Wednesday, September 5, 2012

"The Ocean A Work In Progress Aren't We All" Acrylic Canvas 24x 30"

"The Ocean!"

I did this painting some twenty years ago.  I never quite thought it was "finished". I  just decided to stop.  I even signed it thinking that would  make it complete?  I always new I would come back to it someday.  That someday was today.   I found it in a pile of "old finished?" work and I decided to give it a go again!  The bottom photo is what I did to it today using a palette knife and some extra paint left on my palette .
I am kind of liking it and may stop and take a look at it twenty years from now!  Or maybe tomorrow! If I don't have anywhere to go with a work I stop and visit it later.  Twenty years could be a record for me.  Aren't we artists a different breed!
Take care and peace.

I love the ocean.  The wilder the better!   I hope others enjoy this piece as much as I enjoy painting it, over, and over again!


  1. I love when you do these paintings Michael. They are so gorgeous. Wild waters. You do them exceptionally well.

  2. Linda!
    Thank you so much for your support! Compliments coming from you mean so much to me.
    I am glad you like my ocean paintings. I don't like to have favorites of anything most of the time but painting the sea gives me the greatest enjoyment. There is nothing I don't like about the ocean.
    Again, thanks.
    Keep on making great art.
    Your art buddy,

  3. Well now, that is really different...revising a painting from 20 years ago. This reminds me that I did start a painting in the 1970's and it was sort of a good beginning...but I was very unsure and left it unfinished. I don't know what became of the painting and it would be sort of fantastic to be able to paint on it again. I applaud the idea---! I like how your ocean seems transformed....into land? I like how it turned out. :)

  4. Celeste,
    Thank you for visiting and commenting.
    I am so glad you like my little ocean "transformation"!
    You are right it does now look like a bit of land has taken over.
    I hope you can locate your painting from the seventies. It certainly would be fantastic to see!
    Thank you again for your very kind and insightful comments.
    Come again!
    (I love your art!)
    Take care.
    Keep painting.

  5. Ah, Michel, Michel, how important is the ocean. Sometimes relaxed and quiet, others loud and violent, but always captivating. As many humans we love. The metamorphosis of your painting tells me this.
    Your friend in Spain.

    1. Hola Ricardo!
      Mi buen amigo espano!
      Gracias tanto por visitar i blog. I muy mucho agradece todos sus comentarios muy sensibles conmovedores. Soy sobre joyed que useted noto mi amor de océano debido a mis pinturas y usted me dijo. Usted es muy bueno. Gracias mucho! Paz y buena salud a usted a su familia.
      Su amigo de art los E.E. U.U.

  6. I love how you changed the entire feeling of this piece. It now reminds me of a Turner - such golden beauty in the turbulence!

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  8. Susan,
    Thank you! Being compared to Turner is a thrill.
    As an undergraduate, way back in 1968, my painting professor introduced me to Turner's works and then compared my style to Turner's. So many years later for you to do the same made my day. Thank you!

  9. Hi Michael, I'm very impressed by the beauty and strength of these paintings, they are absolutely gorgeous. Great work!