Meet Ruby – Eastern Screech Owl

By Michel McNinch | July 2, 2022

Ruby is an Eastern Screech Owl who is an ambassador for Carolina Wildlife Center.

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Live Animals Inspire at Stormwater Studios.

By Michel McNinch | June 23, 2022

I had the pleasure of meeting some local live animals when Carolina Wildlife Center spoke at Stormwater Studios. An opportunity to see them up close was truly inspiring. So many oooohs and ahhhhhs as each guest made the stage.

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Floating in the Blue

By Michel McNinch | June 18, 2022

The blue sky paintings are coming along nicely. So very close to finished. They just need the tiny touches that finish a painting, but couldn’t bring my self to rush it. They need to dry. This is an advantage and disadvantage of painting in oils. These are images from my recent trip to Savannah, GA and Fort Pulaski National Monument.

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A Lovely Lowcountry Visit

By Michel McNinch | June 11, 2022

A quick trip to the Lowcountry had me dining in an old time seafood restaurant with treasured collectors, delivering a special painting to royalty, and feeling the love on the ocean. All very important to an active painting practice! Lucky me.

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Tangled up in Blue

By Michel McNinch | June 4, 2022

My trip to Savannah has inspired three new paintings of beautiful blue skies. They are not quite ready to share, but here is a peek at what’s happening in the studio.

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Lowcountry Lamentation

By Michel McNinch | May 28, 2022

My first painting from a recent trip to Savannah is a moody one. The storm had just raged through and a few clouds were lagging behind. The ground was wet, and the fresh water smell on the salt marsh was distinct. The sun was still hiding behind the lingering clouds. “Lowcountry Lamentation, oil on canvas, 16×24, Michel McNinch

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By Michel McNinch | May 20, 2022

Hung together or apart; they are always siblings. Two surfaces, same palette, same landscape, same artist! Fun to do and makes it that much better! Take a closer look.

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For Roxanne

By Michel McNinch | May 17, 2022

Just a bit of fun

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A surprise for you

By Michel McNinch | May 17, 2022

Something fun!

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Fort Pulaski National Monument

By Michel McNinch | May 15, 2022

the chance to visit Fort Pulaski National Monument, it is well worth you time. The folks there were super nice and you can tell they are great caretakers. Lots of history and pristine landscape. Maybe I will see you there. Look for me; I’m the one with the easel! : )

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End of the Season!

By Michel McNinch | May 7, 2022

Cheers to the oyster! For me oysters are a celebration. We gather as family and friends around a fire or a pit. Roasted, steaming oysters piled high onto a plywood table. My Aunt Diane taught me to bring my own knife to an oyster roast (and clean towels.)

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Questions for Mary

By Michel McNinch | April 30, 2022

I have a list of questions for Mary that I never got to ask. A very important part of a painting practice is having a mentor you trust and will give you honest answers. Mary Gilkerson was that for me and countless others.

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