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Michele Melcher  Independent Illustrator and artist. Seeker of fun. Lover of weird. For commissions please email. For print purchases visit

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Wasn’t going to post this because it is in the really early stages and I don’t know if it will end up in the trash. I’m teaching myself to paint with oils, which is something I have never done before. This is my first attempt. It’s waaay different that watercolor - which I worked in for years and am totally comfortable and confident using. Well, I’m totally UNCOMFORTABLE working in oil! 😬It’s terrifying not being in control of the medium. But it’s time to evolve and try new things. We’ll see what happens!✨ #selftaught #art #artist #artistsoninstagram #michelemelcher #painting #oilpainting #darkart #trynewthings #evolve

Last night I rescued these two victorian family portraits of my great grandfathers from my mom’s attic. On the left (mustached) is my grandfather’s father, Ulrich Sontheimer. He was born in Germany around 1874 and came to the USA when he was 18 years old. He was probably in his early 20’s in the drawing. On the right, in the more damaged frame, is my grandmother’s father, Norman Price. We don’t know much about him because he died when my grandmother was very young. I’d date these to be late victorian-turn of the century era before 1910. Both portraits and frames are in dire need of cleaning and repair as they sat in my mom’s attic since the early 70’s. They were in my grandmother’s attic for god-only-knows how long before that. I will fix them up when I have some free time. I remember these being in the attic when I was a kid and I was TERRIFIED to look at them bc I thought that they were creepy and haunted! 😂 Now I am thrilled to have them and I’m sure that they will be happy eventually hanging up in our house- haunting our walls as they should. ✨

#art #victorian #victorianstyle #oldart #familyheirloom #vintage #antique #vintageportrait #creepy #greatgrandfather

It is too dark to paint anymore trim in here tonight but here is some progress. I think it is starting to look historically legit! #oldhouse #farmhouse #cottage #colonial #1803 #restoration #solebury #carversville #buckscountypa #history

OK- Last pic of these two. The piece is done and I’m pretty happy with the result. Tomorrow it goes into an antique frame and then off to San Francisco. Wanna see the whole piece? Check it out at the opening of group show,”Familiar”, @moderneden November 3rd. Yay!
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This weekend’s project is repainting the original 1803-45 living room with some period correct historic colors. First step: covering up the green.
#oldhouse #farmhouse #1803 #historichome #woodbeams #buckscountypa #carversville #solebury #weekendprojects

This is the other vintage print that @primer05 got for me at Philadelphia Print Shop. I love the stoic sourpuss face of the dad and the facial expressions of the cubs...sleepy, bratty and whiney. Swipe left to see a detail.
#vintageprint #vintageart #vintage #tiger #oldfashioned #prints #art #sourpuss

Turn that frown upside down! Poor lighting, but here’s a peek at my nearly finished piece for a group show @moderneden next month. I still need to put in the background and some other finishing touches before framing.
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Tonight, @primer05 surprised me with some vintage goodies from The Philadelphia Print shop! Look at this macabre scene of African vultures eating carrion. It will look perfect in our house. I love it! I will post the other print that he got me later. #CARNIVORE #vultureculture #oldhouse #oldprints #prints #nature #art #macabreart #eatorbeeaten #vintage #vintageart

Quiet sunrise over the cornfield. Autumn’s chill is in the air. It’s beautiful here.
#sunrise #morning #nature #openspace #countryside #countryliving #solebury #carversville #buckscountypa

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