Saturday, May 30, 2009

Manhattan Arts International Listing, EBSQArt Competition & Sunset Paintings

I am now listed in the directory of artists on Manhattan Arts International Web Site. You can view my work and the work of the other amazing artists at this link

I have recently entered a piece into EBSQArt's Competition entitled "Reinterpreting Children's Art".

The purpose of the competition is to do a recreate a child’s work of art and do it in the manner that you would create a piece of art now, not as if you were a child yourself. When I was about 11 or 12, I used to paint on gift boxes. I recently recreated the acrylic painting "Sunset Kid" which was created on a gift box with Oil Pastel on Paper, entitled "Sunset 2009".

"Sunset Kid",
Acrylic on Gift Box

"Sunset 2009",
Oil Pastel On Paper

To view the EBSQArt competition click here

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Friday, May 29, 2009

Artist Melissa Tobia Featured in Manhattan Arts International "Celebrate Her Story" Blog

In the recent May 29, 2009 issue, I am featured in the Manhattan Arts International "Celebrate Her Story" Blog. The article talks about my passionate fascination and reverence for the magnificent world of flowers. Click on the photo to the left or click here to view the blog.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

New Watercolor Completed, "White Maroon Zinnia"

I recently completed a new watercolor painting of a flower in the zinnia family, as far as I know, is known as a White Maroon Zinnia.

White Maroon Zinnia, 23" x 20", watercolor on paper

Detail 1 of White Maroon Zinnia

Detail 2 of White Maroon Zinnia

Detail 3 of White Maroon Zinnia

I painted this with the intention of a macro view of a beautiful and vibrant zinnia that I saw in my neighborhood. I thought the colors very interesting and had good contrast and the composition had some great shadows. It is hard to say what exactly the color of the petals were, but if I had to estimate I would guess that they were in the magenta family with some maroon tones. I thought the inside of the flower was also interesting because it seems to have little yellow baby flower petals. Imagine... a flower inside of a flower!

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Friday, May 8, 2009

Melissa Tobia wins Member's Choice award for "New York City Muscari"

EBSQArt's Flower Of The Month: Muscari competition finally comes to an end and the winners have been selected. My oil painting "New York City Muscari" was selected for Member's Choice (1st place). I am so thrilled! It is always nice when hard work pays off!

You can view the competition and the winners by going to:

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Monday, May 4, 2009

New Painting Completed

I recently completed a new oil painting of a flower called muscari, or also known as grape hyacinths for EBSQart's Flower of the Month: Muscari.

New York City Muscari, 36" x 38", oil on canvas

Detail 1 of New York City Muscari

Detail 2 of New York City Muscari

Detail 3 of New York City Muscari

Detail 4 of New York City Muscari

This painting basically is a macro-zoomed view of the very vivid grape-like flowers, that are usually about 2 - 5 inches tall. The muscari shown in this painting range from newly blooming and green hued to fully bloomed and ripe. I tried to capture the muscari's vividness in color, and gracefulness as a flower.

You can view the ebsqart's EBSQart's Flower of the Month: Muscari exhibit and even vote for the winner by registering for free by going to and following the embedded link from May 1 - May 8, 2009.

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