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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.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Biker Dude Progresses in watercolor

I love watercolors - each painting offers unique challenges. There is so much fun and excitement when you bring a painting to life. It so fun when you get to include local residents, shops and buildings in your art. There are such fascinating items behind the glass window and wonderful reflections on the glass I hope I can do it justice!

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Biker Dude - Watercolor in Progress

This is my first watercolor of 2012 that I have named Biker Dude. Just wanted to update my work as I go along. Each painting is always such an adventure. It's always a joy to be able to paint local people and businesses.