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Wednesday, September 11, 2013


This is my newest watercolor I am finishing up.  It was from a photo shoot I did at a cancer benefit where several troupes performed.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Artwork on ABC's "The List"

Very happy to see my Belly Dancers on ABC's television show "The List" tonight.  If you click on the link - list item #3 shows a glimpse at the Baltimore Watercolor Society Show.  As they pan the exhibit you can see this painting top center on one of the walls in the room.  Always such fun in the world of art.  It is wonderful that BWS was included on "The List" and given this exposure. 

Monday, July 1, 2013

"Amazing Grace" by Kathy Michels juried into Pennsylvania Watercolor Society International Show

Amazing Grace has been juried into the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society's 34th Annual International Exhibit.  It is going to be a great show.  I also have attained my signature status now in PAWCS as well.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

With artists eyes . . .

It has been an amazing year in the art world.  As the heat comes in I will be spending more time on the paintings.  This spring I have gotten some wonderful photos of Amish, an Indian Pow Wow, a circus train, a farm setting and much more.  It has been amazing and I can't wait to start working on my compositions.  So many people travel all over the world and get some amazing photos to paint.  Being limited by lupus I don't have the ability to travel.  But the things I have been able to find in the local area has been amazing.  Sometimes as artists we forget to walk around our own city and county and really look.  There are so many amazing events and activities my calendar gets filled with much more than I am able to attend.  Next time you are stuck and can't come up with an idea I would like to challenge you to pick any direction from your home and drive ten minutes away, pick up your camera and stop and look through artists eyes - you will be amazed at everything you have missed!  Have fun! 

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Featured Speaker at Hershey Art Association

I was invited to speak at the Hershey Area Art Association this past Tuesday night.  It was a wonderful experience.  My program was titled "Living with Lupus and Healing Through Art".  I am extremely photosensitive and as you can see the fluorescent lights are taking a toll on my face (and nose).  It was a large group and after the program I had a chance to talk to so many wonderful people.  I have received some amazing emails as well.  It was my hope to inspire people to paint more and live life to the fullest.  As artists we should also encourage others to be creative, especially those facing any kind of adversity in their life.     

Monday, November 5, 2012

Announcing Gallery Representation

Kathy Michels is proud to announce she is now represented by Brath and Hughes Fine Art Gallery located in Mechanicsburg, PA.  For contact information and hours please go to their site

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Sunday, September 30, 2012

Shanghai China sees Michels works

My watercolor "Sugar and Spice" has been juried into one of the largest and most prestigious art shows in the world - 2012 Shanghai Zhujiajiao International Watercolour Biennial Exhibit.  I am very honored to have my piece selected by a jury of 7 master watercolor artists from around the world.  There were more than 10,000 paintings originally entered in the show.  From that 10,000 approx. 225 from 62 countries were chosen to be in the show that begins in mid-November.  So exciting to be one of the few artists that will be representing the US in this show.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

"Amazing Grace" Watercolor in Progress

This painting has been a challenge to do.  It has been so much fun.  I love painting people and ballerinas.  The mirror in mirrors are always full of surprises and a wonderful experience.  I love storytelling through any form of art.  You want to stop people in their tracks and have them drawn into your painting and try to decide what they want the story to be.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

"Sugar and Spice" arrived in China

This painting is enroute to China. The Shanghai 2012 International Watercolor Biennial received more than 10,000 paintings. I am pleased to announce this painting is one of just over 200 paintings from 62 countries that made in through phase I and are being reviewed in August for placement in this show.
UPDATE . . .
My painting arrived safely in China.  The process for Phase was involved sending jpegs of our work.  Those of us that passed this phase were asked to send our original paintings to China.  Those paintings are being reviewed for Phase II.  The decision was originally going to be made at the end of August as to which paintings pass this phase and are actually in the show.  We received word last week that the reviews were not yet completed and determination will be made in the next week or so.

The excitement builds with each passing day.  It is just an honor for my work to pass the initial phase.  But I am definitely hoping that my painting will pass the next phase and make it into the show. 

This particular piece of art was from a photoshoot I did at a local cancer benefit called "Bikers and
Belly Dancers".  I expected to see tons of brightly colored costumes.  Instead one group of dancers had on these black, goth type outfits that were beautiful.  But I knew I need to do an artsy angle to show off the black skirts, lace, metals and shiny knives - thus "Sugar and Spice" evolved.  That is what is so exciting about art - there is no right or wrong.   

Biker Dude by Kathy Michels

Wow-sometimes we get so busy with the artwork it seems like the days just zip on by.  I didn't realize I had not posted the finish painting here.  This was so fun to do.  I am looking forward to doing more paintings of area residents.  Can't wait for the weather to start cooling down again so I can get out with the camera. 

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Friday, January 13, 2012

Biker Dude in Progress

I am working on the motor bike now. It is always fun to see the painting start to take on life and dimension. I love working with realism. There is always such a challenge to create different textures. Here it is working with the metals and the tires. Once I put in the glass window I will probably tone down some of the bike detail.