Love it, Michael! So strong!

Thanks Thalia and Gudrun.

Another beauty Michael great stuff

Beautiful painting, laereal view like, gorgeous colours, Michael.

Thanks Dennis and Cesare.

Love this, Michael. Great shapes and brush marks.

Lot of drama in this Michael. It’s as if you are letting of steam. Very expressive. Love the foreground patches of orange.

Thanks Carole. You’re right about the steam. With palette knife and the impasso you really do feel free - like a plasterer at work in a newly built house. The free style suites my personality and I enjoy it. I’m quick but I’m rough, is another aspect of my personality. Not to forget my total lack of planning - I just slap it on, the shapes appear and only then I see what it will be. I’m a total anarchist. Fate will have its way.

Love th selection of colour, a dynamic painting Michael, love it.

I like these strong colours and marks.

I agree Michael, there is a certain freedom to using a palette knife and it gives the opportunity to go for it! This could be the moors, or the braes and glens with it’s ruggedness and colours.

Thanks Fiona. The comments here help me to overcome my feelings about this rough style. I always attempt to get some careful shape usually. It’s an inherent thing and as long as people like my roughness I’ll keep doing them with wild abandonment.

Hang on Studio Wall

Oil on canvas, 10 inches square. Done with palette knife.

About the Artist
Michael Mcmanus

I was born in 1946. In the 1960s and part of the 70s I was an airman in the Royal Navy, Fleet Air Arm. I joined Durham Constabulary in 1971. In 1999 I retired from policing and began teaching sociology and criminology at Durham University with emphasis on policing and researching crime. I am drawn…

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