Artist Blog


Avion Trailer for Sale

I have a 1978 Avion 30' tow behind trailer for sale $4000 or best offer........Type in in the URL bar to see pics and details.  It's in NW Pennsylvania; contact me for details 208-635-5875.  Thanks!  Michael


Masterpeace Artists Conference & Workshop - Box R Ranch, Ashland, OR

I was one of the instructors at the 2014 MasterPeace Artists COnference and Workshop at the Box R Ranch in Ashland, OR (May 15 - 18) this year, and as usual had a great time.  I left exhausted (also as usual!) but blessed by all of the great fellowship, food and "art talk".  Thomas Blackshear, Eric Bowman and Frank Ordaz were all on hand to teach and inspire, as well as Liz Babbs from Great Britain (she did alot of the devotional talks).  Thanks to Michael Boren for the music and the opportunity to play with him each day, always a pleasure.....Saturday night was also alot of fun when I had a chance to play my Strat with Al Denardi, a terrific guitar picker.  Time will tell where the event is held next year, but I have made a commitment to be involved on the teaching end.......I'll try and post some more comments and pics when I get a chance.  Thanks to all the staff and volunteers who made this conference possible......Blessings to you all!


Snow Shoeing

Last Sunday afternoon a friend and I went snow shoeing at Farragut State Park (about 1/2 hour from my home).  A beautiful peaceful afternoon.......That's the southern tip of Lake Pend Oreille in the background.  The Great Creator is amazing.



I traveled to the Old Bedford Village in Central PA this past weekend to attend and photograph the Wild West reenactment.  About 150 (?) actors participated, and a great time was had by all.......Here are a few pics that I took for your enjoyment.  PS: To all of the old west actors - you can download the group pic by going to this hidden page on my website: CLICK HERE (the page is  A more comprehensive CD with more pics will be delivered to Ken Hall withion the next few weeks. 






PORTRAIT WORKSHOP REPORT - Jacklin Art & Cultural Center

Well, the five day Portrait Workshop at the Jacklin Art and Cultural Center in Post Falls, ID (next door to Coeur d'Alene) is over and my feeling is that it went well.........Thanks to all who helped and especially to those who saw fit to attend.  Everyone worked hard for the duration, and I'll be surprised if the intense study doesn't bear fruit in your own work - and please give it some time, portrait painting from life is difficult stuff.

I thought that I would post a few pics from my demos.....Take note of the pic descriptions, and I'll put up more shortly if time allows.  Thanks again.....M


I wish that I had a pic of the portrait as it looked after my initial start on Wed morning - I took it home and spent another 45 minutes on it in my studio.  I had her a bit too long in the face, and I needed to make adjustments to the facial width, the placement of the nose, the eyebrows and I shortened the chin.  I think it really looks like Claudia now.....If you have a pic from the workshop of my first stage, compare the changes. 

 Here is the final version of my portrait of Ellie (from Sunday afternoon).  I also spent time on this in the studio (about another 60 minutes).  I added another layer of paint to the background, the hair, and the neck/throat area.  I also darkened the eyes slightly and repainted the green in the eyes.  Note the splash of warmth along the cheek edge in the shadow area...I felt it needed the color.

I will post more pics shortly - I'm working on the "Lawman" oil wash demo portrait.  It's receiving new layers of opaque paint - I couldn't resist!