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Dare to Believe

May 25th, 2011

Many of my blogging friends will remember that last year I had the opportunity to be a part of the charity event Circus Couture 2010. I blogged about it here. Last year’s Circus Couture brought in over $100,000 which went to the Children’s Specialty Center of Nevada via The St. Baldrick’s foundation to help children in our community in their fight with cancer and other blood born diseases. (Now there is a video on youtube which shows the highlights of last year’s event which you can watch here.)

Well, I’m exited to once again be invited to take part in this wonderful event. Circus Couture 2011 will be held on June 26th at The Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino here in Las Vegas. This year I wanted to make sure that the piece I created would honor the men and women who are working so hard to put this wonderful event together. I must admit great pride in the final result…

Dare to Believe – 20″x16″ – Acrylic on canvas – Completed 5-25-11

©2011, Don Michael, Jr.

As you can see this is a new addition to my Over the Under-Schmeerings (OTUS) series. The ‘Schmeerings’ for this one was created while I was painting Look at Us Now, Butterscotch, Lemon Drop and Strawberry. Below you can see the before/after.

©2011, Don Michael, Jr.

Thankfully, this is the last of the charity events that I have committed to for a few months. Even though these have been a lot of work I have found them all to be wonderful learning experiences which have stretched me as both an artist and as a person. It will be nice, though, to get back to the studio with no looming deadlines other than my own self-imposed ones…

Happy Creating!

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7 Comments for 'Dare to Believe'

  1. Nicki Ault Said:

    This is excellent, Don. Great composition and I love the light on his chest as well as her left arm. Magnifico!

  2. -Don Said:

    Thanks, Nicki… This is one that I keep walking by and thinking, “I actually did that?”. What a cool feeling…


  3. PAMO Said:

    A gorgeous work Don! Your pride is well deserved and hard earned. I love how you combined your technique with the beautifully rendered figures. WOW!!!

  4. -Don Said:

    PAMO… Thank you! I hope it is well received by those bidding at the event. I sure enjoyed creating it.


  5. Suzanne Berry Said:

    a stunning piece don!!! beautifully done! your figurative work is incredible as is your generousity!

  6. Sandy Byers Said:

    Brilliant! I love the action and emotion that is instantly revealed and the (viewer’s) eye movements is outstanding. You know what else is so cool aobut it is that it would work just as well if it were on a 60 x 48 foot wall! Kudos to you Don!

  7. Don Michael, Jr. Said:

    Suz… Thank you! It was a fun challenge to bring in the figures on this one.

    Sandy… Thanks! I’m really proud of the movement that comes across in this. I’m finding that the schmeerings lend themselves well to the illusion of movement. Now a 60×48 wall would be one BIG challenge. We’ll have to see about that…




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