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Hard to Paint…

October 10th, 2009

It’s been a busy week full of many good distractions which has kept me from painting as much as I like. Monday was an all-day networking day as I try to establish free-lance graphics clientele. Tuesday, I woke up to an announcement that some of my work has been accepted into the book, “Art Buzz 2010 Collection”, which will be published early next year and go out to galleries and museums around the world. Later Tuesday, I was surprised to find out that my work was selected by the Art/Stage Director of a movie titled “Red Herring”, being filmed here in Vegas, to be used as wall art in some of their scenes. So, Thursday and Friday were spent hauling paintings to and from the location shoot for this movie. For several hours 7 of my paintings were hanging in a multi-million dollar mansion! Maybe this will give them a taste of the good life and they’ll find their way permanently to similar residents in the future.

While all of this was going on, I took the time to finally create a “fan page on Facebook”. Stop by and join up…

Also, the online charity auction site for “Un-Mask”, for which I painted “3 masks”, is now up and running. Check out all the great work. Masks are continually being added so be sure to sign up for the email updates.

With all that said, I am in the middle of my next painting, but I don’t anticipate having it finished until mid-next week. Until then, I give you the most involved and most successful of my Serigraphy editions… It took 37 pulls (basically, 37 colors) to create and garnered a Purchase Award, a Judges Choice award and an Honorable Mention in juried shows during ’93 & ’94. Regrettably, the cropping on this old slide cuts off about 1.5 inches of the right side, but luckily the composition stays fairly intact. I hope you enjoy…

What Profit a Man

What Profit a Man…?, Matt. 16:26 – 12″x16″ – Serigraphy on Daniel Smith Archival Paper – edition of 13 (7 still available) – Completed March 1993 – ©1993, Don Michael, Jr.

After posting this blog I found the original acrylic and india ink “sketch” I did in preparation for the aforementioned print. I was so excited about finding it that I thought I’d share… I kept this one’s jpeg as large as my blog software would let me. Be sure to click on it so you can see the gestural brushwork and the raw paper where the staples held it to its support.

What Profit a Man - Acrylic Sketch - 1500px

What Profit a Man…? “sketch”12″x16″ – Acrylic, India Ink & Markers on Cold Press Watercolor Paper – Completed January 1993 – ©1993, Don Michael, Jr.

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9 Comments for 'Hard to Paint…'

  1. Aaron Said:

    Congratulations on being included in the book and on your work being in the movie. Can’t wait to see Red Herring! Have a great week.

  2. deborah Said:

    Hey Don, congrats on the good stuff that’s happening! It was just a matter of time for you. I just checked out the mask auction site – they are all so creative! Amazing the variety of ideas, given the same starting point.

  3. Kathleen Krucoff Said:

    Hi Don!

    Wow you are one busy guy. Congrats on all of it, and I’m with you, hope your wonderful paintings find their way into permanent homes in mansions or other upscale residences. How cool would that be? 🙂

    So glad you found the original sketch of What Profit a Man….? Whew, this is one emotionally charged and powerful painting! I am in awe.

    More great things are coming your way…I just know it.

    All the best, Kathleen

  4. hallie Said:

    Whew! Just reading about your exhilerating week makes me want to take a break. Great things are happening for you–your fans are happy.

  5. Don Michael, Jr. Said:

    Thanks, Aaron… I hope the movie is a good one…we’ll see next year.

    Deborah, Welcome back. Thanks for checking out the mask auction. I agree, it is wonderful to see all of the unique and interesting work. I keep going thru them picking my favorite…it changes with each visit.

    Kathleen, Thanks for the positive thoughts…I sure hope so. I’m glad you enjoyed “What Profit a Man…?”. I consider it my magnum opus in serigraphy, as it is the one for which I am most proud.

    Hallie, I hope you had a good break. Now, back to work… 🙂


  6. Kathy Said:

    Yahoo!! Congratulations on your book inclusion and featured art in film. You deserve every bit of recognition and I hope you get lots, lots more.
    – Kathy

  7. Douglas Said:

    Go, Man, go! Way to work it, Don. Sounds like you’re really going at the business side of creating with full force. Looking forward to seeing what happens next! All the best to you, buddy!

  8. Don Michael, Jr. Said:

    Kathy, Thank you so much for your continued support and encouragement. They mean the world to me.

    Douglas, I am trying to make this fine art thing happen. Your encouragement a few weeks ago as I started this leg of the journey still resonates with me. Thank you!


  9. Don’s Blog » Memory Lane Said:

    […] a piece that I consider the magnum opus of my serigraphy work titled What Profit a Man?. I wrote about that piece this past October. At the time, I was exploring the ideals of the German Expressionists and had […]



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