Final work-in-progress photos

Over 12,000 lines make up those feather-like structures, which are actually the parapodia of bristle worms, or Polychaeta. Find me on Instagram @micahofstedahl to see a time-lapse video of me painting them. The red sphere is a foraminifera. A small, but significant bottom-of-the-food-chain organism. Foraminifera can actually help scientists tell time in rocks through their evolutionary development.

Progress photos of a 24" x 36"

I’m trying something a little different with this piece. For one, the background sky is not my usual gradient of blues and maybe some wispy clouds, but a cloudy, stormy backdrop based on an old photo I took. I think I may continue with this method to add a little more complexity and realism to my skies.

Work in progress of a 2nd piece for DesignerCon

Tons of detail in this one, so many lines I’m seeing them in my mind all day long! The pattern in the landscape is based on the veins in a leaf.

Getting ready for Designercon!

Working on a little 5 x 7” for DesignerCon in Anaheim, CA Nov. 16-18. I will be showing 2 small paintings there in The Hive Gallery’s booth.

Starting a new piece!

Here are a couple shots at the very beginning stages of this new painting (12” x 16”). I just finished up with the commissioned piece so its time to get going on the next one.

Finishing touches

Finishing up the final element of this piece.