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A Golden Weekend

Posted by Don Michael, Jr. on May 4th, 2010 in Events, Over the Under-Schmeerings

Last week some of you may remember that I mentioned a painting I had created but was unable to post about at the time. I can now reveal that it was to be a gift to my parents for their 50th wedding anniversary. At the time, though, 1) they didn’t even know I was going to be able to make it, so I was trying to keep that a surprise, and 2) I didn’t want them to know their gift would be something ‘homemade’.

So, Friday night, my son, Eric, my daughter, Christina, and I showed up unbeknownst to my folks at my sister’s house where they had been invited for a pre-50th-celebration dinner. (In case you’re wondering, some of my siblings were in on the surprise.) The look on my parents’ faces was priceless and well-worth the short-turnaround flight in and out of Tulsa, OK for the weekend.

Don Don Eric Gail Christina

Saturday was the big event. We all gathered together to celebrate 50 years of marriage, 7 children, 16 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren. It was a wonderful opportunity for some of us to see each other for the first time in several years, and the first time the 7 siblings had been under one roof since 2003. It was also the first time I had seen 2 of my nephews and my four grand-nephews.

Most of the Family

Since no one had seen the gift I had prepared for my parents except for my wife and kids, I was a little nervous to know how it would be received. Thankfully, I think they liked it…

The Gift is Received

This painting started out as one of my Over the Under-Schmeerings. I realized as I was painting it, though, that the background could not show too much through the main subject matter, so the schmeerings became almost tertiary in this piece. I anticipate experimenting with more ‘under-schmeered’ portraits in the future since this was such a fun challenge.

The Golden Years – 8″x8″ – Acrylic on canvas – Completed 4-25-10

©2010, Don Michael, Jr.

The image of my parents in this painting comes from a Christmas card they sent out back in 1962 when the artist wasn’t even walking yet. Below is a scan of the photo from that Christmas card. For the painting, I felt the wiggly guy in the middle could be cropped out since he really added nothing to the composition I was going for.

Gail Don DonJr 1962 - lo res

As has become my standard procedure when introducing my Under-Schmeerings pieces, I give you the before and after. I hope you enjoy.

©2010, Don Michael, Jr.

©2010, Don Michael, Jr.

Well, the long weekend is officially over and now it’s time to get back to work…

Happy Creating!



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