Tuesday, April 8, 2008




Reflections
Oil on board, 24.5" x 48"
SOLD

This is a larger work done a year or so ago. I'll probably post some larger things for awhile--some for sale, some not-- until I get a chance to do another small painting...(guess who still has to get his taxes done?)

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10 comments:

kim shields said...

A painter has to be able to really "see" colors and shapes to paint reflections and shadows together. You did a wonderful job! I love the reflections in the water.

Don Gray said...

Thanks, Kim. This is a rather strange, kind of "leggy" design, that I kind of like nontheless. I put quite a bit of effort into trying to make the water's shadows and reflections appear effortless. I'm happy you think it works.

A Reason to Paint said...

This is really lovely work Don, the rocks, the shadows, the reflections, all beautiful - well done!

Don Gray said...

Thank you, Triecia.

silvina said...

I enjoy how you find a peaceful scene and manage to make an arresting image from it. I don't know how you do that. I imagine one thing is not forgetting that first impression when you first lay eyes on a scene.

Don Gray said...

Hi Silvina, that's really nice of you to say. I think what success (or at least unusual character) there might be in this painting is partly due to the fact that one views the painting quite a bit like one would see the scene itself. What I mean is there are competing focal points, no single center of interest. And, for me at least, the branches on the right function quite a bit like reality in that if I look at the water, the branches kind of disappear from focus, and vice-versa.

silvina said...

This is advanced composition. I think the branches disappear when looking at the water because when I squint, they are about the same value. Visiting your blog is always an education.

Don Gray said...

You're quite right, Silvina, I think the closeness of value has a lot to do with it. At the time I painted it, I recall being bothered that I couldn't create enough contrast between limbs and water, but now I think I prefer it that way.

Melody said...

This is just gorgeous Don. It instills a real feeling of peace in me while I'm looking at it. Brilliant work!

Don Gray said...

Careful, Melody, you'll just encourage me! Thanks a lot for the kind words.