Pianos on Parade

I am excited to participate in the Pianos on Parade event that is hosting a grand opening at Union Station on Saturday, May 23! I visited the Keys 4/4 Kids warehouse in the West Bottoms, selected a piano, and started a little of the base painting, in addition to adapting my design for the final…

What’s Opera, Doc?

For three weeks in April, I helped out scenic painter extraordinaires Gen Goering and Regina Weller on the Lyric Opera’s 2015 production of Tosca. Over the three weeks, we painted over 5,000 square feet of flooring, along with three large backdrops, faux sculptures, and countless pieces of sets, walls, fireplaces, and other architectural elements. Gen…

ArtistInc Pecha Kucha

  On Monday, April 27, the eighth and final session of the ArtistInc Live program was held before a full house in the AIA building in downtown Kansas City. There, 25 talented Kansas City artists from a wide variety of artforms and mediums gathered as a group one last time to deliver 5 minute Pecha…

Mail Art Special!

Special Chance to Receive Some Postcard Art! Here’s your chance to receive a drawing on a postcard from Michael Schliefke! As a token of my appreciation for visiting and reading this website, for a limited time I will be making a whole series of drawings on postcards, and I will be sending them out to…

The Flood Cycle

The Flood Cycle A series of four 40″x40″ oil on canvas paintings produced for my 2013 show ‘Accumulation & Interruption’ in Austin, Texas. These paintings were painted simultaneously, using various ideas from religion, mythology and current trends in environmentalism and social critiques. The four paintings are loosely based off the Greeks’ Stages of Man, which, minus…

Oil Studies

Oil Studies

Feb 2015 – I’ve been working on some oil studies in the studio lately. It’s been a fun way to get some work done in the studio while I conjure up some themes and imagery for my next series of original works. I chose a couple of Jack Levine paintings for my oil studies, concentrating…

Through the Years…

Recently, this website shot past its 12th anniversary. What started out as a juvenile joke on a fateful day in late January walking the streets of downtown Austin, Texas with fellow painter Chris Chappell  soon became “the reason the internet was invented” (actual quote, 27 year old Michael Schliefke). With no prior knowledge of website design or creation I…