View Full Version : A Three-Piece Flute

07-31-2007, 08:55 PM
Hi all,

Here's another one for the show. 14X18 LaCarte paper using mostly pastel pencils and a few unisons.
The image is of my flute, pulled apart and laid diagonally across the table. Thus, a flute in three pieces or a three-piece flute. ;)


bruce johnson
07-31-2007, 08:56 PM
Wow Melanie , you blow me away...:lol: :lol: (pun)I love your work.. outstanding...

07-31-2007, 09:01 PM
i too am blown away, this is stunning. i also play flute, and know how much those little keys and levers etc. there are. this is truly amazing!

07-31-2007, 09:08 PM
:eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: :clap:

Kind regards,


07-31-2007, 09:35 PM


07-31-2007, 09:38 PM
this is just amazing. amazing! and I love the way you worked in your signature.

water girl
07-31-2007, 10:08 PM
OK Malanie,
Bruce started this.....I'm trilled (flute pun) to see your painting.:lol: Honestly, I feel that I can reach out and touch this. Gorgeous! Extraodinary!

David Patterson
07-31-2007, 10:36 PM
Lovely work Melanie! I'll spare you...they've used all the puns already!

07-31-2007, 10:48 PM
This is fantastic! The shine of the metal is amazing and all the detail - wow! Excellent work.

07-31-2007, 11:07 PM


07-31-2007, 11:57 PM

The only item that looks off to me is the ellipse on the end of the flute in the upper RH corner.

Beautiful piece.

08-01-2007, 01:53 AM
I've also played the flute, but it's many years past now. I just love!! the feel this painting has, it's so beautiful! Thank you for bringing back some happy memories :D

M Douglas
08-01-2007, 02:05 AM
Absolutely fantastic!!! I love it.


08-01-2007, 02:32 AM
jaw dropping work !!! ..... stunning

08-01-2007, 02:36 AM
Simply stunning work, so well captured and lifelike. Well done.

08-01-2007, 02:49 AM
Thanks everyone!!! My only question is... how to top this one? hmmmmm.

08-01-2007, 03:41 AM

A truly outstanding piece of work.
How do you top this one? A very difficult thing to do , but what a nice position to be in.
I'm sure you'll manage something.

08-01-2007, 05:50 AM
WOW Melanie!! Fantastic,this is so fantastic,so life like,so much detail amazing!!!

cal studio
08-01-2007, 07:42 AM
I just can not describe how perfect this painting is!!!
A real winner here.


08-01-2007, 07:44 AM
This is absolutely stunning. I did a triple-take. Amazing.

08-01-2007, 08:34 AM
How wonderful........ beautiful reflection and sheen

Alachua Artist
08-01-2007, 09:12 AM
shockingly good! You definitely have silver down! Very nice composition, too. Do you still play? That would be the only way to top the painting - is to have you sit beside it and play at a show!

08-01-2007, 09:17 AM
It goes without saying that the technical side of this is stunning, but the creativity involved in the latout is what elevates this above just a great painting to a work of ART! It pleaseth thine eyes.

08-01-2007, 09:28 AM
Melanie..... any music lover would adore this painting! it's delightful.... and very well executed.... Donna R.

08-01-2007, 10:29 AM
Where's the metal polish? This is so good I could easily pick it up and polish it.
Fabulous. Truly.

Mary Brigid
08-01-2007, 10:52 AM
Truely Stunning....
Mary Brigid

08-01-2007, 11:47 AM
wow... now I'm blushing !!! Thanks guys and gals!! Yes I still play... don't think I want to play at my opening though... although that would be cool.

08-01-2007, 12:35 PM
Great! love it! Do more instruments !Wow!

08-01-2007, 12:39 PM
Yeah, I'd love to do more instruments... I'll have to think of how to get my hands on some for free.

08-01-2007, 01:59 PM
This piece is just fantastic! Amazing pastel work.

Mikki Petersen
08-01-2007, 02:13 PM
Geesh! I just hate to repeat what everyone else has said but...THIS IS OUTSTANDING! Should be the centerpiece of your show!


08-01-2007, 03:18 PM
definitely, a tough act to follow .... but i'm sure, with inspiration and the right subject, you can do it !!

08-01-2007, 03:21 PM
Yeah, I'd love to do more instruments... I'll have to think of how to get my hands on some for free.

Trade your painting for a Steinway:rolleyes:

Kind regards,


Jo Castillo
08-01-2007, 03:24 PM
Melanie, this is outstanding and beautiful. And, all the other things already said. Fine work.

Pat Isaac
08-01-2007, 03:32 PM
I just saw this. What a stunning painting!. A sure show stopper.
I also play the flute in a local orchestra and on occasion have thought of painting it. I really like the composition of your piece, very dynamic.


08-01-2007, 03:50 PM
OH MY GOD!!!! THIS IS AMAZING!!! I don't know how you paint like this but this is truly stellar. You should be winning contests all over the place. Do you know how good you are? This is fabulous, can't praise it enough. I am just blown away by this piece and such a unique subject matter and perspective.

08-01-2007, 04:37 PM
Fantastic painting, Melanie.

Karen Margulis
08-01-2007, 07:57 PM
Wow! Let me add my praise! I admire your talent!!!!


Merethe T
08-02-2007, 04:59 AM
Well, everyone's already said it - this is outstanding!!! You've nailed the silver spot on, and the comp is dynamic and different - a winner!!


08-02-2007, 12:30 PM
thanks everyone!! :)

08-02-2007, 12:42 PM
absolutley superb!:clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

08-03-2007, 10:22 AM
Yowsa! I can't say anything because my mouth is so wide open from awe that I can't form words. I know how you can top this (selfish reasoning here, of course). Do a series of instruments and you can do them as WIPs so we can see how you achieved such phenomenal texture, shine and composition! :cat: This is one of the most stunning pieces I have seen in a while. You should be most proud.


08-03-2007, 11:21 AM
Beautiful work!

08-11-2007, 09:30 PM
amazing! beautifully done :thumbsup:

08-11-2007, 10:38 PM
I have been working on pisces of silver and this is inspiring.

08-12-2007, 12:51 AM
this is fantastic! You are amazing

08-12-2007, 01:19 AM
So this is established with all those responses that this is an amazingly good painting. Well Done Melanie.
It will really be very informative to know what brand of pastels and papers do you use normally. And if you've time, a bit of your process of creation. This can really help and inspire newbies like me.

08-12-2007, 01:28 AM
Wow Melanie you are a master pastellist!!
Unbelievably real!

08-12-2007, 07:16 AM
It's already all been said but please let me add my own appreciation, absolutely wonderful.

08-12-2007, 06:02 PM
Hi Melanie,
This is a stunning piece of work!:thumbsup: You have come a long ways since we first met at Dianna's workshop (we all did a magnolia in a bowl). There is a edginess to the "3 part flute" composition that really takes this picture to the next level - absolutely awesome!.:clap: :clap: :clap:

08-12-2007, 06:41 PM
What *IS* the secret of getting firm, straight, non fuzzy edges? I fear I'm going to have to stick to animals until I find that out!

This is amazing!

Rose Baggs
08-13-2007, 03:23 PM
Fantastic work! Wow!!!

08-26-2007, 08:22 AM
wowsers all i can say is holy crap lol

Andi Rebirth
08-26-2007, 09:17 AM
Melanie, I am speechless. I wish ou would do a learning thread on your process. Like Pat did on one of her oil pastels. I can't tell you what I learned from that input by Pat Issacs lesson. Thanks Pat! Just stunning work Melanie.

Paula Ford
08-26-2007, 11:08 AM
:eek: :eek: HOLY MOLEY :eek: :eek:


08-26-2007, 12:13 PM
Ok - I'm still in awe! You truly know all the ways to do reflections and metal! Barb

08-26-2007, 05:00 PM
All of the superlatives have already been taken, so I'll just say "DITTOS to the MAX!!!!" Thanks everyone!!! My only question is... how to top this one? hmmmmm.I have no idea.... But you will and I'm dying to see your next piece!!

Ps.... I seem to be following you everywhere, Barb.... is it just a laundry day coincidence????

08-26-2007, 05:04 PM
Melanie, how do you get so much smoothness with pastel pencils? i find them terribly difficult to lay down - I have Carb Othellos by Stabilo. Your work is incredible.

Donna T
08-26-2007, 05:18 PM
Incredible...wow...this is stunning...

Donna T

08-27-2007, 01:10 PM
Hi all,

Sorry to positively ignore all your responses.. it wasn't intentional, I was just very busy prepping for my show and then I got sidelined by painting for the food place so ... priorities :cool:

Ok, first off, I want to thank you all for your support and positive expressions. Its really encouraging... sometimes even the "best" artists feel like "is this worth it? Will I actually get somewhere?" and although I'm not "the best" artist, I often feel like this, and your comments keep me pushing forward.

Ok so a little of my techniques...which aren't original.. .most I picked up from Dianna and here and there and just experimented with some of my own methods, probably springboarded from Dianna.

Normally I work with the La Carte paper pretty much exclusively. It gives a very smooth looking surface, with none of that waffle weave coming through like you get with the canson or other watercolour paper. As for pastels, I've really run the gamut of trying out every one but now I've pretty much settled on one brand for the majority of my work and supplimenting colours from other lines as I see fit. The brand I reach for first are the unisons. I like them best for what I call "odd tones." For instance, in my flute, when rendering the inner plating that seems to be a very brassy type of platinum colour, I used one of the yellow greens in the Unison line. I find these "off" colours very hard to find in other lines. Also the consistancy of the Unisons I find to be just exactly right for blending and layering. They are pretty much in the centre of the line between hard and soft and are neither chalky or "oily." As much as I love the Terrys, sometimes I find them to be too soft and buttery, or what seems to me to be slightly oily. This is only really a problem if I want to blend and layer a bit, then I'm hard pressed to get any pencil on top of them.

So generally I'll pick unisons first and if I'm stuck for just the right colour, particularly the deeper more intense darks, usually in a purple or a red, I'll reach for the terrys or even the nupastels. If I'm looking for a very HOT or vibrant colour, I can sometimes find it in the Lyras or the Mt. Visions. I've used the Mt. Visions in my watermelon painting, if you remember that from some time back, to get those vibrant reds, and I used one electric blue pastel from the Lyras on my bottle painting.

As for the pastel pencils, again its about finding the right colour and so I grab some from every line, but for consistancy I like the Stablios best.

Ok now, to get the sharp edges on a painting, I will go in as close as I can using a pastel stick and then bridge the gap between the edging and the colour using a pastel pencil. I will take my pinky and blend the swoop of colour that I did with the stick first and get it as close to the line as I can, then I'll come in with a pastel pencil and kind of feather the dust over while drawing the line. I have to be careful to blend and lift the stick colour and not just draw a straight line or the transition will not look smooth, it will look like a very definite line between pencil and the velvetness of the stick colour and really easy to detect. After I've blended pencil line in with the rest of the velvet colour, I'll take a finger and pressing quite hard, I'll place it right in the middle of the two colours and trace that line. This helps to soften and define that line, so that it flows into the painting and doesn't apear harshly drawn.

I will try to get a little demonstration going this week for you all. I've been asked to do several, one going back to how to do the grass like I did in my cougar painting. I've just been so frantic with my solo show coming up and then being in demand for my food paintings. Time is so limited, but since I'm getting burnt out , I would really appreciate some time to play on wetcanvas doing demos for fun, to try to eliminate some of the "work" aspect of my art career and bring back the fun. :)

08-28-2007, 11:40 AM
you are a master blender!!

08-28-2007, 12:35 PM
Hi Melanie!
That is one awesome website you have too!:clap: :clap: :thumbsup:

08-28-2007, 11:27 PM
Astounding! WOW....

Someone mentioned how cleaver your signature was.....it was like finding Waldo in Santa's toy factory.

Pretty penny for this one!