Friday, December 21, 2007


Long Limb

Watercolor on archival paper, 5"x10"
$200.00 + $8.00 shipping in US.
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I'll admit it, I'm a little spooked.

This old apple tree is right behind the house. I began this painting Wednesday but didn't get it completed. When I walked out yesterday morning that long limb was laying on the ground. It snapped off sometime during the night. What are the odds?

This will likely be my last post until after Christmas, as we are traveling to Portland to spend the holiday with our kids. I'd like to thank all of you who subscribe to my email posts or visit the blog. Your support and your interest means a great deal to me. I am fortunate and grateful.

Have a wonderful Christmas.

12 comments:

Suzanne said...

Merry Christmas, Don. Travel safely and enjoy the family gathering!

Don Gray said...

Happy Holidays to you, Suzanne!

Deborah Paris said...

Merry Christmas Don and have a safe trip!

Don Gray said...

Thanks Deborah. Merry Christmas to you too!

u1998nc said...

Is this a tribute to Andrew Wyeth? He did a tempera painting entitled "Long Limb"

Bill Brauker said...

What fortunate timing on that you were able to paint it before it changed.

Merry Christmas!

Don Gray said...

Wasn't familiar with Wyeth's "Long Limb" (have since googled it.)

Wyeth was a big influence on me as a young painter and I suppose it still shows, especially since returning to this rural environment and working with watercolor again.

Don Gray said...

This may seem a little melodramatic, Bill, but the limb breaking was a personal reminder to me that the only constant in the world is change. That limb existed more or less in that state for maybe 50 years, then broke when my attention happened to be focused on it. It is meaningful to me in a way I can't quite articulate.

Alvin Richard said...

A Beauty! I was in Sussex last weekend, but unfortunately I arrived while the sun was setting and could not find your mural or find the street. (I had forgotten to write it down before leaving). As your's was the first in Sussex, there are so many now. The first one I saw had number 15 on the bottom. So there must be a walking tour map. It will be one of my must see towns when the snow melts in the spring, to view your's and all of the others. They are so different from one another, and all looked great from the driver's seat.....I'll send you photos. Continued success in 2008 and Merry X-Mas to you and your family.

Don Gray said...

Thanks, Alvin. Merry Christmas to you as well. I hope to return to your neck of the woods before too long.

silvina said...

Merry Christmas Don! Interesting about that limb. I would have taken it as a sign too.

Don Gray said...

I'm trying to be careful about standing under long limbs these days. A very Merry Christmas to you and yours, Silvina.