Monday, October 20, 2014

Shore Fishing


Oil on board, 5" x 7"
$125 plus $6 shipping in U.S.
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Here's a favorite little painting of mine--a fisherman tries his luck from a rocky coastal shore. This was painted in 2007, the year I began the Daily Art West blog. I think it caught something of the freshness of the day and the smell of the salt air.

Apologies to those who clicked the Clark County Open Studios Tour link in my last post and found it didn't work. My bad, I mistakenly placed a "www" in front of the link. Here's the correct one: http://ccopenstudios.org.  Please check out the site and make plans to visit some artist's studios, November 8th and 9th. I'll be doing some demonstration painting--come watch me mess up a perfectly good white surface!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Open Studios Coming Up


Mark your calendars for the Clark County Open Studios Tour, coming up the weekend of November 8th and 9th. 50 artists here in Vancouver, WA and surrounding area (including yours truly) will throw open their studio doors. Come see us in our lairs!

If you can, try to make the preview party November 1st, a week before the tour. You'll meet all the artists (we don't bite), see examples of our work, and decide which studios to visit the following weekend.

Visit http://ccopenstudios.org for lots more information and maps to the studios. Hope you can make it!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Summer Cottage

Oil on board, 11" x 9"
$425 plus $10 shipping in U.S.
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Here's a painting from 2011. I stayed in this cool little retro cottage while I was in Tieton, Washington making prints at Goathead Press. Seattle jewelry artist Lori Talcott owns the cabins and kindly let me use one. Though carefully upgraded, the cottage still made me feel like I had traveled back in time to about 1955.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

What Time Is It?


Acrylic and pencil on rag paper, 30" x 22"
$1200 plus $16 shipping in U.S.
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My bird doodles seem to be morphing into something else--a series, maybe? Funny how that happens. This one seems somehow musical to me. The energy and rhythm of the placement of colors and marks feel kind of jazz-like.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Breathing In


Acrylic and pencil on paper, 29.75" x 21.5"
$1300 plus $25 shipping in U.S. (framed)
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This is painted on a hand-made paper called Indian Village, which I found hiding in my flat file. This beautiful paper, with its irregular shape and lovely texture, was manufactured in a small village in India in the 1980's. They're apparently not in business any more, since it's next to impossible to find any these days. This sheet had an unfinished painting on it, which gave me some great colors and tones to underlie this completely new painting.

I used to have a small stock of the stuff, but afraid this might be the last one. I'm going to dig through my stacks in hopes of finding another sheet or two. Any of you artists have stories of art supplies you fell in love with that are no longer made?

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Warding Off Darkness

Acrylic and charcoal on paper, 22.5" x 26.5"
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With these works I'm interested in creating a kind of ambiguous space. It's a field of possibility, where forms can advance or recede, or not fix themselves clearly in a defined, dimensional space. It's the space of the imagination.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Gulf Coast

Acrylic on bristol paper, 11" x 11"
$275 plus $10 shipping in U.S.
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Don't quite know how this bird thing got started. I like working without predetermined concepts, letting ideas generate from the process, instead of sitting around trying to think them up. While playing around with some casual drawings--doodles, really--the bird forms started appearing. Maybe I've been watching too many episodes of Portlandia..."Put a bird on it!"

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Weaver

Mixed media on bristol paper, 7 1/2" x 7 3/4"
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Something about this one reminds me a little of the illustrations in old bird books, although it doesn't attempt to replicate that kind of scientific precision.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Black Stork


Mixed media on bristol paper, 11" x 11"
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Another birdie, a self-contained stork. I'm enjoying doing these drawings. Mixed media means just that--I throw the kitchen-sink at them: pencil, colored pencil, acrylic, charcoal, oil pastel, ink markers...whatever seems to work.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Commoner

Mixed media on bristol paper, 5 1/8" x 8 1/2"
$70 plus $5 shipping in U.S.
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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

King


Mixed media on bristol paper, 6 1/4" x 10 5/8"
$100 plus $6 shipping in U.S.
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Today was for the birds! I worked on a group of mixed media drawings of our feathered friends. I'll post more over the next few days.

You've no doubt noticed that posts are few and far between these days. After over seven years of pretty steady posting, it's time for a change. I'm still busy painting, but the focus is on my contemporary work, which is being posted on Facebook. Now and then some of the things I'm sharing there (like the birds) will also be posted here, but to see everything, I encourage you to send me a friend request on Facebook, and/or "like" my studio page.

Thanks to everyone for your loyalty and support--it means the world!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Gate at the Villa


Oil on board, 9" x 12"
$400 plus $12 shipping in U.S.
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It's been winery weekend for me. I was at the lovely Bethany Vineyard in Ridgefield, Washington on Friday afternoon for a Head Start fundraiser. Saturday it was off to Villa Catalana Cellars, near Oregon City to do some plein air painting at their "Art in the Garden" party. There were probably at least 15 or 20 artists there.

I wandered around the spectacular setting for a short time before settling on this wonderful gate as a fitting subject. I caught some ribbing from some of my artist friends (namely Randall David Tipton and Ruth Armitage), for setting up in the full sunlight.. They had wisely found some shady locations in which to paint.
I reminded them that everyone knows artists are supposed to suffer for their art.


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Plein Air at Villa Catalana


This is not one of my paintings, but a photograph of Villa Catalana Cellars, a winery in beautiful countryside near Oregon City. They are hosting an Art in the Garden party this coming Saturday afternoon, August 23rd. There will be a number of plein air painters there, and I will be one of them! If you'll be in the area I hope you make plans to come. There'll be food, wine, jazz and art--what else could you want?

Here's a link for details and reservations: http://villacatalanacellars.com

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Summer Wader

Oil on board, 5" x 9.75"
$165 plus $8 shipping in U.S.
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I often spot blue herons on walks along Salmon Creek. Although pretty common in the northwest, herons always strike me as very exotic--like a bird you would find deep in some tropical jungle. They tolerate humans only to a point. If you linger or stare too hard, they grow visibly nervous and will usually fly away with silent, slow-motion sweeps of their long wings.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Summer Shadows


Oil on board, 6" x 8"
$165 plus $8 shipping in U.S.
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This painting has me puzzled. I came across it recently while thumbing through a box of dailies and remembered it as a personal favorite. This enameled teakettle and clay pots were on the back patio of our home in California. I think it was painted in 2007. The funny thing is I can't find it in my photo records, nor can I find any record of it ever having been posted. And I didn't title or date it on the back.

At any rate, here it is. If anyone remembers it appearing on my blog and/or remembers the original title, I'd appreciate hearing from you.

I've been learning the ins and outs of Facebook these days (yeah, I'm a late bloomer). I've been mostly posting my contemporary paintings there. I'd be delighted if you would "Friend" me on my timeline: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100005427070096

There is also a studio page, which you can "Like" if you'd like to follow the posts:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Don-Gray-Studio/126811287336539?ref_type=bookmark

Thanks!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Reach


Oil on board, 5" x 7"
$125 plus $6 shipping in U.S.
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This stranded pool of water seems to be reaching back to the sea.

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