There’s a New Boss in Town and Texas Hill Country

There’s a new boss in town down here at the gallery/studio/frame shop. My wife has left her position with her old job that she held for nearly 24 years and come to work to further the effort here at the gallery. Let me introduce to you, Kathy Simpson, managing co-owner of Simpson Gallery. This is a good thing actually. I’m …

Moving Right Along

Things are moving right along here in the Mike Simpson art world. I’ve been pretty busy and can’t believe it’s the first of March already. Next thing you know it’ll be the 4th of July. Of course you couldn’t tell by the weather yesterday. Snow. But that’s Colorado for you. I thought it’d be a good day in the studio to …

Lots to Catch Up On

We have lots to catch up on. I last left you good folks with a rather large, 72×84 empty canvas on the easel. Since then I’ve been working on it. As I mentioned before, this is the largest easel painting I’ve done and it has been a blast so far. I really like working large. Here you can see me …

Making Do with Studio Work

I’ve been making do with studio work lately. I’d really like to get out and paint but the weather has been a bit uncooperative…too cold, too much snow, too rainy…you know. Any old excuse to stay inside. Fortunately I’ve got a lot of studio work to keep me busy. There is always admin stuff to do; photographing paintings, entering them …

Looking Forward to and Welcoming 2017

I trust that Santa found your house and you didn’t get any coal in your stocking. Now that Christmas is over, I’m all for moving right along into Spring. I don’t know about you but I’m looking forward to 2017 and am welcoming it with open arms. Ever since I had my little flurry of TIA’s 3 years ago, I’ve …

It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas around here. This is the view from my gallery/studio. We really needed the moisture and it made everything absolutely beautiful. When it cleared off it got pretty cold. A brisk 1 degree this morning. Off to the studio I go. We’re in the final countdown to Christmas. It’s been very busy since …

The Best Part of Being Gone Is…

You know, I get out and about a fair amount and I really like going but I have found that the best part about being gone is the coming home again. There’s nothing like the comfort and familiarity of home. There’s a fellow artist, from Kansas City I believe, who with his wife sold their house, bought an Airstream trailer and …

Zion Plein Air Invitational

I write this to you from the Zion Plein Air Invitational, yes, in Zion National Park. I was chosen from a nation wide application process to be one of 24 select professional artists to participate in a week long plein air painting event culminating with a wet painting sale Saturday and Sunday. Friday evening is a special invitation for a …

Getting a Little Ink in Valley Living

Well…I’m getting a little ink here in Valley Living magazine, a regional rag for the Uncompahgre Valley, here on the Western Slope of Colorado, my home town. How cool is that? We artists are always glad to be getting a little publicity when ever we can. For those of you who don’t know much about me, this is a pretty good account. …

My How Time Flies When You Are Having Fun

My how time flies when you’re having fun. Right? I remember when I was a kid that time seemed to stand still. It took for ever for my birthday or Christmas to roll around, not to mention summer vacation from school, the 4th of July, Halloween or any other holiday of note. Now a days? The same landmarks on the calendar …