Stormwater Studios Wildlife Series

Feb 18, 2024
Welcome to my home studio.  It has been a busy place this week.  Two more paintings in my Stormwater Wildlife series have been completed.
Welcome to my home studio. It has been a busy place this week. Two more paintings in my Stormwater Studios Wildlife series have been completed.

This week found me working in my home studio. My Stormwater Studios Wildlife series is going great. I am inspired by all we have been doing on the grounds (i.e. pollinator garden and observation deck). To be in the middle of the city, it is so cool to have such a vibrant ecosystem.

Of course, when I am working from home, a lot of fun can be had.

Most of the photographs taken of my work originally have Robert in them as he is my best bet on getting a good photo.
Most of the photographs taken of my work originally have Robert in them as he is my best bet on getting a good photo. This time, I happened to mention that there was a resemblance to the subject matter.
Always a good sport and always a lot of fun, Robert is always there for me.
A good sport and a lot of fun, Robert is always there for me.

Meet Ollie and Myrtle (working titles)

River Otter - Stormwater Wildlife Series - 24x12 - oil on silver leaf
River Otter – Stormwater Studios Wildlife Series – 24×12 – oil on silver leaf
Yellow Bellied Slider - Stormwater Wildlife Series - 12x24 - oil on metal leaf
Yellow Bellied Slider – Stormwater Studios Wildlife Series – 12×24 – oil on metal leaf

I will debut this series during the Artista Vista / Art Day celebration on April 19 / 20.

The large ocean painting should be dry enough to work on this week so stay tuned for updates. So far; so good. If you need me, I’ll be painting. : )

Thank you,

Michel

One of my most favorite artists is Beatrix Potter. Not just for her art, but also for the life she lived. “In her journal, Beatrix Potter said that she had an “irresistible desire to copy any beautiful object which strikes the eye”. From an early age she sketched from nature, copied from book illustrations and occasionally created designs inspired by her own imagination.” from Google

Check out some of the great biographies on the wonderful life of Beatrix Potter by clicking here.

22 Comments

  1. Roxanne on February 18, 2024 at 12:45 pm

    Ollie and Myrtle are wonderful! also the human easel, Robert!

    • Michel McNinch on February 18, 2024 at 12:50 pm

      Never a dull moment around here!
      But that’s the way I like it. : )

      • Robert McNinch on February 18, 2024 at 1:06 pm

        I love the wildlife, personality shines through on both!

  2. Kathy Hartzog on February 18, 2024 at 12:57 pm

    Love it!

    • Michel McNinch on February 18, 2024 at 12:59 pm

      Thank you, Kathy. I appreciate your support! : )

    • Mary on February 20, 2024 at 7:40 am

      Love love love Beatrix Potter too!

      • Michel on February 21, 2024 at 7:00 am

        HI Mary! She was quite a woman. Scientist, artist, conservationist, wife, daughter – all the things..

  3. Pam Wedding on February 18, 2024 at 1:02 pm

    Looks like you and Robert are havin’ fun and creating good works!❤️
    Next time give us a glimpse of the pollinator garden. I bet we’ll be seeing a canvas dance of butterflies soon!❤️❤️❤️🦋🐞🐝🐛
    You always inspire me to sit at my desk and draw, Michel!

    • Michel McNinch on February 18, 2024 at 9:27 pm

      That means so much to me Pam. I have spent half my life sharing the pleasure of making art with others. It is nice to be able to reach more folks this way. Happy drawing.

  4. Donna Rawls on February 18, 2024 at 1:20 pm

    Looking at Ollie makes me want to smile, just like he is doing…..I know Robert makes you smile!

    • Michel McNinch on February 18, 2024 at 9:28 pm

      Yes! Robert is as happy as an otter with a clam! : ).

  5. Bonnie Rossiter on February 18, 2024 at 2:21 pm

    I can see it!! Both are pretty adorable!!🥰

    • Michel McNinch on February 18, 2024 at 9:28 pm

      Thank you, Bonnie. Yes, they are. Just spontaneous good vibes. : )

  6. Cathy Love on February 18, 2024 at 5:50 pm

    Love, love, love these! 💕

    • Michel McNinch on February 18, 2024 at 9:29 pm

      Thanks, Cathy. Would love to see you. Let’s plan something. Otter painting?

  7. Susan Burns on February 18, 2024 at 8:04 pm

    I am smiling as I read your blog and see your wonderful paintings of Ollie and Myrtle!

    You inspire me! 💕💕💕

    • Michel McNinch on February 18, 2024 at 9:30 pm

      Right back at you, Susan. You have always inspired me to be a better person. You always seem to find time to help others and do the right things. Mutual admiration society. : )

  8. Amy on February 18, 2024 at 10:11 pm

    The expression on the otter’s face is so endearing!

    • Michel McNinch on February 18, 2024 at 11:56 pm

      That’s why it looks so much like Robert! hee hee

  9. Michel on February 19, 2024 at 10:03 pm

    Thank you!

  10. Karen on February 23, 2024 at 11:48 pm

    The otter and turtle are drawn so well it looks like might walk right of the canvas.
    Bravo!

    • Michel McNinch on February 24, 2024 at 8:12 am

      Thank you, Karen. For your kind words and suggesting the otter!

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