Thursday, September 16, 2010

Landscape Techniques in Oil

Landscape Techniques in Oil
$170.00 Best price on a workshop I have offered (Thank you to Emerald arts for making it possible)
Workshop Dates: 9/22/2010 - 9/24/2010
Location: Emerald Art Center
500 Main Street
Springfield Oregon 97477-5469
United States

In this workshop Michael will share his technique and insight in creating exciting, thought-provoking art.
There will be one day of plein air painting, weather permitting.
It will include demonstrations, plus individual and group critiques. All Skill levels Michael Orwick's Website

Contact Information:
Emerald Art

The Old Painter and the Sea

I was very honored to be selected to be the painter for this years Cannon Beach Stormy Weather Festival promotional campaign. It is to be sold at auction after the always fun Quick Draw event.

Stormy Weather Arts Festival
 Cannon Beach
November 5 - 7, 2010

The Stormy Weather Arts Festival offers a deluge of artistic and musical talent. There will be live music in shops, galleries and restaurants all over town. The many events include the "Quick Draw and Auction," musical concerts and demonstrations by local artists.

For more information, call (503) 436-2623, or visit the Information Center in Cannon Beach, at the corner of Second and Spruce streets.

"You did not kill the fish only to keep alive and to sell for food, he thought. You killed him for pride and because you are a fisherman. You loved him when he was alive and you loved him after. If you love him, it is not a sin to kill him. Or is it more?"

Monday, September 13, 2010

The art and art making blogs

The art and art making blogs or sites that I use often, and some of mine thrown in for good measure. This is a very brief and under informed list, please let me know if you have others, I can look into and add.

WetCanvas! (or as some people affectionately call it, WC), was founded in 1998 in an effort to better leverage technology to assist visual artists in sharing information and making new contacts and friends. From its humble grass-roots beginnings, the site has grown into a valuable resource - a veritable gold mine of information, serving painters, sculptors, illustrators, and other artists. We currently deliver over 3 million web pages each month, to over 500,000 unique visitors!
Our online community is comprised of artists of all levels, ranging from Sunday painters to artists who exhibit in some of the finest galleries in the world. Whether your interests lie in learning new techniques, experimenting with alternative or cross-over mediums, gaining critiques from fellow artists, or getting the scoop on exciting new industry products, WC has something for you. gives you all kinds of art-marketing tips and tools that you can adapt to your art career goals. Alyson Stanfield, author of I'd Rather Be in the Studio! The Artist's No-Excuse Guide to Self-Promotion

This is one of my most favorite. Robert Genn Twice-Weekly Letter
Many subscribers are art students--often encouraged to subscribe by their instructors.
Creative people worldwide appreciate the level of informed inspiration and information provided by this letter.
It arrives in your inbox every Tuesday and Friday morning, and it's free. Nothing to buy.

My personal blog sent one every week or two.  This is an update of what I have been up to and thoughts and observations.

Little Little Creek © Michael Orwick 30x40 oils

My art website with links to my Bio my art and my Email Newsletter which a large number or smart and beautiful people such as your self have already signed up for.

One of the most popular art sites on the net with information about all things art, and you can sign up for a free website or image hosting.

sun hat 16x20 oils © Michael Orwick\

This is a great site by an Oregon writer who communicates in a very straight forward and honest way. Painting Tips, Selling Art Online & MoreAt EmptyEasel you'll find all types of art and painting tips, including oil painting tutorialsdrawing techniques, and general art advice, as well as articles on famous artists, historical art movements, and contemporary artists. PLUS, EmptyEasel has inside info about selling art online and the online art market. Dig in and enjoy
And here is an article he did on me some time back.

This is the company I use to host my website.
Artist websites made easy! FineArtStudioOnline is a revolutionary web site creation tool that allows an artist to create his or her own art website in a matter of minutes!

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.”
Zen Habits is one of the top blogs on the Internet, and covers: achieving goals, productivity, being organized, GTD, motivation, eliminating debt, saving, getting a flat stomach, eating healthy, simplifying, living frugal, parenting, happiness, and successfully implementing good habits.
Go to the bottom of the home page for links to many great articles and links such as-
The Top 50 Productivity Blogs from Zen Habits (most of which you haven’t heard about)

An inspired artist agency that carries many of my whimsical images.
inspirational mini-film has caused a small, unexpected international sensation. 

Katherine Tyrrell's very popular and insightful blogging portfolio about: - Making a mark creating drawings with pastels, pencils and pen and ink.

light in all the guises in which we encounter it on a daily basis. I've read countless books dealing with digital and traditional art and the subject of light only ever seems to be touched on very lightly (pardon the pun). Yet to anyone wishing to create an illusion of reality should have a good understanding of how light behaves in the physical world.

Radio from the Music Genome Project
Because music helps in my studio and this is a great site to explore new and never heard before music of my choosing.  It’s like a radio station that you design

Thank you to Karla for reminding me of these two fantastic blogs.

 Gurney Journey

and Stapleton Kearns