Michelle Davis Petelinz
  • Female
  • Raleigh, NC
  • United States

Michelle Davis Petelinz's Friends

  • Carlos Antonio Moore
  • Diane Yarbro Swift
  • George Williams


Reclamation project: Complete!

It took several days of intense work to complete this pedestal.  We were hosting a studio visit 5 days after I began it, and I'm proud to say I finished it the morning visitors were to arrive.  Working on a self-imposed deadline is sometimes invigorating, and this piece came together fairly easily, despite it being a 'do over'.  My design idea was to feature a variety of African textile print motifs, using a limited, Earth toned palette.  Here's the completed pedestal, with my friend Gaff Pearce's beautiful ceramic piece on top. 

And, here are the other three sides:

This was just the project to get me back into the flow of designing and painting...good thing, since I've been invited back to the Columbia Festival of the Arts in Columbia, Maryland in June.  Time to get to work!

Reclamation project

Time to get back into the groove of creating, or in this case, re-creating.  When something doesn't work, it bothers me.  This was the case with the second pedestal I painted for our home.  I don't think I even took a photo of it when I finished it 4 years ago.  Here's the first one, which I love.

So, it was time to get out the gesso!  When I do them, I call these my reclamation projects, and the results are usually MUCH better than the original. 

Some shots of the four sides in progress are below.  Wish me luck!

Wearing multiple hats

Being an artist, art instructor, and art consultant gives me the opportunity to be involved in a variety of projects, and in any given week, you might find me wearing all three of those hats (thankfully, that doesn't happen too often!).

In the past couple of months since my last post, I've been
wearing my exhibiting artist hat, having my work included along with 13 other African American artists in "The Masterpiece Exhibit," in Garner, NC. 
Me, with "Tribal Triptych" at
"The Masterpiece Exhibit"
While wearing my instructor hat: leading a workshop at a disability resource fair, conducting a 3-month art residency at an adult day care center, creating a sensory-friendly art play day for children with disabilities, and teaching my usual collection of classes for the Raleigh Parks and Recreation system. 

Projects and participants at the Total Life Center

Sensory friendly art project: salt painted ocean
I need to get back to wearing my working artist hat...'have some ideas about how to get started with that...stay tuned! 

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