Michael Daly Watercolors

29th Annual Holiday Open House!

Michael Daly
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Michael Daly cordially invites you and your guests to Celebrate the Season at his new location in Duluth.

November 16 - 18, 2018

Friday: 5 - 10:00 p.m.

Saturday: 12 - 8:00 p.m.

Sunday: 12 - 5:00 p.m.

3059 Chestnut St.

Duluth, MN 55806

(651) 500-8276

I'm Moving!

Michael Daly
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When my mother and Mary Kay decided to put my grandma (Marguerite Bourassa) into a nursing home, I bought her house in Duluth's "West End."

The main reason was to keep my younger brother Sean off the street.  He went to help "Big Grandma" when our Uncle, Jack, was dying, and stayed on after that--it was where he lived after all.

The other reason was to protect myself--just-in-case I ever needed someplace to go.  I had already been a renter at the Northern Warehouse (in St. Paul's Lowertown) for 20 years at that point and I could see that they would condoize the building some day--after the artists had turned it into a priceless sanctuary.

I was conceived in the house at 3059 Chestnut St., and spent a lot of time there during my early "independent" years (ages 10-11).  At that point, I was going to a private parochial school about 6 blocks away called St Jeans, and  I often stayed with Grandma, Frank (her second husband), Aunt Dottie (she was in school at age 50, getting her diploma as a medical records secretary), Uncle Jack (he lived in that house his whole life), and "Peppie"  the toy poodle. 

I came and went as I pleased.  No one ever questioned me--ever--except that they often joked and teased me about what I was intending to make for dinner.  These adults just couldn't wrap their minds around the fact that one weekend I just simply couldn't stay over, because I had go home and put a roast in the oven.

I now feel that house "calling me."  So, after 30 years of living in my unbelievably beautiful loft, building a legacy as a self-employed artist, and an entire community--I'm leaving. 

My vision is to use this historic house as my residence and gallery.  I will continue to create my works at my painting studio on Lake Minnesuing--just 30 miles away.  Water everywhere!

The next time you get an invitation to an art show from me, it will be at 3059 Chestnut St!  Apparently, that Lincoln Park neighborhood has become a "Crafts" district in recent years.  Come on y'all! 

If I have my way, I will work with the City of Duluth, to develop an equity housing/studio project for artists.  It would have to be in a concentrated and limited area.  A place where we artists can be together and happy and once again--never again to be used as an economic development tool, and then discarded when we (like we are now) are in the way.

Thanks to everybody who came through my door here at the Northern Warehouse, Studio 519.


Michael Daly

Loving Blessings from Reverend Alla Bozarth!

Michael Daly

This letter was sent to me as a reflection (or mirror) by my dear, sweet friend Alla Bozarth.  She is an Episcpial priest, gestalt Psychologist, author of more than 30 books and thousands of poems.  I was overwhelmed when I received this!  For me, it really helps to clarify/cement/explain and validate my vision.

Thank you, Alla!



Dearest Artist,


Saying goodbye to your beautiful home and gallery of 30 years in St. Paul is sad, but the sadness is lightened and transformed by the joy of your moving home to the house where you were conceived in Duluth, to give new life to your art and yourself in a secure and constant place where you are owner, proprietor and total boss, and where you have already conceived this wonderful plan for the future: "If I have my way, I will work with the City of Duluth, to develop an equity housing/studio project for artists.  It would have to be in a concentrated and limited area.  A place where we artists can be together and happy and once again never again to be used as an economic development tool, and then discarded when we (like we are now) are in the way." I pray that the City of Duluth will recognize the sublime merit of this plan and support it whole-heartedly. What a precious contribution you and other local artists will be able to make to the community once you have that sacred place of art and life flowing into one another in a mutually nurturing community! I am reminded of the Beehive in Paris, home to artists in complementary genres who had solitude as needed along with the opportunity to gather for mutual intellectual and artistic stimulation. To quote Celia in Act Three, Scene Two of As You Like It, "O wonderful, wonderful, and most wonderful wonderful! and yet again wonderful, and after that, out of all whooping!" [Wm. Shakespeare] 


May the Divine Artist bless this endeavor and you, Michael Daly, through and through!


Loving Blessings,

Alla Bozarth, Ph.D.

Michael Daly's Final Show at the Northern Warehouse.

Michael Daly

I’m Moving!

Michael Daly cordially invites you and your guests to celebrate 30 years of annual shows at the Northern Warehouse.

April 22, 2018

Noon to Six p.m.

Refreshments will be served.

See you here!

*Come!  Celebrate art, fellowship and, one last time, this beautiful space that has welcomed so many.

Parking Available

The Union Depot lots 1 & 2 are on Kellogg Blvd.—Just east of Broadway St.

Meters are free on Sunday.

Michael Daly Watercolors, 308 Prince St., Studio 519, St. Paul, MN  55101

(651) 500-8276

Merry Christmas!

Michael Daly

I would like to thank everyone who helped with my two big Holiday Shows!  Both the event here in St. Paul as well as our showing in DC, were big successes!  Let's go ahead and name names!  

The St. Paul Crew!  Claudia, Stan, JobyLynn, David, Hugh, John, Lucy & Lynn!  I don't know how we did it.  I was trying desperately to launch my new e-commerce web site and host the Annual Holiday Exhibit at the same time.  Bad idea!  Won't do that again.  However, it was a learning experience and the push got me further to moving my entire business to my new site!   Saralee said that it was the most beautiful show ever!  Thanks, Saralee!  In the future, I will (but not before I'm ready) host web only events.  Get Ready!

The DC Crew! Kevin, Greg & Jim!  These boys know how to put on an event!  The place looked fabulous, we had a great crowd and people seemed to have a good time.  As always, the most important thing is that I got there and back safely.  Thanks to everyone!

Before January 1, 2018, I will try to complete publishing all of the Framed Original Art I have for sale, as well as Note Cards & Greeting Cards.

As a little end-of-the-year treat, I will open up the Framed Original Art section through December 31.  After that, it goes bye bye until my next event.  However, as always, you can contact me through the site and I will be happy to make that or the entire BUY FRAMED AND UNFRAMED PRINTS section available for a set time.


Michael Daly

I would also like to thank Mary Kay, Alla, and Wally for letting my rant until I was better.  And to Dick, who gives me the right kind of support!

Happy Birthday to My Brother Pat!

Michael Daly

The last time I saw my older brother Pat, I had just picked up two sets of beautiful Hand Painted Silk Pillows from the sewer, who also lives in Duluth.  Nancy does a fantastic job for you!  Her attention to detail and excellent craftsmanship  is really quite inspiring and frankly some of the best I've seen.

Since I was on my way to Pat & Julie's for dinner that night,  I decided to bring these wonderful gems in with me and shop them around.   Everyone seemed to love them.

Well, Pat, today is a very special day, so thought to myself, "What better gift could I give a guy who loves to nap on the couch.  These original work are crafted with French dyes on dupione silk.  They are rich with color, yet supple, because the dyes absorb and dry right into the fabric itself.  Just like our Hand Painted Silk Scarves, we put the fabric through a dyeset to leach out excess color.  Then they are hand washed in cold water, drip dried and ironed.  So, go ahead Pat, and pick out a set.  Let me know right away, and I will buy them for you, for your birthday.

Happy Cyber Monday!

Michael Daly

Since I was behind on getting everything ready for my Annual Holiday Exhibit at my studio in St. Paul, November 19th, I have decided to open up the entire BUY FRAMED & UNFRAMED PRINTS  section of the site for the remainder of the day.  I plan to make the everything available at other points during the gift giving season, but do not know exactly when that will be.  I will try to get a schedule together and post it in a blog here.  Unfortunately, I cannot open up the original section, because I have an out-of-state showing and will be on road--with my framed original paintings.  

Thanks for visiting the site!  If you love something, buy it.  It may not be available after today.


P.S., I just finished photographing 5 pillow sets, and built product pages for them!  When you click on the thumbnail, the product page appears and there are several wonderful detailed photos of the individual pillow sets.  Yum!  BUY SILK PILLOWS

Thank you!

Michael Daly

I don't ever remember ever having a day like today.  People arrived at the studio for the show at exactly 12:00 noon, as well as on-line, and we were busy throughout the day.  Business was great, everyone stayed for a long time and seened to really take in everything.  It was just magical.

I am sorry about the technical problems that we had with making the original art section available.  By 2:00 p.m., I finally figured out how to fix the problem.  However, by that point I understand that many of you had just given up.  This is a new business, and as hard as I tried to imagine and get in front of any eventualities, but I simply could not predict what did go wrong.

The scarves and pillows are ready, but I just ran out of time and could not finish making the product pages for them.  I will try to get it done ASAP.

I truly gave it everything I had!

Thanks to all of the individuals who worked tirelessly to produce the physical and virtual showing today--you know who you are!   Without you, none of would have been possible.  I will try to make the scarves and pillows available for Black Friday, as well as the original art and prints.  Please check back mid week for an update.




Michael Daly





Michael Daly

If you love SUSHI, don't miss this year's show.  TV room for Vikings fans-new this year!  

Michael Daly's 28th Annual Holiday Exhibit!


Please join us on this site, or at the studio, for Michael Daly's 28th Annual Holiday Exhibit!

This year, and for the very first time, the work we're displaying at my studio may also be purchased on my site--during the same hours only.

November 19, 2017

Noon to 6:00 p.m.


Beverages will be served. Also featuring sushi & Japanese appetizers from Tomo!


Check it out!

The Leeds Masterworks Collection, silk pillows, silk scarves for the ladies, and cat paintings!

Michael Daly Watercolors, Northern Warehouse, Studio 519

308 Prince St., St. Paul, MN 55101

(651) 500-8276

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Check Out Our Newest Offerings!

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Hand Painted Silk Scarves!


For the ladies only!  These 100% hand painted silk scarves come in 4 sizes!

08 x 45 - $235

08 x 54 - $275

15 x 60 - $325

14 x 72 - $375

Don't miss out!  These scarves are selling as fast as I can make them!  Each and every one of these gorgeous creations needs a woman like you to "hang" with!  It's time to class things up!  If you're not wearing one of Michael's scarves, don't dare go outside.

We are happy to take "special requests!"  If there is a certain color palette or size you want, please contact Michael.  

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Hand Painted Silk Pillows!

Our pillows come in these sizes:

22 x 22

20 x 20

12 x 12

By show day, we will have 4 (maybe 7) sets of hand painted pillows ready to go!  They are simply wonderful to live with and use daily.  Don't hold out--get a set today!

 "Tiger Hunt"

"Tiger Hunt"

Please be an Ambasador for this new business!

Michael Daly

For the past two years, Michael hasn't been able to do summer art fairs!  Why?  Because he's been inside, with the blinds drawn shut, working like a mad man to duplicate his business on-line.  In order to thrive in today's business world, small business owners like me have to be in two worlds--the physical & virtual!

However, there's no free lunch!  Actually, there's been no lunch at all, not for the past two years.  The gap in income from skipping summer art shows, in order to bring everything to you on-line, has been challenging to say the least!  Now, I need to be supported. 

We have always done this together!  I make the art and YOU my dear, faithful & fabulous customers, buy the art, bring friends to shows, encourage them to buy, send out my greeting & note cards, and generally watch out for my welfare.  This is about us!  This is your website!  I cannot and will not continue on without you.

Please promote your new business!  Buy & send gifts from your new business!  Share the gift of living with this great art!


Thank you!


Michael P. Daly

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St Paul Spring Art Crawl, Friday April 28th - Sunday April 30th, 2017

David Honeybone

Michael is opening his studio again for the Spring Art Crawl.  Visit him at Studio 519, Northern Warehouse, 308 Prince Street, St. Paul.

Friday 28th April: 6pm - 10pm

Saturday 29th April: 12noon - 8pm

Sunday 30th April: 12noon - 5pm.

He will be featuring prints from his new website as well as showing new original watercolors, including work from his first visit of 2017 to his northern Wisconsin lake cabin.

 Tulip's for Caroline - this is the sister piece for Irises for Dorothy - both available as prints - they make a perfect pair!

Tulip's for Caroline - this is the sister piece for Irises for Dorothy - both available as prints - they make a perfect pair!

Next developments

David Honeybone

We have been delighted with the first reactions to Michael's new website - "wow" and "gorgeous" being just two of the descriptions when people saw the images.

Work, however, continues.  Soon you will see larger prints added to the range - up to 26" x41" so all of the work will be available up to full size. And some of the Michael's 2016 Hawaii collection will soon be there too - luxuriant florals, dramatic seascapes. 

Michael's new website goes live!

David Honeybone

As I write this, we are minutes away from Michael switching on his new website, the culmination of months of work.  The inaugural collection includes a cross section of his work - florals, landscapes and abstracts, in watercolor, fabric paint, charcoal, and ink on silk,  Italian paper, Japanese paper and Chinese paper.  The prints are all on beautiful high quality paper - the results are stunning. Frames and matts have been carefully chosen to complement the images.  You will now be able to own one of these life enhancing pieces at remarkably affordable prices.

Next thing to watch out for- we shall soon be adding more originals and prints from Michael's Hawaii collection, painted on the magical island of Kauai in February this year,

Michael's new Hawaii collection February 2016

David Honeybone

Michael spent the month of February on the magical island of Kauai.  He has created a series of dramatic seascapes inspired by the intensity of the colors and the  power of the ocean, working at many of the glorious beaches .  He stayed  near Kapaa in the lush green valley of the Kealia River and painted everyday surrounded by its glorious flowers and trees. The results are vibrant, exotic and capture the spirit of the place.

The pieces are on their way to the framers ready to be exhibited at his Spring Show on 17 April 2016 at his studio at 308 Prince Street #519 , St Paul, MN55101.

Welcome to Michael's New Site

Luke Finsaas

We've been hard at work putting together a new site for Michael Daly Watercolors. Now you can order your favorite watercolor of Michael's online—or get a print of one that was purchased before you were able to get it!  

Explore the site and let us know what you think.  Soon there will be a link to Facebook and Twitter. If you find an error, please contact us vis the contact page and we'll get it fixed asap. 

Thank you for your support!