Scratching the Surface, Scratching the Itch
Scratching the Surface, Scratching the Itch.
(Selected Paintings by Michael R. Gaudet)

In my everyday meanderings I often spy things that evoke an idea,
suggesting to me that I might be able to find a way to use the fleeting moment to spring-board into a painting adventure. The catalyst to action is the initial impression, the journey is the painting process that may or may not end up as something worthwhile. The is hanging on to my brush as it takes on a life of its own to reveal the consequences of getting into the flow of uninhibited creativity.


Over the years I have found that intuition takes over more and more as the 'rendering' becomes more like hand-writing and less of a struggle. About the only conscious decision I make while painting is to keep in mind that 'less is more' so with this in mind I want to leave space for the mind's eye to fill in a lot of the extraneous detail. It is perfectly capable of doing this. The alternative - a laboriously filled-in, entirely rendered image that shows 'every blade of grass' - becomes by comparison a tedious thing both to execute and to look at. A digital image can handle that technical challenge just beautifully. You might say that the eye gets a little suffocated, even if the intellect is pleased by the heroic effort. So in the end, the heroism is most obvious in the parts of the painting that are never done because the piece has the confidence to leave that luxury of clear space for a more engaging interaction with the viewer.

Sometimes the peripheral imagery that is formed unconsciously (purely process driven) yields some interesting parallel imagery that is independent of the central motif(s). While I am invested in the central motif, it can be fascinating to look objectively at the nuances that form by the process-driven work that occurs when I am not 'paying attention'. This can be totally abstract when viewed out of context and can even suggest strange, lurking images that I did not realize were there until after the painting is finished. Instinctively I suspect that this parallel universe of unconscious painting is often the most exciting part of the piece...as the mind's eye gets refreshed by the unknowable imagery that can bubble up in that instance.

Seeing as how I make a living doing commissioned work, that happily often allows me to also function as Art Director and Designer I am in the fortunate position to large ambitious works that pay very well. This frees me to paint my personal work, (which is shown in this presentation) to please myself only. I don't have any preconception whatsoever that my personal work is designed or conceived to be marketable. The end result is decidedly NOT commercial and as such I believe it is an authentic reflection of my own artistic vision.
Landing Pad
View in the Hills
Looking East
Wistful Thinking
Manitou Mud Buddies
Marianna
The Power of Three
Seven Paintings Created in Succession

The paintings shown up to this point are from the past several years that I think represent some of my more successful pieces out of a much larger body of work. The following are very recent, as in completed within the month of June 2011. ( The date of this writing is June 24th, 2011. ) Lest you might think that I am merely dusting off skeletons from the closet so to speak, I decided to post these seven 'plein air' pieces. I am painting continuously nowadays, whenever I have the free time between commissioned works.

I am not naming these things yet. I want them to be seen simply as visual statements with no words or drawn out explanations attached. Let them speak for themselves.

The seven works featured are painted with acrylics in medium on panel.
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Personal artwork is shown, acrylic paint on canvas. Ranging from portraiture to landscape to conceptual pieces rendered in a realistic, sometimes Read more
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