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Palette after Life Study

My Palette after Life Sitting

A friend of mine suggested that I post a photo of my palette after my sitting yesterday. Boring or interesting…don’t know????…but…here is a shot of the palette after 2 hours of painting a gentleman from life.

Painting Portraits: An Artist’s Perspective Lecture Series

Painting Portraits: An Artist’s PerspectiveTuesdays, Oct. 20, 27, Nov. 3, 10 and 173-4:30, p.m., Ezell Center, David Lipscomb University Nashville, TennesseeCost: $50Instructor: Michael Shane Neal, artist I will be presenting a series of lectures on my work as an artist paintng portraits.  Each class will include a power point presentation as well as a behind the Continue Reading…

Senator Ted Kennedy

As an artist who has had the incredible honor of working for the United States Senate, I had the pleasure of meeting Senator Kennedy on two occasions in the last couple of years.  The first was after he introduced me at the unveiling of my portrait of Senator Robert Byrd.  I was immediately impressed with Continue Reading…

Sorolla: A Master of Color and Value

My dear friend and teacher Everett Raymond Kinstler was a student of the great painter Gordon Stevenson (1892-1982).  Stevenson studied with both John Singer Sargent and Joaquin Sorolla. While in Spain working with the great master artist, Stevenson was amazed at the clarity of color and mastery of value that came from the artist’s brush. Continue Reading…

Another Touch of Inspiration

One of my favorite series of portraits by Everett Raymond Kinstler are those of Katharine Hepburn.  This one, currently hanging in a club in NYC blows me away everytime I see it.  Mr. Kinstler’s last of the great actress… it is my favorite.   Here is a CLOSE UP I shot recently.   Look at Continue Reading…

May Portrait Workshop

I had a great week working with a fantastic class in my May workshop.  Everyone dug in and worked hard.  We enjoyed painting from life and sharing knowledge and experiences with each other.  I am honored to have so many dedicated artists who travel from around the country ready and excited to learn and grow as Continue Reading…

Mr. Sargent

I can never spend enough time with the indomitable Mr. Sargent. His paintings that is….which is as close as we get to the man. On Sunday I could not tare myself away from this portrait of Joseph Jefferson at the Players Club in NYC. Here is a neat shot that really shows his mastery of Continue Reading…

The Value of Sittings from Life

Last week I had the most wonderful experience with a family I am painting from Florida.  They were gracious enough to pack their bags and come for sittings in my studio.  A very large portrait, I have enjoyed the challenge of composing the painting and developing the diverse elements of the portrait.  Although I request Continue Reading…

The Richest Man in Babylon

I recently read a wonderful book “The Richest Man in Babylon” which gives practical, simple, and time tested approaches to managing your money and business. It’s a quick read and helpful to be given good common sense advice in a time filled with worry and noise… check it out! Available on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Richest-Man-Babylon-George-Clason/dp/1607960664/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1239293633&sr=8-1

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