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When I have a gallery show or demo I love to talk to those who are interested in my pieces about the backstory of my paintings or sculptures. These stories help people connect to me, my creative process, and the history of the piece they are looking at.

Over the years my collectors have asked me to write down the story behind their piece. Recently, I have gone one step further, I have and will continue to publish books about a series of paintings or sculptures. The "Behind the Paint" and "Behind the Bronze" series' are my sketchbooks and journals I make as I work on a piece, or a series. In these books are my thoughts and concepts and how I work. Step by step, day by day, with all of the problems, difficulties and changes and how I hopefully solve them. These books I give out to people who buy my pieces described in the books.

In 2014 I have two more books slated for publication, one in the spring and one in the fall. The following books are now available through Amazon.com.

Behind the Paint: The First Chapter - France & Italy 2013

The sketchbook and travel journal of artist Michael Tieman on his trip to France and Italy in 2013. "The role of an artist from the dawn of time has been as a visual storyteller. The artist starts the story, writing the first chapter, and the viewer finishes it by adding to it their imagination, and life experiences."

This is the first chapter of Nancy and my travels to Paris, the Provence area of France, Cinque Terre, Italy and the hills of Siena. Here are my sketches, stories and thoughts that I work with to create paintings for my "Visions of France & Italy" art exhibition in 2013.

  • Paperback: 78 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Tieman Publishing (April 14, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 099109770X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0991097708
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.4 ounces
  • Price: $7.95 plus shipping

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Behind the Paint - France & Italy 2013

Behind the Paint: The First Chapter - Italy 2011

The sketchbook and travel journal of artist Michael Tieman on his trip to Italy in 2011. "The role of an artist from the dawn of time has been as a visual storyteller. The artist starts the story, writing the first chapter, and the viewer finishes it by adding to it their imagination, and life experiences."

This is the first chapter of Nancy and my travels to Rome and the hills of Tuscany, Italy. Here are my sketches, stories and thoughts that I work with to create paintings for my "Visions of Italy" art exhibition in 2012.

  • Paperback: 52 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Tieman Publishing
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615891314
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615891316
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.1 inches
  • Price: $7.95 plus shipping
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Paperback version of
Behind the Paint - Italy 2011


The Building of "Courage"

The book, The Building of “Courage”, is a diary in text and photography that takes the reader step-by-step through the building of my sculpture “Courage”. A sculpture standing in tribute to those who have, who are and who will battle Cancer.

I take you from my very first dream of the sculpture through the creative process and the day-to-day building of the 36” clay maquette. The final chapter takes you into the foundry and through all the steps of the casting of the 36 inch bronze “Courage”

  • Paperback: 68 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Tieman Publishing
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615400027
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615400020
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 9.8 x 7.9 inches
  • Price: $26.95 plus shipping

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Paperback version of
The Building of "Courage"


I have canvas giclees available of some of my latest work, especially of my Italy and France trips. To see these prints and to order,
please go to Fine Art America.

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