Nature as Seen Through a Temperament

Mar 19, 2022

Corot said that art is “nature as seen through a temperament.”

This week I want to share with you two paintings from the same sunset. So much is different about them, even though the subject matter remains the same. The one on top is softer and larger. The second one is smaller and rough and ready – brazen color and brush strokes. The only thing that was different was me and my temperament. This is why some say that you get a little piece of the artist with each original work. Our spirit is recorded right there.

“Light Show – Lake Murray Collection,” oil, 5×7,

Taking in a Different View

While the sunsets are spectacular, the lake offers beauty at every turn. Here is a favorite fishing hole. When the mayflies come and hang in the willows, the bream are bedding close underneath this willow tree. Where? I’ll never tell.

“Fishing Hole,” oil, 8×10, This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is reddot.png

Here is Another Temperament Altogether

“Something’s Brewing,” oil, 6×8, This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is reddot.png

This is a study for a larger painting still to come. I started it on the night of my husband’s hip surgery as a distraction. Interesting subject matter I picked that night. It is part of my Sullivan’s Island collection. I am particularly interested in the weather – blue skies or torrential rain? Is it coming or going? Stay tuned.

You First

These paintings are available to you first. On Tuesday, March 22, they will be offered to the general public as well. Thanks for your interest in my painting. It is a pleasure to share it with you.

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is reddot.png Indicates that the painting has been collected. : )

The paintings are sold unframed unless otherwise noted, but I have some nice framing options this week.


P.S. When looking at art, don’t forget to think of the artist’s temperament as it was created.

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  1. Tina on March 20, 2022 at 10:31 am

    What a fabulous point !!! It really helped me look at the paintings differently! Thanks for sharing your beautiful temperaments 💚

    • Michel on March 20, 2022 at 11:15 am

      Thank you so much! You kind words will stay with me.

  2. I. Carson on March 20, 2022 at 11:16 am

    I love what you do. Even your stormy clouds show your gentle personality.

    • Michel McNinch on March 20, 2022 at 7:16 pm

      Thank you, Ingrid. I’m only gentle when you are around! : ). Miss you much.

  3. Ellen on March 20, 2022 at 11:59 am

    Michel thank you for sharing your art and insights. I’m really enjoying these blogs and all your new work.

    • Michel McNinch on March 20, 2022 at 7:17 pm

      Hey Ellen! Thank you. I appreciate your kind words. I am getting the hang of blogging and really enjoy being able to speak to folks more directly about my paintings. It’s fun!

  4. Robert on March 20, 2022 at 6:54 pm

    Beautiful skies! Each painting takes me somewhere unique in time and location.

    • Michel McNinch on March 20, 2022 at 7:18 pm

      Thanks, honey. I love you. : )

  5. Jeannie Irvin on March 22, 2022 at 8:15 pm

    I love ALL of theses Michel!!! I totally understand, I see your mood in each one!, “Something’s Brewing”, concern for your hubbys operation, Fishing Hole”,peace and calm,2 Lake Murray one’s,contentment and happy memories of a place you love. Thank you for sharing a part of you.🖼🎨💕

    • McNinch Michel on March 28, 2022 at 5:46 pm

      Thank you so much, Jeannie – You get it! : )

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