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A Change of Plans

May 22nd, 2010

So, I have a plan in place. I’ve chosen the ‘under-schmeered’ canvas I’m going to use. I’ve chosen the mask I’m going to paint on it. I’ve even worked out my design in its entirety in Photoshop and printed out a copy to paint from. I start painting. I get the darkest areas blocked in. I get the brightest areas blocked in. And then I stopped. She was finished. But, she was nowhere near what I had planned. It didn’t matter. She was finished.

She looks like she’s discovered something. Or, maybe she just got discovered emerging from the chaos. Maybe I just discovered something new. Whatever may be, this is “Discovery”.


Discovery – 8″x8″ – Acrylic on canvas – Completed 5-22-10

©2010, Don Michael, Jr.

The ‘under-schmeering’ for this painting was created during the process of creating Hidden in Plain Sight. Below is the before/after.

Discovery w Bkg

©2010, Don Michael, Jr.

Now it’s time to get back into the studio. Happy Creating!

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12 Comments for 'A Change of Plans'

  1. PAMO Said:

    Don- I love her! She’s fantastic!!!!!

  2. DebP Said:


  3. Kathleen Krucoff Said:

    Awesome Don, totally awesome. And to me Discovery does look like she is shrouded in mystery. Very cool.

  4. Dan Kent Said:

    You are right. She is finished – your instinct is good. I love this one! I would even say this is one of my favorites! I love the colors, the intense yet tender immediacy, all of it. Magical. Beautiful painting!

  5. hallie Said:

    This reminds me of a favorite sculpture by Saint-Gaudens–the Adams Memorial in Rock Creek Cemetery. Your painting is beautiful and mysterious.

  6. Celeste Said:

    you are so smart to leave her right there. She is truly lovely!

  7. kathy Said:

    Good instincts!! There’s a primitive quality to this “entity” – like a tropical rainforest nymph – that could only be expressed by not fussing about too much with your paints. It’s raw and yet very sophisticated. You always manage to impart a certain amount of “mystery” in your paintings. Is it something “she” discovered, or, was she discovered by someone else? Was it something the artist discovered? The other aspect that interests me about this painting is how you masterfully controlled the greens which are a very tricky to use. Excellent work, Don!

  8. PAMO Said:

    Don- my new blog URL is http://pamoblog.blogspot.com Please come join me- I’d be honored.

  9. Mark Sheeky Said:

    Nice work Don. You’re really a master of colour. At 8×8 there’s a lot of detail in there too.

  10. Don Michael, Jr. Said:

    Pam… Thank you! And, I will be checking out your blog as soon as I’m done here. It’s great to have you back!

    Hi Debbie… Welcome to my blog. Thanks!

    Thanks, Kathleen… I love your description.

    Dan… Great comment! Magical is cool. Thanks!

    Hallie… Thank you. I’m going to look up Saint Gaudens and check out his work.

    Celeste… Thanks. I’ll pass your comment about my smarts on to my wife. 😉

    Kathy… What an insightful and head-swelling comment! Thank you! “Tropical rainforest nymph” is such a cool description. Those greens were easy to work with since they were applied randomly with a palette knife when I wasn’t paying attention. 😀

    Mark… Thank you. What a wonderful compliment coming from such a colorist as yourself. Sweet!


  11. Nicki Said:

    My favorite! The under-schmeerings are used to perfection.

  12. Don Michael, Jr. Said:

    Thanks, Nicki!



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