Thursday, November 29, 2007

Haystack Shadows

Oil on board, 5" x 7"
$125.00 + $6.00 shipping in US.

I was struck by the clarity of the winter light on this cool afternoon, the haystack casting sharp-edged shadows under a cloudless sky.

A very very very long time ago, when I was a teenager, I worked summer jobs on haying crews. We "bucked" bales of hay averaging maybe 65 pounds apiece, and built haystacks by hand. These days, putting up hay can be done by one person, using specialized machinery. Each of the bales in this stack weighs more than a ton.

Bucking bales was hot, dusty, sweaty work...but it was character-building.

Oh, did I tell you how I walked nine miles back and forth to school every day? Through huge snowdrifts. Uphill both ways.


Deborah Paris said...

Very well designed quiet piece- and I LOVE the back story...:)

Anonymous said...

Great design. Very striking. Glad to see you have lots of inspiration for painting in your new locale.

9 miles uphill. Both ways. In snowdrifts! You must be quite a character. : D

wanted to let you know I created a new blog on Blogger.

Don Gray said...

Hi Deborah--thanks for your nice note. I'm enjoying your work.

Don Gray said...

Hey Silvina, thanks for your encouragement. Congratulations on the new blog! I'm gonna trot right over there to Studio 280 and see what's going on.

kim shields said...

I love days with clear blue skies. I was struck by your sky as soon as the page came up. Beautiful!

Joan DaGradi Studio said...

Beautiful piece, Don.
Love the composition and great color.
Thanks for posting!

Don Gray said...

Thanks for stopping by, Joan.