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

Tuesday, December 31, 2013


This one is 20" x 16" and just started. It is a study for the 30" x 40" one I have started also.

This one is almost done. I think I will add soap bubbles besides tuning it up. This is small about 12" tall x 9". I'm reading THE ALPHABET VERSUS THE GODDESS by Leonard Shlain and also Stephen Quiller's book WATERMEDIA. He says that casein goes back 9,000 years?!?

Friday, December 20, 2013


This painting called BACKWARDS AND IN HIGH HEELS is about Mom in her youth. It is 60" (h) x 48". It will be in the exhibit at the Old Bakery and Emporium. I have come up with a title for my exhibit next November. THE LONG VIEW. I stole that from an article by Michael Barnes in the newspaper.

Thursday, December 19, 2013


Sometimes, I set parameters for a work in order to teach myself.
This 1995 self-portrait was to compare ultramarine blue and thalo blue.

This was an exploration of using Hansa Yellow (PY3) instead of and with cadmium yellow medium (PY 32). I recently noticed that I really didn't finish the painting, being too distracted by the "problem". Now I'm going after it to tune it up and push it. Is this all about  the poem, now?

Tuesday, December 17, 2013


This painting might be finished. When I added the hand on the woman's shoulder, the painting felt less lonely. More and More I am thinking of my work as poetry.

Monday, December 9, 2013


Selling miniatures of the ruins, vistas of Italy to the tourists in 1979, without a permit seemed like a good idea at the time. At Christmas time, Piazza Navona became too crowded for upstarts like me so I set up in Teatro Goldoni's foyer. Rome was an adventure and an education.