Sunday, July 6, 2014

"The Power Of Art and You Can Go Home!"

"Boston Trolley"
The other day I sold this painting to a very happy client, Ellen, who lives in my home town, East Boston!
This was another painting I was reluctant to sell. Most of my paintings I don't paint with the intent to sell. I usually paint for the emotional attachment I have to the subject and the joy of the painting process.  Ellen was so moved by this piece that I decided I had to let her buy it! When I delivered it to her beautiful home she was overcome with joy and emotion. She teared up!  Such a wonderful feeling to see how one's art can have such a glorious effect.
 Joy!
After leaving the client's home I walked smack into my alma mater, East Boston High School!  How ironic and wonderful that the very place where I began my art journey so  very long ago was so near!  I was thinking my high school art teacher would have been proud.

 At near by Kelly's pub I spot a photo of me running the Boston Marathon. I gave it to the current owner's father almost twenty five years ago when the pub was located at another spot in town.  What a wonderful surprise to see it at the new location!
Of course this "wicked awesome" day had to be topped off with some of East Boston's best Italian pizza!
So very fortunate!




Thursday, July 3, 2014

"Happy Birthday USA!"

Top of our town hall!
Oil 5" x 5" canvas!
I seldom work on this small a surface.
July 4 USA Independence Day!
Happy Fourth Of July!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

"MFA Portrait Class"



 My MFA portrait class ended last week.

(All acrylic on 16" x 20" canvas!)

I am pleased with them all. Some are unfinished.  May leave them that way.  I do have a few favorites.
Very excited about working more on the last portrait of woman.  When I took that photo I even added a few leafs from an overhanging plant in my studio!




















Me, saying goodbye to Turner's "Slave Ship!"  One of my favorite paintings!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

"Something Very Different" Acrylic Canvas 24" x 30"

While organizing some very old art works of mine I came upon this piece.  I almost can't believe I did it.  So very different than what I am doing now!  I couldn't make out the date in the right hand corner?  Maybe thirty plus years ago?
(Working hard on surprise art gifts.  Will post ASAP!  Also getting my MFA portraits organized to post photos soon!  So what is going on in your neck of the woods?)

Saturday, June 14, 2014

"June 14 USA Flag Day!"

June 14 is Flag Day In The US!


Acrylic Canvas 14" x 24"

Acrylic Canvas 14" x 24"

Front of our home decorated for "Flag Day!"
(We keep our flags up all year round!)

Neighbor's Tree


Flag On Our Garage











Wednesday, June 11, 2014

"Happy Day Of Portugal!" "Feliz Dia De Portugal!"


Day Of Portugal June 10

"Feliz Dia De Portugal!"

 When I started my thirty-five year teaching career in Fall River, Massachusetts, USA, I became interested in everything Portuguese!
I was so very fortunate to have so many wonderful students!  Many  of them from Os Acores, Portugal!
Every June 10 in Portugal and all over the world wherever the wonderful Portuguese emigrated "Dia De Portugal" is celebrated.  Our students had "pen pals" with their counterparts in Portugal! We  cumulated our year long cultural exchange programs with our own celebrations at many of the fantastic Portuguese restaurants in Fall River!
(Love Portuguese Food!  Mmmmm!)



"Portuguese Caravel" Acrylic Canvas 24" x 36"
I did this painting a while back.  I am posting it today to commemorate the Day Of Portugal.  Look carefully and you should see the Portuguese flag flying high on the main sail mast and the flag of the Acores at the aft of the ship!
Abracos e beijos!
Seu amigo,
Michael aka Miguel

Sunday, June 8, 2014

"Drama Clouds Skies Waves Oceans"




Fellow artist and blogger David J. Teter, Avid Art, recently discussed sky drama and how he uses it in his wonderful work.
His blog entry prompted me to post some of my older works where I focused on drama and emotion in the sky and ocean.
I so love action and emotion and so much more in my work!
If you enjoy wonderful art full of drama and emotion check out David J. Teter's "Avid Art" Blog!

Acrylic Canvas 24" x 30"

Acrylic Canvas 18" x 30"

Acrylic Canvas 40" x 48"

Oil Canvas 16" x 20"

Acrylic Canvas 24" x 30"

Sunday, May 25, 2014

"Memorial Day" "Portrait Painting" "And Other Things"




In the United States, on the third Monday in May, we commemorate all the service men and women who lost their lives in battle by honoring their memory with our "Memorial Day" Holiday!  It is a very solomon and sacred day!  There are local parades, visits to the cemeteries, wreath laying ceremonies, and so much more.
On my way to my MFA art class last Friday I walked through the historic Boston Common to take a few photos to share with all my art blogging buddies! 





Photo of some of the 37,000 US flag posted to honor the 37,000 Massachusetts women and men who lost their lives in the service of their country! An awesome and very emotional sight!


Close up of some of the 37,000 commemorative flags at the Boston Common!


The Boston Common is the oldest public park in the United States.  Started off as a common area for cattle grazing!
(This photo is only of a small part of the park!  In background you can see "old" John Hancock Building and the "new" John Hancock Tower!)



On my way to MFA I had to take a photo of our beautiful Massachusetts State House
(Architect Charles Bulfinch!)
Statue of Massachusetts favorite son, President John F. Kennedy!  Statue on the grounds of our State House!
(When I was a little boy John Kennedy was marching in a local East Boston parade and my Dad had me run up and shake JFK's hand.  Never forgot that day!  Thanks Dad!)
I did this painting / collage a while back to commemorate Memorial Day!  


I am still taking the portrait painting class!  This one is almost done!  I loved the model!  A very interesting face!  The teacher wanted us to not only make a successful portrait but more important a successful work of art!  I like that task!


Tuesday, May 20, 2014

"The Gift"

 I finally finished and presented my friend's daughter with her college graduation gift!  I was so nervous that she might not like it!  So hard for me to do a piece of art for someone!  I worked on this piece for weeks! Until the very last minute I wasn't sure if I was even going to give it to her! So concerned that she may not like it! 
Anyway I painted this scene over and over so many times.  I even painted four different paintings. She loves Boston!  So I decided to do a version of my "Boston From East Boston Series!" Over and over again!
#1 "The Gift" Acrylic Canvas 30" x 24"
First stage of the gift!
Love all stages of painting!  I especially love covering the white canvas with some paint first and fast!  Then usually I can "see" the painting emerge from the canvas!
(Unfinished)

#1 "The Gift" Acrylic Canvas 30" x 24"
So very happy to see the skyline appear!  Love this part!
(Unfinished)


#1 "The Gift" Acrylic Canvas 30" x 24"

Happy with the way this one turned out!
(Finished)

#2 "The Gift" Acrylic Canvas 14" x 24"
Like this one also.  Maybe too small?

(Finished)

#3 "The Gift" Acrylic Canvas 30" x 24"
The ecstasy is worth the agony!

(Finished)

#4 "The Gift" Acrylic Canvas 30" x 24"

I love the way my mind works.  Well, most of the time!

(Finished)

(Oh!  Should I tell you which one I gave her?)


(Another "Oh!" She loved her "Gift!")

Thursday, April 24, 2014

"Boston Marathon, Patriots Day, Painting Boston From East Boston!"





"Boston From East Boston"
Acrylic Canvas 12" x 24"
One of many in a series!
Almost finished!
Gift for friends' daughter's graduation from Northeastern University in Boston!

Me at nephews' home in Boston's Southend.  Historic Brownstone Building!
In town for family Easter gathering and to view Patriots Day Boston Marathon!
So very happy to be at Boston Marathon!  Especially after last years tragedy!  Pleased to see so many spectators and almost thirty seven thousand runners!  Boston is on the mend!


So very happy to see American Meb Keflezighi  win this years Boston Marathon!  So good for the city and country.  First time American won the race in more than three decades! 
Some wonderful and unexpected news.  A painting I left at last years Boston Marathon Tragedy Memorial was photographed and featured in  commemorative book on the makeshift marathon memorial.  I was asked to meet author and photographer at the book signing. 


Emotional and well done book of photographs of items left at makeshift 2013 Boston Marathon Memorial!

Photo of collage I made and left at makeshift Boston Marathon memorial last year!  Side is list of quotes from collage! Sad but nice to see photo of my work in the book.
Being in Boston for this years marathon and seeing photo in book was very emotional!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

"The Agony And The Ecstasy & Forsythia!"

"Portrait #3 Acrylic 16" x 20" canvas"

This week's portrait class had much joy and some frustration!  Agony and ecstasy!
As soon as the teacher left I wiped off my complete first attempt! I felt it was going nowhere! Sometimes just have to start anew! I had to do a quick sketch to have something on the canvas for the teacher to see!  I felt ever so mischievous!  
Check out the upside down photo and you can barely see my initial approach almost gone!
Much more work to do on this one.  Model is returning next week!  Yippee!
(Next Monday, Patriots' Day in Boston!  A year since the tragedy! We will certainly be sad but we certainly will carry on!)



My little set up!

Look carefully and see my mostly rubbed out first attempt! (Right side up!  Second attempt is upside down!)  I kind of like the first one still sneaking through!  I think I will leave it as I progress with my second try!


"Spring?"
So happy to finally see the forsythia in bloom!

I woke early today and saw some wonderful snow!  Had to take photo just at sunrise because temperature was on the rise and snow was already starting to melt!