For Generations to Come

Apr 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.

Four Generations on the Easel

On the easel this week…. Time for color. This is usually a scary time – especially if I have gotten a good drawing. Got to hang on to those expressions. One at a time they started to come forward. It felt good to paint people who were feeling good. It’s catchy.

Considering the colors of the background was fun. It was just before golden hour.

Time to paint the baby! Sweet!
Look at the way his great-grandfather holds him. So comfortable.

I am meeting my family friend to show her the paintings for the first time on Friday. She has been updated regularly, but seeing it in person will be real. Once I have finished, she will take over the day to day of loving the paintings. : ) Then, Little John will have a piece of art that will teach him to love and connect with original art that reflects our life and times.

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.



  1. Mary Reynolds on April 22, 2023 at 8:48 pm

    I love seeing your progression from drawing to painting. The blues are so peaceful.! They all look happy and that baby is in good hands, yours and their’s.

    • Michel McNinch on April 23, 2023 at 9:42 am

      Thank you so much. It has been a great project. Coming to a close now, but they will have something lasting to enjoy.

  2. Mark on April 23, 2023 at 6:53 am

    this painting is beautiful in every stage of its progression. Very nice work!

    • Michel McNinch on April 23, 2023 at 9:42 am

      Thank you so much! Feels good to hear that from someone who has seen my work from the very beginning.

  3. Virginia Donovan on April 23, 2023 at 9:08 am

    A treasure!!!!
    And I am sure, a labor of love on your part…. it shows!


  4. Michel McNinch on April 23, 2023 at 9:43 am

    Good morning, Virginia. Yes, love rules the day!

  5. Robert McNinch on April 23, 2023 at 9:45 am

    I have enjoyed watching the progress everyday!

  6. Alice on April 24, 2023 at 9:44 am

    It’s great to see the progression, Michel! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Tina on April 24, 2023 at 10:51 am

    Because I know the members of this family since high school, and the family friend is one of my longest and dearest friends, it’s just awe and amazement that I continue to watch this beautiful piece of art and history come alive !! What a beautiful piece of work from the heart 🥰

  8. Jeannie Irvin on April 25, 2023 at 8:30 am

    BEAUTIFUL Michel!!!💓 What a TREASURE to pass down from generation to generation!💓

  9. Jeannie Irvin on April 25, 2023 at 8:37 am

    BEAUTIFUL Michel!!!!! You created a true treasure to be loved and admired from generation to generation!!💕

    • Michel McNinch on May 4, 2023 at 9:27 pm

      Thank you so very much. I was happy to show it to you.

  10. John on June 10, 2023 at 8:05 pm

    Michel thank you so much for for painting us❤️. You painted us as children on our fort now my son. You have no idea how much this means to us.

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