Thursday, January 1, 2009



Cattle and Willows

Watercolor on paper, 6" x 6"
$125 plus $6 shipping in U.S.
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The turning page of a new year seems to bring out the reflective impulse, and I've been thinking back on this past year's experience of painting and journaling.

Without being too maudlin about it, an artist's life is by necessity a pretty solitary one. The creative process requires hours of focused time alone in the studio, engaged in--what else?--self-dialogue. This blog has been my escape from all that, a way to leave the hermit life for awhile each day and engage a wider world filled with other artists, art-lovers, collectors, family and friends. What a gift this has been.

A huge thank you to all who have signed on for daily emails, shelled out hard-earned cash for paintings, posted comments or critiques, sent messages of encouragement, or even just silently followed my blog. It means more than I can say.

Be well and prosper in the New Year.

17 comments:

Suzanne McDermott said...

Happy New Year to you, Don. Thanks for all the beautiful paintings you've shared this year - you've worked really diligently! It's been a pleasure getting to know you. The blogosphere has been a wonderful way for me to break out of the studio solitude, too. I feel fortunate that we've been a part of each other's worlds.

Cooper Dragonette said...

A wonderful winter piece here Don. I'm going to have to go down the road and see if the cows are out at the nearby farm. Great trees in this piece as well!
All the best to you in 2009! Paint on!
Cooper

Steve Gibson said...

I've been following your blog and admiring your watercolors for a little while now and hope you have a great 2009! Work like yours has been an encouragement for me to startmy own blog.

Pam said...

Happy New Year Don & Brenda. It has been a great adventure we have all been on. Don I have enjoyed watching your work grow & stretch & evolve. 2009 will be another great and wonderful year of discovery for all 4 of us. With a thankful heart for good friends loving families and a warm fire to snuggle up to. Pam

silvina said...

Happy New Year Don! I wish all the best for you in 2009!
I think I've been following your blog for two years now. Can that be? It's always a pleasure to get your latest work via e-mail.

Don Gray said...

Happy New Year to you as well, Suzanne. It has been a privilege to follow your blog, watching the way one painting leads to another. I appreciate your intelligence and insights, your curiosity and engagement with the world. Plus, I get to listen to your beautiful music!

Don Gray said...

Hey Cooper, thanks a lot! I've really been enjoying the Hopperesque buildings you've been doing lately--great feeling in them. Happy New Year to you and Happy Painting in 2009.

Don Gray said...

Hi Steve,

Thanks for weighing in on the blog. I appreciate your words and am honored that you've found it helpful to you. I'll look forward to seeing your blog develop. Happy New Year!

Erika Nelson said...

Happy New Year Don! My visits with you is totally for my selfish pleasure! I enjoy your art, writings, humor and sensitivity. Best wishes for a prosperous and fulfilling 2009 - Erika

Don Gray said...

Pam and Mike,

Great to hear from you! I hope 2009is a wonderful year for you and your family. Missed seeing you guys last fall. We'll look forward to getting together, hopefully soon.

Don Gray said...

Hi Silvina! I guess it has been near two years--how CAN that be?

I've sure appreciated your comments and encouragement, Silvina. And it has been pure pleasure to watch your own development as an artist. Have a wonderful 2009!

Don Gray said...

Erika, you're most kind. I appreciate your paintings and your optimistic view of life, which shines through in all your posts. Happy painting, Happy Blogging, Happy New Year!

artistbarb said...

I have wondered howbusy artists have time to blog, but now I think its because we spend so much time alone, necessary to paint! I enjoy your blogs! Barb

artistbarb said...

Hi Don, me again. I see others like your cows also. I would love to see you do one similar using herefords...you know, white faces. This is in reference to Breakfast. Barb

Alvin Richard said...

Your rural life and farm related paintings are very poignant, this one is no exception. Continued success in 2009 and all the best to you Don!

Don Gray said...

Alvin, great to hear from you. Thanks for the well-wishes--wishing you health, happiness and creative joy in 2009.

Don Gray said...

Hi Barb,

Happy New Year to you--thanks for your comments. I'm sure some Herefords will find their way into a painting before long.