Ready to begin my third painting session today, hopefully finishing the stars. I’m working systematically from the deepest space.
If you’ve read my book, Evolution Through Art, you would be familiar with the concept that sensual erotic figures were part of our evolutionary beginnings. You would also be familiar with that the nude in art is a symbol of authenticity and genuine feelings untethered from the status of clothes. Both play a role, especially when combined through art, to keep our sight on Eudaemonia, of human flourishing as an end in itself.
Michael, Idyllwild, July 6, 2022
Art within art. Painting a person with tattoos is like painting a painting within a painting. Mind-bending. The tricky part for the painter is to be not confused by the tones and hues of the tattoos and bring out the forms and light of anatomy.
Tattoo Series, 2017, oil on canvas, each 24×20″
Michael Newberry, Idyllwild, 5/17/2020
The day before yesterday we were scheduled for an electricity outage 9am-4pm. I got up early to cut out a wood palette fit to measure my French easel, grabbed Frida, and went for a drive on the justly named Palms to Pines Hwy. The cows reminded me of how rural the area is. About 30 minutes later I was in the 100 degree desert, making a loop I found a spot between Salton Sea and Borrego Springs to paint. High noon and not a shadow to be had. My students will tell you I veto painting things with no shadows, broke my rules, and decided to paint with the focus on the soft dusty arid colors. I painted for about 40 minutes, really it was too hot, Frida couldn’t wait to get back in the car. The rest of the drive ascending from valley to valley was gorgeous and I was grateful to arrive home to the mile high coolness of Idyllwild.