My representational (realistic) paintings  begin with a
precise drawing.  If I skimp on the drawing, then
without a doubt, I'll have some trouble with the
painting.  I  work from photos that I've taken myself
and once I complete a drawing, I transfer it to a primed
canvas. The drawing on the right is a preliminary
drawing for the painting "Ancient Ice".
I build up the surface of the canvas slightly to enhance
the finished painting. Once the foundation is dry, I
begin to apply layer upon layer of acrylic paint
interspersed with acrylic varnish. It can take me
several weeks to complete a painting, so I a
lways work
on more than one at a time.
The dream paintings are somewhat abstract, and the
scenes are more nebulous and fleeting,  the images
living more in the viewer's perception than on the
actual canvas. The two types of paintings are, in a way,
two sides of the same coin, and I enjoy doing both types
of art. Which do you prefer?  
Max the Muse
(and art critic)

I have a muse,
his name is Max
and he is a
true painter's
cat. He likes
to stay near me
and sleep while
I paint .He's
getting to be
an old boy now,
almost 13!
The finished painting, "Ancient Ice"
On another note... I believe that all art
carries energy within it,  and so I place a
positive message on the raw canvas under the
paint.  It's interesting how the messages find
the people that they will best resonate with,
even though they are hidden by paint, and known
only to me (and when purchased,the buyer). The
paintings that I have now are all charged with
good energy and intention.
Mia Baila Fine Art
Paintings of ICE & WATER
Preliminary drawing for my painting,
Ancient Ice
Art is Energy