Art + Illustration Gallery

40 Dawns & 40 Dusks

40 Dawns & 40 Dusks

Originating from a season of suffering, I began painting the colors of the sunrise and sunset for forty days beginning on Easter morning.

Working through anxiety and depression after a long season dealing with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), I clung to the idea of resurrections.

I was inspired by a thought from George MacDonald: “The world...is full of resurrections...Every night that folds us up in darkness is a death…[but] the day rises out of the night like a being that has burst its tomb and escaped into life.”

The complete series was published on instagram @melissalalvey

Sunlight on Adirondack

Sunlight on Adirondack

Claudia

Claudia

“Claudia” is the third in the "Café Lift" Series." Café Lift in San Jose, CA provides a welcoming environment for musicians, poets, and artists in the Bay Area. 

"Claudia" was painted in 40 minutes, capturing the bold and sweet spirit of local musician and artist, Claudia.

Maribel

Maribel

“Maribel” is the first in a series of quick sketch portraits painted at Café Lift in San Jose, CA. As a monthly open mic and open canvas event, Café Lift provides a welcoming environment for local artists. In the same spirit, I have started this series as an endeavor to foster relationships and document the individuals—both artists and spectators, regular attendees and first-time guests—that make up the Café Lift community. 

Painted in under 20 minutes, “Maribel” is a bold gesture painting that captures the likeness of Maribel, a member of the audience, in a short amount of time.

Carey

Carey

“Carey” is the second in a series of quick sketch portraits painted at Café Lift. For myself, the Café Lift series is a practice of being courageous on two levels. On a stylistic level, I forgo realism, make bold brush strokes, and use strong colors. On a personal level, I allow my process to be witnessed—and critiqued or complimented—by surrounding people, as well as experience the suspense of whether or not the finished portrait will be well-received by the subject.

A sitting of no more than 30 minutes, this portrait brightly depicts Carey, a regular performing musician at Café Lift.

Self-Portrait in Color

Self-Portrait in Color

“Self-Portrait in Continuous Line”

“Self-Portrait in Continuous Line”

Sasimo Sato

Sasimo Sato

Watercolor portrait of homeless man in Japan.

Sunflowers in Vase

Sunflowers in Vase

Watercolors, 2017

Reaching for the Wind

Reaching for the Wind

Abstracted film photography collage and ink drawing.

Quiet Grace - 1 of 3

Quiet Grace - 1 of 3

Watercolor and ink. Postcard set 1 of 3.

Quiet Grace - 2 of 3

Quiet Grace - 2 of 3

Watercolor and ink. Postcard set 2 of 3.

Quiet Grace - 3 of 3

Quiet Grace - 3 of 3

Watercolor and ink. Postcard set 3 of 3.

Identity

Identity

Watercolor and ink.

i will wade out

i will wade out

Watercolor and calligraphy. Poem by e.e. cummings

Fluffy Cat

Fluffy Cat

Watercolor study.

Skull Study

Skull Study

Sun - concept art for children's book

Sun - concept art for children's book

Watercolor and ink.

Sun - concept art for children's book

Sun - concept art for children's book

Watercolor and ink.

Maïte Amongst the Stars

Maïte Amongst the Stars

Watercolor and ink.

Pandas for Poets

Pandas for Poets

Watercolor and ink.

Isadora Duncan

Isadora Duncan

Ink drawing.

Light in the Dark

Light in the Dark

Ink illustration for The Princess and the Goblin—a novel by George MacDonald.