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

Saturday, October 25, 2014


My brother CrazyCarl is featured in a documentary at the Austin Film Festival. First showing is Sat. Oct 25, 2 PM at the Long Center, Rollins Theater . There will be another showing on Thursday, Oct. 30 at the Village Alamo Theater, on Anderson Lane.


Wednesday, October 22, 2014


Bernie Carreno is a sculptor. He will have wall pieces in addition to free standing work. Hershall Spradley is exhibiting photos on canvases from his trip to Africa.


Sunday, October 19, 2014


 An amazing artwork that is 46 feet long and 12 feet wide.

I have decided that I am going to sell the property in Bastrop County where this structure is stored.

Mom's trailer house is no longer a mobile home. It is an artwork. It is 12 feet by 46 feet. A reliable friend came out and looked at it. He said that the floors (and ceiling) are in good shape. It's the walls or rather the corners where the walls meet the horizantals that are weak. That has been my observation. The doors are no good. So for moving, the only real option would be to put it on a flat bed semi trailer, reinforce somehow...box it.

It is disorienting to walk into this structure. It takes a moment to discern space. Many of these photographs were taken in 2008.  Ms Geraldine Hickerson (my mother) didn’t have the money to maintain the "physical plant" very well. She used paper mache’ for repairs. She painted the walls, the ceiling, the stove, refrigerator, bath tub, toilet, tables, chairs in acrylic paint interpreting famous works of art and inventing her own compositions.

The roof is in good shape.

It was moved to Paige TX  in February 1999 from Oltorf, Austin TX, where Geraldine Hickerson occupied it from about 1982.  It has not been hooked up to utilities since 1999. My brother Russell, gave the mobile home to Ms Hickerson. He bought it second hand. He had used it as station house/office at a brine well in West Texas.

It would be a great service to Mankind to preserve the artwork or at least some portion of it. I do not have the money to preserve or dismantle it.

 These are some exterior photos.

Do you have any ideas?

My brother posted this link about painting the walls.


Thursday, October 16, 2014


Some Bee Paintings for the exhibit/sale/fundraiser to save the bees. Our bees. Everyone's bees.

This one is 20" x 16". That is a big bee.

This one is 9" x 12" with gold leaf.
Then there is the BLUE BEE!

Monday, October 13, 2014


Art Opening! October 29th, 6-10pm! Omni Hotel – 701 Brazos!

Please join us at an amazing “Bee-centric” art show and help AHBPA save more honey bees! All artists in the show are local, and all the art is made in tribute the glorious bee and all that she does for our bee-utiful planet.
super-mock-up-FINAL-(1)Artists include:
Tony Romano
Scott Stevens
Bat Huerta
Liz potter
Melissa Mencini
Tina Sparkles
Haunted Farmgirl
Michael Merrit
Jason Tarver
Carol Lee Chase
Toasty Hancock
Christine Terrell
Laurel Stalla
Katie Rylander Cowden
Dale Detwiler
Daphne Holland
Sharon Smith
Jacqueline May
Anna Maul
Paul Drown
Lauren Jabon
Edmund Martinez

Entertainment will be provided by Future Sounds of Air Travel and Kathy McCarty (formerly of Glass Eye).
Come and celebrate the many triumphs and struggle of this extraordinary species!

Friday, October 10, 2014


 Old Bakery and Emporium has changed their hours of operation.Now Monday - Saturday, 10 AM - 4 PM.  Glad I stopped by yesterday. Also I had Bernie Carreno's name misspelled on my PR. Learning continues!!

Sunday, October 5, 2014


This last week I got the booklet which I designed for the November exhibit back from the printer.
It is a disaster. I did Not ask to see a proof before it was printed. Some of the photographs of the paintings are really, really awful in the booklet.The printer could have noticed that some of the photographs printed terribly and contacted me. I could have fixed it. I expected some craftsmanship from Abbey Printers because they have done good work for my friend, Joe Sosa.

REMEMBER!! Always see a proof FIRST!

                                                  DAWN, 24x36”, acrylic on canvas, 2013

Geraldine died after a fall. She often forgot that she couldn’t walk and would try. The staff at RNC and AustinHospice were very kind throughout this experience.

LIFE , acrylic on canvas, 30” X 40”, 2014

Geraldine lived a life of style and adventure.


Thursday, October 2, 2014


Professor Baggett told us to post our jpgs. on Flickr. I already have a Flickr site so I made an album but I wish I could hide the albums from the title page. I have the most difficulty with the simple maneuvers like saving my work to the proper place(s). I can change, play, with the jpgs at the home computer in the Paint Shop Pro program.

This is from a photograph of my grandson, Kaden.

I actually am not sure this will fulfill the assignment. Critique on Tuesday will tell.

Today we made a "landscape" on a "tablet" hooked to the Apple computer at school. I did it wrong first and had to do over.

I stand up when I paint. This MIGHT be interesting if I could stand at an easel and get my hands dirty while I worked.