the first art teacher that really made me think that art might be more up my alley than being an English teacher (my previous idea). I went to college in Cambridge, England, and managed to skip a lot of classes in favour of wandering around Cambridge drawing things.
Some of my professors were okay with this, some of them weren't.
Skull study, 1987
Ink figure study, 1987
Cambridge River Bridge 1988
Jesus Lock, Cambridge 1988
National Gallery London, 1988
King's College Chapel 1988
Norwich Cathedral 1988
Some Church in Norfolk, 1988
Trinity College Courtyard, 1988
Trinity Chapel sculpture (Byron) 1988
Trinity Chapel (Shakespeare), 1988
Trinity College (Longfellow), 1988
Trinity College Chapel, 1988
Maddingley Estate, 1988
Washington D.C., Summer 1988
Part 2 - SCA and People
I spent the next few years in a less than happy marriage, then moved on. All the time, I was making random sketches and watercolours of whatever caught my attention.
Timothy of Arindale, Pennsic 1988
1992 Barony business meeting
Bob at fencing practice, 1995
Fighter practice 1995
More trees, 1995
Alan and Bob, 1995
Caer Mear Baronial Birthday, June 1995
White Scarf meeting, 1995
Woman and baby, 1995
Part 3 - Cats I have known
I like drawing cats. I like painting cats. They're appealing.
No, I don't own any cats, though I used to.
Random cat, 1988
Part 4 - Figure Studies
I like drawing and painting figures. Usually female - I go with what I know. I've ended up with what I think are some interesting works over the years.
...your mileage may vary. But it's my site.
Part 5 - The Fetus Studies
Okay, these images may disturb some people. Some time during 1998, I became fascinated with what happens when life doesn't happen - and how beautiful the fetuses are, even in a non-viable state. I wanted to capture their fragility.
This led to a series of paintings and studies and a lot of research, some of which was done at the Walter Reed Medical Museum (which is defintely worth a visit).
Part 6 - All the Other Stuff
And then there's all the other things I do that aren't really part of a project or part of a theme.
Text and images copyright L. Mellin, 2000-2008, except where noted. All rights reserved.