Finishing What I Started

Jan 28, 2024

The paintings laying around my studio that need final touches have my attention. They need to be finished so that my new work can have my full attention. Sometimes, when I get in that head space, other paintings get caught up in all the excitement. So, “Helios,” got taken off the wall for a make-over. I gave it a little more drama by covering detail and brightening the sun.

"Helios," 48x24, oil on canvas. Minor revisions gave this painting a little more drama. Am I finished? I'll look at it this week and decide.
“Helios,” 48×24, oil on canvas. Minor revisions gave this painting a little more drama. Am I finished? I’ll look at it this week and decide.
"Flora," 12x12, oil on silver leaf - this little honey bee needed a few details. Now, she is ready for the world. Say hello to Flora.
“Flora,” 12×12, oil on silver leaf – this little honey bee needed a few details. Now, she is ready for the world. Say hello to Flora.

I love my bee series. Here is one that has waited to be finished. I named it “Flora” after the main character of this book:

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This is a great story told through the eyes of one single bee, Flora. Wonderful look into hive life. It has stuck with me and helped me create my bee series.

Hope your week will be buzzing with creativity. I’ll be painting.

Thank you; I appreciate your being here.

Michel

Starting strong is good. Finishing strong is epic.” ― Robin Sharma

12 Comments

  1. Tina on January 28, 2024 at 10:43 am

    I loved them before but WOW the changes you made on both make them more “dramatic” in my mind !! Love them!!
    Hi Flora 🐝

    • Michel McNinch on January 28, 2024 at 10:57 am

      I am so glad you can see it. If you ever get a chance to read that book, don’t hesitate. So enjoyable.

  2. Alice Cottingham on January 28, 2024 at 12:40 pm

    Flora’s remarkable! Is she for sale?

    • Michel Cottingham McNinch on January 28, 2024 at 12:48 pm

      Thank you, Alice. Yes, she is ready to fly! I’ll send you a DM.

  3. Robert Lide McNinch on January 28, 2024 at 1:28 pm

    Absolutely stunning! The detail is fantastic, hi Flora

    • Michel Cottingham McNinch on January 28, 2024 at 5:51 pm

      That’s because you are fantastic. : ). I love you.

  4. Amy on January 28, 2024 at 5:02 pm

    Both are stunning, Michel! Beautiful work!

  5. Michel Cottingham McNinch on January 28, 2024 at 5:51 pm

    Thank you, Amy. It was a long time coming on the big one! : )

  6. Liz Coleman-Socia on January 28, 2024 at 8:18 pm

    Gorgeous!!!

    • Michel McNinch on January 30, 2024 at 7:32 pm

      Thanks, Liz.

  7. Missy Phillips on January 28, 2024 at 9:58 pm

    I can definitely see a little more sun in Helios and some more definition in the reflection on the water, but still love my version. It sits on a wall that is visible to me from the couch in my family room. A small beauty that draws the eye towards it. I love the way you keep going back to add finishing touches to your work.

    • Michel McNinch on January 30, 2024 at 7:35 pm

      Hi Missy! Thank you for reminding me that you have a sunset too. I am so glad you are enjoying it. You sent me a picture once you hung it up as I now recall. Many thanks for giving my paintings a good home.

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