It took three days, but I have completed 15 (5 for each of three cyclist) mono-prints. Now, the last ones (the middle cyclist) need to dry. Then, for a week, I will press all 15 between two heavy objects to make them flat.
I, III, and II
I have decide to make these pieces monoprints using a water color black ink.
First I drew the figure onto a plexiglas plate with water color ink.
I coat the plate with a light film of oil. The oil repels the water based ink which helps created the motion of the figure.
A completed plate.
(photo from another day's work)
Once I am satisfied with the drawing on the plexiglass plate I press it onto a piece of water saturated paper.
This process yields one piece- hence monoprint.
in order to create one lenticular of 3 cyclist I will make 5 drawings for each of the three cyclist.
From my slow mo video (see the prior post) I zoomed in and then I took a screen shot. I use the screen shot To work from.
Inspiration for new abstract series- I am often asked where my ideas come from. The answer is everywhere. I am always looking for imagery that interests me. Imagery that, when abstracted, will express a particular emotion or energy. I then think about what type of lines will best express that feeling, what media will work best. I was inspired to create the cyclist body of work a few months ago very early on a Sunday morning when I was peacefully driving down Allen Parkway toward downtown. "Could you be loved" by Bob Marley was playing on the radio. The asphalt street, slightly curving to the right, sparkled in the glaring sunlight. The second that I saw them, I was inspired by their images, their lines, the rhythm they shared, the obvious camaraderie that bonded them.
Below is is a summary of what I remember of that morning.
Houston's downtown skyline was lathered in dark shadows; it dripped silhouettes of oil into puddles. The silhouettes, their broad shoulders and fit waistlines bobbled back and forth over my dashboard, as their black spindle-like legs pumped the pedals right, left, right, left, never straying from the pool of their shadow. I stayed a safe distance behind and studied the rhythm of their images. Their body language, their energy, and sense of being part of a pack stayed with me.
If you zoom in you can see it like I saw it.
I will post more in my process soon.
I started eating only grassfed Beef in 2006. I am finally noticing, in 2017 eleven years later, that the grassfed craze is catching on. I have never been shy about promoting the health benefits of grassfed, as well as the environmental benefits. Anytime I am at a restaurant that serves steak I always ask the waiter if their beef is grassfed. If it is not grassfed, I order something else. If it is grassfed, I order a steak. Back in 2006, actually until recently, I always had to order something else. Lately, I have found that many restaurants are carrying grassfed meats.
I have also made a few monumental drawings of grassfed cows, from photos I took while visiting my friends Lisa and John Harrison's grassfed cattle ranch. Below is "grassfed I". It is drawn on a piece of recycled brown paper. I am getting her framed and gifting her to two of my favorite environmentalists. She will be in the background when they are on FaceTime conference calls with soil scientist and environmentalists, from Paris to the USA, and from Morocco to Mexico. I am so happy to be helping in a very small way to promote grassfed beef and regenerative agriculture.
This cow just stared at me as I took her photo, without skipping a beat, as she chewed casually in the pasture.
charcoal and gesso
60" X 36"
That is what I call a long day
5 new images for a new lenticular
I will interlace these so that when you pass by he appears to be peddling.
-home again after the Texas National 2017 show. I am so grateful to have been selected by Benito Herto and for all the people that worked so hard to put the show together.
THE LAST STRAW
12" x 10" X 24' bronze and reinforced concrete 2014
photo by Will Michels
Cole art center
I stepped into the tack room at the via organica ranch in San Miguel when I was there last month and I saw an exhibition of saddles. I took note - I would like to find more saddles to exhibit with suffrage.
Finding the right pieces is a challenge.
faux bois on paper
Thursday I worked on my series of small bronze castings "gust".
I use an angle grinder with a metal cutting blade and cut off the stubs of the gates flush to the surface of the hat.
Here you can see the stubs of the gates.
More gate stubs.
After cutting of the gates.
Cutting off the gates leaves a shinny smooth surface. I then use various air tools to recreate the felt texture. This process is called chasing.
The texture is repaired.
wet on wet
I have a problem of using too much ink, that said here is the results of today's experiments.
Before I left for Greece I shipped a "happy dog" sculpture on a bronze bed to a gentleman who saw my work at the Conroe Art League show this spring. I finished his piece the day before we left. I had not heard from him and was worried maybe he was not happy. I am a worrier. Yesterday I emailed him to make sure all was good and also to remind him that if he ever tires of the sculpture I have a buy back policy. I will buy back any of my work for the price I originally sold the work for. It has to be in good condition, not damaged. I do this to keep I my work out of the secondary market - estate sales, auctions......etc.
Here is a cropped screen shot of his response.
Wow! It pays to follow up. I could not be more pleased and gratified that my little sculpture means so much to his family. I hope I can come up with a moose that he is equally pleased with.
I am taking a brush and ink washes workshop with Suzzane Manns. My purpose is to maybe pick up a new and technique of mark making.
Today was painful. She set up a still life and wanted us to render it in ink washes.
I am more of a gesture type. But here goes-
the still life-
The still life
the above photo in black and white.
I ran out of time but- this is as still as I can make myself get.
I decided to ignore all all the noise in the background. It was people drawing from the other side.
My piece "that ball is not going to throw it's self" was selected along with my "fetch I-VI" lenticular.
I will be replacing the pedestal on the "tat ball is not going to throw it's self" piece with a chair. I am going to paint the chair with drippy, thick, flat white paint. It will look like plaster. I will then attach the wire dog to the back of the chair.
new photos of my sculpture "January 21, 2017" taken by will michels
new photos of my work by will michels. See his beautiful work at -
new photos taken by will michels
I actually think the imperfect pieces are the most beautiful-also true in life.
I flipped the photo upside down and the coins made a halo over the reflection of the the choir boys.