Taking the Photoreading Course

oliv­er­mel­lan : August 23, 2016 10:10 PM : PROJECTS, Uncat­e­go­rized

I almost threw this post­card away. I almost didn’t go.

I had just come back from a trip and while going through a stack of mail, I came across this announce­ment from Learn­ing Strate­gies about a Pho­tore­ad­ing Course in the Bay Area.  I’d taken the online/at home course and loved it. This 3-day inten­sive was sound­ing really use­ful for some projects com­ing up in which I would be need­ing to do a lot of read­ing.  I didn’t think I could afford it though.  Thank­fully, I picked the card up out of the trash and decided to ask Learn­ing Strate­gies about a video doc­u­men­ta­tion trade for the course cost. They were up for the adven­ture and have been very encour­ag­ing. Pho­tore­ad­ing will change your life. And the way you read.

Thanks to every­one in the class for let­ting me cap­ture these moments of the inti­mate group learn­ing space. I appre­ci­ate the encour­age­ment from Mil­li­cent St. Claire and Pete Bis­sonette. Thanks to Paul Scheele, Lynette Ayres and all of the Pho­tore­ad­ing pio­neers.





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If its mellow

oliv­er­mel­lan : August 4, 2015 6:09 PM : Blog, PROJECTS, Water

These two bathroom signs are a gift to you! Take your pick, conserve water.

Bathroom Sign 1Bathroom Sign 2
Down­load them and print them out, frame them or sta­ple it up in your bath­room at home and at work.
Every­time you flush the toi­let, 6 gal­lons of fresh water goes down.
These signs are a col­lab­o­ra­tion between artists Roxy Prima and Oliver Mel­lan, both Cal­i­for­nia res­i­dents that want to encour­age sus­tain­able liv­ing and water con­ser­va­tions through­out Cal­i­for­nia in an artis­tic and friendly way.
It’s time to bring back what mom always said.


See more of Roxy Prima’s beau­ti­ful design work here
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The doctor’s play at the No Boundaries International Art Colony

oliv­er­mel­lan : Novem­ber 27, 2013 2:42 AM : Blog, PROJECTS, Slider, Uncat­e­go­rized


These are the shorts that I made dur­ing my 2 week Res­i­dency at the No Bound­aries Inter­na­tional Art Colony.
A very mag­i­cal time to cre­ate, explore and have fun on beau­ti­ful Bald Head Island with 15 other amaz­ingly tal­ented artists. We were a fam­ily on the island and will be life­long friends.

At the end of the 2 weeks, all the artist’s best work was hung in a beau­ti­ful show at Acme Art Stu­dio and is now being installed in the Wilma Daniels gallery exhi­bi­tion till next year. [You can also go catch this film on loop there]
This film also played as part of the 19th Cucalorus Film Fes­ti­val. An honor indeed to have a spot held for a mys­tery film I was mak­ing up until an hour before the screen­ing:) thanks so much to all that were involved.

This pre­his­toric forest lead­ing to the beach was the set­ting for our two weeks. no cars, just karts and bike seats. Jonathan and I took a jour­ney into the woods and these trees started talk­ing to me 🙂

2] Mother. Life­guard
about 5 years ago, my friend Adam and I found a lot of 16mm footage in the trash. footage from a family’s life. I took the beach vaca­tion footage and a car­toon of a doc­tors visit and gave it to each artist to paint. I spliced them together and pro­jected onto Cap­tain Charlie’s Cabin #2

3] 2013 colony Artists
I love all these peo­ple. I love our time on the island and how we inspired eachother to push the bound­aries. Lots of cre­ative energy, lots of laughs and lots of flow. Bran­don Guthrie plays a sweet tune on the gui­tar and the nar­ra­tion in mid­dle video is by one of my favorite philoso­phers Alan Watts check out his thought flow, it is amaz­ing.

4] The ghost of Clodin
Every­one at the colony was vis­ited by this ghost in some way. After hear­ing about the ghost sto­ries, from years past, this red hair widow seemed to show her­self in every­ones art­work. Beau­ti­fully acted by Fritzi Huber and Jonathan Sum­mit. the bal­lad was writ­ten by Karl Mul­len and me and is per­formed by Karl Mul­len.

5] Home is where your love is
A won­der­ful col­lab­o­ra­tion with Jumaadi explor­ing the migrant nature we have as artists mov­ing around the world. He laid down this poem sit­ting out­side Acme Art Stu­dio just hours before the final cut of the film.

Thanks to every­one that made this pos­si­ble.
If you would like to apply for a res­i­dency at No Bound­aries Art Colony, do it!



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Fall 2013 Open Studios — great success and much fun

oliv­er­mel­lan : Novem­ber 27, 2013 1:51 AM : Blog, Open Stu­dioes, PROJECTS

Here is the Video from the instal­la­tion and the Open­ing cut together with the hyp­no­sis video.

Much thanks to every­one that helped out and par­tic­i­pated. Thank you for adding to the light.

Enjoy! see you at the Spring Open Stu­dios.

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Flyers and Mushrooms with Josh

oliv­er­mel­lan : Octo­ber 14, 2013 8:59 PM : Blog, Open Stu­dioes, PROJECTS

Sat­ur­day! My friend Josh hooked it up by print­ing out 11 sheets of fly­ers for the show on some nice paper from his work. So grate­ful. I went over to Dolores park to meet u with him and another friend Chris. Smi­ley was rolling around the park sell­ing goods. He gave us an unbeat­able deal for some mush­rooms. what a guy! what a park! From there, we went back to my stu­dio to gob­ble down the mush­rooms and get funky with the fly­ers, water col­ors, a face scrub­bing brush and tear­ing. The day was awe­some fun and spon­ta­neous, lead­ing us to a Sene­galese restau­rant to wan­der into eat­ing an awe­some din­ner at the best table in the restau­rant for watch­ing an incred­i­ble Fla­menco Dance per­for­mance.

mushroom, coconut butter, peanut butter cracker





Open Studios




I have about 10 projects that are cur­rently opened up in my stu­dio. It is a lit­tle chaotic, but so much fun. Excited for this week to bring some clo­sure to some of the pieces and start­ing form­ing the lay­out of the instal­la­tion.

adding clouds to a mellow rock birdStucco paint on canvas


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Installation Beginnings. Help from Dad!

oliv­er­mel­lan : Octo­ber 8, 2013 3:36 AM : Blog, Open Stu­dioes, PROJECTS

Things are start­ing to shape up for all the nec­es­sary sci­ence and art involved!


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Webcam Post 07

oliv­er­mel­lan : March 19, 2013 7:33 AM : Blog, PROJECTS, Transtu­dio, WEBCAM CHALLENGE

On my way west, Ive had a few fun adven­tures along the way. thanks for peo­ple help­ing peo­ple. what makes the world go round and vans get out of the mud.

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Webcam Post 05

oliv­er­mel­lan : March 7, 2013 5:33 AM : Blog, PROJECTS, WEBCAM CHALLENGE

So…not really with my web­cam. shot with a gopro. tiny lit­tle water­proof HD cam­era. It can shoot at 60 frames. all this footage was slowmo and the audio clip was New Order Biz­zare love tri­an­gle play­ing on the radio in my truck on the way home. slowed down at 60fps it sounded neat and nos­tal­gic. Im very much look­ing for­ward to surf­ing it up this sum­mer.

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webcam Post 1

oliv­er­mel­lan : Feb­ru­ary 25, 2013 11:49 PM : Blog, PROJECTS, Uncat­e­go­rized, WEBCAM CHALLENGE

web cam chal­lenge for the month of March with my baby Adri­enne. This is me pack­ing up my Ford Tran­sit Con­nect Transtu­dio. A cus­tom build out to sep­a­rate the space into a bot­tom stor­age area and a top sleep­ing area. Its super nice! Head­ing west to San Fran­cisco in the morn­ing. Another video posted tomor­row. You can see Adriennes’s video by search­ing Adri­enne O’Docharty.

song by Block­head

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