Summer exhibit in Maine

For anyone who finds themselves on the coast of central Maine this summer, please stop by Sam Shaw Jewelry:

http://www.shawjewelry.com/exhibitions/2014/exhibitions_8_14.html

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3 new cubist portraits

I have not given up Don Quixote as a subject I am expanding my cast of characters. A Queen and a Princess keep popping up, and another gentleman who I don’t think is Don but I can’t quite identify who is is exactly.

Each of the paintings is 40″x30″ and acrylic paint on canvas.

La Dame Cubiste

La Dame Cubiste                                                                                                    acrylic on canvas       40″x30″      2014

 

 

Seventh Daughter of a Seventh Son,   2014

Seventh Daughter of a Seventh Son, 2014

Cubist Portrait #3,   2014 acrylic on canvas,  40x30"

Cubist Portrait #3, 2014
acrylic on canvas, 40″x30″

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Studio art classes

I am offering summer classes in drawing, acrylic and oil painting, and critique. Designed to fit the needs of all levels, from beginners to intermediate to advanced; classes will meet in my Waltham studio. *

Lessons use narrative realism as the starting point and expand those lessons to include all kinds of abstraction. Emphasis will be on personal expression, and the use of the techniques and skills every artist needs to know: composition, techniques, color, textures, pattern, quality of marks, and so on. For advanced students that means seeking subtler, more challenging refinements of the same basic principles.

Critique classes will examine content and how well the use of materials is helping and hindering artists develop their ideas.

 

“Go Children Slow” oil on canvas, 60″x50″, 2004

Students may bring independent projects they want to pursue. I will have assignments available meant to ignite your imagination and stimulate the skills required to get the most out of your painting experience.

 

Schedule: 6 classes: July 11 – August 20, 2014

- Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday mornings 10 AM- 1 PM

 

 

 

Price for individual classes:                                     $500 or $100 per class        

Price for classes of two students or more:              $300 or $55 Per Class

    Classes will be held at Michael’s studio:

Studio #11, 2nd floor (AWA), Bldg. #4, 144 Moody Street, Waltham, MA 02453

*For a map to the studio: copy & paste or click this link: http://www.mapquest.com/maps?address=144+moody+Street&city=Waltham&state=MA&zipcode=02453&country=US

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Sculptures, redux

Hello again. I have posted clean new photos of the Don Quixote sculpture from summer to winter 2013.  I fixed the wrinkled backdrop and the lighting,

So here, now:  A quick tour through the crew of Don Quixotes I have grown around me here at the studio over the past 9 months…

 

To begin our tour: “Hopes and Possessions.” This is actually the most recent piece of the series so far. Because of the combination of materials, this guy has the feeling of being an artifact. As if it were a discarded doll, or well used Shaman’s talisman. He still gives me the creeps a little, but he’s very determined and full of character, exhibiting the original Quotidian courage, wouldn’t you say? It also is a logical extension of the work that preceded it.

Hopes and Possessions wood, wire, string, plaster, rope, polymer gel medium, copper 25"x17"x12"   2013

Hopes and Possessions wood, wire, string, plaster, rope, polymer gel medium, copper
25″x17″x12″ 2013

He is dynamic in his charge, yes…

wood, wire,string, copper,plastic,plaster, paint

but there is something sad about him. He is too skinny, his feet are so small, and his horse, Rosinante, looks clumsy. Yet that pride and conviction remains unabated.

Hopes and Possessions-Hopes and Possessions
wood, wire, string, plaster, rope, polymer gel medium, copper
25″x17″x12″ 2013

 

 

Next: “An Inventive Victory“. This one took a long time to make. It was one of the first to stand on it’s own and went through many material changes. It had a rice paper & polymer surface at one time but I ran out of the rice paper just before I finished and couldn’t find the right paper again. I ended up putting a skim coat of plaster over the paper before painting it several times.

An Inventive Victory (detail)

I love this one enough that I’m looking forward to using the basic structure of this as a starting point and to develop the cubist possibilities further.

An Inventive Victory wood, paper, plaster, paint 31"x 20"x 16"

An Inventive Victory          wood, paper, plaster, paint
31″x 20″x 16″

 

 

 

 

An Ingenious Gentleman.” This one I’m keeping for myself. 

What more can I say? The combination of the 2D-ink on the 3D-paper knocks me out.

An Ingenious Gentleman paper, wood, polmer, paintbrush 22"x 16"x 13"

An Ingenious Gentleman                    paper, wood, polymer, paintbrush
22″x 16″x 13″

 

Adventuring Knight (detail)Adventuring Knight (detail)     

“A Man Who Seeks the Impossible.” Again with the 2D paper – torn from a Utrtecht catalog, colored rice paper and shreds of drawings – along with the 3D of the wood and wire and string. The classic clash of dimensions.

A Man Who Seeks the Impossible wood, wire, string, paper, paintbrush 22"x 12"x 15"

A Man Who Seeks the Impossible                      wood, wire, string, paper, paintbrush
22″x 12″x 15″

A Man Who Seeks the Impossible

A Man Who Seeks the Impossible  

 

Adventuring Knight (detail)

Adventuring Knight (detail)   

In Delay.Danger detail#2And our featured image: “In Delay There Lies Danger”

Until next time. Thanks for looking.

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MFA Tour

I want to announce that I am giving a tour of the Boston MFA exhibit Boston Loves Impressionism. on Wednesday, April 16. The tour is preceded by a brief lecture on Wednesday, April 9, 7-9pm, discussing some historical context, the techniques of Impression and what to look for in the exhibition.

The New Art Center in Newtonville, MA is presenting the lecture and tour as part of their wonderful “Art Encounters – Lectures and Guided Toursseries, featuring faculty members from the New Art Center. The lecture will be Wednesday, April 9, 7-9pm at the New Art Center and the tour will be Wednesday, April 16, 7-9 at the MFA. Click here to register.

The New Art Center is located at 61 Washington Park, Newtonville, MA 02460  |  617.964.3424 · 617.630.0081 (fax)  |  E-mail: claudia@newartcenter.org

I hope to see you there. Thank you,

Michael

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Sculptures two!

Hopes and Possessions wood, wire, string, plaster, rope, polymer gel medium, copper 25"x17"x12"   2013

Hopes and Possessions
wood, wire, string, plaster, rope, polymer gel medium, copper
25″x17″x12″ 2013

An Ingenious Gentleman 22"x15"x13"   2013 Paper, polymer emulsion, wood, metal

An Ingenious Gentleman
22″x15″x13″ 2013
Paper, polymer emulsion, wood, metal

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Sculptures too?!

Here a few preview shots of the first sculptures of Don Quixote, in a Cubist way.

An Inventive Victory  30" x 20" x 12"   2013 plaster, paper, wood, polymer emulsion, acrylic paint

An Inventive Victory
30″ x 20″ x 12″ 2013
plaster, paper, wood, polymer emulsion, acrylic paint

An Inventive Victory (detail)

An Inventive Victory (detail)

An Inventive Victory (detail)  2013

An Inventive Victory (detail) 2013 

In Delay There Lies Danger    2013 paper, polymer emulsion, metal, wood, acrylic paint 19"x15"x8"

In Delay There Lies Danger 2013
paper, polymer emulsion, metal, wood, acrylic paint
19″x15″x8″

In Delay There Lies Danger (detail)

In Delay There Lies Danger (detail)

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