michael barrett @ abouthalf.com

Lilac and Lavendar

Lilac, lavender, dandelions, and maples. Spring growth, colors, sights, and smells

May 12, 2021


Buoyed by spring flowers.

April 4, 2021

Coastal Weather

A portrait study overlaid with images of the Oregon coast

March 4, 2021


Wintertime thinking about springtime dandelions

February 1, 2021


A portrait study interlaced with floral snapshots

January 18, 2021

Street Meat

One and three steaks. While walking the dog I snapped a photo of misplaced groceries. 12"x 18" acrylic and inkjet on canvas

June 21, 2020

Denied Portrait

A tomato-red turtleneck sweater

May 10, 2020

Too early for tomatoes

It’s too early for tomatoes, and too late for turtlenecks. Portrait study from a Uniqlo ad, with a sketch of a tomato and a snapshot of poppies

May 9, 2020

15 new paintings

15 new paintings - 12" by 12" monotypes on canvas mounted to panel. Ink-jet prints layered with paint and pencil.

April 5, 2020

Spring Forward

Spring Forward into a new shirt under the cherry blossoms. Portrait study from a Uniqlo ad. cherry trees in St. Johns.

April 4, 2020

When life gives you lemons make concrete 🍋

Wandering around St Johns taking photos of textures to blend into digital painting. I put some lemons on top for freshness. XOXO

March 29, 2020

Recapitulated with squares

A portrait study from a Uniqlo ad which seems to be remembering it's beginnings

March 1, 2020

Bundle up, it’s raining

A portrait study from a Uniqlo ad with graphic clouds and ancient meteorological symbols

February 24, 2020

Cold front followed by tropical thought balloons.

A portrait study with a tropical snapshot thought balloon

February 23, 2020

Finally some sun in Portland

Dashboard camera, graphic clouds, and a diminished portrait study.

February 1, 2020

Overlapping idealizations

A portrait study from a Uniqlo ad paired with an architectural rendering of the deceased Scottish Rite temple in Tacoma.

January 20, 2020

Sweater weather. Portrait study from a Uniqlo advertisement.

A portrait study from a Uniqlo ad with a pattern built from found photos of autumn leaves

December 14, 2019

Recent work. Three printer paintings. Inkjet on Canvas with Acrylic, mounted on birch panel.

A digital painting, printed on canvas, mounted to panel, and painted. Printer errors are embraced.

December 8, 2019

Late night, walking the dog

Do you ever really look around at night? It's weird.

December 7, 2019

Trains, trees, windswept

November 14, 2019

Eggs over Brighton

November 10, 2019

Boy looking over shoulder

January 4, 2019

Portrait study with eggs

October 28, 2018

Autumn landed with a thunk

October 20, 2018

Waiting for a drink. Waiting at the airport. Waiting waiting waiting.

October 17, 2018

Ghosts in the walls of an old house in Portland.

September 8, 2018

Sunday sunset train to Portland. Wednesday sunrise train to Seattle. Notes and scribbles. Painted sunset over Tacoma. Shadowy figures.

August 21, 2018

Wednesday morning commute. Bright, sunny, warm, and humid.

August 9, 2018

Avocados in space over a no-tell motel.

August 1, 2018

Poppies and polka-dots.

July 15, 2018

Triple process portrait with orange poppies.

July 8, 2018

For today's active man or woman

June 24, 2018