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Playing Cards

Posted by Don Michael, Jr. on April 14th, 2014 in Over the Under-Schmeerings

Last week I set myself the challenge of reinterpreting the faces on playing cards using my Over the Under-Schmeerings style. I started with a King…

Sword King

Sword King – 4″x4″ – Acrylic on canvas – Completed 4/11/14

©2014, Don Michael, Jr.

Then I painted a Queen…

Lady of Hearts

Lady of Hearts – 4″x4″ – Acrylic on canvas – Completed 4/12/14

©2014, Don Michael, Jr.

…and then, to finish up the family, I painted a Jack.

Knave of Spade

Knave of Spade – 4″x4″ – Acrylic on canvas – Completed 4/13/14

©2014, Don Michael, Jr.

My wife and daughter were both unsure of where I was going with this at first… until I had a couple completed. Now they can see what I’m up to. My daughter mentioned that she prefers seeing them together as a set as opposed to individually. So, I arranged them in order of ascending rank just for her.

Suddenly, a story started to unfold before me. I think the King had better pay more attention to his lady. Hopefully, it’s just harmless flirtation, but Jack better be careful…

Dysfunctional Family of Cards

Dysfunctional Family?

This was a fun detour. Who knows? I may revisit soon…

Happy Creating!



The Gift Called Grace

Posted by Don Michael, Jr. on April 8th, 2014 in Over the Under-Schmeerings

This painting that I just completed is an expression of my love for the city I live in… No matter the situation, there is hope to be found in the grace freely given by my savior, Jesus Christ. He carried our every sin and shame to the cross upon which He died. Thankfully, He did not stay dead. He arose and conquered death. Now I don’t have to fear it.

He stood in my place.

He stood in your place.

He stands between us and the judgment we deserve.

All you have to do is take that small step to accept His free Gift Called Grace.

The Gift of Grace

The Gift Called Grace – 24″x20″ – Acrylic on canvas – Completed 4/7/14

©2014, Don Michael, Jr.

The following lyrics are from the song A Friend Called Grace by Phillips, Craig & Dean. It was a source of inspiration for this painting. I hope you find it as beautiful and comforting as I do…

Tears dripped off of her crimson face
She covered her head tryin’ to hide her shame
Caught and condemned, now she can’t get away
Just a pawn in the hands of a Pharisee game

The noise and the rage of the frenzied grew
As they struggled for the power in an ageless fued
And as she softly cried, they again reviewed
The obvious fate of this ill-repute

Then a voice of love ended all debate
His words of hope sent the crowd away
The hand that flung the stars in space
Lifted her face and she heard Him say

Let Me introduce you to a friend called Grace
Doesn’t care about your past or your many mistakes
He’ll cover your sins in a warm embrace
Let me introduce you to a friend
A friend called Grace

The courtroom croud grew quiet and still
As the white-robed judge called Truth appeared
And the ring of the gavel brought a fierce debate
As the players of eternity decided my fate

In the light of Truth all could clearly see
The facts made the trial mere formality
And my accusers stood with baited breath
Confident conviction would end in death

But from the blood-stained cross to the witness stand
Walked a man with hope in His nail-scarred hands
The words He spoke brought me sweet release
He whispered “I’ve a friend that you need to meet”

Let Me introduce you to a friend called Grace
Doesn’t care about your past or your many mistakes
He’ll cover your sins in a warm embrace
Let me introduce you to a friend
A friend called Grace

If you’re tired of the guilt and the sleepless nights
And running from the shame of a wasted life
There’s Someone standing with an open hand
Waiting there to give you a second chance

Let Me introduce you to a friend called Grace
Doesn’t care about your past or your many mistakes
He’ll cover your sins in a warm embrace
Let me introduce you to a friend
A friend called Grace

(You can also listen to this beautiful and inspirational song here.)

Happy Creating!





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