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“Blue House – Takoma Park” $250

Acrylic 10x10x1.5″ canvas with a black custom floater frame. Another cool, old Takoma Park House.





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Seven More MBFA Note Card Designs Now Available at TPSS CO-OP!

I’m pleased to announce that our local TPSS CO-OP is now carrying 11 of my artist note cards printed from my original paintings! These 5” x 7” cards are professionally printed on high quality card stock with archival ink. Blank inside. Envelopes included.

Each card is individually signed and wrapped in a clear protective cello bag. Give as a gift or send to someone special. Four of the cards feature Takoma Park inspired paintings.

Michelle Bailey Fine Art Card Collection available at TPSS CO-OP



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Join Us for the Takoma Park Holiday Art Show & Sale – December 10th, 2016

I’m looking forward to participating again this year at this fabulous event at the TKPK community center. I have several new original paintings for sale as well as block mounted prints, matted prints and note cards of all of my paintings –I’m up to 35 paintings now!  I am going to be giving some of the items away as a benefit for #StandWithStandingRock and I’ll also have a drawing for a free print. Stop by my table for details. Come by and pick out an artful gift for a loved one or for yourself. Be sure to follow the link below for more details, images and links to the other amazing participating artists!

paintings by Michelle Bailey

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“Hello Takoma Park” & “Iceland” Prints Now Available

I have just listed two new prints made from my original paintings which you can purchase at my Etsy shop.

Hello Takoma Park and Iceland paintings by Michelle Bailey

“Hello Takoma Park” is a colorful cityscape painting of downtown Takoma Park, MD that I created using acrylic paint and a ballpoint ink pen on an artist panel. “Iceland” is an acrylic landscape painting of the Skagafjardarsysla region in Iceland. I used Google Street View (GSV) locations as a reference, which can be viewed by scanning the QR codes included with the prints. I’d like to give a special thanks to Bill Guffey for creating the Virtual Paintout which inspired me to keep painting while I was housebound and recovering from an injury. Anyone can participate. I hope you enjoy these new paintings and feel inspired to create your own!

Printed with archival inks on acid-free paper. 8×10″ overall size of mat. Painting information, signature and print care are on the backing board. Wrapped in a protective cello bag. Ready to frame or for gift giving.



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New Painting of Dusty Springfield

I just completed an acrylic paint/ballpoint ink portrait of the famous London music icon Dusty Springfield. This is painted on a cradled wood panel. The acrylic paint has been sanded down to reveal textured layers in her famous beehive and I used a blue ballpoint pen for the outlines. I think this fun portrait really captures Dusty, one of my favorite singers of all time. I did some research to try to find the actual color of her eyes before I started the painting. There are many color photos of Dusty but her eye color ranges from green to blue to brown. It’s hard to know for sure so I took creative liberty and decided on green with a hint of blue — maybe a subconscious nod to the “blue-eyed soul” genre to which she belonged.

Prints and note cards are available from my Etsy shop.

Dusty – 8×8″ acrylic/ballpoint ink on cradled wood panel – $125 – Please note the text “dusty” appears only on prints which are available from my etsy shop.

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“Sunset Kitty”

acrylic on canvas 8×10 in

Nothing like being snowed in to get some painting done! I put the finishing touches on this painting of a kitty basking in the last rays of a fall day. A great way to stay warm and cozy in between bouts of playing in the snow.

Here is the final (or at least close to final- sometimes I can’t decide 🙂

MBailey Sunset Kitty pip03

Here are some progress photos.

MBailey Sunset Kitty in progress

Michelle Bailey Sunset Kitty

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Painting in Progress – TKPK Autumn in Tie Dye

I’m almost done with this painting. It’s based on a photo I took last week of a beautiful tree with its leaves changing to brilliant fall colors. There was a guy walking by at just the right moment wearing a matching tie dye t-shirt.

TKPK Autumn in Tie Dye

TKPK Autumn in Tie Dye

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Channeling Motor Cat – Painting in Progress

Update: The original painting has sold. Prints and T-shirts featuring this painting have been added to the gift shop.

About this painting: A motorcycle riding cat?! If you lived in the Takoma Park/DC area in the 90s, you likely caught a glimpse of “Motor Cat,” a cool kitty happily riding on a motorcycle with her human and sporting an adorable little helmet. I’m reliving a fond memory by creating this painting of my cat Mouse riding around Sligo Creek Parkway, channeling Motor Cat. This painting is part of my growing local series.

Update 2023: Motor Cat in the news again and a new Takoma Park restaurant--Motorkat!

Link to the 1993 Washington Post article and Chicago Tribune article

Channeling Motor Cat By Michelle Bailey

Channeling Motor Cat - Finished Painting

The finished painting is on display and for sale at Artomatic in Hyattsville, MD through December 12th. (Update: This painting has sold.)

Channeling Motor Cat - by Michelle Bailey

Painting in progress.


Motor Cat T-Shirt from the 90s. Photo by Pauline Anson-Dross.

A special thanks to Motor Cat's human, J. Catman!

Artomatic Update: Channeling Motor Cat got BRASHED at Artomatic 2016!

"The Truth About Cats (And Dogs)"

Channeling Motor Cat Brash Poetry

Channeling Motor Cat Brash Poetry

Prints and T-shirts featuring this painting have been added to the gift shop.

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