A Painter's Studio Practice

Plein Air Pleasure

By Michel McNinch | June 30, 2023

Painting “en plein air” is such a pleasure. I carry a studio bag with me at all times. At anytime and anywhere painting can commence! My current sketchbook has just been completed. Time to put a new sketchbook in the bag and share some of my favorites with you.

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I Missed You Last Week

By Michel McNinch | June 25, 2023

As this applies to my painting practice, it has changed my direction. I have been working (albeit slowly) on my flower paintings. I’m going to turn them to the wall for now and start something new. I don’t want to tell you about it yet, because I am preserving my energy and thoughts about it. As soon as it is underway, I will share it with you.

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Landscape Painter's Workbook by Mitch Albala

Summer School @ Stormwater Studios

By Michel McNinch | June 10, 2023

Summer School at Stormwater Studios. My classes will join me in my studio this summer to study the techniques found in The Landscape Painter’s Workbook.

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My dearly beloved grew these beautiful and fragrant roses. Studios Roses Michel McNinch

Happy Collectors and Happy Artists

By Michel McNinch | June 3, 2023

It is such a loving thing to do – having confidence in someone. My collector knew I could and would paint my best for her. It was such a pleasure. She now has two new heirlooms to present to her family. Oh Happy Day! Painting continues on the florals. A great way to start the summer. I might have to make it part of my annual celebration of Spring!

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"Lake Wateree Oasis," 18x24, oil

Time Flies if You are Having Fun!

By Michel McNinch | May 28, 2023

Time has flown by this week. The Lake Wateree painting is completed and headed to the framer. My classes have paused for the summer; we finished up this week. And today – May 28, 2023 – Robert and I have been married for 40 years! We are celebrating by doing what we have always done – anything we want! : ) It is quite the indulgence. Here’s a look into the studio this week.

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Why draw the roses in with purple? It blends well with rose.

Painting Time is a Pleasure

By Michel McNinch | May 20, 2023

This week I got down to the basics of painting. Fresh paint and clean brushes have done their work. Getting close to finished on the Lake Wateree painting and continuing the floral paintings by adding the florals! : ) Here are the next steps in the process of creating the paintings.

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A Painting Studio in Springtime

By Michel McNinch | May 13, 2023

Everything in my studio is reflecting this beautiful Spring. I have begun laying in the colors in my Lake Wateree landscape. My favorite paints were involved. Also, with all the beautiful Spring bouquets, it was time for a class demonstration on how to paint a glass vase filled with stems and water. Don’t forget to check in on Frida and Charlie – Spring has been exciting for them too!

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A view you don't see too often of the studio! The sink and supplies shelves. On the easel is a demonstration of how to look at a vase of flowers as you paint it. Now to fix that football of a lime and put in the flowers. This is an especially significant vase of flowers. It is one of the first bouquets from Stormwater Studios' new native butterfly garden. It is designed by the fabulous Karen Murphy! So lucky to have her on our team.

Transitions – Shifting Studio Productions

By Michel McNinch | May 4, 2023


The finishing of a good chapter means the next chapter is ready for you. My new chapter is so close; it is exciting to know that the work is changing and your heart and soul are ready.

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For Generations to Come

By Michel McNinch | April 22, 2023

I have been working on portraits of a family that loves one another. Mother and Daughter adore each other. Four generations of men smile as they play with the newest generation among them. These paintings exude their happiness to be in each other’s company. It was a pleasure to paint them. The generations to come will have their own art, but this generation can teach by example to enjoy, create, love, and collect the art that connects with us. Thank you for being here to witness my contribution this week.

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Welcome! Artista Vista 2023 - Art Day at Stormwater Studios

Artista Vista @ Stormwater Studios – A Good Time Had By All

By Michel McNinch | April 16, 2023

This year was the best yet. I say that every year. We keep getting better at it. Let me show you with pictures how it all went.If you came out to see us, thank you. We enjoyed the fellowship. Hope you will consider coming next year. The show in the gallery will be up until April 23.

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Gold Leaf with green undertones support the delicate asparagus as the spring up out of the ground.

Back in the Saddle at a Gallop

By Michel McNinch | April 8, 2023

Artista Vista at Stormwater Studios – Resident Artists put up their annual Spring show. Art Day (April 15 / 10-3) is sponsored by the Vista Guild and Stormwater Studios each year. “Spring Up” will debut in this show. But, you get to see it first here. I have not been able to perfect getting good photos of my paintings on metal leaf surfaces. It will be worth a look if you get to the show. It is interactive to its surroundings.

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Springing Back into the Studio

By Michel McNinch | April 1, 2023

A beautiful bouquet of homegrown asparagus was gifted to me this week and was immediately inspiration for a new painting. I got right back to the easel, and began to reflect on the beautiful shapes and colors. Asparagus is a sure sign that Spring has arrived.

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