Michel McNinch

Michel McNinch paints on metal leaf

Big Blue and Something New

By Michel McNinch | October 8, 2022

The weather has been beautiful, and I have been painting.I have been painting animals on metal leaf for a couple of years now.  I knew that a landscape would look great on this surface as well. These paintings are almost interactive.  There are subtle changes that reflect their environment.  Where they are placed and what light they receive give the paintings to chance to glow.  

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Artist Interrupted

By Michel McNinch | October 1, 2022

Hurricane Ian has interrupted my painting practice. I have painted some, but will wait to share at a more appropriate time. The beautiful Southeastern coast and its people are hurting.

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The Beauty of Fall is Coming

By Michel McNinch | September 24, 2022

Maybe not quick enough for some, but the beauty of Fall is coming. The colors have already been showing up on my palette. I have begun some studies full of fall colors. I am eager to show them to you.

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Plein Air Painting with a Cloudy Forecast

By Michel McNinch | September 17, 2022

Painting a glorious sky is a sublime pleasure. The possibilities are endless and so are the colors. Preparations are being made for a Plein Air painting workshop on clouds at the end of October.

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Moving Right Along

By Michel McNinch | September 10, 2022

Big Blue is moving right along. I am sneaking up on the close. All the shapes are in the correct place. Now, I am making connections between each shape.

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Going with the Flow

By Michel McNinch | September 3, 2022

Plein Air painting is so much fun.  This week’s paintings were painted at Lake Sheila in Saluda, North Carolina.   On that weekend, I painted mountain and sky each morning.  It was fun to see the local residents enjoying the water.  When I got home, I knew a paddle boarder would give just the right amount of interest and scale.  

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Deep Greens and Blues

By Michel McNinch | August 24, 2022

The large canvas in the corner had waited long enough. It is painted with beautiful shades of cobalt and manganese blue. Time to put it on the easel.

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A Lovely Luna Moth

By Michel McNinch | August 20, 2022

An old high school friend sent me a specimen of a beautiful luna moth that had landed for the last time outside her door. What a lovely gift! I have enjoyed painting it on this beautiful copper surface.

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Into the Great Wide Open

More Paintings from the Coast

By Michel McNinch | August 10, 2022

Two of my favorite places to paint are represented this week. Come and see. Both of this week’s paintings speak to me of quiet, calm beauty.  How about you?  Do they give you pause?

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Finding a Happy Ending

By Michel McNinch | July 30, 2022

With my trip to the coast postponed, I needed to find a happy ending. I decided to work on some paintings that were started in the field but not quite finished. Sometimes they need a little, sometimes they need a lot. So, I look for a happy ending to the paintings.

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New Jigsaw Puzzle

So….this happened.

By Michel McNinch | July 23, 2022

The Jasper Project is our local arts advocate. Cindi Boiter and her team have created a trusted source of support for the arts here in our community. I am so proud that they included me with this very kind article. I hope you will enjoy it. I’m blushing.

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Back to the Lowcountry

By Michel McNinch | July 14, 2022

Heading back to the Lowcountry. Never want to stay away too long. Time to get back home. I will be painting the southeastern coast for the next few weeks. Here is a little one. It is only 4×6 inches, but it holds a view of so much more.

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