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Right, Row Boat, acrylic on stretched canvas, 20" h x 30" w., 2010. 

Far right, French Town, 16" x 20", acrylic on canvas, 2010 

The Catch, acrylic on stretched canvas, 40" h x 30" w., 2010.
Green Boat, acrylic on stretched canvas, 18" h x 24" w., 2010.
Green Chair,   
acrylic on canvas, 
30" h x 24" w., 2010. 
Blue Chair,   
acrylic on canvas, 
30" h x 24" w., 2010. 
Cigar Boxes
These boxes are a twist on a plein air painting tradition that repurposes cigar boxes as a wet panel carrier and a portable pochade box. The paintings are laid down on the exteriors of these boxes which I think creates an interesting decorative object that can be used for storing small items on a desk or shelf. Paintings on paper-wrapped boxes can be easily removed for framing if the collector prefers. Some deluxe boxes have an additional painting on the interior. I recycle cigar boxes that are made of cedar, a substrate used by Renaissance painters like Leonardo Da Vinci. A fellow painter once joked, "the only problem with your boxes is they may only last 900 years." 
 -mike a
Tower Grove Pond,   
Acrylic on canvas laid down on cedar cigar box lid,  
7 1/2" h x 7" w., 2010. 

This plein air painting depicts a grouping of water lilies in Tower Grove Park, St. Louis, MO. 

More cigar box paintings
Bridge, Forest Park, acrylic, 2010 Lake, Forest Park, acrylic, 2010 Fountain, Forest Park, acrylic, 2010
Row Boat study, acrylic, 2010 Roundabout, acrylic, 2010 Water Lilies, acrylic, 2010
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