Michael J. Severin
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Composition discussion
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The 3 photos are of the same scene,but are different ..what is the the difference between each photo.  These photos represent an important element in the making of composition and a good learning…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lori Ippolito Jul 23, 2014.

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Started Feb 24, 2014

Color Harmony
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Mannerrin brought up a comment about the color harmony I used on my painting, "A Captive Audience".  As Mannerrin pointed out, it is a double complimentary color scheme:  Violet/yellow, and…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Steinunn Einarsdottir Feb 15, 2014.

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"Really like your cruciform type composition .. always a good way to have unequal divisions of space with something different happening in each of the rectangles formed by the vertical and horizontal axis. :)"
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"you did it Michael now it looks correct ...  hope I didn't hurt any feelings but evidently I did some good ... looks much better..  Kudos Michael !!!  Hey feel free to criticize my paintings anytime ... I know it only makes me…"
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"Yes, this photograph is better & shows the values better - depth, beautiful colours in the large vase & in the shadows...lovely!"
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"This is a chiaroscuro style painting and I think you did a damn good job with it Michael. It does not deserve to be nit picked !!! A perfect drawing its hard and nobody is perfect with it, even if they may think so. Some people should stick to…"
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"You are welcome Michael"
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Profile Information

How would you categorize your painting style?
semi impressionism
Which medium do you prefer? eg. oils, acrylics, etc.
Are you a full time artist?
Full Time
Who are your favourite 2 artists?
Jean LeGassick, Ray Roberts, Jim Wilcox
Do you have any goals for your painting?
To paint with more "Music/Poetry" and learn to control color harmony. To strengthen my compositions, better edge control, and brushwork.
What's your website address? (If any)

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Hi everyone.  I just got word that Ken Auster passed away a few days ago.  A great artist and teacher, he will be missed.

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At 7:39 on January 6, 2017, Marta Nowicka said…

Hi Michael. Thank you for accepting my invitation.

At 7:26 on October 27, 2016, Chuck Warner said…

Hello Michael, thank you for your nice comment on my ink/wash of the old barn.  I do love doing old structures.  What tales they could tell if they could speak.  Chuck :) 

At 6:51 on July 8, 2016, Ruby said…

I once again browsed your website and WOW!!!!  Such a delight!!!  There is no doubt about it, you are certainly a ‘MASTER’ Michael.   Your paintings are a delight to the eye and a huge inspiration to me, to many of us, if not all of us.  I envy those who live close enough to you, who know you and who can experience your tutor, your knowledge, as well as your friendship first hand.  You are certainly a very noble, generous man, who offers his time and knowledge freely.  Thank you Michael, you are a very precious GEM.

At 0:29 on June 9, 2016, Roena King said…

Thanks Michael.  I appreciate your help and copied it to my folder for review.  I was still trying to use up left over paint, but perhaps it is hurting me instead of letting me practice using it up?  (no telling how many times those piles have been combined?).  The sky being lighter......it is almost pure white now......so does that mean the distant mountains should be a bit darker to make the sky appear lighter?  

At 4:13 on June 4, 2016, Roena King said…

Thank you Michael........big grin

At 4:05 on June 4, 2016, Roena King said…

One last revision for Evening Light......no rush......as your time allows to comment.


Thanks so much. Roena

At 9:57 on June 1, 2016, Roena King said…

Thank you Michael for your additional comments on my Evening Light revision.  I understand what you are telling me about the shadow receiving light from the sky and reflected light on things around it.  I will start to really "take note" of shadows and how /light/dark they are compared to other things.  Understanding what you should be seeing to know to look for are

"tricks in the bag".  Thank you for adding my knowledge.  Roena

At 4:26 on May 28, 2016, Roena King said…

Thank you Michael, I was hoping you would comment about my painting, Evening Light.  I copied it.  I understand what you are saying except about "watch those edges".  I tried to soften........where are the problem edges you are talking about.  Michael, I want to learn how to paint good landscapes.  They are much harder than still life where all I had to do was copy values, colors, etc.  For learning purposes would it be best to continue on with other new ones and try to remember about color temp, ect.........or should I completely try to repaint this one.  or should I just try to fix it?  What would be best for me to learn?  Thanks for your time which I know is very valuable.  Roena

At 9:43 on April 10, 2016, Kathy Guenkel said…

Thank you for the comments Michael. I see what you mean about the white flower :) Yes, I agree those edges need work. I hope to improve as I learn to handle the paint with practice in alla prima.

At 12:44 on April 9, 2016, Cathy McClelland said…

Hi Michael, thank you for welcoming me, it's wonderful to connect with you.


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