Wednesday, May 25

Works currently available at Stellers Gallery Ponte Vedra

Stellers gallery always seems to want my brightest pieces, and some dramatic ones as well. They currently have some very special pool style pieces, or waterscapes.

Leap Day 48x48 a drippy, water logged pool painting.

This piece is called I Stole the Keys to the Sky, and it lived in my home for a while. I miss it! 36x48 inches acrylic, and soft pastel on canvas.

Many people have asked me "what happened to your dotty style of painting" the answer is nothing, its right here! I moved away from my dot style because I was seeing it everywhere and it felt strange, so instead I explored other ideas and some very powerful paintings came from that exploration. However, I should never have felt like I couldn't paint in my signature style and stopping was the wrong move on my part. Now I am happily allowing myself to just flow, and these paintings come out of me so naturally and effortlessly. Lets Keep Going is 60x72 inches.

Lets Stay Friends is 48x72 inches, a totally happy and relaxed pool painting or waterscape.

Lie to Me is 36x48 inches

Coba, 48x48 inches

Tuesday, May 24

Sea Contemporary Art Space

Lets make things nice and easy, and lets just look at all of the work that is available for purchase at Sea Contemporary Art Space in Rosemary Beach Florida shall we? I have been working with them for two years now, and they have several pieces that I consider to be some of my best work. With the exception of Ionian, shown in situ in the frame down there, none of these pieces were created for the Topography of a Swim show, those are all pool paintings fyi.

I used to post all of my paintings in my store but I spent today making a sleek new page for my Galleries and stores. Check it out!

From now on when I participate in a show, or send work to a gallery Ill make a post about it here. Nice and neat right? I hope so.

Absente, 30x33 inches oil and soft pastel on raw linen.

Ionian (inspired by Greece) is 36x72 inches, mixed media on canvas. Framed in a stunning white floater frame, wired and ready to go!

Two pieces, Autumn Moon and Blue Moon both 36x36 inches, offered framed in maple and black. Ask the gallery for more images.

Sonata, 23x37 inches, also framed in maple (frame not shown)

Juno 48x48 inches is oil, acrylic, oil pastel and soft pastel on canvas. This piece reminds me of a carnival.

Valley of the Kings 40x40 inches ink, acrylic and soft pastel on canvas.

Love to Love You, I can't remember if this piece is still available, but it has been one of my favorites. Its what I call a "stacking shapes" piece, or in my mind a still life but I love mixing acrylic paint and dusky soft pastel together.

Good Afternoon is a nimble composition on raw linen 30x33 inches.

Don't Panic, this one is also 30x33 inches on raw linen. Ink, acrylic and soft pastel.

Monday, May 23

Topography of a Swim + Rosemary Beach + Karina Bania is my soul sister

So excited to tell you all about my new show "The Topography of a Swim" at @seacontemporary in collaboration with the incomparable @karinabania Opening on May 19th. I'll be there, and so will Karina (can't wait!!) #michellearmas #rosemarybeachfl #poolpaintings
"The imprints that Armas’ acrylic washes leave on the psyche are long-lasting. Utterly atmospheric, this series conveys a sense of ephemerality, as if air or water, has been momentarily captured and held between the frame. In a pursuit of spatial possibilities, swaths and plumes emphasize the literal expanse of the picture plane while suggesting infinite, explorable spaces behind it.

The movement of the artist’s acrylic washes and its spectrum of saturation to transparency are part of the works’ subject matter. These expanses of pigment are visual evidence of the liquid flow of paint – how it drips, pools, stains and runs to the edge. Even the absorptiveness or resistance of the surface, how the acrylic pools are held by the canvas, becomes a component of the picture.  

Armas works from instinct, producing an extraordinary output that is both vital and ever-changing. It is in this new series that the artist’s treatment of color on the two-dimensional picture plane is brought to its most nuanced effect. Palpable but subtle, this definitive new collection places Armas among the most striking of contemporary art’s colorists." 

Isn't that dress so pretty? It's from my favorite lady Elizabeth Suzann, just in case you wanna copy me. I met Karina in person for the first time at the roof top bar of the Pearl Hotel in Rosemary Beach. We had just driven in and I was so eager to meet her in person, and of course I knew her the moment I clapped eyeballs on her. We just started chatting and laughing and we never stopped. Her very sweet, outgoing husband and O hung out together and compared notes on having artist wives. I am glad O has someone to commiserate with!

I know you are going to ask, so let me just tell you that Karina's beautiful earrings are Annie Costello Brown, and her jumpsuit is from here

I was so inspired seeing our paintings together, I knew that it was going to be so beautiful and magnetic to have my pool paintings and Karina's amazing, spare works hanging together but I couldn't have imagined just how arresting it was to fill the gallery with these pieces and then sit back and experience it all. For the last year, or more I have been craving something more with my work, and am making plans to move away from my standard order of business and try something different for me. I was floundering so much and waiting for a sign, waiting for that aha moment when I thought hey why don't I just create what I want? So I contacted Jennifer at Sea Contemporary Art Space and I proposed the idea for this show. Jennifer curated our pieces, and pulled out our best work, as she always does, and then perfectly placed each piece to draw the viewers eye around and around. I almost cried from joy when I waked into the space, and then on top of all of that I got to spend the evening with Karina, a woman I knew deep down in my soul that I would connect with in a meaningful way. We spent the weekend, we two couples, enjoying each other's company and I had that feeling like I was living a moment I would remember; a moment I would talk about in my future and it would fill me with fondness and warmth. The older I get, the more people I meet, the greater demands on my time, I see how rare that feeling truly is and how special it is as well.

The rest of the time in Rosemary with O was just soothing, and calm and peaceful. We had lingering breakfasts and swam in the sun-soaked placid green waters of the gulf. We saw stingrays and beautiful bits of coral and algae and dug our toes in the sand (so cozy). We sat on the shore as the sun went down and talked about our plans for this year and beyond (we have a lot going on, and its very exciting and also scary). My mom and dad took care of our sweet Aliboo while we were away and we missed her so much, but I knew that I wanted to have time to spend with Karina and her husband and we made the right choice. 

My mom sent me this photo of Aliboo eating watermelon "sandia" in the tub and it just stayed with me the whole time, in my heart. Her sweet face. Heart Eyes!

Drinking, and swimming and shopping and looking at art and eating nice seafood and chatting with people and sleeping in. Not too shabby.

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