Wednesday, April 07, 2010

"Morning at Superstition" 12"x16" (Click here to bid on eBay)

"Morning at Superstition"
This is my first post in about three months. For one reason or the other I've not
had the time or energy to paint in oils, but finally last month my wife's sister and husband, Jim and Ellen Heeney, visited the valley and one of the places we took them was a trip out to Superstition Mountain just east of here. The hike to the base of this cliff was enough to inspire at least one painting. I hope I can find a couple more scenes from that hike to paint again. I like this one because Spring makes even the desert green.

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Blogger Carol H. said...

Well, your hiatus from oil painting sure hasn't stopped you from making another great one! I love your sense of color and the way you paint depth.

5:14 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Glad to see a new one - I love the saturated shadows.

10:18 AM  
Blogger mick mcginty said...

Hello Carol,
It was great to finally get the inspiration. I can't really say what the problem was except there has been a lot things taking me away from painting and I need to get back to feeding the urge.
Looked at your blog and loved the work you have been doing. Congratulations on the 3 pieces accepted to the show!

11:25 AM  
Blogger mick mcginty said...

Hi Jeremy,
Great to be back. I've been kinda content being the student and watching the work Frank has been putting up. It really makes an artist think and wonder what they should be painting. I think the answer I came up with is "everything". You can self analyze your own work too much but what you eed to do is just keep painting.

11:34 AM  
Blogger FCP said...

Mick--this is stunning, and certainly worth waiting for. As for motivation and inspiration, I think you are right about "everything" taking us away from painting, and that we need to just show up at the easel instead of over analyzing it all. But, may I also say that I suspect that "creative blocks" stem from being resistant to "what is" (in your case, that there were other things that needed your immediate attention) which makes us feel stuck, which brings on worry about being stuck, which makes us feel even more stuck... It seems hopeless until you realize that, like your green desert, all things have seasons, all things ebb and flow, and taking time to replenish the well is necessary to the process. Even Mother Earth needs to slow down and take a break before her spring show!
all the best,

5:12 AM  
Anonymous Takeyce Walter said...

Hi Mick,

I missed your paintings, and this one is a beauty!

7:39 AM  
Blogger Don Gray said...

Mick--glad you're back in blogland. This painting really showcases how good you are at managing values, atmospheric perspective and color.

12:28 AM  
Blogger Stephen Magsig said...

Beautiful painting and welcome back.

8:14 AM  
Blogger Kerri Settle said...

It's great to see you painting again; it's a visual treat, as always.

9:22 AM  
Blogger mick mcginty said...

Thanks everybody. I'm getting the urge again!

4:45 PM  
Blogger Jonathan said...

Beautiful! Your palette is impeccable! another lovely painting Mick!

9:27 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Beautiful work - thank you for painting your part of the world for all of us to see, it's lovely

8:10 PM  
Anonymous Justin Clayton said...

Wow Mick, beautiful. I was going to say something specific about what I love in this painting but I just love the whole thing.

7:28 AM  

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