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Hello Michael,I was looking at an online gallery this morning and saw some of your work ,and googled your web page.I took your workshop at the Gathering of the Artisans in 2011. It was a great experience and rekindled the passion to paint again . A group of artists in our church has been meeting together to study Matt Tomey's book and have workshops .We have also been painting in our worship meeting on Sundays, which was kind of threatening at first but has become just another way to worship.Thank You for the workshop and encouragement. Jim Spaloss
I just got my copy of "The Founders Bible" which contains a great sampling of your work. Do you have any plans to provide any of that artwork for sale? Keep up the good work. I especially like your western art.
I just came across some of your artworks now, while on Art.com, and then I decided to search and see if you have a website, just so I could take a further look.Since you have a Guestbook here, I just wanted to write that I think your art is wonder-ful. The works that appealed to me were:She Brought Forth A SonMary TreasuredNot By Bread AloneLight Unto The WorldLiving WaterHe Shall Hear My Voice
By the way, has any of your work been used in Christian children's books?
It's really pleasant to see good artists use their talent for God.
Greetings from Idaho!I just discovered your work when I purchased "The Founder's Bible". I was thrilled to discover that you live in Coeur d'Alene, as I live in Post Falls. You are a great inspiration to me, though I admit to being pretty intimidated! I am learning to do colored pencil portraits, so I hope to be able to see some of your work in person. My main occupation is being grandmother to two granddaughters. My 12 year old granddaughter loves to draw, so I hope we will soon get to see your work together.
It's been an uplifting experience to briefly go through your work on your website. The way you draw a face is how I hope at times to play a beautiful phrase. There's a real romance within your work, whether it is a waterfall or a person you are portraying.I believe I heard from you as you were passing through last summer. Would be great to see you again sometime. Mostly I want to congratulate you on all your accomplishments and the way you express your art.all the best,Chris
Michael,As always I am inspired and amazed at your diverse body of work. Unlike so many artists who only embrace one genre or technique, You masterfully execute landscape, still life, figurative, and inspiring Christian imagery. To look at your work you see the heart of an artist who has used his God given talent to the fullest. Thank you for the blessing.
I really admire your work. What's the story with your workshop in San Antonio? Please email me the address.
John Anthony Castro, Dallas Tax Attorney
What a wonderful inspiration your still lifes are for me. I struggle with lighting, and you seem to have mastered it. And your colours - amazing! I will certainly keep your site on hand to check now and then for new works. Thank-you so much.
hi mike, just browsed you site. nice stuff. especially like your portraits.just curious if you went to art center or pratt or....?saw your facebook post.you can see me on facebook. where i have posted some of my illustrations.i am an art center grad. class of 79 .best regards gary
Hello Michael & Valerie, I stop by here regularly to admire Michaels prolific work, as I consider him the Bob Dylan of his field. I've never posted anything, but I saw a blog note from Adele that caught my eye tonight. She was wondering if Michael traces photographs underneath a paper as part of his technique? Valerie already answered her question that "no, it isn't part of Michaels technique, but I wanted to add this story for Adele. CMichael Dudash and I were best friends in 5th, 6th, and 7th grades in Mankato Minnesota. We were next door neighbors in Skyline Valley, and spent alot of time together playing baseball, shooting bb guns, listening to Beatles records, and just growing up like regular kids. That is until one day I stopped over and Michael showed me a drawing he had done of an Indian Brave on a pony, from one of those magazine adds that said "if you can draw this you may have a career as an artist", remember those? What he had drawn was better than the drawing in the magazine. I challenged him, "you didn't draw that, you must have traced it", he again said he had drawn it freehand. I said ok, can you do it again? Sure enough he did it again, right in front of me, it was astounding. His immense talent continues to amaze me. Best Regards, " Duckshack Dave" Florine.
Marcy - Thanks for signing the guest book, and the incredibly kind words......As an artist, having people appreciate what you do is very rewarding, and you have made my day. But as you apparently know, God always gets the glory. Come back tot he site often - If you go to my contact page and fill out the form, I will put you on my email list......Have a great day. Michael
I have just spent the last half hour amazed at the quality of your paintings and how you have captured the essence of the subject !!:):) I also am thanking God for your talent and you sharing the pictures on a medium that all can enjoy!!Shalom
Lovely work. Particularly enamoured with "Lake Champlain", which captures the feel of the Berkshire and Green Mountains from my days in Stockbridge. You would surely find inspiration in my Canadian countryside, where I have been for the past 34 years. Many of the "Group of Seven" created their most memorable works pretty much out my back door. Sorry we have never met, though Stephan and I went to high school together. Well done.
I, on occation, scan the web for photos of my grandparents farm and I ran across your painting "Bragg Hill Farm" and what a joy it was. I am so pleased to know that someone sees the beauty in the land that I have all my life. The property has been in my family since the early 1800's and I have always had a strong pull to return to gain strength. Thank you so much for preserving my childhood memory for others to enjoy.
i've had the privilege to have heard you and your brother play in the band "good thunder" many years ago. i attended mankato state college in the very early 70s. i'm a watercolorist and am just flabbergasted by your work. i remember seeing something you did at least a couple decades ago. you are an amazing artist and musician. truly you are blessed by God with these talents. i understand why you would honor Him with your works. i will struggle to continue with my humble watercolors after seeing your great art. but then, i have to make a living somehow. talent isn't distributed equally, i know. plus, it's obvious you've worked very hard to achieve your level. thank you for sharing your incredible art on this wonderful website.
Michael, Whenever I need to be inspired with great composition, paint application, and drawing I browse through your website and it never fails to leave me with an encouraged feeling that I want to work harder to become a better painter. It's hard to for me to describe what I like most, but I guess it's that I love how you paint "tight" but in a "lose" way. Can that be possible?
Thanks again for your encouragement,
Thanks so much for coming to Mankato, Minnesota to share your art journey which started here in southern Minnesota. The lecture, art slides and commentary were excellent. Your immense talent, including the breath of work is off the charts. It was an honor to be in attendance tonight.
Best to you and your family,
Jody & Kevin Swanson
Sandra - Thanks for the post and the kind words.....It's nice to know that folks occassionally look at the website! I am giving a workshop in Atlanta in November - not too far from you in Savannah. Spread the word? Check out my workshop page. I hope that we can meet someday, and thanks again for beign a fan of my work.....Humbly yours! Michael
Hello Micheal,I spoke to you by phone a year or so ago, and have followed your work since I discovered your work in 1982 on covers of TV Guide. I still treasure the article about you in the September 1990 issue of American Artist Magazine. Your website is beautiful and I enjoy it. I took a figure drawing workshop recently with Jeff Markowski at SCAD, here in Savannah, and he mentioned that you had given a program at SCAD, and we chated about your wonderful art! keep up the godd work.God Bless, Sandra
The painting I saw in Jackson at the Legacy was "The Sewing Lesson." Great composition. I love it!
Great to talk to you last night. Thanks for remembering me. Your new work is beautiful...of course. I look forward to seeing you in Dallas next month. I'll call at the end of September for further clarification on your stay.
Take care and God bless,
Erin- Thanks for the inspiring words! Which painting did you see at The Legacy that you liked so much? Just curious. Keep in touch, and if you want me to come back to BYU, talk to Robert Barrett or the faculty - I'm open to it!Michael
I spent a week in Jackson Hole about a month ago. There was a painting of yours at Legacy that I absolutely fell in love with. I went back to see it three times during that week. I love your narrative work especially. I transferred to BYU's Illustration program two years ago to find out I had just missed your visit, lecture, and demo. I have seen your original head paintings, though, that you did as demonstrations. Your paintings are inspriring. Thanks for the beautiful work.
Erin MeadsBYU Illustration student
Dear Shirley -Wow - Thanks for the very kind email. Out of all the subjects that I paint, nothing is more rewarding than touching people through my feeble attempts at illustrating the reality , grace and mercy of a loving God. Your email demands more than just a short response, too long to be included in a post on my guestbook page. I hope that you will find this response and contact me directly - I would love to have a phone conversation with you. So please call me when you have a chance 814-587-2765. I will also be in Dallas in Oct from the 9th - 12th this fall. If that is where you saw the Let There Be Light show, I hope to meet you in Texas......So please keep in touch.Peace and Grace - Michael
I had the pleasure of visiting the "Let there be light" exhibition and I was in awe of the peace that I felt as I toured the Gallery and the passion of the artists came to life. You have that gift, that magic when I look at the faces I see the depth that you portray there.
Art has always been my love, I appreciate what every artist past and present gifts us with their God given talent. As a little child in Liverpool, England in the Art Galleries and Museums when visiting them I was transported, I put myself in the painting and imagined the time and place with me there too! It helped me forget the rubble outside left from the air raids during WW11 and in that Museum all was at peace and I was transported to a place of beauty.
One of my goals with our art business is to wrap the world in art and open the hearts of the children to the beauty and passion they can place on paper or canvas, and get art back in all schools. To have children pick up a brush and create on canvas what passion lies within, instead of a gun or needle and be destructive. With many artists wanting to explore that, I think we can make a difference in many lives.
Art takes the mystery out of history as artists like you paint the century for people centuries to come who will be able to learn of that time and place. Michael, you do that and it was my pleasure once again to be able to view your works.
Kendra is a fine Lady and her talent to present an artist to many is exceptional.
Cheerio, Shirley Casavant
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