Featured Artist: Mike Bailey!

Plaster Master by Mike Bailey

Plaster Master by Mike Bailey – Watercolor

Mike Bailey. One word… amazing! Truly. Mike’s website is out of this world. It’s visually appealing and contains so much wonderful information! A lot of time went into this and it shows. It’s fabulous, personal, and a treasure for those who take the time to read it. Also check out Mike’s Blog – more great info! I’m not kidding you, this is a treasure of a website that you can spend a great deal of time perusing!

I love the shadows in Plaster Master. The orange vest… striking! I swear most paintings just need a little pop of color, even if it’s the tiniest little bit. The detail in the wrinkles of the man’s jeans, the knee pads, helmet… so well done! Every painting of Mike’s is equally as well done. He is very versatile, I urge you to take a peek!

Mike is teaching some amazing workshops this year all over the country – interested? Check out Mike’s workshop schedule! From reading about him on his art blog, I think he would be fabulous to take a workshop from. Someone REAL. It’s nice to take a workshop and not feel like every painting has to be a winner. We know that isn’t the case for anyone! It’s nice when you take a workshop to not feel that added pressure.

Self Portrait by Mike Bailey

Self Portrait by Mike Bailey

I had to include Mike’s self portrait! This painting caught my eye right away. FABULOUS!

Read a bit about Mike, from his website:

Approximately 100 miles south of San Francisco, California, on the coast, is Santa Cruz . . .where Mike resides. A graduate from San Jose State University, he majored in Engineering and Business.

In mid-life, Mike answered a long-percolating desire to paint. A few lessons, lots of books and an occasional workshop got him started. His intense curiosity led him to learn and study design and composition, which led to his being called to teach that aspect of painting. What paid off most, he says, was the late night sessions at his easel.

He developed “Painting Beyond the Obvious” as a college level course and offered  it at the University of California at Santa Cruz (UCSC). Many painters now credit him and that class with their own breakthroughs to artistic understanding. Mike’s art career has put him on the “workshop circuit” all over the U.S. His work has received national and international recognition via awards, magazines and books and assorted international exhibitions. Click here to continue

All images via mebaileyart.com, used with permission…

Images are not for reproduction, they are property of the artist.

Catch you back here tomorrow!

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