I had a great time this past Friday night at the Greenville Artisan Stroll. I’m very thankful for the hard working committee that made this possible. You guys rock. Thank you Amber for taking this photo. I also want to thank everyone that stopped by and took time talk. I’m also very grateful for the nice couple that purchased a painting, it made my day. Can’t wait till next year’s Art walk.
Apple Tree Gallery
405 N. Main Street
Piqua, OH 45356
32”x47” Acrylic on Primed Masonite
Title: Bee and Dessert
42″×42″ Acrylic on Primed Masonite
Artist: Michael Glass
54”x30” Acrylic Painting on canvas
While at North Myrtle Beach (this past summer 2013) I watched rain clouds form over the ocean. I was struck at how mysterious and intense the white thunderheads appeared. It was starting to get late in the evening. The low sun were creating beautiful pinks and oranges. White caps in the ocean splattered about. I sat outside watching this transformation. It was hard to capture what I saw. At least I still have the memory.
I think this painting would be great for a room where you want to sit down and think. From a distance or up close there are a lot of visual vacations one can have.
If this is out of your budget and you would like a print please give me a yell.
You can purchase it here at Etsy.com
Here is the artwork that I will be showing at the Darke County Fair in Ohio.
32”x47” Acrylic on Masonite
Collection (Bee Number 3) is from a current series. This series focuses on bees and the application of paint. To date there are 4 different bee paintings with 2 more in progress. The bee and its scale to environment is a tangible metaphor for life, work, home and crowds. The bee is a portrait of you and me. A description of the painting technique can be found at the bottom of this article.
28”x22” Acrylic on Canvas
Landscape Number 1 is a composition that represents a field divide near a pasture. I created the composition from memory of landscapes that can be commonly seen Darke county.
24”x36” Acrylic on stretched Canvas
This is a painting of round hay bales. I took time to draw and observe the bales that were out in our pasture. Bales of hay are nothing new in the history of painting and I felt the world could afford one more piece of art with this subject matter.
The following is a brief description of how I created the paintings mentioned in this article.
A preliminary sketch on paper is created. Then a larger surface of masonite or canvas is selected and sized. The painting ground is primed with multiple layers of gesso. The preliminary sketch is enlarged and transferred to the final painting surface via pencil line. The color process starts with the surface lying flat on the ground; I stand over the painting ground and drop acrylic paint from an assortment of tools at varied heights. The paint falls like rain in slow motion. The colors and painting sessions are worked in small batches. This style of dropping paint is an unorthodox approach for me. Since the 90s I have focused using brushes to apply my colors whether it be oil or water-based paints.
5/19/13: Detail view. After the paint dries I will get a photo of the whole painting up. Yep this one is done. Next? Already have a sketched out idea. 5/11/13: While working on this painting I started thinking of a mental spot between technique, subject and realism. I also keep on asking myself: why not use a brush, try some oil, be conventional and predictable. My production time would be reduced if i were using graphite or water color. Maybe its the unknown that attracts me to dropping paint.
The bee has been jumping in and out of your art for the last few years. I’m spending time and focus on these little guys. What could go wrong? The more i sketch these insects the more ideas come out. I’m trying not to be too serious and have some fun with my paint. But I can’t help but think of these as contemporary portraits of the human condition. sleep work sleep work.
Oh yea and I’m dropping paint instead of using a brush or palette knife. These drops are dots. It reminds me of magnified news print, etching granite and stippling with ink. Control is flighty at best. I adapt. Build. Destroy. Rebuild. Correct. Persuade.
Title: Bee and Dessert
Medium: Acrylic on Primed Masonite