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Exhibit at David Lipscomb 11-14 February 2009

I am excited to have an exhibit of my work at Lipscomb University.  Hope some of my friends can come! Accuracy of an Impression An Exhibit of Paintings by Michael Shane Neal Wednesday, 11 February 2009- Saturday, 14 February 2009 Lipscomb University • Nashville, Tennessee The Paul Rogers Room, Ezell Center 9:00am – 9:00pm Reception, Continue Reading…

Commencement Address

I had the privilege of addressing the December 2008 Graduates of my Alma Mater, Lipscomb University on December 20, 2008. The follow are my comments to the graduating class. I recently mentioned the TR story in an interview with International Artist Magazine and realized it would be appropriate for the graduates as well. As artists, Continue Reading…

Senator Specter Official Portrait Unveiled

Hundreds of supporters, friends and family joined Senator Arlen Specter at the National Constitution Center Friday evening for the unveiling of the Senator’s official portrait. It was the largest crowd I have had the honor of unveiling a portrait for and a testament to the popularity of the Senator. Speakers included Senator Specter’s long-time friend Continue Reading…

Department of Energy Official Portrait Unveiled

I had the pleasure of painting former Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham for the Department of Energy. His official portrait unveiling took place last week in Washington D.C. Several current and past administration officials were present as well as many of his friends and family. For more photos: Abraham Unveiling

Interview with Alyson Stanfield

INSIGHTS are a series of conversations with artists taking place on select Thursday evenings at 8 p.m. ET, 7 p.m. CT, 6 p.m. MT, and 5 p.m. PT. Brought to you by Alyson Stanfield and artbizcoach.com, find out how artists build their careers, the bumps they encountered along the road, the turning points, and what Continue Reading…

Justice O’Connor Portrait Unveiled

I had the honor and pleasure to unveil my portrait of retired US Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law in Phoenix, Arizona on Friday, Spetember 12, 2008. Never have I known a more warm, gracious, and engaging person. I am thrilled to have had the privilege of Continue Reading…

Quick & Easy Model Stand

Looking for a quick and easy model stand? Check this out!!!!! I think I got this from my friend Dawn Whitelaw years ago when I was looking for a simple solution for my workshops. Certainly it can be used in your studio as well. Simply purchase a 4’x8’ sheet of 3/4” ply wood at your Continue Reading…

Great Book on Anders Zorn

I just returned from a fun trip to Kimberly, Wisconsin where I taught a workshop at the Richeson School of Art. It was a great experience. The facilities were terrific and the students could not have been more passionate or excited about growing as artists. I learned many things, but one discovery in particular was Continue Reading…

Summer Workshop in June

Jack Richeson School of Art Portrait Class Kimberly, Wisconsin June 23-27,2008 I spoke with my friend and mentor Ray Kinstler after he returned from teaching a week long workshop at the Richeson School last year. He was excited about his experience and praised both the quality of the school and the directors. When they phoned Continue Reading…

Step Four

Much of the canvas has been covered. The overall effect is established. I am now refining the overall image, working hard on the illusion, the likeness, and adding more detail.

Step Three

Constantly refining the drawing, I began to develop the head in more detail. I am also working to find the body inside the clothing.

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