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Sketching in Bagan, Burma.

Sketching in Bagan, Burma.

Mike Schultz
I am a printmaker, oil painter, and illustrator living and working in Portland, Oregon, USA.

I have lived and worked extensively on the Thailand-Burma (Myanmar) Border, where in 2010-2011 I helped to establish an arts and crafts studio that provides Burmese migrant youth with artisan skills.

In 2014-2015 I focused on a self-propelled teaching and printmaking project called Thailand Burma Flora Fauna, which enabled me to return to Mae Sot, Thailand to teach drawing and design classes to migrant children and adult art teachers. You can read more about this project here.

Website
mikeschultzstudio.com

Contact
mikeschultzstudio@gmail.com

Bio
Born 1977, Bismarck, North Dakota. Hails from Ithaca, New York.

Education
2001 BFA, Oil Painting, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, Missouri

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    83/100 - Plate for my mythology of "The Serpent with the Seven Sisters". ✨🐍✨
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#moreartlessworry #printmaking #the100dayproject 82/100 - Bat with night blooming flowers! 🌸🌷🦇🌺🌼 This is another of my "b-sides" designs from my teaching / printmaking project, Thailand Burma Flora Fauna. This image has been floating around in my sketchbooks for over three years now, and it feels so good to finally bring it to life as a print! 🌿 Two bats still made an appearance in my red panda print called, Night, which you can see in my Etsy shop. The Night print has 13 critters in all!
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The first time I lived in Thailand I was in a little blue house with a fruit tree garden right across from my window. 🌿 There were incredible night blooming flowers which would open up in the evenings. 🌿 Night blooming flowers are often bright white so potential pollinators can more easily locate them in the dark. The white also reflects moonlight, and the flowers often have an intense, sweet fragrance, too. 🌿 The flowers would attract insects of all kinds, especially moths, which in turn would attract geckos, tokay, snakes, birds, and bats! A pretty wild mini ecosystem to witness each evening.
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Also, ha! The plate was upside down in the video, but luckily I noticed and flipped the print at the last moment. 🙃
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#moreartlessworry #printmaking #the100dayproject 81/100 - This is the 2009 sumi ink drawing that the print in my previous post was based on. It was part of a large body of narrative work I made while living in New York City. At the time, most of my work was stream of consciousness, with zero planning before I would start drawing, and no edits. This was before I had any idea I would be moving to SE Asia the following year.
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In an strange coincidence, this drawing so closely resembled a specific, remarkable sunset I saw in Thailand, that when I came across this piece years later, I immediately assumed it was something I had drawn while living in Mae Sot. -
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That instance, on a mountainside in Thailand, we were watching the sun set over the receding mountains of Burma on the horizon, and we were listening to the thunderous echoes of what our host confirmed was mortar / weapons fire just over the border a few kilometers to the west. The conflict between the Karen people and the Burmese government is referred to as the longest running civil war in modern history, and is still being waged in that area-- ongoing since 1949.
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The sky was pretty indescribable with the variety of clouds, and the funny thing is this— that on our left was a grove of banana palms (pictured on the right side in the drawing, though I had no idea what a banana palm was when I drew it). On our right side was a “field” (but more like a wall) of a variety of grass that was 8-10 feet tall, and was the only time I saw that type of grassy plant in Thailand (pictured on the left side of the drawing). It’s like my subconscious got it flipped. -
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I don’t read too deeply into it, but it's just one of those nice coincidences that makes life feel like some things are meant to be, so I keep it above my work desk. 🔮✍️🌄
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#deepthoughts #moreartlessworry #sumiink #iwanttobelieve