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On the Wings of a Dream

November 7th, 2013

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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