Enjoy the Process

Feb 27, 2022

I am a traditional artist. I paint the world around me with oils on canvas or panel. Don’t know how it gets any more traditional than that. People, places, and animals inspire me to paint. Every artist has a process they enjoy the most. This is part of my process, and I hope you might enjoy seeing it.

Click images to enlarge… I’m getting the hang of this!


Stacks of canvas lean every which way as they dry or wait another turn on the easel.
My work literally surrounds me.
Stacks of canvases lean this way and that while drying or
waiting for another turn on the easel.

On the easel…

Lots of decisions made. What image? What size? What Canvas? What colors? Where will it hang? Will the composition hold together?  Can I pull it off again?
Lots of decisions made. What image? What size? What Canvas? What colors? Where will it hang? Will the composition hold together? Can I pull it off again?
Look at all that juicy cobalt with manganese blue and tinted with white!
Look at all that juicy cobalt with manganese blue and tinted with white!

A Study in Blue

I decided to paint a cloud study. I am analyzing color, light, and having a little fun to see what works. I love all the stages the painting went through. Looking at them is like remembering a good conversation.

Click images to enlarge.

It started with a plein air sketch that was unresolved.  It was perfect for practicing clouds.
It started with a plein air sketch that was unresolved. It was perfect for practicing clouds.
Created the new cloud forms
Created the new cloud forms
Finding the anchor lights and darks
Finding the anchor lights and darks
Bringing the clouds forward
Bringing the clouds forward
Getting a little too wet.
Getting a little too wet.
Had to slow down and see clearly
Had to slow down and see clearly

“A work of art is the trace of a magnificent struggle.” 

― Robert Henri, The Art Spirit

Thank you for viewing my work.

Michel

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4 Comments

  1. McNinch Robert on February 27, 2022 at 2:44 pm

    Robert

  2. Jeannie on February 27, 2022 at 4:24 pm

    Michel, Michel, Michel!!!!!!!! YOU inspire me🖼💗🦪🎨!!!!! Your paintings make me happy!💕 I can see into your soul in your paintings and feel your love of creating art from beginning to end🎨 You are MY inspiration and I thank you for sharing your MASTERPIECE with me!!! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the clouds and sea!💗Love you!

    • Michel McNinch on February 27, 2022 at 4:29 pm

      Oh Jeannie! Thank you so very much. I am happy that my paintings inspire yours. I love your paintings so much I have three in my house on the walls right now! : )

  3. Michel Collins. Mickey’s on February 27, 2022 at 10:47 pm

    Clouds, water, marsh grass!!! My slice of heaven!!

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