Michael Killelea
Michael Killelea was born in Brooklyn, NY and currently resides east of there on Long Island where he devides his time between painting and teaching watercolor classes. He is a US Navy veteran and an avid outdoorsman. His work reflects a keen interest in all of the natural world, but particularly the waterfront and those caught in its spell. Having spent most of his life on or near the water, boatyards, ships, eddies and the people who fill them offer him an endless supply of potential subjects. Killelea's approach to the medium is one that revels in the changing light and moods of the outdoors that is, in his view, best captured in the spontaneity of watercolors.

Killelea's work and biography have been included along with other selected members of the American Society of Marine Artists, in the Smithsonian Institution's Library for the American Art Museum/National Portrait Gallery and have become the basis for a permanent file on him there. His watercolors have additionally been featured at the BJ Spoke Gallery in Huntington, NY, the Marineart Gallery in Manhattan, and in numerous local exhibits elsewhere on Long Island. They are currently on display at the Castello de Borghese vineyard in Cutchogue, NY, and 57 of them were featured in a major solo exhibition at the New York Mercantile Exchange in NYC. A collection of his Huntington (NY) Harbor paintings were selected to comprise the premier show at the Town of Huntington's online art exhibit, sponsored by now Long Island Congressman Steve Israel. His paintings have also been exhibited at the Frye Art Museum in Seattle, WA, the Cummer Art Museum in Jacksonville, FL, the Museum in the US Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, and in the Vero Beach Art Museum in Florida. Two of his paintings were part of an exhibit in the Capital Building in Washington, DC and became part of the US Navy Museum collection in Washington.

He isa member of the Board of Directors, the Exhibitions Committee and an Artist Member, as well as Chairman of the Regions Committee of the American Society of Marine Artists. He's a graduate of SUNY Farmingdale and has attended Pratt Institute and the School of Visual Arts. His work is in numerous private collections, has been reproduced on book and magazine covers, posters, prints & greeting cards and is featured in two books he wrote and illustrated about Long Island's rural North Fork.

Making Encaustic Medium
I fell in love with encaustic paintings the first time I saw one hanging. There was just something about the work... The luminosity, the transparency, the brilliance. It was unlike anything that I had ever seen before. I knew I had to try it and once I did, I was hooked.
Introduction to Color Theory
Color is a very broad topic. Entire books have been written on color and it would be quite difficult to cover every aspect of it within the confines of this article. My hopes with this introduction to color theory is to peek your interest and hopefully cause you to study this topic further on your own. Understanding color theory is perhaps one of the most important aspects of becoming a good painter. When you understand the elements of color and how colors interact with one another, you have unlocked one of the biggest puzzles of painting
How to make your own oil paints
How to make your own oil paintsOil paints are made basically by mixing cold-pressed Linsed oil with pigment or color until a smooth buttery paint is produced. When the oil paint is used and applied to a surface the oil oxidizes or absorbs air and then forms a solid film that binds the pigment to the surface of the painting.
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