Sunday, August 10, 2008


Ocean Waves 11

Oil on board, 6" x 6"
$125.00 + $6.00 shipping in US.
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There's something a little strange about me (okay, my wife would say a lot strange) but I get a kick out of attempting to portray vast spaces on tiny panels. These ocean paintings deal with a very pared-down visual vocabulary, exploring the "less is more" concept. This one is almost minimalist in character.

11 comments:

A Reason to Paint said...

Don these are stunning, the shadows in the sand and the light glistening on the water in this one is perfect.

Don Gray said...

Triecia--you're very kind. Glad to have you back painting and blogging!

Leslie Sealey said...

Beautiful!

Sheila Vaughan said...

Yes what you seem to be portraying increasingly in this series is a less and less romanticized view of the sea. This one to me is even a little scary. It's a bit cold too like the seas up here in the north of England. Did you even see our northern artist L.S.Lowry's paintings of the sea?

Jean Victory said...

Don,
A nice serene feeling in this piece. I love how you capture the glistening of light on the water. It would be great if you could paint the coast of Maine someday, we certainly have plenty of coastline. The Pacific Northwest is also beautiful. I lived in Olympia for ten years before coming home to Maine. Nice Job!

Don Gray said...

Thanks, Leslie.

Don Gray said...

I'm a scary guy, Sheila :)

I googled Lowry's work and saw a few examples of his ocean things--I see why you saw an analogy there.

Don Gray said...

Jean, thanks for your note. Would love to paint the Maine coast. I've never been there but hope to someday. So many lovely places--so little time!

Frank Gardner said...

You are right about paring down to the essentials on the small panels especially.
This is such a great series Don.

silvina said...

I think it's difficult to paint large expanses of land on little panels with out it looking too simplistic. You've mastered it.

Don Gray said...

Thanks Frank, I appreciate your comments.

Silvina, thanks to you as well.