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Happy Thanksgiving

November 26th, 2009

For the first time in years I have actually relegated a painting I’ve been working on to the “unresolved-needs-to-be-hidden-away” closet. I’ve tried and tried to come up with a resolution to an experiment I’m working on and have yet to find the right answer. So, instead of beating myself up anymore, I’m going to put it away for awhile and move on to more productive pieces. Don’t get me wrong, I am not giving up. I know I will find the answers, but sometimes they aren’t as forthcoming as I would like.

Since I have no new painting to post I thought I’d feature one of my serigraph prints from 1993. I thought this piece would be a perfect fit on this day of Thanksgiving since it illustrates one of the things in my life that I am most thankful for. I hope you enjoy.


Atonement – 17″x11″ – Serigraphy edition of 7 – Completed November 1993

©1993, Don Michael, Jr.

I hope each and every one of you has a happy and blessed Thanksgiving. No matter what your situation there are good things that have happened for you over the past year. Take time to reflect on them and be thankful. God Bless, -Don

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15 Comments for 'Happy Thanksgiving'

  1. Margaret Ryall Said:

    I’ve found that no work is ever a failure. Sometimes it can be resurrected and reworked totally or added to ( as days pass you are a different person because of your experiences and new ideas appear). I often have “ah ha” moments because I have new ways of looking at an image.Sometimes these ideas come a year after the initial attempt. I never put an unfinished painting away though. I leave it where I can see it and it remains present in your thoughts even if only in the background. I often recycle a part of work into a totally new work especially if is on paper. I’ve also joined canvases or panels together and added ideas in that way. I trust some inspiration will come your way.

    I am glad you posted this image of older work.I enjoy seeing an artist’s history. It is very powerful in every way especially the content. Your composition and the colour scheme adds to the evocative nature of the message. The arms and hands clutching up and down connect everything. I also find the poster like quality of the work supportive of the idea of messages. I would love to hear a little more about your thoughts on this piece. Only if you like to discuss content. Some artist like to just put it out there and let the viewer go for it.

    Happy Thanksgiving.

  2. Don Michael, Jr. Said:

    Margaret – Happy Thanksgiving!

    Thank you for your words of encouragement. I’ve not actually hidden my “problem child” away, its just not on the easel right now. I know an “ah ha” moment will arrive, I just get impatient for it sometimes…

    As for “Atonement”, you have captured its essence in your insightful and complimentary comments. Thank you.


  3. Kathy Said:

    Hi Don. This is a powerful painting. Thank you for posting it. I hope you and yours had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I’m thankful for “friends” like you, and artists like you who strive to freely express who they are. Keep painting – you’ll find a resolution to that difficult painting at some point!

  4. Don Michael, Jr. Said:

    Hi Kathy,

    I’m glad you enjoyed “Atonement”. It’s a piece that is very close to my heart and I’m glad I could share it. We had a wonderful Thanksgiving spent with family and friends. I hope you did, as well. I value the friendship we have developed over this past year and look forward to continued correspondence in the future.

    Thanks for the encouragement on my difficult painting. I realize resolution is on the horizon, I’m just not used to it being such a challenge to find.


  5. Kathy Said:

    I can appreciate that type of roadblock, Don. Recently, I struggled over and again with an oil painting that just wouldn’t “behave.” So, I took some turps, wiped it out, and started something entirely different. This isn’t the time for me to waste lots of effort and paint – I’m on a deadline! And, quite frankly, I was tired of that painting anyway. Sometime you just gotta move on 🙂

  6. hallie Said:

    I looked at this several times and was at a loss for words. I think Margaret and Kathy found the perfect word–powerful.

    Challenge is necessary for growth–you’ll feel taller soon.

  7. Don Michael, Jr. Said:

    Thank you, Hallie.

    Your quiet concurrence has made my evening.

    I’d like to point out that challenge is usually fun, but growing pains hurt.


  8. Don Michael, Jr. Said:

    Kathy, Moving on is a temptation I am seriously considering. We’ll see… -Don

  9. Kathleen Krucoff Said:

    A belated Happy Thanksgiving to you too Don. I have been reflecting on all of the changes that have taken place in my life this year. I am amazed & thankful beyond belief for all of the blessings.

    I hope you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  10. Don Michael, Jr. Said:

    Kathleen, You deserve the good things that have come your way and I hope they continue and multiply. Our Thanksgiving was wonderful. We opened our home to friends and family and were blessed with a wonderful day of fellowship and fun. -Don

  11. Suzanne Berry Said:

    Happy Thanksgiving and Anniversary my bud! Wow, how timely it was posting October! I’m so proud to know you. And, thank you for showing me a much saner way of facing a painting that isn’t going in the direction one desires. Just put it away and not transfer feelings of inadequacy and failure. I love Atonement! Happy happy my friend and thank you.

  12. Don Michael, Jr. Said:

    Hey Suz, Your words have brightened my day! Hugs, -Don

  13. Celeste Said:

    Your piece, “Atonement” is a perfect example of how some graphic art deserves the same type of accolades that any oil painting (or any “fine art”) could possibly receive. -for what is better than a message so exquisitely conveyed with such economy of line and color? This sir, is a magnificent piece of art..! I bow from my waist, and I doff my cap to you.

  14. Celeste Said:

    p.s. but never stop painting –graphic artists make the best painters if I do say so myself. lol.

  15. Don Michael, Jr. Said:

    Celeste, you have left me speechless with appreciation…WOW! Thanks, -Don

    PS, I can never stop painting…and I concur… 🙂



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