What I love about this painting is the mental walk I can take through it. The warm sun, the sounds. It all comes back to me. I took my inspiration right off Carolina Beach and brought into my studio and on my canvas. I was here at this site. I hired the seagulls with a bag of Corn Pops cereal and photographed them. I must have shot 100 photos or so. For my painting reference I used 10 images.
For this art, I wanted the paint thick, the colors abstract and broken. My biggest take away from this painting: Go thicker on the next one. Keep the layers wet.
The subject matter in this oil painting are of 3 abandon John Deere tractors set on a rolling landscape of scrap farm equipment. I visited a junkyard in late January 2018 to search out ideas for landscape painting. I was blessed with 50 degree sunshine and discovery.
I thought of all the stories that surrounding each tractor. Who were their owners? What long thoughts did the drivers have while working long days? What hands built these machines? The owners could only be fictional characters in my mind and my canvas.
Out of the endless locations to paint, I choose these three because I loved the rhythm and depth the objects offered. The main tractor sits as the dominating focal point. A tractor in the background almost sinks into the ground while it is missing the front tires. In the foreground we see just a tire and part of the engine block quickly cutting into the frame in of the lower right side of the canvas.
There is an overwhelming visual chaos to this painting. When you squint your eyes the abstract beauty blends object and land to form an amazing landscape. To me this location offered a truly challenging but rewarding opportunity to paint something new.
This painting is bittersweet.
This oil painting presents the viewer with abandon cold rusted metal sitting in an open grassy field. The machines most likely will never fire to life. Each object serves to rebuild another by harvesting scrap parts. If you focus on just those aspects, then it is a bit depressing. But it is the harmony of color and memories that makes these sculptures a thing of beauty. Stay tuned for future work in on this subject matter.
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I painted this work back in 09. It had been tucked away in corner. I had been hiding it. At the time of completion I did not like this painting. Maybe the plan result never came to light or I just was not feeling great. Fast forward 7 years and i feel like i have never seen this painting. The image is of a nest tucked away in a tree. The overall appearance is almost this full-blown tactile abstraction of an eye level. It’s as if the is was ad design that exploded then quickly assembled itself. The only story i can see in this painting was my experimentation of dropping paint onto a surface.
Title: Nest in Tree
Original Artwork Size: 48”x48”
Artist: Michael Glass
Because Monarch Butterflies are among the most beautiful of all butterflies, they are considered by many to be the ‘king’ of butterflies – hence the name ‘monarch’. Much like the butterfly transitions through its various stages, from egg to caterpillar to pupa to finally an adult butterfly, this expressive painting of a gorgeous monarch butterfly on a vibrant blue field came together through a series of transitions. I had been on a roll letting the paint drop creating dots. But I missed the line. A thick or thin line falling with no hope of stopping, is immediate. A line hits and it is done. Final. The only thing I can do is lay another line over it or add dots of color.” The end result of this artistic merging of lines and dots is the stunning painting you see here.
The dark divisions within the butterfly’s wings combined with the sections filled with bright colors mimics the beauty of stained glass. Close inspection of the painting brings to mind the silkiness of the butterfly’s body and paper thin delicateness of its wings. The blue background helps the butterfly pop off of the surface. Add this artwork to any room in your home where you want to add a splash of color.
I decided to paint a monarch butterfly because I have so many fond memories of them. The majority of my paintings begin with a positive idea, feeling or memory. I start by creating a series of drawings which I then recreate in several stages and pencil in on a primed canvas. Once this prep work is complete, the paint is applied using a variety of techniques by dropping, throwing or dragging it. My tools include everything from brushes, twigs and screwdrivers, to bamboo, spoons and forks.
As I was progressing through the stages of this painting, working with the thick and thin lines and dots of color, I was so worried the final product would come out looking like a wicker collectable figurine you would see at a flea market. However upon completion of the piece, that worry was gone. When I step a few feet away from this painting, I get a sense of movement – nervous energy. There is also this weird effect of the dark lines imitating stained glass framed in a fire. The complimenting cool colors make the warm colors glow. Balancing this effect, I see intense energy in the lines.
I woke up the other day thinking about old bottles. In particular, the blue ones. An image came to mind that was not completed. That is what I’m going to paint. This composition will be a partial thought of a blue bottle. The bottle will hold some sort of flower or flowers.
The sketch started out on a legal note pad. I smartphone photographed the sketch and took that digital image to photoshop to play around with. I think the canvas size will be a little bit smaller than the large paintings i have worked on.