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Mike Boyle
Nashville, Tennessee
MFA, Brooklyn College; Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, Maine; BS in Art & BAE, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
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In August, 2018, watercolor on paper, 7 1/4" x 10", (c) Michael L. Boyle Marathon Station, 2019, watercolor on paper, 7 11/16" x 10 4/16", (c) Michael L. Boyle Morning on Fair Street, 2019, watercolor on paper, 7 1/2" x 10", (c) Michael L. Boyle For Sale, 2019, Prismacolor colored... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2019 at Michael L. Boyle's art blog
Robert, I'm glad you like the interview. I also thought he and I would meet face to face again to discuss each other's paintings. His work is amazingly good. I enjoyed viewing your work also. Keep it up. It's very good. Mike
Toggle Commented May 19, 2015 on Ron Weaver at Michael L. Boyle's art blog
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I want to pass on the sad news that Ron Weaver passed away on December 5th following a courageous battle with cancer. For those of us who studied with him at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, he will be remembered as a great teacher - one who inspired his students to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2013 at Michael L. Boyle's art blog
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#16 - Tennessee in November - Pink Clouds (The Heavens and Earth), 2013, acrylic on canvas, 14" x 11", (c) Mike Boyle Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2013 at Michael L. Boyle's art blog
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#15 - Tennessee, Early November, 2013, acrylic on canvas, 10" x 10", (c) Mike Boyle Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2013 at Michael L. Boyle's art blog
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#14 - October Light, Tennessee, 2013, acrylic on canvas, 20" x 16", (c) Mike Boyle Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2013 at Michael L. Boyle's art blog
It's a great painting too, by the way! Hope your trip was a good one. Mike
I really like this photo of you with your painting in the Maine studio. Thanks for posting it! Mike
Such a wonderful painting. Very nice! I love the lithograph also. Thanks for posting! Mike
Mike Boyle is now following Daniel Finaldi
Aug 20, 2013
Thanks so much, Dan. Your portrait/figures in an environment paintings are amazing. Very wonderful work. I love watching your work develop over the years!
Toggle Commented Aug 20, 2013 on #12 - Sky in June at Michael L. Boyle's art blog
Thanks, Ron. I'd say that my clouds/sky series are composites based on specific moments and place. I took perhaps 75 photos of this specific sunset, though I didn't attempt to copy a photograph when I made my painting. The sky changed rapidly due to strong breezes. When I made my painting, I referred to all of the photos, but thought more about making a painting - composition, color, shape, value. My process is perhaps based more on memory of an event, though I believe my more successful paintings are approached as abstractions. That is, I ask myself how do shapes come together? How do I play one color off of another. What painting approach feels more "real" or believable to me when the elements add up. I work a lot from observation as well, and enjoy simply watching the sky and memorizing simple things and types of light. My NY cityscapes with big skies were all painted within a 2 hour span off time from life, so I found that I had to commit to something at some point and attempt to make it work in total. That my current paintings must look like the visual event actually occurred seems important to me. Light must be specific for the painting to appear right to me. I'm enjoying making this series and hope to exhibit them together eventually to see how it looks. Hope you are doing well! Mike
Toggle Commented Aug 3, 2013 on #13 - July at Michael L. Boyle's art blog
Yes, I think that because the Civil War was fought here, the period architecture has a certain meaning for me. Most of my sky paintings have been based on views from my land, which is also less than a mile from another Civil War battlefield. So that period is always in the back of my mind. I recently learned who owned our land in 1800 - a family friend of Andrew Jackson, who I'm told came around here often. My land-owner built a racetrack near here. So much history. I agree that fine painting, from life or otherwise has nothing to do with photography. Color and painting issues have to do with "touch" and paint application to create certain spaces of interest. So many decisions must be settled in the process. For me, it's all about painting. Otherwise I'd turn to photography if that wasn't the case. Once I was painting from life in a park in Brooklyn and some guy asked me why I didn't just take a photo. He didn't understand the difference. Thanks! Mike
Toggle Commented Jul 31, 2013 on Porch at Michael L. Boyle's art blog
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#13 - July, 2013, acrylic on canvas, 20" x 16", (c) Mike Boyle Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2013 at Michael L. Boyle's art blog
I can see the Dickinson connection in this drawing. He did some wonderful drawings of old houses, and I recall that he had a strong interest in the Civil War. This house was built the year after the Civil War ended in Franklin, TN, which is actually the site of a Civil War battle. That was on my mind when I started this drawing two years ago. I discovered it in an older sketchbook of mine and saw that it needed some work, so I went at it again. I agree with your analysis about shape and value. I rely heavily on shape to get through spaces in my work. It's something that I look for in everyone's work. Your own work has marvelous shape relationships that I very much enjoy. Thanks and best wishes, Mike
Toggle Commented Jul 27, 2013 on Porch at Michael L. Boyle's art blog
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Porch, 2011-13, pencil on paper, 8" x 6 7/8", (c) Mike Boyle Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2013 at Michael L. Boyle's art blog
I agree entirely, Kathy. Thanks - Mike
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(c) Ron Weaver (c) Ron Weaver (c) Ron Weaver MB - At what point in your life did you decide that you would become a painter? What sparked your interest? Ron Weaver - That decision did not happen all at once. My first indication that I had a strong interest... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2013 at Michael L. Boyle's art blog
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#12 - Sky in June, 2013, acrylic on canvas, 20" x 16", (c) Mike Boyle Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2013 at Michael L. Boyle's art blog
Thanks for posting this link on Cezanne quotes, Ron. They're very good guidance! I'm also thankful for my time with the Met and other museums in NY. When I worked at the Met, I was there five days per week. Otherwise once a week. I considered it a major portion of my education as a painter.
I'm glad that the space comes across in this little drawing. I've seen some wonderful Dutch 17th century landscape drawings that cover a lot of territory on a small piece of paper. Some were panoramas drawn with simple, sweeping notations. Very beautiful!
Toggle Commented May 18, 2013 on Spring Sunset at Michael L. Boyle's art blog
Thanks, Ron. Once school is complete for the summer I hope to clear my head and concentrate on painting. We're in our final week! I also hope that you've been able to paint. I've been enjoying your blog entries very much!
Toggle Commented May 18, 2013 on Construction Complete at Michael L. Boyle's art blog
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A recent photo from several days ago. We've planted four red maples, an oak, and a magnolia tree in the yard, as well as rose bushes, raspberry and blueberry plants, and a vegetable garden. I very much look forward to painting this summer. Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2013 at Michael L. Boyle's art blog