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June 24th, 2013

It had been nearly a year since I last painted a new piece for my Eye Candy series of mask paintings. It had been exactly that same amount of time since I did a painting using only my palette knife. So, I decided this weekend that it was time to exercise my palette knife skills and in the process created this…

Dragée – 5″x5″ – Acrylic on canvas – Completed 6/23/13

©2013, Don Michael, Jr.

I honestly thought I was done with this series last year. But, I started missing the experience of designing and then painting these little paintings. They’re a really good study in working with color – in fact, I tried out a new color for this one: Cobalt Titanate Green. They’re also a good way for me to keep up my palette knife skills – and I could tell it had been a while. I probably spent about 3 hours more working on this than I had spent on any one of those painted in 2012.

The metallic shine of this painting made me think of those little silver round cake decorations that I had seen on wedding cakes as a child. So, I did an online search to find out what they are called and found both the title of this painting AND a new word to add to my dictionary – Dragée (pronounced draw-zhay´).

Now it’s time for me to get back to my studio where a giant mass of paper mache’ is starting to form into some semblance of a new mask creation.

Happy Creating!

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2 Comments for 'Dragée'

  1. Dan Kent Said:

    You know, I missed these little eye candy folks, and didn’t even know it. Nicely done. Love your book cover too!

  2. Don Michael, Jr. Said:

    Dan… I didn’t know how much I was missing them until I painted one… 🙂 Thanks!




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