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A Fine Mess

April 24th, 2009

So, what’s the state of our environment? What’s the state of our economy? Can we trust our leadership? If I’m not politically correct does that make me evil? Well, to put it mildly, it’s a fine mess we’re in. These were the thoughts I was having as I designed this composition. The dead tree, the stormy clouds, the angst-laden expression of the mask and the color palette were chosen to illustrate these thoughts which became amplified as I tried unsuccessfully to put my vision to the canvas. So, the title I chose is indicative of all of the above – but especially the painting. Maybe I’m just too close to it right now, but I finally just felt it was time to call it done and move on.

And, on that positive note, I give you “A Fine Mess”. Once again I used only the palette knife. The intricate carvings in the mask gave me fits at times, but I chose to stick with the palette knife all the way to completion.

A Fine Mess – 24″x36″ – Acrylic on Canvas – Completed 4-24-09

©2009, Don Michael, Jr.

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6 Comments for 'A Fine Mess'

  1. deborah younglao Said:

    Don I think your ‘Fine Mess’ is pretty fine! The swirling clouds and worm’s eye view of the mask definitely convey a feeling of foreboding and doom. Good job, I’d say!

  2. Don Michael, Jr. Said:

    Thank you Deborah. Your encouragement and kind words mean a lot. I’m glad you got what I was going for. It’s good to hear that it was worth the struggle…

  3. Catherine Said:

    It does certainly have an ominous quality about it, but at the same time the brighter colors in the background seem to offer a sense of hope, or new dawn…


  4. Don Michael, Jr. Said:

    Thanks, Catherine. I had a friend tell me she thought happy thoughts when she saw this painting because of the colors and in no way could she see the ‘ominous’ I was going for and feeling. Maybe I was just in too negative of a place at the time I finished this one(which is kind of rare for me). I’m glad you get a sense of hope…I really like that…because I believe there is always hope. Thanks for taking me to a positive place. -Don

  5. Douglas Said:

    Another classic from Don, very striking painting!

  6. Don Michael, Jr. Said:

    Thank you my Island Friend. I was going for striking but was afraid I’d struck out. The encouraging words I’ve received have tempered that somewhat. -Don



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