Melinda B Hipple Author & Artist

Author & Artist

In the curve of a line there waits, equally, the power of words and the power of image. Melinda B Hipple

I've always had a love affair with the pencil. From my earliest expressions of creativity, I've cycled through periods of drawing into writing and back to drawing. My first recognizable work of art was a sketch of a bird made when I was two and a half. As I learned the power of words, my focus changed to poetry and stories. I had never considered how these two disciplines were connected in my psyche until I sat down to write this brief explanation of my current interests in both art and literature. I've worked in a variety of media over the years, but always I come back to the humble pencil. Humble ... and powerful. Even though my fingers no longer hold wood and graphite to write my poetry and prose, I still connect them in my mind. And when I draw, I feel a great respect, even reverence, for my 9H, 2B and the host of other pencils I use to create my works of art. I marvel at how much can be expressed—whether in the form of letters or figures—by pressing soft gray lead against white paper. In graphite, I once created a self-portrait piece called Circle of Life. Now, I fully understand how meaningful that title is.


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New Artwork
in the Portrait Gallery!!

Graphite on paper

"From Stick Figures to Fine Art"

Beginning Drawing Class
10:00 a.m. - Noon, Tuesdays and Thursdays
Sept. 19th thru Oct. 12th
Lumberyard Art Center, Baldwin City, KS

Based on techniques that focus on
the right-brain shift that allows artists
to draw what has always been in front of them.
(Left: student drawings eight weeks apart.)

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