Upon driving back through America to California, Michael stayed for a few months in Minnesota, Seattle and Napa.  It was during this trying period that Knutson painted No Man's Land for a nightclub called "Nuemo's".  He moved down to a ranch in eastern hills of Napa, converting an old horseshoe barn and cellar into a studio where he worked for a year.  Human forms started reappearing in his work along with new landscapes.  Michael moved to Los Angeles in 2008 and into a house in the Mission district in San Francisco later that year.  By this time, the economic recession was in full swing.  Knutson threw art parties in his room every month and with difficulty paid his room and board.  One of the most intriguing paintings of this period is Los Angeles, a surreal vision of a swimming pool at five a.m. 

Los Angeles (five a.m.)

Los Angeles (five a.m.)

60" x 72" acrylic on canvas $10,000

California

California

48"x48" acrylic on canvas $2,600 sold

Mak in the Tack Room, Wild Horse Valley, California

Mak in the Tack Room, Wild Horse Valley, California

Raven in Human Form

Raven in Human Form

60"x48" acrylic on canvas $5,400 sold

Transformation

Transformation

Glooskap

Glooskap

36"x30" acrylic on canvas $1,400

Young Man with Raven Mask

Young Man with Raven Mask

50"x36" acrylic on canvas $4,200

Mak in San Francisco

Mak in San Francisco

Orchard,  Night Landscape

Orchard, Night Landscape

20"x30" acrylic on canvas $1,000