Thursday, March 4, 2010

Chefs Cook Up a Storm

"Leave out but never add in". I forget where I once read or heard that advice but I had to apply it to this scene as these guys had a lot more pots and pans in their "Drum Kit". By leaving out a few of them it simplified the image making it less confusing and a little easier to paint.
"7 x "5 Oil on Board


  1. You portray everyday life in such a happy way,Mike!And oh,I wished that could follow that decree of "leave out but never add in"! I need control over too much detail! My work gets so illustrative and my ships are the worst!

  2. Nice work, Mr. Mike. And I agree with Marie, it is hard for me to simplify!

  3. Hi Mike,
    The repetition of the figures and grill/drum shapes gives this a very attractive rhythmic quality-and all done on such a small substrate.
    Great work!

  4. There is so much humor in this. I may have missed it the first time. I'm glad you took the time to leave some of the pots and pans out.
    What have you been up to lately?

  5. bold color, free brush strokes. I love it.

  6. What an interesting blog, introduced by a thought-provoking photo. The unusual wall painting of the dwellings is
    also a strangely modern interpretation. Something like this hieroglyphic view of a park by Swiss painter Paul Klee,

    The image can be seen at who can supply you with a canvas print of it.