Sunday, November 16, 2014

Art By Susan Smolensky And Martine Alison Boston MA USA

So very, very happy to go to Boston's International Art Show and see so many great works of art!  Especially thrilled to see great art by fellow art bloggers Susan Smolensky and Martine Alison!

In Boston to see the International Art Show!

Mall in front of venue for Boston's International Art Show.
Entrance To Boston's Historic Cyclorama Building Site Of International Art Show.

Old Photo Of Boston's South End Historic Cyclorama Building Site Of International Art Show.
Thrilled to see wonderful art by Susan Smolensky, top left, and Martine Alison, bottom left!

Wonderful art by fantastic artist and fellow art blogger, Martine Alison!

More great art by wicked awesome artist and art blogger, Susan Smolensky!

Monday, November 10, 2014

"Field Of Blue Forget-Me-Not Flowers And Flag Of The United States Of America" Oil Canvas 14" x 24"

"Veterans Day 2014"

"Blue Forget-Me-Nots"

I originally posted this painting for Flag Day!
It is so very appropriate that I post it again to bring attention to "Veterans Day!"
In the United States, each November 11, we take time to honor our brave servicewomen and servicemen!
Because the blue forget-me-not flowers have been associated with the Disabled American Veterans since the end of World War One I hoped this painting, in some small way, would help us to remember their tremendous sacrifice!
A very special shout out to Sergeant Peter Damon United States Army, fantastic artist, dear friend, and a severely wounded warrior!

Saturday, November 8, 2014

"I Think That I Shall Never See A Poem As Lovely As A Tree!" Two Watercolors 9" x 12" Paper

"Two Trees"

"Oak #1"
An old and very interesting oak tree in front of my house was the inspiration for both these water color paintings!
Celia Blanco's fine water colors motivated me to try my hand at painting using this wonderful medium!

Much Fun!

"Oak #2"

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

"Half Ball?" Acrylic Canvas Board 9" x 12"

This painting is of a game called "half ball!" The game was very popular in my hometown, East Boston, Massachusetts, USA in the late 1940's up until late 1960s!

We played the game using an old  hollow beat up "pimple" rubber ball that we cut in half.   We cut them in half to play half ball  mainly because they lost most of the "air" inside and they were no good to play stick ball. Soon we started to cut them in half even when they were new because we enjoyed playing half ball more than stick ball!  We used and old sawed off broom stick for a bat!  So very challenging to hit, pitch, and catch the half ball.    Best to have at least two players on a team.  Pitcher and catcher so the batter doesn't have to throw the ball back to the pitcher if swung and missed.  We had singles, doubles, triples, and home runs! No running of bases.  Hits were determined by many varying factors!  Usually the height  and the distance the half ball traveled when hit! Outs were made by simply catching the ball in flight or catching as it rolled quickly on the ground. We used parked cars, telephone poles, windows in buildings and so much more to determine the type of hit!  
The rules of the game varied from city to city and street corner to street corner!

If interested in the reactions to this painting from my East Boston buddies who played the game please "friend me" at my face book page "Michael East Boston!"

Thursday, October 30, 2014

"Happy Halloween!" "Scary Beautiful Tree" Oil 14" x 20" Canvas

Happy Halloween!
My all time favorite holiday!

"Scary Beautiful Tree" Oil 14" x 20" Canvas

I love trees!  I really should make time to paint them more often.  This particular painting just screams Halloween to me!
I hope everyone has a great holiday!  Boo!

(Just noticed the flash!  Try to post a better photo soon!)

Sunday, October 5, 2014

"MFA, Autumn, Works In Progress"

Hello Art Buddies!
Great to be back at MFA!
Also great to be back posting some of my art!

Pencil Sketch Of East Boston Triple Decker
Pen and Ink East Boston Triple Decker
East Boston Triple Decker
Acrylic Canvas 20" x 30"
This is the beginning of another of my many versions of this East Boston Triple Decker!
I posted a photo of the first of this series some time ago. Titled it "Last One Standing!"
While  at MFA I am painting this scene two ways at the same time.  This first one is going to be more of a wild and spontaneous version.  The photo of the one below may turn out to be a bit more representational and serious?! 

Working on this piece with a rough sketch underneath.  I seldom, if ever, do a sketch on the canvas.  Thought I would work a bit differently.
Both paintings are in their very early stages!  Let's see what happens!
Acrylic Canvas 20" x 30"

Also in progress.
"Love That Dirty Water!"
Acrylic Canvas 12" x 14"
When we were younger on hot summer days in East Boston we would swim at the local piers. I am very excited about finishing this piece.  Evokes many great memories growing up in
the city! 
Love Autumn!
Foliage is just starting to change.
Field near my home.

Another early Autumn scene from Middleboro ,Massachusetts, USA!
Fall could be my favorite season!
(However I am looking forward to snow this winter!)

Saturday, September 6, 2014

"Must Love Dogs!" Two Dog Portraits" Acrylic 16" x 20"

Surprise painting for my nephew and niece. Sad to write the  dogs passed away. My thought was this painting might ease some of the pain.
Much work for me.  Labor of love!

Another dog portrait finished this summer to give to a friend who so misses his dog who passed away.

So much joy when the recipients got their respective dog portraits.
Some time ago I mentioned in my blog that I was working on a surprise! These works are  the surprises.  So difficult for me to keep a secret.  Everyone was certainly surprised and so very happy when I presented them with their gifts.  Also a few tears.
The power of art still amazes me!

This summer we took a boat out of Boston to Salem Massachusetts to see this once in a life time Turner exhibit!  Wow!  Turner is certainly up there with the many artists I so love.  Once many years ago an art professor of mine mentioned that my work reminded him of Turner!   Wow!
I hope everyone had a great summer!
Bring on the fall!

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.
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"