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Zero

December 14th, 2011

Last Thursday I started on an Eye Candy painting during my demo at the Michael’s in North Las Vegas. I wasn’t able to work on it again until Monday because of having so many irons in the fire. One of those irons was the Acrylic Workshop that I had scheduled for this past Saturday at that very same Michael’s. Below you can see my class getting ready to get started…

Of course, I forgot to use my camera during most of the stages of painting, but at least I remembered to get a shot towards the end while they’re all still hard at work…

And, thankfully I remembered to get a shot of them with their finished paintings…

Thanks, Ashley, Elle and Joe for being such good sports. You all did a GREAT job with your paintings!

The rest of my weekend was spent with several non-art type projects that kept me from the studio. However, on Monday, once I got the family all off to school and work, I was finally able to settle back into the studio and get some painting done. I completed the aforementioned Eye Candy painting which you can see below. It is named after one of my favorite candy bars, the Zero bar, which is the only thing that I will allow to pass my lips that has peanuts in it. (In case you haven’t figured it out yet, I HATE peanuts – and especially peanut butter. Bleck!!! But in the case of the Zero bar the almond flavoring masks that grotesque peanut flavor pretty well.)

Zero – 5″x5″ – Acrylic on canvas – Completed 12/12/11

©2011, Don Michael, Jr.

Then, tonight (Tuesday) I gave another demo at Michael’s and came away with the following almost completely done. I just had a few minutes of work left on it when I got back to my studio…

Apple Zotz – 4″x4″ – Acrylic on canvas – Completed 12/13/11

©2011, Don Michael, Jr.

This is the first in what will be my new Eye Candy sub-series, Eye Candy: Zotz. I’ve never tried Zotz candy, but I do like their name. There will be 6 Zotz paintings before the sub-series is complete.

Tomorrow (Wednesday) I’m going to be working on something totally none-art for most of the day and will probably be wiped out by tomorrow evening. But, I hope to still find a little time to do a bit of painting. We’ll see…

Happy Creating!

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12 Comments for 'Zero'

  1. Kathleen Krucoff Said:

    Hi Don!

    Well Zero has some lovely qualities. The slight smile, like she has a secret. Very mysterious. I really love this series.

    Happy Creating my friend!

    ~ Kathleen

  2. Dean Said:

    The class’s paintings look great, Don!

    Love the two “Z’s”. Zero and Zotz. Nice metallic sheen on Zotz.

  3. Don Michael, Jr. Said:

    Kathleen… Currently, Zero is one of my favorites in the series – for the very reasons you listed. Thank you!

    Dean… Thank you. I thought they all did a great job in the class. I hadn’t thought about the two “Z’s” until you mentioned it. Too funny. 😀

    -Don

  4. margaret ryall Said:

    The power of a title…. When I saw you newest blog post on my side bar, I automatically assumed that you had run out of ideas for your series. What a pessimist I am. Glad to see the the opposite is the truth. I like your new sub series idea and you must be a great teacher because all your students look very satisfied- not an easy job.

  5. Lisa Graham Art Said:

    I love them both, especially Zero (probably because I DO love peanut butter…I can eat a spoonful of it)…: )

    Can’t wait to see the others in your series! How do you get that shine in your acrylics? They look like oil paintings…so wonderful!

  6. hw(hallie)farber Said:

    Zero bars–I love ’em. They are my summer in-the-car snack so I don’t get melted chocolate all over the place. Both these paintings are beautiful–I love the apple green color. Your students should have been very pleased with their results; I’m betting you’re a great teacher.

  7. Don Michael, Jr. Said:

    Margaret… You’d think I might have a little experience in marketing, wouldn’t you? Made you look… 😛 Thank you for the great comment. Yes, all of my students left fairly satisfied with their paintings. I think a couple of them had plans of tweaking a little when they got home. I think it’s a huge ‘win’ if I get them painting outside of the class.

    Lisa… Bleck! Peanut butter! My kids eat it by the spoonful, as well. Then they put that nasty smelling spoon into the sink. Then that’s all I can smell in the kitchen until one of us does the dishes!!! I repeat, “Bleck!”. Thank you for your comment on my paintings. I’m glad you like them. I always think it’s interesting when people comment that my acrylics “look like oil paintings”. I just paint what I see, just like I would with oils. The best part is, though, I don’t have to wait for the drying time. 🙂

    Hallie… Finally! I have a candy represented that you’re familiar with – and enjoy! Yay! Thank you! I agree, the students SHOULD have been pleased, since they did such a great job.

    -Don

  8. Suzanne Berry Said:

    SA-WEEEET! love ’em both! and your students work looks great! you have so much energy! i must try a zero bar! happy weekend and happy creating my friend!

  9. deborah younglao Said:

    I love Zero – the bar and your painting – I feel chilled just looking at her!

    Lucky students to have such a talented teacher… I’m sure they learned much from you.

  10. Peggy Stermer-Cox Said:

    Hi Don! OH! Z-words! Zero and Zotz; coolness-z! Thanks for sharing the photos from your class. It’s fun seeing students hard at work. I do like your new masks and look forward to seeing more of the Zotz series. Happy creating cool things Don!

  11. Dan Kent Said:

    I’m a bit behind here – it’s like every now and then I fall of the edge of the virtual earth. I love Zero (to quote deborah, no originality here) – she is definitely hiding something grotesque under that beauty – but she makes me want to know her secret..desperately.

    So palette knife man, can’t help but notice your students are all using brushes. Brushes! Ah, maybe they’re chopsticks. That would explain it. 🙂

  12. Don Michael, Jr. Said:

    Suz… Thank you! My energy is a little suspect this week. I think I’ve been getting too into the holiday spirit. I’m sure things will pick back up again next week, though. 🙂 Happy Creating, back-at-ya…

    Deborah… Thank you! I hope they learned something. At least I haven’t scared them away since this was all of them’s 2nd class and one of them’s 5th. 😀

    Peggy… Thankzzz! 🙂 I’m looking forward to my next class, but it won’t be until the new year. Happy Creating!

    Dan… I’m with you about being behind. I’ve found it quite difficult lately to stay caught up with all our blogging friends, but I try… When you find out Zero’s secret, be sure to tell me. I’m curious now. As for my students, they are all learning brush techniques on the canvas and palette knife techniques on the palette, which is required of me as an instructor for Grumbacher. So far, I’ve saved the chopsticks for eating only – but you never know…

    -Don

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