About Me

I live and work in the Atlanta area.  I have a wonderful family (beautiful, loving wife, wonderful kids, and many animals).  My wife has prompted all this artistic activity, and I absolutely love her for continuing to push me in that regard.  She is a very special woman, and I’m so lucky to have her!

I love being creative and exploring the different aspects of art.  To me, art is more about the expression and feeling instead of the visual accuracy.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m amazed and very envyous of those that paint and draw realistic things that look like they can move.  Those people have wonderful talent.  However, I love to see bold color and big, expressive lines with feeling behind them.

Anyway, I wanted to share my “stuff”, and this is as good a place as I know of to show it, so please leave comments.  What do you think – good or bad?  Let me know.

Mike

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18 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Anne Feely

    Hi Mike,
    I love your abstracts. Glass is one of my favorites. Are they for sale?
    I just discovered your blog. I feel a special kinship as I am in a similar place. I was happy for you today as it seemed you have hit the wall. Life has been a lot easier for me since that happened. I sill like reading stuff but I’m not feverish about it.

    Anne

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    1. msayers Post author

      Hey Anne,

      I guess you’re toggling between my two blogs, huh? Thanks for the wonderful comments about my stuff. I don’t consider myself all that talented, so it’s nice to hear when somebody actually likes something I’ve done. I’ve sold one piece on ebay but haven’t really tried to sell anything else. The ebay thing disappointed me because I sold it really, really cheap. I don’t know how to sell it otherwise. My wife knows a guy who owns a gallery, and she tells me I should talk to him, but again I don’t consider myself all that talented, and I might get embarassed and never paint again.

      As for the kinship, welcome aboard. Or rather, I’m glad to know I’m not alone. I did hit the wall, but I didn’t realize it. Isn’t that strange? Didn’t even know the wall was there. Hmmm. Strange. And, I agree, life is all the sudden very easy. Thanks for sharing, Anne. Look forward to talking again.

      Mike

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  2. Bob Seal

    Mike,

    That Temple watercolour is spot on. I’m jealous 🙂
    Love to see more along that path.
    Whatever Wabi-sabi is it worked on this image.

    Have you seen Henry Miller’s Paintings?
    I love the way he just goes for it and has created some very spontaneous work.

    http://www.henrymiller.info/gallery/henrymiller.php

    I have a book of his paintings called “Paint as you like and die happy”
    (Wonderful title)
    His approach has always been a refreshingly direct one. I love it.

    Funny thing is I have never read any of his books!!!

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  3. msayers Post author

    Thanks Bob! Of all the junk I’ve posted on this blog, that Temple watercolor took the least amount of time. It really felt good painting like that. Very free-flowing and almost liberating. I sat on the couch next to my daughter and painted that thing in about 5 minutes, maybe less.

    Never seen Henry Miller’s stuff before, but I just clicked the link. Spontaneous indeed! Holy cow. I’ve gotta check some more stuff out. You know, I’ve got a book of Vincent Van Gogh’s life and I haven’t read that either. Too busy looking at the paintings and drawings. I got to see some of the Louvre’s collection when it came to Atlanta about 4 years ago. Standing centimeters away from a Rembrandt sketch was amazing! I love art, man! So, I appreciate you stopping by and commenting on my junk! I’ll take your advice. Needed that, actually, because I’m always so careful… don’t want to mess up, but when I let it go… wow, so fun and rewarding.

    Thanks again!

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    1. msayers Post author

      Oh, man, that’s awesome! What a tribute. I feel like I imagine Theo must’ve felt after his brother died, wondering what he might have done to save his brother from killing himself. My brother and I were close, and he killed himself in 2006. Ever wondering what I could have, should have, done.

      Vincent is my absolute favorite! Genius!

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    1. msayers Post author

      Hi Sadie! Thank you very much for the kind words. I just checked out your blog, and I agree: Life IS good, God IS good, and bacon is THE BEST! Love bacon!

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    1. msayers Post author

      Hi Jess! Thanks a ton for the wonderful comments! You know what’s phenomenal, though? You. A “… Biomolecular sciences grad student with a passion for art.” WHAT?! Left AND right brained… at the SAME TIME! Amazing! Love your work. You… YOU… are a renaissance person… in the flesh. Very happy to have “met” you. Thanks again.

      Mike

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