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January 23, 2012  

A Unique Color Palette Enhances Archival Imagery For Laclede Gas

Michael Anderson has completed two new works commissioned by The Laclede Gas Company for the new Yaeger Conference Center at its corporate headquarters at 720 Olive, St. Louis, MO. The dedication of the state-of-the-art meetings facility, named in recognition of retiring C.E.O. Doug Yaeger, was held on Friday, January 20, 2012. The paintings are based on black & white photos from the company's archive.  

"Laclede gave me carte blanche to use unique colors and textures that are typical of my work. The color palette for both paintings includes burnt sienna, light blue violet, green gold, light magenta, cadmium red light and unbleached titanium. Large areas of paint application were done with a palette knife and details were added with inexpensive foam brushes. My goal was to create unusual color harmonies that will be intriguing and pleasing to viewers' eyes for many years to come."  -ma 

Signs of the Times, right, acrylic, 6' h x 4' w,  
Michael Anderson, 2012.  

The Cooking Demonstration, far right, acrylic,   
6' h x 4' w, Michael Anderson, 2012.

July 17, 2011 

Best of Show Award 
Gateway To Art 2011 
Gateway East Artists' Guild 
Belleville, IL  

Pines, Grey Summit, an oil painting by Michael Anderson was awarded Best of Show at the Gateway To Art 2011 annual exhibition at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville, IL. Over 115 works of art are in the exhibit that includes paintings, drawings, photography ceramics and sculpture. The show will be on display through August 20. Jeffrey Vaughn, artist and Alton, IL resident served as the exhibit judge. 

Gateway East Artists' Guild is a non-profit organization of 100 artists and enthusiasts whose mission is to foster awareness and appreciation of the visual arts in the St. Louis Metro-east community. 

Photo: Darlene Caviness
Pines, Grey Summit, Michael Anderson, oil on stretched canvas, 2011. Collection of the artist.
February 23, 2011 

"Sunrise" iPad painting subject of Gateway East Artists' Guild column "My...How (Art} Things Change" 

In his essay on how technology has changed the world of art, Bill Little describes "Sunrise" as an image composed of "solid masses of well chosen colors of different hues and intensities, with quick, random 'brush' strokes used to indicate branches, clouds and irregularities of the land and sky."  

The drawing is a view of an ice covered pond as seen from my window at sunrise on a recent January morning. It was quckly sketched on an iPad tablet using the Brushes app and was published on my facebook page. 

Read Bill's complete column by following the links to March 2011 Mixed Media Messages.. 

See more of my iPhone Brushes paintings on my Sketchbooks page 

See more of my iPhone/iPad Brushes paintings on Flickr

Sunrise, January 14, 2011; Brushes, iPad
September 26, 2010 
Quick Paint Award Winner 
St. Charles Plein Air Competition 2010 

Frenchtown, an acrylic painting on canvas by Michael Anderson, won one of two Quick Paint prizes awarded today in the Saint Charles Plein Air Competition 2010. Artists were required to complete a painting in 3 hours in the historic Frenchtown District in the city of St. Charles, MO  The term plein air is French for “in the open air”. Approximately 40 artists are registered for this years competition which  concludes  with an exhibition of paintings completed during the event on October 1 at The Foundry Art Centre. The competition is sponsored by St. Charles Riverfront Arts, a non-profit visual and performing arts organization.

Frenchtown, acrylic on stretched canvas, 16" h x 20" w. Collection of the artist.

September 17, 2010 
Aether Released Today! 

Peppermill Music today released Aether, the newest track in its 2999 global digital music compilation. Narrative concepts regarding life in the distant future were provided by Peppermill to inspire musicians and artists to create the work for the project. Each week for the next year the collaborations by musicians and illustrators will be featured on the netlabel's website for free download.  Aether was composed by U.K. musician I.D. and illustrated by Michael Anderson.  Play the track, read the concept and dance like it's 2999!  

Right: Aether 
Illustration: Michael Anderson 


February 10, 2010 
Mt. Pleasant Winery introduces new label art 

Mt. Pleasant Winery, Augusta, MO, will feature a watercolor painting by Michael Anderson on bottle labels and box packaging for its products in 2010. The painting depicts a view of the winery in early spring and was a "Paint The Label" award winner during the annual Augusta Plein Air event in 2008..  

Chuck Dressel, winery President, said the labels will appear on their products in their stores in April. Mount Pleasant Winery was established in 1859 and maintains more than 85 acres of vines growing Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay grapes. The vintner operates wineries in Augusta and Branson, MO. 

Visit Mt. Pleasant Winery on the web 

Saturday At Mt. Pleasant Winery,  
Michael Anderson, 2008,  
18" h x 24" w, Watercolor on Saunders 120lb rough. 
Collection of Mount Pleasant Winery, Branson, MO
October 1, 2009 
Highland Arts Council poster featuring Michael Anderson painting pictured Art Calendar magazine 

View pdf version of  Art Calendar article

June 22, 2009  
Shrine Director's Award,  
Avenue of Art 2009  

Bell Fountain, a watercolor by Michael Anderson, received the Shrine Director's award at the 2009 Avenue of Art annual art exhibition sponsored by the Gateway East Artists' Guild . The exhibit of 163 original works of art includes drawings, paintings, sculpture and photography on view daily at the Visitors Center at the National Shrine Of Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville, IL  through August 22.  

Shrine Bells,   
14" h x 20" w.    
watercolor on Arches 140lb cold pressed, 2009 
Collection of the artist.
April 18, 2009   
Art On The Square Poster Art Unveiled  

A watercolor painting by Michael Anderson, chosen for Art On The Square's 2009 poster, was unveiled Friday. The work is a depiction of a bird's eye view of  the fair done in spring colors and with a patriotic theme. The American flags on the Public Square are featured in the scene.  

Art On The Square has been designated as #1 small town art festival by art fair  industry publications in previous years and is featured this year in Midwest Traveler magazine.  

Visit Michael's booth at AOTS, May 15 -17, 2009  

April 11 , 2009  

Artwork At The Abbey  
Exhibition & Plein Air Demo  

Michael Anderson, Shawn and Dave Cornell and Susan Rogers will be demonstrating their open air painting techniques on Saturday, April 18th.  

An exhibition of their artwork is on display and for sale during the month of April at the Abbey. The artists paint together each week at various locations such as Forest Park and Shaw Nature Reserve to capture special moments in nature and time. For more information visit 

The exhibit includes artist's notes that tell the story of each of the paintings creation and will be on display until April 30th.  

Shawn Cornell and Michael Anderson will be participating in Belleville's "Art on the Square" in May. Meet all the artists Saturday, April 18,  from 9-11am and watch as they create their original versions of the great outdoors.  

The Abbey Espresso Bar & Cafe, 6500 West Main Street, Belleville, IL., Coffee, Gifts  
Monday - Friday 9-6 and Saturday 9-3, closed Sunday


Quality Time, 14" h x 22" w.  watercolor on Arches 140lb cold pressed

February 10 , 2008  

2009 Art In The Park Cover Artist   

Right: Michael and his painting are featured on the 2009 Art In The Park poster and other printed materials promoting the festival sponsored by the Highland Arts Council. The painting depicting the view as seen from Michael's booth was completed en plein air during the 2008 festival.  



Art In The Park 2008, watercolor on Arches 140lb cold pressed

November 23, 2008  
Two Michael Anderson paintings included in juried Horizons exhibit at St. Louis Artists' Guild. Recipient: Eda L. Cushing Memorial Prize For Watercolor   

Right: Michael receives the Eda L. Cushing Memorial Prize For Watercolor from Horizons exhibition juror Edward Boccia, November 23, 2008 at the St. Louis Artists' Guild.  


Photo: Boris Khechoyan
Bluff Road, Columbia, IL, watercolor
Michael Anderson Studio 
P.O. Box 11772 
Clayton, MO 63105 
Phone/Fax: 618 538 5622
Page updated: 01.23.2012
The art of Michael Anderson is now showing at 
Gateway Gallery 
7921 Forsyth Blvd. 
Clayton, MO  63105