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A Side Trip

November 20th, 2009

I’ve been trying something new with my mask paintings this past week, but found myself at a temporary impasse. I’m really excited with what I’m experimenting with, but I’m faced with a dilemma I must wade thru before calling it complete. I usually only have one painting on the easel at a time, but this time I felt it was time to step away and work on something else.

So, I once again got out my black gesso and molding paste and really globbed up a canvas using a palette knife and natural sea sponge. I chose for my subject a little tiki aquarium accessory I’ve been wanting to paint for a while and then got busy. I had a blast with this one. My palette knife was flying around like a helicopter blade with paint flying everywhere. Nothing was safe. The kids and the animals swung a wide berth while the maniac exploded onto the canvas. (Well, I may be exaggerating a bit…but, I did have fun!)

This definitely got my mind off of my “problem child” for a couple days. Now I can go back to it with a fresh set of eyes and a new lease on life. I can’t wait to get it finished and get your feedback on it. But, for now I leave you with this fun little fellow…

My Biscuits Are Burnin

My Biscuits Are Burnin’! – 16″x12″ – Acrylic on canvas – Completed 11-18-09

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23 Comments for 'A Side Trip'

  1. Kathy Said:

    Don, I tried to imagine the title before reading what you had assigned to it but didn’t come anywhere close! I love this title. You have a terrific sense of humor. You should get on the comedy circuit! Just shows slides of your paintings and read the titles. You’ll have the audience in an uproar 🙂
    But, seriously folks(!), I think you’ve chosen the right tool, Don. The gestural strokes of the applied paint give life to your work. If I saw one in person I’d probably notice the texture as well, which would really add interest. You’re consistently masterful in this technique and also in creating interesting and balanced compositions. I’m truly amazed at how many different interpretations of masks you’ve created!

  2. Suzanne Berry Said:

    LOve Biscuits! and the title. Looking forward to seeing the results of the experiment. you are so brave. i have no courage and want to develop some. i should make it a practice of trying something new every week. you are such an inspiration.

    Thanks so much for your comment on Bummer! Glad to help out. nuthin better’n a tune ya can’t get outta yer hed. and i’m glad you like the names. we’ve decided dingle was a tad too racy for such a muppet. thanks so much. enjoy your weekend and the holiday!

  3. Kathleen Krucoff Said:

    Hi Don!

    What a GREAT title. It sooooo fits this one. And I so enjoyed the imagery you created with your description of paint flying everywhere as you were creating this one.

    Another fun piece and I still marvel at how you accomplish this with a palette knife. Great job.

  4. hallie Said:

    I like the way this fills the canvas and look so sculptural. I can’t imagine the story your brother might write about a side trip to the oven.

  5. Don Michael, Jr. Said:

    thanks for the great comments! You make me blush… So, when you were guessing names were you thinking things like Temper Tantrum, or Pele, or Liquid Hot Magma (must be said in Dr. Evil’s voice), or Government Spending, or something of the such? Those names actually went down on my list as I was deciding, but when I blurted out (in Yosemite Sam’s voice) My Biscuits Are Burnin’! my wife laughed out loud and that’s when I knew… Thanks again,

  6. Don Michael, Jr. Said:

    Hey Suz,
    I’m glad you enjoyed “Biscuits”. He was a blast to create. I must admit I can’t wait to see the results of my new one either. It’s kicking my butt right now, but I will conquer!
    I love your side track series of “Floating Faces”. I think it’s a good idea to be doing something so creative as you decide your next big project.

  7. Don Michael, Jr. Said:

    Thank you so much for both your great comments here and the promo comment on my Facebook page. I’m glad you enjoy my writing. Be careful about encouraging the beast, though. Who knows what he’ll do next!

    Using the palette knife has freed me up in so many ways. I think one of the things that was holding me back on the other piece I mentioned in this blog is the fact I was using a brush. Well, I fixed that problem last night when I got the helicopter blades back in action. Now I’ve really got a mess to clean up! We’ll see how that resolution works. I hope to have it finished some time this weekend. We’ll see…

  8. Don Michael, Jr. Said:

    Thanks, Hallie.
    I’m glad you mention the sculptural look to this one. I was actually thinking about your comment on “Hades” while I was painting it. Great minds thinking alike… or is it twisted ones? Either way, we were on the same track.

    BTW, I must admit a little trepidation at what David may write associated with this one. He’s already given me the major creeps once…

  9. Kathy Said:

    Nope, Don. None of those titles. Mine was: “Darn, he left the toilet seat up again!”

  10. Don Michael, Jr. Said:

    Kathy, That title never crossed my mind… mainly because I got toilet-seat-trained about 20+ years ago after many bruises and lacerations accumulated from late-night when the lights are off bludgeonings which were reactions from someone falling into the icy-cold waters when they were half asleep. I might be a slow learner, but I’m a learner… Hmmmm, come to think of it, that’s probably exactly the expression I would have seen if the lights had been on… Now I get it… -Don

  11. Celeste Said:

    Your Tiki-guy is REALLY sizzling! He looks to want a sacrifice thrown into the volcano. Lock up the goats and the virgins!

  12. Don Michael, Jr. Said:

    Celeste, Thanks for your hot comment. -Don

  13. Kathy Said:

    Too funny, Don!

  14. deborah Said:

    I wouldn’t have thunk a scary-looking mask would make me laugh, but this one did when I read the title. His expression and the red-hot palette say it all!

  15. Don Michael, Jr. Said:

    Hi Deborah, I’m glad I could provide you with some comic relief… I always say, “if it ain’t fun, why do it?”. -Don

  16. R Garriott Said:

    Any fan of the Tikis is a friend of mine! A great golden glow and fire in the belly to boot!

  17. Don Michael, Jr. Said:

    Well then, R, I’m proud to call you my friend. Thank you. -Don

  18. Margaret Ryall Said:

    I’m just checking in for the first time. I’ve been so busy with my blog, I’d compiled quite a to do list and you were at the top of it. I’m looking forward to responding to your work. Not today thought! I’m pooped from taking a two day workshop and wouldn’t trust myself to say anything sensible. I will say I love modelling paste, palette knives and all kinds of stuff you can manipulate, so I think I am in great company for connecting. As far as content- this guy frightens me to death! How’s that for reaction?

  19. Don Michael, Jr. Said:

    Hi Margaret and welcome… I’ve been on a texture kick of late and having lots of fun. I look forward to your insightful comments when you have the time.

    Don’t be afraid of the friendly tiki dude, he’s just taking a quick bath in some liquid hot magma. 🙂 It’s a point of interest to me how people react to my mask paintings. Each person brings their own preconceived notions to the viewing and often respond to the images based on those notions. I’ve had people react in totally opposite ways to most of my paintings. I’ve heard people say, “Oh my goodness, these are too creepy for me, I can’t look.”, and at the same exhibit have others come up laughing and smiling before standing there for several minutes taking them in. What I’ve noticed is that there are very few “neutral” viewers when it comes to my mask paintings. Everyone reacts to them in some manner and I love it!


  20. Douglas Said:

    What a great painting, man & a great release! Nothing like letting the creative muse loose with reckless abandon! Great work, Don!

  21. Don Michael, Jr. Said:

    Thanks, Douglas. Just be glad you didn’t have to clean up behind me. 😉

  22. Dean Said:

    This Burning Biscuit guy is powerfully awesome, Don!
    You’re working black magic with that gesso!!!

  23. Don Michael, Jr. Said:

    Wow, Dean! Thanks! I guess the fun shows thru… -Don



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