My Abstract Paintings

January 23, 2014

our living room

LIVING with abstracts would be a more
fitting title for this post since I'm not much
of a decorator, preferring instead to live
among collected objects un-decoratedly.

Since we favor a serene, tranquil, and light
atmosphere at home, abstract seascapes
(mostly unframed) work really well.

The glistening-nature-disco-landscape above
comes alive at night.

I even like my abstracts with toast.
Recently created this one on the kitchen counter
with plaster and acrylics for a textured, chalk-centric effect.
(Rustic frame was found at a fleamarket in Paris.)

Typically I paint small canvases and GREAT BIG ONES,
but a few mid-sized, peaceful, sedative
cuties are available.

Wait. Is it still hip to be square?
I hope so.
Cuz this square's looking for a good home.

This understated square (nfs) may be my favorite.
It's one of the first paintings I created
(on wood) with areas of gold leaf
peeking through...I wish I could swim in it.

Our living room

I feel like painting when I'm anxious. 
When I'm happy. When I'm inspired. When I'm awake.

(The 87 is symbolic of my risk for breast cancer
which I reduced to 3-5% with the help of great surgeons.)

Small pieces get executed thoughtfully, yet quickly
(minimal paint strokes suggestive of sea, shore and sky).

Larger ones require layers 
of built up pigment and washes before they
feel complete...btw, I don't find it difficult
to assess whether a piece is done--I just know.

Oh how I adore how Loi of Tone on Tone Antiques
displayed my abstract in a home office.

And how Sherry Hart honored me,
placing this one on a shelf in a client's home.

Thanks for taking a peek.

Peace to you right where you are.

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  1. Happy happy Birthday beautiful Michele! You are gorgeous inside and out and such a talent. I love having a piece of your art in my bedroom. I love the ocean and I love thinking of YOU when I look at it.
    xoxo Kathysue

  2. Happy Birthday Michele, Celebrate Life! I adore your spirit and your seeing the petite treasures, looking forward to seeing some new ones. You wear 48 well and I wish for you to keep on softly blooming in your Frenchy/Abstract/Shabby Tres chic glory!

    1. merci, lovely woman of the beautiful words and soothing brand. it's high time we meet. :)

  3. PS_ Care package on its way from VV

  4. Oh darling, happy, happy, Happy birthday to you! I adore your abstracts and am sooo inspired by them. I think my favorite is your very first one flanked by those lanky it! You are a gorgeous 48 year old and I wish you many many more years of beauty and creativity.

    1. merci, merci, lovely talented mistress of the gardens. i must paint more of those beneath the water dreams on wood panels. i am so grateful that time has not stolen my ability to create and share. love to you.

  5. Happy birthday! Gorgeous paintings and home - everything is so serene and relaxing:)

    1. thanks, ginnie. serene is what i am meant to deliver. :)

  6. Happy, happy Birthday dear michele ( although a day late... )
    - you look incredible! x
    (And loving the chalkboard look over here,
    would love to start scribbling as we speak :) x

    1. merci, rebecca. thank you for popping over! still getting used to the chalkboard and am enjoying the contrast with all the white.

  7. Just gorgeous - all of them !!!

  8. Happy Birthday to you -- you gorgeous lady!! I hope you had the best day ever... you deserve it!
    Your new blog layout is perfection, it has your name all over it!

    much love to you!

  9. Happy Birthday, gorgeous! Still beautiful!! Still fabulous!!! I hope you celebrate all weekend.
    PS - I admire your paintings every day - love them!

    1. you you you. spoiled i am. *sips champagne*

  10. HAPPY of the Happiest!! Fight on and make beautiful!! franki

    1. now THAT is the spirit. i like, i like. thanks.

  11. Happy Birthday, M!

    May God keep blessing your beautiful soul!

    Your art is always deep yet light... hard to explain... it touches the heart.

    We're blessed to have it at home, at Matthew's nursery.


    Luciane at

    1. merci, L! matthew must be getting ready for college by now! oh my, great to hear from you, beautiful girl.

  12. Your paintings are all so lovely :) And so is your home. And so are you!

  13. HAPPY BIRTHDAY Beautiful Michele!!!! So glad I did not miss this, am a little behind in my rounds. Wishing you a happy and healthy birthday, I am one year older than you. Gorgeous picture and beautiful home...its so soothing and serene! May this year bring you much love, happiness, good fortune and laughter!

    1. merci, gorgeous tina. i think we need to celebrate '50' together!

  14. I especially love the charcoal tones abstracts, I have been taking lesson to loosen my technique up so that I may head towards abstract . People don't realize how difficult it is to do an abstract so I totally appreciate the work you do here!!!My Bday is in a week so Happy Birthday my fellow Aquarian!!!

  15. I love your work. You are very good! Keep those paintings coming, Sister - I am 15 yrs cancer free in June.

    1. what a fabulous c-free anniversary, michele! it's always so encouraging to hear such news. xox

  16. Happy (belated) birthday to you! :-)

  17. Happy Birthday lovely lady! I love your paintings - the darker ones are just so sexy and a little bit of gilding makes my heart all happy ;) xxx

  18. Happy Birthday Michele! I'm a little late.. trying to catch up with my favorite blogs. I hope you had a wonderful B-day, you have so much to celebrate. I hope Mom and Sis are doing as well as you are.
    p.s. Your paintings are beautiful. So peaceful looking.

  19. Happy Birthday. Thanks so much for sharing at Wednesday's Adorned From Above Link Party.
    Debi and Charly

  20. Happy Birthday, gorgeous girl!
    I hope the day was as special
    as you are and included chocolate!

    I love my ocean painting and may
    be in the market for a bigger one
    if we move (considering a local move,
    closer to school....) You are so
    talented and I love how you capture
    the many moods of the sea.

    Birthday hugs,
    xo Suzanne

  21. Your creations are beautiful. Happy birthday!


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