Working in the film industry has clearly influenced the brilliant lighting and colour choices Samuel Michlap makes in his paintings. He has some great concept art on his blog too, where you can see how his painting is influencing him as a production designer and art director.
On a separate note, it has been an eye opening month for me, being away from PaintBlog. I missed the daily routine of discovering and sharing a new painter every day, but I also discovered that I had many more hours available to work on my own paintings. I have been very disappointed with my output this past year and a half, and have come to the realization that I have to narrow my priorities, which unfortunately means much less PaintBlog, and much more painting. PaintBlog will remain, but my posting will be limited and somewhat sporadic from here on out, which hopefully will mean my work will be less so. Thank you to everyone who has read and supported the blog these past years, and I look forward to sharing more work with you in the future, both from other artists, and my own.