Thursday, February 28

Two of my favorite pieces in the shop

Look Sharp, 24x24 gallery wrap.

Expectations, 24x24 gallery wrap.

Wednesday, February 27

Painting this right now...

You know, just dicking around on the blogs. This one is full of great inspiration. When I see some colors that look hot together.

Tuesday, February 26

Studio Siren Call

My studio is calling out to me. But I must look away because I pulled a damn muscle yesterday. I think it was all the moving of heavy things and cleaning of storage closets that did me in. On Sunday I gave my little studio space a total overhaul. I was there for ten hours and every single square inch is organized, clean and pretty now. Wanna see?

I really wanted my sofa/coffee table to be a part of my "painting station" as I call it. Actually I call it my joojoo, cuz this area has the best energy, and I wanted it to have even better flow. I like to paint several pieces at once, in various stages of progression, so I need:

1. Easel in great light to hold large pieces.
2. Central paint mixing station that doesn't feel cramped.
3. Bench for laying pieces on, or propping up pieces on the floor so that light hits them squarely.
4. Plenty of wall space for leaning pieces on to dry in between layers.

I have a real problem when people visit my studio because I don't have an easy way to store large paintings and make them easy for people to look at. I am working on that. For the moment I have different sized pieces in different places, so they don't all hulk together. This sofa just slides away form the wall and you can look through the larger pieces easily.

I bought the sofa thinking of having an area for clients and designers to come and hang out and view paintings. Instead, its a place I hang out and sometimes sleep. So I integrated it into my favorite area, and I like it so much better.

Here I make prints in bulk, but its only the digital processing area. I write blog posts, and check email and print shipping labels. Prints are stored here, and medium sized paintings too. I had to hang Bailey, which I think is about to sell, because its my favorite one!

Now that I am processing and packing up the paintings myself, its important to me that everything be very neat! I use my kitchen to store all the supplies I need, like drills, and electric stapler and blah blah. Now all of the print cropping, signing, rolling and form-filling-out happens on the work table. The small prints are stored over there too, so its all done together. I pack up paintings here too, and because of my easily tired out neck/back muscles, I need a high work surface.

Today I am in bed though. Such a freaking bummer! I woke up at 10 am and everything, its a total lazy bones-high-on-Advil-laptop-in-bed-with-the-puppies-day.

P.S. People who follow me on instagram got to see these photos yesterday, so why aren't you stalking me like you know you want to?

Monday, February 25


Did you watch them? I didn't. I was here, at my studio working until 9pm last night.

I have opinions though. Like....

Um, I think your boobs are supposed to be inside your top. Also who are you? And why are you on the red carpet? Dude, fix your top!

Beauty queen meets corporate logo. Like maybe a coozie company's water park family outing day. She is the queen of that day.

Why you hiding your killer bod like that? Your right boob is running away btw. Oh, and your forehead died from lack of oxygen. Your eyes are in danger of suffocation too. Also, you are kinda supposed to wear formal shoes with a formal dress, not...what is that? Tweed? Fail.

Not surprised. She is such a beautiful woman too, but she is determined to look like dip dyed kleenex art project.


LOVE the color! Is this Velvet? She looks amazing. Wish the earrings were bolder and the straps slightly less flared, but the fit and color are perfect. I also wish her jewelry were more....Kate Blanchet. You know? Bolder, graphic, something to offset the slightly 80's cut of this gown.

 Color! Love. Don't love the hair. Like the cuff. Wish she had her hair up though, it would be so much less barbie.

Pretty dress, what happend to the hair here Jennifer? Hm? Did you find that at the mall?

Win: Best dressed couple. So classic and tasteful. I love her sleeves and the blue black mix on his suit, so chic. Plus he left his earrings at home, whew. How come all the famous people wore boring dresses? So sad. Was it funny at least?

Friday, February 22


Edward Gorey, I love you. You loved ballet, fur coats, tennis shoes, and cats. Happy 88th un-birthday.

Wednesday, February 20

Heeeeey Sexy Lady

1. I am painting with this color story today. I never, ever get tired of blues and greens.

2. I am a nerd. Today at the gym I was doing pull ups. And you know, I have to really get my head in the right place, b/c I am just hanging there, and I gotta get up over that bar...So this popped into my head:  "Ok, Michelle, just pretend you have to make a pratonus, and you have to concentrate really hard."

3. Speaking of blue. This is one of the best rooms I have seen in a long time, I keep staring at it. I may paint it.

4. I want to eat here when I hit up NYC in May.

5. Have you ever worn a red bathing suit? For some reason I can't picture myself in it, but I love red. I like this one b/c the bottoms look comfy, but still cute, and the top doesn't have underwire, ewe.

Monday, February 18

Look less like a Schlubb: Vince silk Henley Blouse

I don't buy clothes a lot, at least not actual wear-to-nice-events clothes. Aaaand by nice events I mean not the farmers market. Remember my "less schlubby" resolution?

I should preface this crazy obsessive post by telling you that my mother is a very talented seamstress. She can make a couture suit ya'll, that is perfect in every seam and fit. She taught me all about drape, and how shoulder seams are supposed to fit, and look, and how hems are meant to look, and fabric quality, composition and weight. Naturally this means I am crazy picky about clothes. So that said, I think this shirt may be worth the price tag, and will certainly be worth it if you can snatch it up when it goes on sale.

Vince Zip-Placket silk Henley Blouse, $285

1. The weight of the silk is very nice. Not a four ply, but it has a solid three ply weight. I usually pass silk tunic-y things right up because of the silk quality. It has to have weight! It also must have a little bit of stretch in it. A blouse that looks perfectly cut on you when you are standing still will probably pull and distort the shoulder seams after a day of wear, not to mention how uncomfortable it is to wear something that is constricting in the shoulders, especially if you live in a driving city! hello Atlanta

2. Neckline! This is so important because if it is a button situation then they pull because they never seem to consider the boobs in the design of the top do they! A straight slit with a rounded neck visually cuts off your neck, so unless you are very slender up there, it makes you look stumped. This neckline is perfect because of the zipper! The metal gives just enough weight to the opening to drape artfully, and it is totally customizable! You can wear it high at work, lower with no bra (a la french), or unzipped all the way with a pretty lace camisole under for dates. I wish the styling on this photo where chicer, and let you see the open neckline.

3. Cuffs. This number has snap cuffs, in a modern, industrial style. I wish that there was an "in between" button, like on men's shirts so that you can open the cuff buttons, but still have a tighter sleeve for the roll up option. This one has a very wide opening when unbuttoned, but it rolls up nicely, with a neat, tight roll due to the stretch in the silk.

4. Hemline. It comes down far enough to cover the bottom, but not so far as to cover where the bottom meets the legs. There are tons of tops made longer lately to accomodate the leggings as pants fiasco, but a classy tunic like this is not for wearing with leggings, but rather actual pants, or skirts. (this is a regular size medium, not dealing with a petite, or extra tall person here.) In the front it is long enough to cover even very low jeans, but it doesn't cover up the crotch, key in a tunic fit because you want to still look like a lady. (if you want a long tunic, it should be very light and sheer, to wear over jeans or pants, again, we are pretending the leggings as pants thing is not happening.) Notice the sides come up high, its a sportier look, and you will look leaner from the side because you are "slicing" your thigh.

5. Color. I really love this navy option because it isn't too blue, and looks very nice with black. Be careful you don't wear a necklace that snags the silk. The white is ethereal and would look stunning with delicate jewelry, like this.

It also comes in white, which is just so chic! I love a white silk top in a thicker silk, makes it slightly less sheer. Although this one is probably somewhat sheer, I wish I had skinny legs, I would wear it with leather pants!

6. For this price I would like to see french seams, but it has serged seams. You know when you look inside your blouse, and you see that the edges of the fabric are sewed with loopy thread to keep it from unraveling? Well thats a serged seam, its the cheapest. They did press it open, so it looks nice and straight when you wear it, but a french seam (when you sew the edges of the fabric together twice, so all you see inside looks like a ribbon of fabric, with no loopy thread) would have given it even more drape in the sides, and its just a nice touch.

I know, this is a crazy amount of detail right? But I can't help myself. What are your criteria for the perfect item? I bet you guys have ball'n tips.

Thursday, February 14

Cute nursery

A lovely woman sent me her mood board for her new nursery in her Coconut Grove, Fla home. Isn't it so pretty! I am currently planning a Miami getaway with O for my birthday in May, so it fits my mood just right.

She is getting the Pamela print.

Tuesday, February 12


Thats all I am doing right now.

This blog is a place to have a conversation. Instagram is a place to just give a quick nod. I have time for only a quick nod just now. Just say'n.

Tuesday, February 5

Monday, February 4

Shameless promotion and bitching

Well, I did nothing this whole weekend. It was infuriating! I have a stupid cold, and my stupid throat hurts. Hmph!!

O, however did some research on our little quick trip coming up next weekend to Ponte Vedra, and St. Augustine Florida. I went to St. Augustine when I was a kid, looking forward to exploring the fort, and wandering around without getting heat stroke. If you are going to be around that area next weekend, stop by Stellars Gallery for a little Abstract Expressionist Extravaganza.

dude, check it:

Marriage by Christina Foard. 48x60. Mixed Media on Canvas.

Cheese Sauce Reflex by Shawn Meharg (now thats my kind of title). 22x17. Mixed Media on Panel.

Untitled by Denise Choppin. 18x18. Acrylic on Panel.

I will be showing some stuff ain't no one seen yet. Ya'll, its super special:

Elemenopee by Michelle Armas. 48x60. Acrylic on Canvas.

Friday, February 1

Lets be Friends

Thank you friends, for making this blog fun to write. Thank you for your thoughtful comments, and your sweet emails. Thanks for buying my art! and laughing at my jokes! I raise my glass to you.

Come and get it!

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