A few of my favorites so far

"Dulcinea, from Don Quixote,

“A Woman Of Interest” 2014, 40’x 30″ acrylic on canvas

Cubist portrait of a man

“Man With A Hat In His Head”
2014, 22″x15″ oil on canvas

 

 

 

 

Don Quixote, "Our Invincible Knight"

“Our Invincible Knight” oil on canvas, 40″ x 30″, 2013

 

 

 

Don Quixote, "When Madness is the Coin"

“When Madness is the Coin” oil on canvas, 24″ x 18″, 2012

Don Quixote, "Cubist Portrait"

“Cubist Portrait” 24″x 18″, oil on canvas, 2013

Don Quixote: To Have Lived A Madman, and To Die Sane

To Have Lived A Madman, and To Die Sane
2014 oil on canvas 40″x 30″

 

 

Don Quixote, "Virtuous Hopes"

“Virtuous Hopes” wood, paper, string, polymer, paintbrush
19″x 14″x 16″ 2014

 

DonQuixote: Hopes and Possessions

“Hopes and Possessions”, 2014
Wood, wire, string, rope, plaster, acrylic paint
27″H x 20″L x 15″W

Don Quixote: Hopes and Possessions

“Hopes and Possessions”, 2014
Wood, wire, string, rope, plaster, acrylic paint
27″H x 20″L x 15″W

"Hopes and Possessions" detail

“Hopes and Possessions” detail

Don Quixote: An Ingenious Gentleman

“An Ingenious Gentleman” wood, paper, polymer, paintbrush
22″x 15″x 14″

Don Quixote: An Ingenious Gentleman

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

 

 

 

 

 

Don Quixote: An Inventive Victory

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

Don Quixote: An Inventive Victory

Wood, paper, plaster, acrylic paint
31″x 21″x 16″

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www.michaelbwilson.com

I don’t think I’ve ever said here that my website is: www.michaelbwilson.com.

The difference between the website and this blog is that the blog is for current work and the website is for historical context. Be sure to check it out.

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Carrying On

I keep a file of good quotes I come across, and this is one I return to now and again, attributed to John F Kennedy when he was president:

“The artist, however faithful to his personal vision of reality, becomes the last champion of the individual mind and sensibility against an intrusive society and an officious state … {in} democratic society —  the highest duty of the writer, the composer, the artist is to remain true to himself and to let the chips fall where they may.”

When I find myself struggling with issues that all artists face I find that just those four sentences can give me a reason to carry on. Sometimes small reasons are all we need.

I am still not sure if I could articulate what it means for an artist to stay true to themselves. There is more to true to yourself  than just making sure you are doing what you want to do, regardless of falling chips of course, but it is a good place to start. Much about art is all about choice, after all. I can’t point to the first time in my life when I made the choice not to look back from choosing to be an artist, but the choice is made over and over, in decisions big and small.

Speaking of impossible dreams, here are some new Don Quixote sculptures:

Adventuring Knight (left side)

Adventuring Knight               Mixed Media (wood, metal, polymer, paper, paint)               24H” x 9”W x 17”D

This is a reworking of a sculpture I debuted here last spring, I believe. The basic structure is still there, but with a few changes. In particular I felt the front legs were splayed out and stiff and stopped the momentum of the horse and rider.   Compare the new one, left, to the old one…

the old Adventuring Knight

the old Adventuring Knight

Adventuring Knight (detail4)

Bending both legs at the knee, towards the middle, gave it more graceful movement but made it more unstable. It’s now attached to the base but could stand up on it’s own.

Adventuring Knight, 2014 Mixed Media (wood, metal, polymer, paper, paint) 24H” x 9”W x 17”D

Adventuring Knight, 2014
Mixed Media (wood, metal, polymer, paper, paint)
24H” x 9”W x 17”D

Adventuring Knight (detail)

Adventuring Knight (detail)

Adventuring Knight (Rosinante)

Adventuring Knight (detail: Rosinante)

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The sculpture below, “Hopes and Possessions” I updated recently with a new base made specifically to fit horse and rider.

Hopes and Possessions,  2014 Wood, wire, string, rope, plaster, acrylic paint 27"H x 20"L x 15"W

Hopes and Possessions, 2014
Wood, wire, string, rope, plaster, acrylic paint
27″H x 20″L x 15″W

Hopes and Possessions

Hopes and Possessions

Hopes & Posessions (detail base)

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And then there is this little fellow:   “Virtuous Hopes.” The title was taken from a quote from the book … “virtuous hopes are better than wicked possessions”.

He is the smallest of all the sculpture, and he is cute. He is my new favorite.

Virtuous Hopes

Virtuous Hopes,     2014      19″H x 12″ x 17″D       Wood, paper, string, paint, paint brush

Virtuous Hopes 1

Virtuous Hopes, 2014 19″H x 12″ x 17″D Wood, paper, string, paint, paint brush

Virtuous Hopes (left side)

Virtuous Hopes (profile)Virtuous Hopes (torso)

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And the paintings just keep coming:

As True As A Myth  2014 oil on canvas, 40"x 30"

As True As A Myth 2014
oil on canvas, 40″x 30″

To Have Lived A Madman, and To Die Sane 2014 oil on canvas 40"x 30"

To Have Lived A Madman, and To Die Sane
2014 oil on canvas 40″x 30″

“It was his great good fortune to have lived a madman, and to die sane.”

Blue Lance & Shield

“Diligence Is the Mother of Good Fortune” Watercolor on paper 7″x 5″ 2014

Red Polka Pajama Bottoms

“The Talented Pursue The Illusions” watercolor on paper 7″x 5″ 2014

… “Misfortunes always pursue the talented… they pursue the illusions”

What's Done Is Done  2014 watercolor on paper 7"x 5"

What’s Done Is Done 2014
watercolor on paper 7″x 5″

 “What is done is done and so patience, and let it be a lesson for the future.”

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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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