Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Epic New Mural Design

I am just about ready to start painting my next epic mural!

I like it best when a mural client approaches me, not vice-versa.

Although I can be competitive when the situation demands it, I obviously prefer it when the universe unfolds exclusively in my favor.

That was the case for about my last 4-5 big projects, including the massive mural that I will be painting this summer.

Here is your sneak preview of the design: (obviously the actual mural will be in full-color and hand-painted!)

B&W Mock-up for my next HUGE (12' x 100') mural.

There is still the possibility of some tweaks and changes; however, I think it has pretty much "clicked", at least in my mind.

About the artist:

Please read more at www.mrgaudet.com

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Huge Mural to be Mounted in Young, SK. Summer of '17.

After waiting for about 4 years, it would appear that the Village of Young is ready to mount my giant ( 20' x 80' qualifies as giant wouldn't you agree?) mural this summer of 2017.

I met with a couple of committee members last night and they were making encouraging noises. When I was driving by this morning on my way to dialysis in Saskatoon,

I decided to pull over and make this quick video to show you how really massive the frame is. It allows for the mural itself to be mounted 10 feet off the ground.




View of the partial mural while being painted at the Young Arena. The mural is 20' by 80', so with a 17' high ceiling, I had to  paint it in 2 sections. Do the math.
I was careful to carefully document the "Work-in-Progress" of the "forever YOUNG" mural, as it was the largest mural to date that I ever created.

Selfie...

What a lot of painting! With something this HUGE, there is going to be a LOT of heavy physical work. So. I paused during a typically busy day to take a selfie with the mural as a backdrop.


About the Artist/Author:

To read more, please visit www.mrgaudet.com



Saturday, April 22, 2017

Happy Earth Day

Happy Earth Day to all my fellow humans and all the living creatures of this beautiful planet!

My Gift to all my fellow humans on Earth Day...
About the artist/author:

To read more, please visit www.mrgaudet.com


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Chronic Disease and Creativity

Creativity is what saves me as a person who lives with chronic disease. When I say "creativity", I mean painting and writing. When I was initially diagnosed in 1979, at the tender age of 19, with  End Stage Renal Failure, it changed my creative path forever. Suddenly, I was painfully aware of my mortality. Indeed, this spelled a harrowing "Near Death Experience".

As soon as I was feeling marginally better, thanks to the powerful "dialysis" therapy that I was soon to undergo, I decided that I must paint a mural called "Recovery". This was my "visual prayer" for my own recuperation from the insidious disease that I was battling at the time.

The seminal mural "Recovery" was a "visual prayer".
Fast forward to 2017... by this time I have designed and painted over 60 large murals in a swath across Canada. But I am getting ahead of myself! Only 7 months after I started on dialysis, my loving brother Steven stepped up to donate a kidney to me. This miraculous Gift of Life saved and sustained me for over 34 years!

In mid-May of 2014, my kidney function had once again deteriorated, which meant, I was forced to return to thrice weekly dialysis treatments. Over the years, I had been working methodically on hand-written notes... the story of my life and the fascinating people I have met over time. I thought, if I fail to write down these stories, they will be lost forever.

My first act upon returning to dialysis (4 hours per session, so 12 hours every week) was to run out to purchase a laptop. I would make the most of a shitty situation! Within about a year, I had published my first book, called "Dancing with Rejection: A Beginner's Guide to Immortality". Follow this link to acquire your copy now...you will be joining a worldwide community of hundreds of readers.

Now, I am combining my writing and painting to live a full, rich life... and in fact I am just about ready to publish my second book, called "A Work in Progress: The Life my Brother Saved".

Cover art for my 2nd book...


On top of this, I have just been commissioned to paint another "monumental" mural in Tisdale, Saskatchewan. This is early days and I have not yet started the design...however as soon as I fire it up, I will be sharing the process. Please stay tuned, I am not going anywhere! 

This wall is the site of my next mural. Might not look like much now, but just wait!

Chronic disease and creativity might seem at first blush to be unlikely bed partners, but let me tell you... they feed off of each other. There's nothing like the specter of ones own mortality to light a fire in the heart and soul. Put simply, realizing the precarious nature of life and death on a weekly basis is a helluva powerful way to stimulate a driving creativity!

Till next time,

To read more and to purchase a copy of "Dancing..." please visit www.mrgaudet.com






Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Don't be a Hero, Papa !

In April 2014, my daughter Ilara told me in plaintive tones, "Don't be a hero, Papa. Forget about 'setting a World's Record'  for longest kidney transplant! Just get started with dialysis soon, before you have a stroke or worse with all the toxins in your blood! I don't want to lose you! Promise me you will not wait much longer. Promise!"


A Work-in-Progress... my beautiful daughter Ilara comes to life on my easel.

This heart-felt appeal, voiced with such urgency and poignancy... was a big part in my decision to agree with my doctor's equally urgent admonition.

Of course my wife Sharon had a lot to say about it... really, we KNEW the time was near, so we undertook to travel between Saskatchewan and my home province of Nova Scotia. It is 4287 kilometers each way, and we drove the distance TWICE each way in 2012 and 2013! In rough figures, that was 17,148 kms of driving all told.

Of course I DID return to thrice-weekly dialysis treatments, or else I would be long-gone.


Dialysis: Do or DIE!


There is a saying, "Dialysis: Do or Die!"

It is with all of this and more in mind as I proceed through each day... and week, and month.

I have no time or desire for a 'pity party". At all.

I will keep on writing and painting, loving and caring about the heaped-on blessings of LIFE and a LIFE WELL-LIVED.

It is a with a deep well of GRATITUDE for my energy levels that allow me to stay HAPPY and PRODUCTIVE.

About the Artist/ Author



Please visit www.mrgaudet.com to read more about Michael, his artwork and writing projects.





Monday, March 27, 2017

"The Secret Wish of Dragon H" Kickstarter

I am writing to congratulate my talented daughter Ilara Stefaniuk-Gaudet on the success of her Kickstarter Campaign . Ilara has created a compelling illustrated "Children's Book", as the theme of her Kickstarter called  "The Secret Wish of Dragon H".


The author holds one of her original illustrations from "The Secret Wish of Dragon H".
The author's goal with the campaign was to pre-sell 100 signed copies of her book and she has successfully accomplished this in the 1st 5 days of the 30 days she has allowed. 

Now, she will carry on to hopefully generate additional funds from worldwide contributors (that would be YOU) to offset some of the hefty production costs. 

In addition, Ilara has created several STRETCH GOALS aimed at raising awareness of the LBGTQ community. To read more please visit and support her Kickstarter Campaign.

Please visit this link to find out what all of the buzz is about. 

Illustration from "Secret Wish of Dragon H"...


This is the time for social change and enlightenment, and I am proud to say... that this project has the power to nudge ahead with this goal.

This post is not only a CONGRATULATIONS to you, Ilara, but also ENCOURAGEMENT to keep YOUR EYES on the PRIZE... I hope that your campaign will continue to flourish and that also, your excellence will be celebrated and appreciated by "those that matter". 

Now, I am launching a special appeal to all of my readers to please SHARE this POST with all of your friends. 

SHARING is CARING :)

About the Author/Artist: 

Michael R. Gaudet stands in front of the "Dancing with Rejection" banner, holding one of his books.
To read more, please visit www.mrgaudet.com 




Wednesday, March 8, 2017

'65 GMC Truck Painting

One of the "rewards" that I offered in my recent "Kickstarter" campaign... created to pre-sell advance, signed copies of my 2nd book (called "A Work in Progress: The Life my Brother Saved") was... for every contribution of $500.00 or more, I would create a painting based on the photo or idea of your choice!


Four individuals opted for this reward during the course of the campaign.

Here is a picture of one, that is finished:

Painting of '65 GMC truck, for a "Kickstarter" campaign reward, in return for a contribution of $500.00 or more.
I wanted to post this to let you all know that indeed, I am busily fulfilling my obligations to the generous contributors to my Kickstarter campaign, even as I carry on with the #1 goal of finishing the manuscript for Book 2... and also, bringing it closer every day to the ultimate goal of publication!

About the Artist/Author:  

To read more about both my artwork and writing projects, please visit www.mrgaudet.com