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Sunset Moment 12x24 Oil on Canvas

Finalist for 1st Annual Plein Air Salon Competition
Judge's Comments:"A stunning depiction of a notoriously difficult subject matter. I love the luminosity of the water achieved by really subtle temperature and value shifts and delicate brushstrokes. The increased thickness of the paint where the sun reflects upon the water creates natural catch-lights that just make the piece sing. Also, the sky is warm but not too 'hot' and the foreground rocks have also been rendered in a warm hue - as a result the whole piece glows". Judge - Jill Carver






Michael Situ won "Frist Place" Award at Carmel Art Festival on May, 2017




Chinese and American artists plein air group exhibition Kaiping Art Museum in Kaiping, China. November, 2016




Chinese and American artists group plein air trip in Kaiping, China. November, 2016




Michael Situ participate Laguna Plein Air Invatational October, 2016




Michael Situ Demo at Loma Art Center August, 2016




Michael Situ Judge of Ward at the Plein Air Washington Artists Anuual Exhibition in Seattle. Nov, 2015




Laguna Beach Magazine feature his photo and painting. Sep,2015




Laguna Beach Magazine feature his photo and painting.Sep,2015




Laguna Beach Magazine feature his photo and painting.Sep,2015




Michael Situ with his photo at the Festival of Art front door. July,2015




Michael Situ and his wife Annie at the USC Fisher Museum of Art Los Angeles,California
California Art Club 104th Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition. March, 2015




Oversea Kaiping artists group plein air trip at Kaiping Art Museum in Kaiping, China. November, 2014




Oversea Kaiping artists group plein air trip at Kaiping Art Museum in Kaiping, China. November, 2014




Michael Situ won "The Padma Group Award" - 16th Annual Laguan Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational. October, 2014




The award wining group photo of 16th Annual Laguan Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational. October, 2014




Michael Situ painting "Golden Light" select for 2014 Poster of
Festival of Arts-California Premier Fine Art Exhibition




Michael Situ painting "Golden Light" select for 2014 Poster of
Festival of Arts-California Premier Fine Art Exhibition




Michael Situ won "Seascape Award for Excellence" -the Oil Painters of America's
23rd Annual National Juried Exhibition. June, 2014




Michael Situ won "Honorable Mention" Award at Carmel Art Festival on May, 2014




Michael Situ feature article in Catalogue by the Sea Magazine July 2013




Michael Situ won"American Art Collector award of excellence"- American Impressionist Society 13th Annual National Juried Exhibition. November, 2012




Michael Situ won "Frist Place" Award at Carmel Art Festival on May, 2012




Michael Situ won "Honorable Mention" Award at Carmel Art Festival on May, 2011




Michael Situ won "Best Painting" Award at La Quinta Art Festival on March, 2011




Michael Situ won "First Place Quick Draw" and "Third Place"Award at 9th Annual San Clemente Plein Air Painting Competetion on June, 2010




Michael Situ lecture in the Kaiping Art Museum China. December, 2009.


Michael Situ lecture in the Kaiping Art Museum China. December, 2009.




Michael Situ Plein Air in Kaiping, China. December, 2009. More photo visit Kaiping Art Museum website. www.kpmoa.com/news.asp?pid=641




Michael Situ won "Artist's Choice" Award at Carmel Art Festival on May, 2009




Michael Situ won "Honorable Mention" Award at Carmel Art Festival on May, 2007








(Left to right)
LPAPA new signature members are: Daniel Aldana, Michael Situ, Carolyn Hesse-Low, Jim Wodark, Jennifer McChristian, Ronald Macedo, Greg LaRock and Kathleen Dunphy(not pictured). Their works were submitted to and judged by: Jean Stern - Director of the Irvine Museum, Saim Caglayan - LPAPA President, Jeff Horn - LPAPA Vice President, and Ray Roberts - Signature Member.




Michael Situ. 11th Annual Laguan Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational. Laguna Art Museum. October, 2009




Michael Situ won "Best of Show" - The Edward H.Boseker,M.D Award at the 10th Annual Laguan Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational.
Laguna Art Museum. October 18, 2008
AWARD WINNERS (Left to right)
Joe Pacquet (Southwest Art Magazine – Best of Quick Draw)
Michael Situ (Best of Show)
Larry Moore (Collectors’ Choice Award)
Randall Sexton (Artists’ Choice Award)





June, 2008 - This art book is published by Tianjin people's Fine Art Publishing House, one of China's most prestigious publishers and will be on sale thoughout China's major bookstore.Written in both Chinese and English, the book has been printed in large formar, size 14 3/4 x 10 1/4, 80 pages, with 82 color paintings.The introduction is written by Jean Stern, Executive Director of Irvine Museum and foreword is written by Jianbai Xu, a renowned artist and professor of Guangzhou Academy of Fine Art, China.




Michael Situ his painting "East NAPA Street" took "Second Place"- $5,000 award in the 2nd annual Raymarart yearlong national fine art competetion on December 20, 2007
To see all winners - www.raymarart.com
Year Judge Comments:
"My eye goes straight into that shadow on the left side of the sidewalk, travels down the street and is
brought back by the red building on the right, again and again I travel and with all there is to
look at I don't tire of the trip. Well done!..."John Cosby
Month Judge Comments:
"I very much like this composition. Excellent handing of paint, color and perspective" - Laura Robb




Michael Situ won "First Place" Award at Huntington Beach Art Center Plein Air Festival on September 28, 2007







Michael Situ won "First Place"and "Honorable Mention" Award at 6th Annual San Clemente Plein Air Painting Competetion on June 23, 2007




Michael Situ'painting is on the cover of "City of San Clemente Magaziner" Fall 2007.









Michael Situ is feature in the "The Orange County Register" newpater on June 28, 2007.




Michael Situ is feature in the "S C Sun Post News" newpater on June 26, 2007.




Michael Situ won "Special Award" at "3rd Annual the Best of Plein Air Show" in Laguna Plein Air Painters Association on March 31, 2007. Michael Situ, LPAPA President Cynthin Britain, LPAPA Board Member Dave Rahn




Michael Situ is the featured artist in the February/March 2006 #47 issue of International Artist Magazine. This international magazine is "voted the best artist magazine in the world" and circulates in sixty countries. The 12 page feature titled "Use the Color and Light You See to Sharpen Your Landscapc" includes more than ten paintings as well as an article about Michael's painting philosophy. He also talks about contrasting warm and cool colors, developing your painting's texture, knowing when to stop, discerning detail, and finding your true style. Included are also step by step samples to finishing a painting. This issue is available at Barnes & Noble Bookstores and www.internationalartist.com




Ola Vista Street 16x12 Oil on Canvas Panel

Finalist for Raymarart's 2008 yearlong national fine art competition
"A busy scene kept superbly simple. Great organization of shapes and pattern. Striking unusual color complements in the sky and good atmosphere. The tilt makes if fun and the blue car stands out nicely against the balanced warms." Judge -William Wray




Laguna Cove 16x20 Oil on Canvas Panel

Finalist for Raymarart's 2006 yearlong national fine art competition
"Effective near far distinction. I liked the rich color in the foreground and the haze in the distance. The color world was unified. It's hard to tell from the reproduction but it looked like the paint--especially the near material--could be thicker." Judge - Krentz Gregg



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