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Art Classes Cleveland, TN

Posted in Blogroll, New Posts with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 4, 2013 by mikeivey

I will be offering art classes for students in and around Cleveland, TN with an interests and propensity for fine art. I am offering private and group classes for youth to adult in oils, acrylics, colored pencil and pencil. I will offer basic drawing to advanced portrait help and will also help students with projects they are working on. You can see samples of my art at and contact me at


Four Dogs & a Squirrel

Posted in New Posts with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 21, 2011 by mikeivey

I recently finished this commission. I received six photos and some idea of what they wanted. The two dogs on the ground were looking up at Thanksgiving turkey about to be served in the photo I used and the two dogs in the ovals are faithful companions they recently lost. I decided to use the ovals as I have seen in old art work. The squirrel in the tree and the back ground were from photos of their back yard. Sometimes the composition is the biggest challenge of a commission because there are several things that the client wants in the drawing or painting. I always ask a lot of questions in hopes that I can let the drawing tell a story.  They wanted it in oil but there was no way to have it done for a Christmas this year.

She loved it. Within an hour after delivery I received this email:   “Mike, when I returned to the apartment I looked at the drawing more closely. The amount of detail is phenomenal! Every time I look at it I see something that I didn’t see before. It is truly exceptional. Thanks again for getting it done before Christmas. I couldn’t give my daughter a better gift. I would be happy for you to use my name as a very satisfied customer! Merry Christmas to you and your family. — Nancy” 

One of the joys of being an artist!Image


Posted in Commissions, portrait, Portraits with tags , , on March 27, 2010 by mikeivey


This is a 16″X20″ carbon pencil I finished March 2010, for my chiropractor Dr. Hinds.

The gentleman on the bottom left is her father.

12/09 – New Charcoal Pencil Drawing

Posted in Carbon/Charcole, Commissions, New Posts, Portraits with tags , , on November 29, 2009 by mikeivey


This is a Charcoal Pencil that I just finished for Mandy to give to her father for Christmas.

Her father is standing next to his dad’s tractor that he rebuilt. His father, Mandy’s grandfather is looking on form the sky. It was one those pieces that was fun to do. The tractor made it fun!

(16″X20″ charcoal & carbon on paper)

Meet Charlie & Lelah Dobson

Posted in New Posts, Portraits with tags , on November 22, 2007 by mikeivey

My grandparents settled in the Ozark mountains just outside of Huntsville, Arkansas in the late 1800s. They traveled from northeast Missouri in a covered wagon. Grandpa Dobson was a lay preacher and brought his wife Lelah to homestead acreage and raise their 11 children. It was one of my favorite places to spend the summer. In the mountains, hunting & fishing, livestock and farming. What a very special place for a young boy to enjoy country living! I fell in love with bluegrass type gospel music in those mountain churches they used to take me to.

The two graphite pencil drawings are from photos of their Wedding Day and their 50th Anniversary.

Something like this would be great presents for someone. If you are interested contact me via email.