I am an artist I am told. More so by others than myself, but I do admit I am not following the same path as “normal” people take. What is normal anyway? Not anybody. So by that very argument…. we are ALL artists. I just happen to claim it as a way to make a living. Some consider me lucky, and I consider myself practiced. Some may say artists are goofy. I say art careers take more intelligence and patience than the critics know.

I have put this website together myself so please be patient with the continual updates. I have found in my experience that the beats of art are always changing, so I am forced to dance to the same drum. I have many more murals to paint so do return often to see new work and films about those works. I have paintings from Boston to Flagstaff. Hundreds of paintings have been completed in my 19 years of painting. I plan to make hundreds more. 

Below you will find my blog with thoughts and updates about my adventures. Feel free to comment or ask any questions.

Please do explore as many pages as possible, find some prints or paintings to purchase, and let me know what you think.

 Michael J Mayosky

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New York, November, 2015

Let me start by saying I have never been to New York till this trip. God knows I have tried several times to go, but was thwarted by obsticales and set backs. I was just not meant to go jusy yet.

Till now…

I had met two travelers from Australia and Scotland who invited me to come with them. I decided that now was the time. My daughter is grown and my time is a little more free for adventures. I put all things aside to take this trip. For my mental and spiritual health…. I needed an adventure. The politics of Illinois had taken bites out of my soul. They know how to kill artists in Illinois. So the adventure started with Moi, a Scottish blues singer named Jamima, a lovely Australian bass player named Charlotte, and Ping, (my Shi Tzu).

Off we were….

Now upon arriving in DC on our way, I managed to take these two girls around a little. Their close friend hosted us and took us to the Capitol. I had to go to the Lincoln Memorial just to say hello to my old friend Abe.

DC is a lovely town and I will always return to see the people and energy.

Now to New York City….

The MAIN reason I came to New York was to deliver a painting to The Capital Theater. I am taking my Jerry Garcia painting to the theater to have them hang it up. See the previous post to read that story. The second reason was to just see the city. To paint it’s energy. To hear the languages, and to be in it. Basking in New York as an artist.

I went around the Jazz clubs drawing caricatures. Meeting the locals and generally having a fantastic time. My travel companions had two friends their staying in a dope apartment in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Which happens to be the mural capitol of the region. Perfect for me to land here with my lift truck. Knowing this, I went around snapping pictures of the Bushwick Collective Project. The city had arranged to have the best Graffitti artists and Muralist from around the world come and paint…and paint they did. On every wall…on every sign…on every corner. Covered in fantastic art,

I found my place.

Being I have a lift truck, I was approached by a savvy young man who used to paint himself.He wanted some sign work done and knew how to get me in to the scene with The Bushwick Collective. Being a muralist helps…and owning my own lift truck helps more! Nooklyn is the name of this young philanthropist’s  company and they find apartments for people with an app.

“I want to elimeante brokers”, he said… with the idea he has? He most certainly will. Look them up at and support a new young start-up.

I then went into Manhattan. To paint at Washington Square park and find my old friend Joe Mangrum the sand artist. He is usually in the park making wonderful art out of sand….and then it washes away. I was told by the locals in Greenwich Village that he is a local hero and legend! Cool. I have not found him yet…but I will!

I went to painting the Arch in Washington Square. I was told it was a replica of the original is Paris. And on this night they were having a vigil for the victims of the attack on France. I pray for the families and knew I was standing on some sacred ground that day. So I made sure the painting was on point.

Using my spinning easel I was painting in my favorite style of little squares… I just like the way they build a work. Talking to people as I paint, I ended up really enjoying my nite. New York is a living city. A moving energy. A city of the world. So I wanted to capture that energy.

I was approached by several people about purchasing the painting and made some friends for sure. I was debating on who to sell it to and just about when Iwas gping to call one potential client back the next day about delivery? I got a call from the Mayor of NYC’s office. They wanted the painting to give to the French people in respect of their support and sympathy. New York can relate to this. Same as so many other nations.

I was blown away. Not even 6 days into my forst time in New York and my little painting is being given to a Nation from New York itself. I came to NYC to make some things happen. I guess I did. I would have been happy with selling the work for New York prices! :) BUT this? This is an honor. This is a once in a lifetime experience.

I delivered the painting to their offices and found myself in the middle of a photo shoot with me, my pup, and the painting. My first one. Very interesting experiemce. The photographer was great and Ping was not marking every chair in the city office. I asked if I should clean up some, because I have traveled far and living in the van with my Shi Tzu in Brooklyn is a bit rough. But they got the full artists character. I am dying to see the photos.

I am still here and hope to see a little more of New York. I for sure have got a Cinderella story to share with my grand kids and not to mention? My painting is going to France.

I am still speechless.

I will update as more stuff happens…. This is not over yet…

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Grateful Dead Show 2015

"Fare Thee Well", 2015

This past weekend was an amazing time for me. I went to the last Grateful Dead show in Chicago and painted my butt off. The show was amazing and just like 1995 again. I just hoped the feeling would stay. … Read the rest of this entry

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Coming back to life….

I had recently had some awesome changes come to my life. After several years of being held back by my own limitations set by my own issues. Issues set into my mental by my own fears. I had come to think they were supposed to be in me. I had not even noticed that they were not natural. A man after so much time on his own starts to think that he is set and no changes could take shape. No new habits could fom in the solid shape of his character. I have come to learn in my young life…this presumption is not true. A person no matter how old or young… Can change dramatically. Positively and deeply. So with this new lesson, I have learned to be better at me.

So with this new info about my inner self… I will see the world with new eyes.


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Turning off Social Media

This is a subject that most cannot do. Turn off and deactivate your social media. Facebook, Twitter, Etsy, etc… There are so many, and quite frankly, I am about tired of the confusion that comes with them. The confusion and drama started in one’s mind about a post to another, about a message or a “like” that was on some picture. It breaks my heart to see so many great friendships and relationships end and sometimes not even start because of these counter-intuitive mediums of communication.

I suggest to turn off the FaceSpace for a spell or two. It does wonders for your friendships with REAL people and you might just actually meet that special person without the filter of vanity and narcissism that is way to acceptable these days. I feel very saddened by the nature of what people use to judge each other now. That nature is of man, for man, by man. So it is fouled from the very inception.

Turn it off. Please.

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Gearing up for an Adventure…

I am about to go on a very intense adventure. It will be my pup, myself, and my very ample and always trusted lift truck named Vincent VanGo. Although I am really at ease with my abilities to paint, I am a little nervous about the project. I am about to expel an amazing amount of energy and focus on one wall that will be a challenge in itself. There will also be a very critical and captive audience throughout the entire process. I like that energy though. I have never had stage fright since my first play in 6th grade. An audience is exactly what feeds the experience for me… it nourishes the growth of my work.

So I will be poised for some really great energy and work to challenge myself with. But something is missing. Something important. I know it is something inside me. In my world. I was looking, but I know not how or where to find it.  So I stopped, and it may just show up after all.

This “thing” that is missing in me is a passion I had hidden from myself for some time now. So much so, I almost forgot where I put it. Then you look for something else and you find the first thing you wanted but let go of seeking. Look for a sock, and find those keys you spent 300 dollars to replace two months ago, (that sort of thing). Well I believe I have found what I lost so long ago.

So now I will use this energy I recently discovered to create. I will let this inspired movement in me to use me as well. I intend to be symbiotic with the muse this time. Not her owner, and not her slave. I hope we work out very well indeedy.

So let’s make a good mural to last the ages that will be a gift for so many in my mind, but only to one in my heart.

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Coffee Mugs.

The coffee mugs are FINALLY ready from the Campaign that raised money to fix the lift. Being there are so many to mail, I have had to mail them out slowly and surely. It is a lot of work to mail order things! I had no idea… I see why there is a shipping cost now!

Please expect these little guys to arrive shortly if you ordered one, and if you are interested in having one and you did not donate to the cause? Awesome! I will be selling them for 16.00. Signed by me on the bottom and ready to ship in the next few weeks.

A link to a page will be made, and please check back for more designs.

This is a new realm for me as an artist to make ‘product’. I know it is needed to keep the habit going.. but bare with a painter who knows little about shipping. ;)

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An Octopus Garden

YEs, this is a mural based on the famous Ringo song.

I was approached by an old freind and supporter to make this mural on his property in the heart of Springfield. He has a garden, a skate park, (the world’s oldest), bee hives with dope honey, and several punk rock shows going on at random times. There are more details to George’s life, but he deserves a book. I am sure he will be a great addition to the history of this town.. so I would do anything he asked… he has helped me so many times. He also is one of the most stand up and honest guys I know. The fact he trusts and likes me says more for me than I could ever.

Being that I have my own lift now, I am able to make several murals in a very fast and proficient way.  So while I am making my historic mural for the city, I head over to Skank Skates to work on this when it is too hot to work on the others. Plus he and his girlfriend feed me the best food grown from the garden they tend in the middle of town.

Here is a picture of the painting so far. I will be done with this mural this week and hope to have prints available when I have time to get a good photo.

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