Christmas Cats

With Christmas on my mind, I am enjoying painting these two little cats for an upcoming gift. Animals lend themselves to all type of colors, shapes, and attitudes! : ) Hoping your holiday planning is fun this year.

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Alignment

Since losing my FaceBook and Instagram social media accounts, I have had a lot of questions. Will the hacker hurt my reputation and/or business? How much time do I have to spend on “the fix?” Will I try to punish those who are responsible? How shall I move on? What platforms are in alignment with how I share my art? How do they treat their customers / investors? So far, I don’t have any answers. How do you get in alignment?

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I’m Still Standing – and Painting!

I’m still standing and painting.  I was hacked on Facebook and permanently banned from their platforms, which includes Instagram. I have discovered that this is a nationwide problem.  Facebook will not respond to me or anyone else.  If you see questionable material on my pages, IT IS NOT ME.

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Why does art matter to me?

From my very earliest days, I have been an artist, a mark maker, an observer, and most importantly – I share what I find. An artist communicates. Through film, dance, music, painting, sculpture, speech, etc. an artist can reflect the times in which they live. To that end, I am learning to use modern technology to communicate with my audience. I find myself surprised that I am enjoying the process. This blog has been very fun to use as a way of communication, and thank you very much for joining me. I am also learning to use video to communicate.

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Big Blue and Something New

Michel McNinch paints on metal leaf

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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The Beauty of Fall is Coming

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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Moving Right Along

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

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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Finding a Happy Ending

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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