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The time has come to embark on the minutely detailed world of…

The time has come to embark on the minutely detailed world of bees, interwoven with the surreal textures, colors and odd shapes of the natural world. Stay tuned for all the variations in this new body of work.

“Decay is a wonderful smith, who transfers one element to the other: it makes such changes without…”

“Decay is a wonderful smith, who transfers one element to the other: it makes such changes without respite, until heaven and earth melt together into a glassy clump”

A. Kirchweger

MICHELLE ANDERST: “Lunar Serpent”, oil and ink on wood,…

MICHELLE ANDERST: “Lunar Serpent”, oil and ink on wood, 18″x36″

The Serpent bathed in the light of Ganymede’s moon.

Creating portals, siphoning intentional energy. MICHELLE…

Creating portals, siphoning intentional energy.

MICHELLE ANDERST: “Enter Through Dreaming”, oil and ink on wood, 36″x36″

Email [email protected] for purchase inquiries

Weird Year

Greetings!  Its been a weird year.  Could it be because I started out with a proud proclamation of big goals?  I had great intentions of doing a painting every day.

Weird Year; Study: Watercolor Tube & Paint Bottle

And, then, mid-January hit.  A close family member became ill.  And then…and then…and well, then other things happened.  Its been stressful.  Here I am and its almost mid April.  My best intentions and goals seem to be derailed.

But, I’m still painting.  I’m still plugging away at my goal.  Every day I pick up my pencil.  I have missed a few days with the paint brush.  As soon as I can, I get back to it.  Goals have just been sidelined, not totally disregarded.

I think my intention of doing a painting every day was a good one.  That I have not been able to complete one every day doesn’t mean the idea was bad.  Perhaps with this type of year, I need to take things one day at a time and just keep plugging away at it.

Do you have strategies for times when external factors call for your attention to be somewhere other than the studio?  And, when you get back to the studio, what then?

Since its been that type of year, I think I’ll upload one of my latest studies and make sure I have a posting!

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“The world is only the visible aspect of God. And what alchemy...

“The world is only the visible aspect of God. And what alchemy does is to bring spiritual perfection into contact with the material plane.”
~The Alchemist

Tomorrow night I’ll be showing brand new paintings with some amazing artists at Artifact Gallery in the group show Human Nature. There will also be tea service by Omar Riverstone. Come on down to Seattle’s Pioneer Square for first Thursday art walk, 6-9pm. 313 1st Ave S 98104

Object and Observer, oil and ink on wood, 36″x36″, $2,200.

For purchase inquiries contact Artifact Gallery: [email protected]

Abstract Foundations in Your Painting Composition

This video is about Abstract Foundations in Your Painting Composition with Plein Air artist and PBS host of The Grand View, Stefan Baumann talks to a workshop on how to create and abstract foundation as a base to build a realistic oil painting.

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A Case of Curiosities in Taos, New Mexico… Part 1

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A few days ago I returned from an amazing retreat that I taught with Seth Apter from The Altered Page.

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I'm still basking in the glow of Taos and the Mabel Dodge Luhan House where our retreat was held.

 

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From the first moment we arrived there was magic. We all noticed it, Seth and I, our students, and even the staff. They said that we brought an alchemy to the house. We were enchanted.

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I loved teaching with Seth. We broke up our teaching days by one of us teaching in the morning, and one in the afternoon. This worked beautifully. We had both created brand new projects just for this workshop, and all of them would fit into our "cases of curiosities." 

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My heart is full of images of the beautiful creations our students made with us. Each unique, each magical just like they were.

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We took many field trips!

Our favorite's were to to see Annie Coe who is one of my featured artists in Storytelling with Collage.

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And to visit Leighanna Light's and Thomas Ashman's studio!

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It was so exciting for all of us to meet these amazing artists in person!

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A special thanks to Bonnie for working with us to make this workshop happen, and to all the staff at Mabel's for taking such beautiful care of us! We can't wait until next year!

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I am also very excited share that I have a post featured on the Cloth Paper Scissors Website, where I share more thoughts about this workshop, My New Book and my Live Webinar on March 31st!!!  

Drawing: Still Life with Egg Cup & Egg Shells

New Drawing

Hi!  I’d like to share a recent drawing with you.  I seem to becoming obsessed by drawing, which is a good thing.  And eggs, shells and cups.  This is an experience I want!

Drawing: Still Life with Egg Cup and Egg Shells

Inspiring Articles

I ‘d like to share a couple of links to articles with you that I think are inspiring.  Both are from the website “In The Artist Studio”.

Article:  “Ask the Expert…Iain Stewart”.  Posted, March 16, 2016.  An interview with the artist.  I particularly liked Mr. Stewart’s answer to the question of how to improve.

Article:  “Words to Paint By, Irwin Greenberg”.  Posted December 7, 2015.  A list of studio practices and disciplines.   Mr. Greenberg was a watercolor artist and instructor.

Its About Experiencing

I think I’m attracted to articles about drawing because I’m interested in improve.  I suppose I’m finding articles that re-inforce my current thinking.  I’m not sure; I just know this is the experience I want!

Draw & Think Some More

Perhaps, I need to think, draw, and then share my thoughts.  In the mean time, I hope you enjoy my drawing of an egg cup and egg shells.

 

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Creating The Light in Your Paintings

This video is about Turning On The Light in Your Paintings to produce a composition that is more powerful. Stefan Baumann hose of the Plein Air painting show on Public Television The Grand View talk to his students, if you want a free book on painting go to www.StefanBaumann.com

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