Saturday, June 13, 2015

SiP Magazine Salutes the Blanchards of Sullivan's Island

Many thanks to SiP Magazine,  Delores Schweitzer, and Steve Rosamilia for a great article on the Blanchard family of Sullivan's Island.  I am a proud member.  My mother is Sophie Blanchard (deceased 1992). 

Check them out on FaceBook and

Click any photo to enlarge

Monday, February 16, 2015

Happy Home

It is always nice to see that my paintings have a happy home.  Maggie Woodruff sent me this lovely photo.  Brings joy to my heart.

The painting is titled "Marsh Blush," and has been used on the cover ofMercy Creek, by Matt Matthews, and published by Hub City Press in Spartanburg, SC

Friday, November 14, 2014

The Road Leads Back to You

Hope the road leads you to the ones you love the most this Thanksgiving.

~Michel McNinch

Magnolia Plantation's Avenue of Oaks, oil, 6x12, $195
Click image to enlarge

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Saving Little Bobby Gardner

I cleaned out my art supply closet this weekend.  Made a big mess, but boy was it fun!  One of my sketchbooks was full, old, and falling apart.  I flipped through it casually, and decided to pitch it.  Later, something kept nagging me to check it again.  I found this little sketch of my nephew, Robert Gardner, from ten years ago after a day of swimming.  So glad I found it.  Sketchbook back on the shelf. 

Moral of the story?  NEVER throw out old sketchbooks.  : )

Click Image to Enlarge

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Website Update

Website has been updated to reflect accurately all available paintings.


"The Shirt Off His Back, oil, 36x18"

Just a little something to grab your attention!  : )

Sunday, October 26, 2014

SC State Park Artist Residency - Billy Dreher Island

The S. C. State Park Artist in Residence Program selected me as the Artist in Residence at Billy Dreher Island this year.  Visit their website here.  It was an honor and a privilege.  Beautiful Island and accommodations.  Here are photos to prove it!  Click any image to enlarge the photos.

Villa No. 3 was my home for seven glorious days in October.

The island was teaming with wildlife.

And there was no shortage of beautiful places to paint and enjoy the view.

Some of my artists friends came over and painted with me.
Can you spot the artists amongst the trees?

This was my view and set up.

Here's my painting from our "paint out."

And another Lake Murray Painting

In return for the week at the State Park, the artist is required to give the park a piece of work inspired by the area.  Here's the painting that I gave Dreher Island State Park.

The Park Manager, EJ Jones, named this painting, "George."

Of course, everyone needs a little company, so here are some more of my companions for the week.

Bio Daddy, Me, Cousin Ann

Skip Croft

My Sweetie making spaghetti!

Many thanks to S. C. State Parks and all the staff at Dreher Island State Park for making this artist very happy and productive.  

Michel McNinch

Monday, September 1, 2014

Want Stronger Paintings?

Click Image to Enlarge

To reserve your place:
Deposit of $35 due by November 17th. Mail
check to TAG PO Box 6793, Columbia,
SC 29260 or go to and pay
through PayPal.
Contact person is Glenda Keyes at

Monday, December 2, 2013

Karen Appleton Workshop in Atlanta

Lucky me!  I went to the Karen Appleton workshop in Atlanta a while back and have been behind the easel every since.  She is very inspiring.  Here's some photos of the journey!


First stop - The High Museum in Atlanta to see this wonderful exhibit.

Following Karen Appleton's Blog inspired me to make the trip.
Find it here:

Here is one of her paintings.  Awesome!  Yes, I'm a fan!

Workshop was given at the Kudzu Art Zone in Norcross, GA.  Excellent Facility.

Karen's Set Up

Demonstrations each day.
Karen's Palette
The Set up was nice.  Here's my spot.
 Okay, so here are the paintings that I have painted since her workshop.  Some use her method, but my own methods slowly found their way back to the palette.  Truly enjoyed this experience.  Now to see where else what I have learned can be used in my work.  

"Last One," 10x10, oil

"Cause for Celebration," 12x24, oil

"Especially for You," 12x12, oil

"Just Because," 8x8, oil

"Just What You Always Wanted," 12x15, oil

"Silver Lining," 20x20, oil

"Surcee 1," 4x4, oil
"Surcee 2," 4x6, oil

"Surprise," 8x8 oil

This is how a few were displayed at the "Gratitude" show at Gallery 80808 for the Vista Studios resident artist show during Vista Lights this year in Columbia, SC