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Posted by Don Michael, Jr. on May 30th, 2012 in Eye Candy Series

One of the cool things about using candy names for my Eye Candy series is how some of the names are so much fun to say. For this latest palette knife painting I chose the name Lollie. Go ahead say it. It’s fun, isn’t it? Now, don’t you just want to keep saying, “Lollie, lollie, lollie…”?

I do.

Lollie – 5″x5″ – Acrylic on canvas – Completed 5/29/12

Now I’m going to sing my little Lollie Song all the way back to the studio.

Happy Creating!


Last night I finished a new Eye Candy painting. It’s hard to believe that it’s been over a month since I did one. Where has May gone?!?!?!?

Truffle – 5″x5″ – Acrylic on canvas – Completed 5/27/12

©2012, Don Michael, Jr.

As I was preparing to post about this new painting I accidently clicked on a post from my archives which happened to be from exactly three years ago. The painting that I saw there made me decide to look at what I’d done around the same time each year for the past 9 years. I found it to be a great exercise and thought I’d share the results. Here they are in chronological order… (All are acrylic on canvas)

Introspective – 10″x8″ – ©2003, Don Michael, Jr.

Insanity – 10″x8″ – ©2004, Don Michael, Jr.

Inspiration – 10″x8″ – ©2005, Don Michael, Jr.

Manaakitanga – 10″x8″ – ©2006, Don Michael, Jr.

Aphrodite – 10″x8″ – ©2007, Don Michael, Jr.

Poetic Justice – 24″x36″ – ©2008, Don Michael, Jr.

Ghost Stories – 10″x8″ – ©2009, Don Michael, Jr.

Discovery – 8″x8″ – ©2010, Don Michael, Jr.

Dare To Believe – 20″x16″ – ©2011, Don Michael, Jr.

It’s a lot of fun to look back. I see my willingness to explore new ideas. I see some ‘ah ha’ moments that informed later works. And, I see the growth that has occurred as I’ve explored this mask theme.

It’s really interesting that each one of these paintings can take me back to events that were going on in my life, as well as emotions I was dealing with at the time. Hmmmm…. I’ve just realized that my paintings are the perfect diary for me – and, I’m the only person who holds the key.

A side-effect of this exercise is that now I’m especially ready to get back to the studio and get busy…

Happy Creating!

New Fairy Moon

Posted by Don Michael, Jr. on May 25th, 2012 in Books by David R. Michael

I’m excited to announce the release of the book, New Fairy Moon, by my brother, David Michael, which is published by Four Crows Landing.

New Fairy Moon – Book by David Michael – Cover Artwork by Don Michael, Jr.

©2012, David Michael

(Click here for information on purchasing the book)

Once again, I did the artwork for one of David’s book covers. Once again, David has caused me to step outside of my comfort zone…

This time I had to teach myself about Manga. David’s 10-year-old daughter had come up with what she thought the main three characters should look like and it was in the Manga style. She did such a great job with her drawing that we wanted to ‘tip our hats’ to her work while creating this cover. So, it was time for me to start studying and experimenting on something I had never given any real attention to before. After a couple weeks of focussed study I finally worked up the nerve to start designing what would eventually become this painting…

New Fairy Moon – 18.5″x12″ – Acrylic on painting board – Completed 4/20/12

©2012, Don Michael, Jr.

Even though I didn’t really master the manga style I still had a lot of fun with this – and I learned something new. All-in-all I’d say it was a very rewarding experience.

I wonder what David’s going to ask of me next… I’m almost afraid to ask.

Happy Creating!

Zephyr & Nebulous

Posted by Don Michael, Jr. on May 19th, 2012 in Actual Masks, Events

Tonight (Saturday) I will be enjoying art and fellowship at the Grand Opening of the Gina M. Woodruff Gallery in Long Beach, California (where 5 of my paintings will be residing for the next 3 months). I look forward to making several new artist friends while enjoying their fabulous art. Since I’ll be ‘out of pocket’ for the next few days I thought I’d share two of my latest creations…

Zephyr – Acrylic, Burlap & Acrylic Medium on Paper Mache’ Mask – Completed 5/13/12

©2012, Don Michael, Jr.

Nebulous – Acrylic, Burlap & Acrylic Medium on Paper Mache’ Mask – Completed 5/12/12

©2012, Don Michael, Jr.

Zephyr and Nebulous are both going to be donated to the Innovations International Charter School of Nevada to be auctioned off in October at this year’s UnMasking the Mind charity auction and gala. Any proceeds from their sale will be applied towards books and supplies for the school. I’m proud to say that this will be my 4th year of involvement with this event.

The drapery around both Zephyr and Nebulous was created using burlap and acrylic medium. It was a lot of fun experimenting with this new material (for me). I wouldn’t be surprised if it appears in other works in the future.

Have a great weekend…

Happy Creating!

Heaven Knows

Posted by Don Michael, Jr. on May 15th, 2012 in Events, Over the Under-Schmeerings

Where does that doorway lead? What waits on the other side? Is she going through it? Has she already been through it? Does she even know it’s there?

Only Heaven Knows

Heaven Knows – 24″x20″ – Acrylic on canvas – Completed 5/15/12

©2012, Don Michael, Jr.

I started painting this Over the Under-Schmeerings (OTUS) painting this past Saturday at the St. Judes “Affair of the Heart” Gala in the Four Seasons Hotel in Las Vegas. I was one of three artists invited to paint live during the meet-and-greet section of the event. It was a wonderful event and I wish I had remembered my camera so I could share. Regrettably, my lovely wife and I realized as we were pulling into valet that we had left my camera sitting on my computer desk at home. A lot of good it did us there! Thankfully, my good friend, Niki Sands, was kind enough to take a couple photos of me at work. As you can see, I at least remembered all the items necessary to create a painting: Canvas – check; Paint – check; Easel – check; Palette – check; Brushes – check; Palette knife – check; Bowl for water – check; Ice cold beverage – check…


Thanks for the photos, Niki!

I found out recently that the Ginormous Heart I painted for this event was sponsored by Wells Fargo. My understanding is that the sponsorship of these hearts starts at $20,000! What a wonderful feeling to know that a creation of mine was able to generate this type of money for such a worthy cause!!!

I’ll close this post by sharing the sweet little plaque that I was given for taking part in this wonderful event. I couldn’t be prouder! Bless you, St. Jude!!!

‘Thank you’ Plaque

Now it’s back to the studio… Happy Creating!

Maggie and Mum’s the Word

Posted by Don Michael, Jr. on May 11th, 2012 in Actual Masks

As I mentioned in my last post, I have been working on masks which will be donated to this year’s Un-Masking the Mind charity gala and auction. The proceeds for the masks auctioned off at the event will help pay for books and supplies for Innovations International Charter School of Nevada. I’m proud to say that this year will be my fourth with this event.

A major part of my process in creating these masks is to experiment with different materials and concepts. Although I have not finished the masks that I will be donating, I do have a couple of successful experiments that I’d like to share…

My new material of choice this year was burlap. I’d never used it with my mask creations before and I thought I’d see what I could come up with. For my first experiment I cut the burlap into several small strips and adhered them to a mask mold as I would paper mache’. I knew before I was even half-way done that this experiment would not be one I’d donate to the school – but it would be one I’d have some fun with… I think the results speak (pun intended) for themselves…

Mum’s the Word – Burlap, Acrylic Medium and Acrylic Paint – Completed 5/10/12

©2012, Don Michael, Jr.

This next experiment primarily revolved around the use of translucency in the application of paint to the mask. I’m really happy with the results, but realized that she didn’t lend herself to the use of burlap. She’s just too dainty and elegant… I like the use of contrasts, but I knew this wasn’t a time for that design element.

Maggie – Acrylic on primed plastic mask – Completed 5/11/12

©2012, Don Michael, Jr.

I am really thrilled with how both of these experiments turned out. Now if the other masks will only turn out as nicely… We’ll see.

Happy Creating!

Creating Masks & Upcoming Events

Posted by Don Michael, Jr. on May 7th, 2012 in Actual Masks, Events

I’ve not had new work of late that I could share. However, there’s still a lot going on in and around my studio. Currently, I’m working on some new masks, a couple of which will be donated to this year’s UnMasking the Mind charity auction coming up in October. Here’s what the main table in my studio looks like right now…

Don’s Studio 5/6/12

Creating these masks is always a fun adventure. I try to do something entirely different each time. One of the materials I’m experimenting with this year is burlap. More on that when everything is complete… but, for now just know that I’m having some fun!

This Saturday is the long-awaited St. Jude’s Affair of the Heart Gala and Charity Auction at the Four Seasons in Las Vegas. (There are still a few tickets available. For more info click here.) The ginormous heart that I painted for the event will be there, as will I – with brush in hand. I have been invited to paint live during the early part of the evening. As you may imagine, I’m honored and excited!

An Affair of the Heart 2012 – Invitation and Hearts

Then, next weekend five of my paintings will be a part of the Grand Opening of the Gina M. Woodruff Gallery in Long Beach, CA. I plan to attend the night of Saturday, May 19th. Any of my friends who will be in the Los Angeles area are invited to come out and see some great art while meeting the artists.

Gina M. Woodruff Gallery – Invitation and Artist List

Sometime in the next couple weeks I’ll finally be able to announce a new book release with a cover that I created. I’m really looking forward to this one since it’s really a change of pace for me. You’ll soon see what I mean…

Until then, Happy Creating!

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