Blogbud and fellow artist Sandra Busby has tagged me! Oh my! Thanks so much Sandra!
Here's the deal...
The My 7 Links Project was generated by TripBase to "unite bloggers (from all sectors) in a joint endeavour to share lessons learned and create a bank of long but not forgotten blog posts that deserve to see the light of day again." Bloggers list their Top 7 Links in the following categories...
• Your most beautiful post
• Your most popular post
• Your most controversial post
• Your most helpful post
• A post whose success surprised you
• A post you feel didn’t get the attention it deserved
• The post that you are most proud of
...and then Bloggers tag others and so it goes on.
Well this is nice, an unsolicited opportunity to re-post some past work and wax poetic about moi! Let's go...
My favorite post: (or My Most Beautiful Post)...sorry...not really comfy with that.
BABY BLU 16x20" oil on linen
Clearly I'm besotted with my pugs and Blu is a supermodel in a fur coat, however I chose this particular painting because I really like it and if you follow my blog, you'll know that sentiment is a rarity for me. The messy toned background, muted palette, the looseness of the strokes except for his face (thanks for pointing that out Don!), where the focus is his incredibly huge innocent eyes that I get lost in every day. Sorry, can't help it. I'm hooked. On the pug, not the painting.
My Most Popular Post:
THE CAMERA 16x20" oil on canvas
I believe this post received the most comments so far, however it was a challenge post so I must give my colleagues credit as well. It was one of those paintings that, after the dust settles, you're left wondering just how you did it and questioning your ability to do it again.
My Most Controversial Post:
I try to stay away from controversy or debate on my blog and so consequently my work is pretty straight forward representational realism. While I certainly don't shy away from whining about my own every day struggles with confidence and direction, I feel that the more important lofty discussions are best had in person and over wine.
My Most Helpful Post:
Metamorphosis 24x24" oil on linen
I would have to say this one because it was done to celebrate International Women's Day through AyrSpace in Canada. The exhibit and sale was designed to observe the centenary of International Women's Day, bring together international artistic response and contribute to the relief effort for Haitian women and their children through partial proceeds from the sale of the artworks and 100% of contributions from visitors to the exhibit.
It also marked a possible new direction for me in style and concept that I hope to explore sometime in the near future. And, I would like to thank wonderful artist and new friend Nicki Ault for suggesting that I participate.
My Most Surprisingly Successful Post:
That Freakin Apple! 6x6" oil on board
This piece of fruit represents one of my first public bouts with that muse stealing virus, "The Dread Mahockiss." My long post of raw insecurity and doubt met with some really wonderful and kind comments! Clearly the apple isn't my best work but apparently it wasn't the drek I thought it was. Who knew?
The Post That I Feel Didn't Get the Attention I Thought it Deserved:
Princess 6x8" oil on canvas
If you are anything like me, halfway through a painting that you know is going to turn out well, excitement about posting and wonder about reaction is definitely on your mind. I was so stoked about this one, done as a daily in March of '09, but when I logged on the morning after, interested to see what the reaction was...there was none. It's really strange, sometimes a painting you would rather burn just for fun is really successful and the one you think will do it for you...whatever that means...is hardly noticed. Of course now as I look at it, it does look a tad cheesy but I still like the actual application of the paint.
The Post I Am Most Proud of:
The Exhibit (in progress)
24x36" oil on canvas
I'm most proud of this still unfinished painting because I was fortunate enough to snap this incredibly arresting vision at the Brooklyn Museum and get it on canvas in a way that feels right. The reference photo was a matter of pure luck. Can you imagine the visual fireworks that outfit would cause if there were paintings on the wall instead of artifacts? Anyway, I plan to do more figurative work in the near future.
And now the hard part. Who shall I tag? You're it guys!
Don Michael Jr.