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June 8th, 2013

It has been a long time since I’ve posted here on my blog – a month and a half to be exact. Not only has it been a busy time with projects, but I’d found myself drifting away from the blogosphere of late – often just posting my latest works onto Facebook and leaving it at that. However, last night I was thinking about my blog and what it means to me and remembered that I originally started this blog as more of a ‘journal/art diary’ to chart my progress as an artist than with any other intent in mind. So, with that in mind, I set to typing…

In May I only finished two paintings – one which will be released soon as a book cover, and the other I’ll talk about shortly. Also in May I: 1) created a logo for a company – as well as their business cards, stationery and a newsletter; 2) attended the “Affair of the Art” Gala where the giant heart that I painted for St. Jude was auctioned off along with the others, 3) took my daughter to the Andy Warhol exhibit which is going on at the Bellagio Fine Art Gallery; 4) attended to the ThinkArt! Spring juried exhibition – where two of my works had been juried in; 5) attended an art fair where my painting Threshold was purchased; 6) was involved in the set up, art direction and props for the film shoot which will become a short film later this year; and 7) put several of my smaller paintings into a local gallery – which has helped two of them find new homes. (There are stories and photos to illustrate most of these events on my Artist page on Facebook.)

The painting that I finished in late May is one that I’m really excited about. It started out like this…

I then sketched in a couple of the elements in my composition and started painting…

The next day of painting involved tweaking the mask and eyes a bit and then painting in the daisy. That daisy is a very important part of the story I want to tell with the completed painting…

After taking almost a week off from the painting I was finally able to start painting in the main character of this composition…

The young man swinging into the composition is our nephew, Brett. This comes from a photo my wife took almost two decades ago of Brett swinging out over a VERY frigid spring-fed watering hole found in the countryside around Rush Springs, OK. Here is that photo reference…

Now, back to the painting… The next day I continued to work on the image of Brett, while pushing the mask back a little more into the background…

…but, I still wasn’t satisfied with how the composition was coming together. So, I waited a few days and digested what I had done already and finally came up with a game plan to get what I wanted. This specifically involved pushing the mask and eyes back even further into the background. It also involved controlling some of the ‘schmeerings’ of color on the canvas which I thought were competing with the imagery in the composition. It took two more painting sessions to finally get to the finished product I had envisioned, at which point I finally signed it, clear-coated it and titled it…

Crush – 30″x24″ – Acrylic on canvas – Completed 5/28/13

©2013, Don Michael, Jr.

I don’t plan on being so long between posts again. Like I said above, this is my art journal/diary and I use it often to reference and research my earlier works. Gaps in the timeline and in the product are just not acceptable to me.

Happy Creating!

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2 Comments for 'Crush'

  1. hw(hallie) farber Said:

    Wow–you’ve had a productive May. Beautiful painting, Don, and congratulations on the sales; I’m sure the new owners were happy to find them.

  2. Don Michael, Jr. Said:

    Hallie… Thank you. Sometimes ‘busy’ and ‘productive’ don’t line up to mean the same thing. Thankfully, in May they did. Now, if I can just keep that trend going for the rest of the summer – and beyond.




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