Friday, December 12, 2014

Ornaments for sale!

Hand Painted driftwood from our local ancient lake in Northern California.
For sale. $20 or $25 each, please contact if interested.
Two have been sold (marked).

Friday, November 21, 2014


I have been thinking with increasing intensity that I don't like to stay too long in one place. That "new" feeling when you get to a new place is the best fire for the soul that I have found. I didn't have that feeling for 20 years, long enough that I had forgotten about it...then, 4 years ago I felt it again, and not it's sort of gone again. Things settle, and we do too. And time keeps going...
I'm thinking the ideal time to be in one place is probably 3 years, at most.
I could be a gypsy of sorts.
I don't take for granted the beauty of where I live, though. It's almost paradise. Today I had the most beautiful moment, which involved observing a big group of baby grebes swimming together on the lake. I was on a boat house, looking at them from above... and they could not see me. The visual, the sounds, the water, the birds diving down and swimming underwater just below me...what a privileged view! Time when that happens. If you are into wildlife like we are, this place is a-mazing. There is not one time that we go out in Nature and don't see something really, really neat.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Available work.

Monday, November 10, 2014

New Design for new shop

NEW DESIGN @ my Redbubble shop,
where you can buy prints, skins, cases, cards, t-shirts and, soon, mugs.
I'm still learning how to set up the images to fit the products.

It will take a while for some designs to be released as mugs but I when they are up, I want one myself.
This one is called "me and my thorns"
(C) 2014 Cris Melo

The site also makes duvet covers. Unfortunately, most of my images are too small for that. But I will design
with that in mind, in the near future.

Monday, October 27, 2014

New online shop...hip hip hooray!

I am not seeing anything happening at Fine Art America, where I recently uploaded some designs for greeting cards and prints.

So I'm trying Nuvango. Seems to be more hip anyway.  What does it offer? Prints on paper, prints on canvas, cases and skins, greeting cards and much more. Click here to see what else.

CLICK HERE to visit my shop. :)

See you soon.

While you are here, will you like me on Facebook? :)

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Words as weapons.

My latest drawing. Mixed media on paper. Interested in a Print or Greeting Card? Go HERE

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Living creatively.

“Be brave enough to live creatively. The creative is the place where no one else has ever been.

You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition.

You cannot get there by bus, only by hard work, risking and by not quite knowing what you are doing.

What you will discover will be wonderful: yourself.”
- Alan Alda

Friday, October 17, 2014

Samantha Hahn: On Illustration and the Art of Success

Interviewed by Jonathan Fields



Found some pics of the paper dolls I used to make back in the day. Amazed at how prolific I was, and I didn't even know it. And all I remember was thinking I was not doing enough, and not well enough. And at some point I started to believe people whose opinions shouldn't matter, and it added another layer (lesson here is never listen to negative opinions, no matter who says them, because they are ONLY opinions and not the truth about you).

THIS is what makes me feel alive. Unless I find something that makes me feel MORE alive, this is what I do, will do, and can't stop doing. I know conforming makes everyone equally unhappy, and that's what we are compelled to do, but I'm going the other way. I can't do what makes me feel dead every day. And why would I?

I am really bummed that I did stop, and by doing that I got out of the habit of painting, and it's so very hard right now, getting back to it, but I'm moving on, and forgiving myself for all distractions I allowed to come in between, and all of the perceived bumps along the way.

I don't know what this new phase will look like, I am really stumped, but I'll see what happens. I'm enjoying remembering where I was a few years ago. But I don't want to stay there. I have no clue how to clear up the new path but, through the weeds, I go.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Greeting cards and prints now at FAA

I had to start somewhere. I'm posting images on Fine Art America, offering them as greeting cards and prints. Let me know if you have a favorite image by me that you'd like to purchase, and I can upload for you.

If you lose this post, there's a link on the right hand side (sidebar), under "shop".

Thank you.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Remodeling blog

I'm fixing this blog, it is in need of links removed, maybe a new template, or a brand new blog on another website - we'll see... until I return, you can find me on Facebook.

I still want to have t-shirts made from my artwork...this, below, is from Zazzle, though I don't know how to work that site very much, not really intuitive to me, maybe something I don't know, but I am looking at other options. I think I am zeroing in on one online, and I may look into a local supplier also, just to check.

BUT...I probably will work on holiday themed arts + crafts (ornaments) and custom orders from now until December. I am thinking of offering a few custom orders for painting your pet in my style. I'm actually working on an order right now, painting dogs and cats. I'll show here when finished.

Again, find me on FB. Later!