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Below The Dam, Pilgrim RanchTitle: Below The Dam, Pilgrim Ranch

Medium:Watercolor

Size:8" x 10"

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Overhang IITitle: Overhang II

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OverhangTitle: Overhang

Medium:Pastel

Size:8" x 8"

Price:$400.00

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ThistlesTitle: Thistles

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Spring PeepersTitle: Spring Peepers

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A Tangled GlowTitle: A Tangled Glow

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Path To The RiverTitle: Path To The River

Medium:Pastel

Size:16" x 12"

Price:$350.00

Mike Flora

7851 NW Roanridge Rd
Kansas City, MO 64151

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“Life achieves its summit when it does to the uttermost that which it was equipped to do” Jack London, "White Fang" As a Painter, you might say that I was equipped for working outdoors. Unfortunately, in this environment too many hours are spent inside looking out. This is why I so truly cherish working in the field or “en plein air” when I paint. Without the normal distractions present in home or studio one’s senses are heightened enabling you to soak in the surrounding landscape and atmosphere with a greater conviction. My current mediums are soft pastel and gouache watercolor. I prefer pastels for my plein air work because of the immediacy and purity of color. My palette has been developed to follow the 1921 Color Star developed by Johannes Itten and includes a sampling of pastel colors from each of the 12 color groups. Once in the field I can immediately begin applying color without the time spent mixing paints. I first learned to paint with watercolors using it off and on throughout my career. Recently I have begun to explore this medium again as being a viable option for depicting my vision for the landscape which is derived from nature yet strives to test the boundaries of the natural world pushing color into the realms of surreal fauvism. The goal is to arrive at a sweet spot that straddles the fence between a scene executed with more natural, believable color and one that is equally believable but depicted with a more fanciful or surreal approach that emphasizes intriguing color juxtapositions. mflorapaints58@gmail.com 1982 _ BFA Painting - University of Kansas 1982_ 2011 _ Artist – HMK Cards Current member of MVIC (Missouri Valley Impressionist Society) Recent Awards: - Honorable Mention _ 2015 Parkville In Art Plein Air Event - Third place _ 2015 Plein Air Flint Hills event - Third place _ 2015 Penn Valley Plein Air event - Second place _ 2015 MVIS Members Show - First Place _ 2014 Parkville In Art Plein Air Event - First Place _ 2013 Brush Creek Art Walk - First Place and Honorable Mention _ 2012 Brush Creek Art Walk - First place and Peoples Choice _ 2011 Vernon IN. Paint Out - Second place _ 2011 Fall TC Steel Paint Out Event - First place _ 2011 Spring TC Steel Paint Out - festival of flowers