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Esprit de Corps

August 19th, 2012

For the third year in a row I have honor of taking part in the wonderful charity event Circus Couture. This event combines the talents of aerialists, acrobats, fashion designers, musicians, dancers and fine artists to help generate monies that will be used to sponsor children in their treatment of cancers and bloodborn illnesses. My small part in each of these events has been to donate one of my paintings to be auctioned off during the event. Below is this year’s painting…


Esprit de Corps – 16″x12″ – Acrylic on canvas – Completed 8/18/12

©2012, Don Michael, Jr.

Before I even started this painting I gave a lot of thought to the ideals I wanted to convey. First of all, I wanted to ‘tip-my-hat’ to the wonderful performers who donate of their time and talents to this wonderful event. Secondly, I wanted to convey the idea that we all need each other to make it in this world. Other key words for me as I was designing this were: trust, exhilaration, fear, desire, collaboration and passion. I hope my ideals convey. More importantly, I hope my painting is able to generate significant monies to help our local children in their fight to beat cancer.

If you would like to find out more about this year’s event be sure to click on this link: http://www.circus-couture.com/event.htm

Happy Creating!

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4 Comments for 'Esprit de Corps'

  1. Hw(hallie)Farber Said:

    An absolutely beautiful work of art–I feel all those key words.

  2. Anita Said:

    So beautiful and strong. The flowers really struck me. (I don’t think you use flowers very often.) The depth and effortless beauty of these flowers juxtaposed with the stregth, passion, and practiced skill of the performers perfectly compliments. Two strikngly beautiful displays.
    Also very struck by the power and firey passion bursting at the lower performers core. This is a work to stare at. And I will. 😉 (over my morning coffee)

  3. Robin Samiljan Said:

    I am in awe of the musculature and upper arm strength depicted in their grip, wonderful symbolism.

  4. -Don Said:

    Hallie… Thank you.

    Anita… You’re right, I don’t use flowers very often, but like to challenge myself with them periodically. I love your description. It fits! Now, I hope you got yourself an eyeful while enjoying your coffee. 😛

    Robin… Thank you. Symbolism is such a fun tool – and a bottomless resource.




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