Monday, March 16, 2009



Dried Pomegranate and Pods

Oil on board, 5" x 7"
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On walks I'm always picking up things that catch my eye and stuffing them in my pocket--stones, twigs, seed pods, bits of rusted metal. There are bags and boxes of "finds" that I dig through now and then, reliving the discovery of these simple but beautiful objects. The ones in this painting came from our time in southern California. I'm not a botanist, perhaps some of you can name what plants these seed pods are from. The long one I believe may be a yucca pod. I love their shapes and subtle colors. The pomegranate came from a tree that took root along one of my favorite trails.

14 comments:

Pierre Raby said...

Stunning- strong execution and perfect balance of shapes, colors,
light/ shadows. A wow piece!

Sheila Vaughan said...

Don, this still life is exceptional and to my mind exquisite. It is suffused with peace and calm and timelessness.

silvina said...

Oh, beautiful! Feels mysterious.

You're right about the yucca pod, I have those on my property. The little round bell-like pod I think is from a plant in the eucalyptus family.
I pick up interesting objects from nature on my walks too. I've found animal skulls that way!

Don Gray said...

A wow of thanks to you, Pierre--you're very kind!

Don Gray said...

I'm so happy it affects you that way, Sheila--thanks very much!

Don Gray said...

Thanks, Silvina. Yes, I'll bet you're right about the eucalyptus pod. I bring home bones and skulls too. We're a little creepy, aren't we? :>}

Delilah said...

Wonderful still life

Lis said...

Ola Don, muito bom seu trabalho, as cores, profundidade, sombras...perfeito, parabéns...Lis

Don Gray said...

Thank you, Delilah.

Don Gray said...

Obrigado, Lis.

Dean Grey said...

I love the subtle feel of this one.

All of the colors are muted and earthy but still visually interesting.

Unique shapes too!

-Dean

Don Gray said...

Thanks, Dean--appreciate hearing from you.

Joan DaGradi said...

Beautiful values and great composition, Don.
Exquisite.

Don Gray said...

Joan, thanks so much--good to hear from you.