Welcome to my Blog. My adventure in 21st century. - Melanie Hickerson

Tuesday, May 15, 2018


Almost finished. It's 22" x 20" wide. I am considering "Invitation to a dance" or "I used to think" or maybe just "Yellow Ribbon". The small figure is playing a violin. I have made that clearer.

Sunday, April 29, 2018


Getting on the plane

4/16/18-1st day – arrive around noonish,
Flowers on the steps.

At the top of the steps, a beautiful day

 Got lost, walked to the Spanish steps, took taxi back to hotel, Lasagna at San Marco.

4/17/18-2nd day – Coloseo, lines. First ice cream, other pizza, Susanna visited giro. 

4/18/18-3rd day-Vatican, 

Four Rivers Fountain 
3 ice creams, pizza at San Marco, Piazza Navona, Pantheon, vendors.

Resting by the Pantheon

Pantheon porch

Cats are hiding

4/19/18-4th day-Villa Borghese, San Marco, cat sanctuary at Piazza Argentina.

4/20/18-5th day-Shopped, coloseo crystal, souvenirs, shoes, walked around. Flew away.

Sunday, April 1, 2018


The show comes down today. Twelve paintings coming home. Tori is going to help me with the manual labor. I have to make the decisions. On the radio, "Fear is a reaction. Courage is a decision" - Sir Winston Churchill. Postpartum depression when the show is over. That's courage, too. 
Good information from viewer responses. Below are the two favorites.


Wednesday, March 21, 2018


I think I will name it AUSTIN VIBE or something like that. It is 36" tall and 30" wide.

Sunday, March 4, 2018


At 4508 Burnet Road, Upper Crust Bakery has new decoration until March 31, 2018! Twelve of my paintings.
Tori and I hung, installed these on a Sunday afternoon. One forgets how much work it is to hang. Tori did the ladder.


Wednesday, February 7, 2018


In progress. I'm feeling lost. It is something about music and dancing. I did some sketches at Pacha's of the music on every other Friday. John and Riley and friends.
And I have other sketches from other events.
Now a painting in progress, 36" x 30".

Friday, January 19, 2018


The City of Austin Cultural Arts Division, part of the Economic Development Department, announces the opening of the Pe14th Annual People’s Gallery exhibition at Austin City Hall. The presentation features a wide array of painting, sculpture, drawing and other media by 102 artists from across the Austin area. The public is invited to view artworks throughout City Hall. Limited Parking is available in the City Hall garage and will be validated; however, visitors are encouraged to walk, bike, or use public transportation.

*Free and open to the public*

The 2018 selection panelists were arts educator and artist Teruko Nimura; artist and Preparator (Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas at Austin) John Sager; and artist and Professor of Art, St. Edward's University Tammie Rubin.

Each year, the public is invited to vote for their favorite artwork in the exhibition, and a “People’s Choice” is selected from among the top-voted artworks to be purchased and added to the City’s permanent collection. Ballots for the 2018 People’s Choice will be available during the opening reception on February 23, and during normal exhibition hours through October 26, 2018.

 The 2018 exhibition will remain on display through January 1, 2019.
For more information about The People’s Gallery, visit www.austintexas.gov/peoplesgallery

The opwning reception was a great party at Austin City Hall!



ME, TOO, 24" x 30", acrylic on canvas

When I painted this in response to a news story about Anne Bynum and a miscarriage of justice in Arkansas, the story didn't seem to exactly feel right. Looking at this lately reminded me of Mr. Jenkins telling me that I was "taking some man's place" in that drawing class at UT. Some man somewhere "really needed this education." At the time I was confused, perplexed. What was he talking about? Later I figured out the he did not think a girl needed an education. I will rename it. It better matches this "Me, too" movement than that story in Arkansas.

Saturday, January 13, 2018


 SELECTIONS FROM MY COLLECTION on exhibit Spring Semester

                 PORTRAIT OF MELANIE, 
                               by Robert Bunkin, oil on
                                         canvas, 60” x 12”. 

AFTER FRANZ MARC, by Geraldine Hickerson,  
                                 acrylic on canvas, 32” x 16”.


 BLUES, by Jose’ Sosa,
 oil on canvas, 29.5” x 24.75”.       
New Mexico Lndscape

 by Carmen Clements, acrylic on canvas, 20” x 16”.

At Austin Community College, Cypress Campus, 1555 Cypress Creek Road, Cedar Park, TX.
Spring Semester, 2018

Wednesday, January 10, 2018


IN PROGRESS 1/8/2018

This is that compose-on-a-square challenge. I like the idea in theory. Thinking of Tibetan mandalas with the circles inside of a square is calming. But I wanted to evoke some bluesy music. Blues, the music, is so often passionate and emotional. I thought of Caravaggio, the Baroque drama. So I'm pushing this further, going along.

 It's just paint.