My new art website

So pleased to announce that my new art website is now live! Check it out, and if you have any suggestions for improvement I’m all ears!

Anne Michelsen artist website screenshot

So pleased to announce that my new art website is now live!

I’m using Managed Artworks, a web developer that creates sites for artists and galleries. I couldn’t be more pleased with their service and product! My site is a work in progress (aren’t they all?) :-), but they are a pleasure to work with and have thought of everything an artist might need!

Check it out, and if you have any suggestions for improvement I’m all ears!

Deer Painting: Forest Spirit

Deer painting in watercolor
"Forest Spirit", watercolor deer painting

Last weekend we spent some time on a rural property we own in southwest Wisconsin.  One morning I bushwhacked to the far corner of the property to pick nettles and came upon two deer in the woods.  The doe looked at me curiously for the longest time, even after the buck had gone with a flash of white tail.

I’ve noticed that deer are often quite curious about human visitors to their domain.  Last Spring Equinox I attended an early morning ritual in the woods on Rib Mountain near Wausau.  On the way back down afterwards we came upon a similar small group of deer.  They, too, were extremely curious about these strange creatures on two legs and didn’t seem at all alarmed at our bemused chatting.  A cheeky red squirrel’s chatter, however, sent them bounding out of sight!

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Tiger Painting

Tiger painting in watercolor
"Tiger," watercolor on board, 20 x 16"

The tiger represents power, strength, royalty, and ruthlessness.

We often think of ruthlessness as being a negative trait, but a certain degree of it is necessary to survive and thrive in the world.  Tiger energy can help us do what needs to be done.

Although it is a formidable creature, the tiger is also a devoted mother and can be a guardian or protective figure.  It’s also a symbol of wealth in some cultures.

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What I did on My Summer Vacation – Spanish Art Feast

The collection of Velazquez paintings was truly to die for, too. My favorite was Los Borrachos (The Drunks) – what a study in character!

Posing at the Prado, Madrid
Posing at the Prado, Madrid

Ooh – just was looking through my pictures from last June looking for something else and came across this.  It’s me next to a bronze statue of a painter by I forget what artist outside the Museo del Prado in Madrid.

I turned forty last February and sometime around my birthday I got a phone call.  It was my dad.  “How’d you like to go to Spain?” he asked.

Would I ever.  So last June we packed our bags and headed to Madrid.  I lost no time dragging him to the Prado, where by pure good fortune they had an incredible exhibit of paintings by Joachin Sorollo –  a contemporary of Sargent and an amazing painter!  The collection of Velazquez paintings was truly to die for, too.  My favorite was Los Borrachos (The Drunks) – what a study in character!

Los Borrachos, Diego Velazquez, 1629
Los Borrachos, Diego Velazquez, 1629

We also spent a day in Toledo and saw Gaudi’s fabulous Sagrada Familia cathedral and the Picasso Museum in Barcelona.

I didn’t have much time to paint, but it didn’t matter – it was a feast for the eyes!

(The food was great, too!)