Michael William

Michael William, a young painter from the Boston area, has selected two of his favorite paintings from 2012:

Rosie Redux oil and pencil on masonite
12" x 12" December 2012

Broadwood Falls oil on masonite
 8" x 8" May 2012
I picked Rosie's portrait because I'm becoming very interested in portraiture at the moment and it is so far my favorite of the few I have finished.  The process behind this one was also one of the most trying yet, and I found myself relishing it's completion more than any other piece.

The waterfall was the first landscape that I felt a real sense of control over - where the palette, brush strokes, and composition all felt very pure and intentional. I was also obsessed with loosening up and resisting going into fine detail (as I still am), and I felt like this one struck the balance between vagueness and refinement that I'd been working toward.
Call me crazy, but Michael William's values make me swoon. He's got this delicious taste for extreme darks and spankingly crisp whites, set off beautifully by expanses of subtly shifting midtones. He leaves most of his edges a little soft, which lends a smokey, evanscent quality to his forms. This slight blur adds a sense of mystery, and the limited color range gives his traditional style a modernist edge. 

His balanced compositions with an emphasis on black, white and gray remind me of the paintings of Vilhelm Hammershøi.  Here are three of my favorites, because I could not leave any of these three out.

Izzy and Sunbeams oil on masonite 
8"x7.5"x1.5" May 2012

Lakehouse Dining Room, Lake Monomanoc, NH oil on masonite 
7.95" x 7.95" x 3/4" August 2012

Black Tea and Milk oil on masonite 
7 and 15/16"x 7 and 15/16" July 2012

You can see more of Michael William's work at his blog, his Daily Paintworks Gallery and his Etsy Shop. 

There are so many good painters who blog that it'll impossible for me to get to them all this month, but here's an idea. If you are an artist who blogs, and would like to be included this month in The Art Room, please email your choice of your ONE favorite painting from 2012, along with a link to your blog. Include the title, size, medium, month and year. All of these submissions will be included in one grand and interesting post towards the end of the month.


  1. I like the "tighter" portrait, the looser paintings, and the way the portrait combines both elements. Especially like the way the soft, fluffy textures are captured on the cat. Nice handling of the paint.

  2. It's a lot of fun following Mike's work from start to finish. He's very transparent and honest in how he documents the journey of a given piece and the end result is always great.


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