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Time to Blossom

Posted by Don Michael, Jr. on November 26th, 2013 in Sunflowers

I continue my Sunflower Series memorializing our oldest son, Donald, who left this world abruptly this past summer.

As I continue to deal with all of the emotions associated with this painful loss, I turn to God daily in prayer, meditation and the reading of His word. I thank God for His Holy Spirit that comforts me, for without Him I’m not sure how I could go on. But, go on I must. And, not only must I go on, but I know that God wants me to rise above and flourish. It’s Time to Blossom.

Time to Blossom

Time to Blossom – 7″x5″ – Acrylic on canvas – Completed 11/25/13

©2013, Don Michael, Jr.

2 Corinthians 1:3-5(NIV); Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ.

Happy Creating!



Coco

Posted by Don Michael, Jr. on November 20th, 2013 in Commissions, Over the Under-Schmeerings

I got a text early this morning letting me know that my latest commissioned painting has arrived and is now hanging in its new home…

Coco

Coco – 20″16″ – Acrylic on canvas – Completed 11/11/13

My understanding is that I will be getting a photo in the near future of the real Coco sitting with her new portrait. I look forward to seeing it.

This commission was arranged thru the director of the Gina M Woodruff Gallery in Long Beach, CA. (Thank you, Gina!) The painting itself ended up going to Edmond, OK. An interesting side note (to me, anyway) is that this is the second painting of mine to end up in Edmond, OK in the past couple years. And, as far as I know, the people that own them don’t even know each other. Our world continues to get smaller and smaller…

Happy Creating!



Spiritual Growth

Posted by Don Michael, Jr. on November 17th, 2013 in Sunflowers

I love how some paintings just seem to name themselves. I had barely started painting this one and its title came to mind. Once I shared my thoughts with my family they confirmed that I was on the right track…

Spiritual Growth

 Spiritual Growth – 20″x16″ – Acrylic on canvas – Completed 11/16/13

©2013, Don Michael, Jr.

John 8:12 – When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

Happy Creating!



On the Wings of a Dream

For the Fourth year in a row I am donating a painting to Circus Couture where it will be auctioned off. As with each year, all funds raised will be donated to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation who in turn writes a grant directly to The Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases of Las Vegas. I consider it an honor to be able to take part in this event which features top circus performers and dancers from shows on the Las Vegas strip, fine art from local professional artists, and the finest high fashion and runway models. You can find out more about the event and their mission by going to the Circus Couture professional page on Facebook. While you’re there be sure to give them a LIKE.

For this year’s painting I wanted to ‘tip my hat’ to the wonderful Cirque du Soleil performers, many of whom donate their time and talents to Circus Couture. My friend, Julia Parrot, who is a wonderful artist and a former Cirque performer, gave me permission to use a frame from a video she created using some of the performers from the Cirque du Soleil show, KA. You can see her video here. It’s really cool, so be sure to check it out.

Here is the painting I came up with…

On the Wings of a Dream

On the Wings of a Dream – 30″x24″ – Acrylic on canvas – Completed 11/4/13

©2013, Don Michael, Jr.

Something very special to me about this painting is that the lovely lady pictured is a major driving force behind Circus Couture. I tip my hat to you, Erica, and thank you for all that you do for our children here in Las Vegas. God Bless You!

As I was finishing up this painting the song Beautiful Stranger by Rebecca St. James came on Pandora. The lyrics for that song really touched me and I feel they fit well with what Circus Couture stands for. I hope you enjoy…

Do you see me?
The questions in her eyes
Do you relate to the pain I can’t disguise?
Oh, look beyond what you see
The outside is not all there is

Won’t You tell me now when did I see
You in need of water?
Oh, and tell me now, when did I see You
Hungry on the street?

God, I hear You calling out to me
In the voices of the least of these
Calling me to reach beyond my world
To the beautiful stranger, beautiful stranger

He does not look like everyone else
Does not fit in anywhere I know
You ask me to be Your hands
And show him now that he is loved

Won’t You tell me now when did I see
You in need of water?
Oh, and tell me now, when did I see You
Hungry on the street?

God, I hear You calling out to me
In the voices of the least of these
Calling me to reach beyond my world

There’s beauty that lies deep within
Waiting to be discovered
God help me see what You see
The diamond in the stone

You in need of water
Tell me now, when did I see You
Hungry on the street?

God, I hear You calling out to me
In the voices of the least of these
Calling me to reach beyond my world
To the beautiful stranger, beautiful stranger

God, I hear You calling out to me
In the voices of the least of these
Calling me to reach beyond my world
To the beautiful stranger, beautiful stranger

Happy Creating!





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