Thursday, June 19, 2008


Stream Willow

Oil on board, 5" x 7"
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Willows are among the most prolific and water-loving of trees around here. Wherever there is a stream or ditch they pop up in great profusion.

15 comments:

HELENE J said...

I like to tvery much, great willow!

Deborah Paris said...

Love these last two, Don. While living in NM for 5 years we had an interesting learning curve on water rights too. The patron who controls the acequia madre (mother ditch) is a very important guy!

Lynne said...

This is really wonderful...even though a small sized painting, you have captured the massive feel of the trunk. And oh those branches!
You did a great job with this one.
Lynne

Don Gray said...

Thank you, Helene.

Don Gray said...

Thanks, Deborah. Out here they call him the "Ditch Rider" and yes, he is an important guy. Water is gold out west, where it is much more scarce than in the east and midwest. I've seen ranchers practically come to blows over it.

Don Gray said...

I appreciate your thoughts, Lynne--thanks.

Frank Gardner said...

This one has such a nice feel to it Don. The strength and mass of the tree really works.
I'd be interested in seeing that tree at other times of year. Do you have any somewhere on the blog?

mike rooney said...

like the way the warm green grass in the sun glows thru the branches and cool dark tree. this and the one before are very nice. been wathching a while and decided to start chiming in. enjoy your blog.

Don Gray said...

Thanks a lot for your kind words, Frank. Only thing I have on the blog is "Winter Stream," 11-30-07. It's not the same tree, just a similar theme, different time of year.

Don Gray said...

Mike, thanks for stopping in and leaving a comment. I'm happy to get to know your fine plein air work.

Frank Gardner said...

That is a nice one too Don. I remember looking at that one last fall. Totally different color and feel.
The branches are absent in that one though.
Thanks.

René PleinAir. said...

Out here they call them "Wilgen"
and we use them for almost everything, fences, baskets even wooden shoes "klompen." the main use now a days is shoreline protection, they weave mats from it and sink them down with rocks as basement for further stuff.

I love this work, it could be done here as well although we don't have such a rapid streams that's all maneged.

Don Gray said...

Hi Rene', thanks for your comments.
Wonderful to hear all the ways "Wilgen" is used in your country. It is a very versatile tree that I love very much.

PAT MEYER -- said...

What a strong statement painting. The tree gives such strength. Great painting.

Don Gray said...

Pat, thanks so much. I enjoyed seeing your work.