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Coconut Creek, 50th year Anniversary - ArtFest 2017

Featured Artist: Mikel - Dark Roast Paintings

Saturday, September 16, 2017

11 AM - 4 PM


Coconut Creek Community Center

1100 Lyons Road

Coconut Creek, FL 33063



The City of Coconut Creek and The Coconut Creek Multicultural Circle’s 3rd Annual ArtsFest will be hosted indoors and many of Mikel's latest works will be on for sale and exhibition.

Also, Mikel will be painting live demonstrating his Dark Roast Painting techniques.



Some insight into Mikel

The rich sepia tones of Steven Mikel's work glow with an ‘earthy warmth’ and evoke a dynamic flux of shadow and light, interlinked with woven patterns and textures.


His realism paintings demonstrate his attention to detail and skill using watercolor techniques to produce almost a photographic likeness of his varied subjects and unique perspectives, while his mature abstract style has naturally evolved from favorite areas within his realism paintings and are inspired by the often missed details he sees.


Realism Process:

Usually working from a very detailed pencil sketch in his sketch book, Steven sketches his composition lightly on d'Arches 300 lb rough watercolor paper. This initial sketch may be very loose with only a few lines and basic shapes or extremely detailed depending on the painting subject. Working from Lightest to darkest tones, and not using any masking techniques, he begins applying washes of liquid coffee layering and painting around areas that will remain as highlights. Continuing with progressively darker washes he adds deeper shadows and details until the painting is complete.


Abstract Process:

Starting with a basic compositional intent, Mikel applies a manipulated under-painting of dark coffee washes to a stretched canvas. Once dry, he then systematically removes and applies additional layers of coffee using various absorbent materials, brushes, and implements to create the intricate sepia abstractions.


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