Still Life #83

“Still Life #83”
watercolor 22 x 30 inches
Life offers few surprises, if one lets it become boring. The same is true in art. One can let the same subject become boring . . .or not. I have been working on this series of still life paintings off and on for two to three years. And it wasn’t because I loved still life paintings. It was for a challenge and to learn something about what my creative muscles could do when confronted with the same subject to be painted in a long series. I have been surprised by what I have learned about design, what is art and what lies inside of me. Certainly not boring.

This is the 83rd pass at it. I never dreamed it would come this far . . . .nor that I would be painting it in front of 220 artists. But here it is. I painted it last Monday evening at the Kanuga Watercolor Workshops in Hendersonville, North Carolina. I completed most all of the painting, with a few errors, in about 40 minutes and introduced the audience to this series process and what benefits and surprises it has brought into my studio. One and a half days later . . .and quite a bit of thought . . .I finished the piece.

This project was what I have been working on so much these last weeks . . .and the reason for being so quiet here. This project was exactly the reason for my last post . . .the Rainbow Connection . . . .

To be introduced to such an august group of painters from all over the east coast . . . .and some of the finest painters in the world today . . . . .was a very high honor. If you were there, you know it was both humbling and exciting. This ‘confab’ of artists and the workshops were the finest I have ever seen and it was run with an expert hand . . .first class all the way . . . .if ever you thought you would like to learn from the best, rub elbows with the most committed and expert painters or just go to such an event for the adventure, this annual workshop is a must. Check it out at this link.

20 thoughts on “Still Life #83”

  1. WOW! I sure like the extra touches you put on this painting, Mike. It was wonderful to meet you at Kanuga and get to see your work and watch your demo. See you again next year!

  2. Hi Sandy !!!

    It definetely was terrific getting to see you there in the front row on Monday nite! It was an honor to have you there . . . really! For next year, let’s plan on spending a little time together. Okay?

  3. Mike, what a wonderful series of workshops. I will seriously think about going for the week next year.

    I am amazed by your 80+ watercolors from a single still life. And you wouldn’t have to tell me that this is the still life. The elements are there, but oh, the design!! You are such an inspiration.

  4. Another cool painting, Mike, don’t believe I’ve seen one on here yet that I didn’t like, love, or covet. Got your message thanks, and I’m looking forward to meeting you and everyone else next year, and I really look forward to checking out your workshop and demos. It will be fun to hang out – my mom said I can stay up every night until 11:30!

    March 31, 2009 12:18 PM

  5. Gosh, Mary!! That would be just tooooo cool to have you join us in N. Carolina next Sring! And . . .for your comment, I will call you a sweetheart! ;-))

  6. Ms. Garriot . . .start locally. After a few good workshops, word spreads. Promote yourself through the local art stores. (It helps them sell supplies) Then speak and demo at art clubs in your area. It won’t be long and you’ll be in great demand.

    Good Luck! But judging from your work, you won’t need much!

  7. Mike, I’m so glad you posted your demo. It’s a great design and I like the idea that you decided to do something from an unfinished series you’ve been working on for so long…. in front of 224 peeps! Vulnerable!

    Wish I could have been there but this is 2nd best.

  8. Mike,
    You belong right there with the best of the best–congrats to you for living your dream. Love the painting.
    Thanks for sharing,

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