It was just a hobby! How did THIS happen?

Find the parts

I am an artist, a writer, a photographer and a gardener.
All of these elements are such a part of my life that it is only natural that they come through in my work. My love of nature and animals combined with my nostalgia for the fine craftsmanship of days gone by are my foundation. I provide cherished memories in my commissioned pet portraits and I strive to honor the fine craft of master designers and carvers in my paintings of vintage automobiles and carousel animals.

10th Annual Open Your Eyes Studio Tour

August 24 & 25, 11 – 4
29 artists in Winsted and New Hartford will open their doors to the public for a rare look into the life of a working artist. It’s a great day trip to gather up some friends, enjoy beautiful Litchfield County and see some great art! I’m number 15 on the map. For more info, go to NWCT Arts Council.

Monday, Monday…..

Piecing it all together.

Mondays aren’t so bad. Especially when it’s a rainy day. The great beyond is not beckoning me to get outside and dig around in my garden beds. It’s the day I commit to office work, filtering through and editing photos, SO many photos, updating everything Air Borne on the webernet, cookin’ the books, promotion, whatever needs my attention. It’s a lot to handle but it must be done. It’s hard to keep the butterflies from clogging up my brain because it really does get all over the place after a few hours. When the overwhelm creeps in, I remind myself that it’s OK to take my time. I’m not a wiz at technowledgy so things like WordPress, searching for a picture I KNOW I saved somewhere in a file, vamping up my website as I begin to build a second one, yes, a second site, stuff like that has a bit of a learning curve. It’s ok. So for all of you out there that might feel a little bogged down with your Monday, it’s OK! Love yourself and cut your beautiful self some slack. I’m with you.

Behind the painting

How it all begins

Before the painting, there is an idea. “Wolf” was my first wildlife painting and became the springboard for a new series. I have not yet come up with a name but since “Wolf” is so straight forward, the paintings themselves will likely be very straightforward. Here is how “Whitetail Buck” begins. It all started with a hauntingly beautiful scene caught on one of my trail cams. From there, I start brainstorming on the landscape and reference. I already have the vision in my mind but it’s all in the details. It makes me silly happy to think about getting started!! Canvas is prepped and I already have a really cool frame to match it with.

Going wild for wildlife!

Whitetail Deer by Kiki Michalek. In the works.

As I carry on with my carousel paintings, it is also time to put my wildlife paintings back up on the easel. Both of these series are infinite in creation, with dozens of designs for paintings planned and numerous pieces already in the works. This painting of two Whitetail deer will be my subject for a March 17th painting Demo. It’s been waiting patiently in the sidelines for a few months. Time to breath some life back into it.

A girl and her canvas

What to do?………..

Having a studio with lots of light and lots of space is a beautiful thing. But as my canvas sizes have increased in size, I sometimes question my judgement. “How soon until I run out of wall space?”, I ask myself. Then all reason kicks in as I look at my very large and empty ceiling. I could fit another 20 canvases up there at least! Cool. “Carry on” says I.

On a Horses Wings, I will fly

A step by step look into the creation of "A Horses Wings"
Journey through a painting. “A Horses Wings” is my latest carousel painting which represents the magic of Therapeutic Ridings and the freedom that horses give to a rider.