Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Flower Fields
Watercolor on archival rag paper, 5" x 7"
$125 plus $6 shipping in U.S.

This is painted on Strathmore plate bristol paper, a heavy and very smooth, hard-surfaced paper. I love painting on it because the washes stay up on the hard surface and can never be completely controlled. It lends itself to a spontaneous approach and a desire to explore, both of which are great fun

We were overwhelmed with the response to the posting of our new canine pal. Our deepest gratitude to all of you who weighed in on the message board or emailed us with well-wishes and great name suggestions. After much consideration, we've decided to call him Winslow...after Winslow Homer, of course. He just looks like a Winslow to us.


Anonymous said...

Winslow's a fine name, (looks like a Bongart to me though:)).
Brilliant work, I tend to have to do a double take with your watercolours. r.

Art By Erika said...

How could I forget Winslow? I love it! Your watercolor is beautiful on this surface too!

Jane Hunt said...

Beautiful piece - love the way you handled the sky. I think Winslow suits him perfectly!

Don Gray said...

Thanks, Rahina. Bongart's his middle name. :>)

Don Gray said...

Thanks, Erika!

Don Gray said...

Thanks, Jane, I appreciate your coming by.

Anonymous said...

Winslow Bongart Gray.... now that's a fine name for a budding artist:)

Dean Grey said...


"Flower Fields" looks great!

Another painting with a lot of little details. I love all the flowers in the forefront.

Extremely lively painting with lines/brushstrokes going every which way. Almost like the fields are windblown! Neat!

I've used Bristol Paper but not Plate Bristol Paper before. The way you describe it, it almost sounds like painting on vellum or glass.

I'll have to give Plate Paper a try now!


Don Gray said...

The plate bristol is kind of tricky to paint with, Dean--you sort of float the washes on and hope they'll arrange themselves in an interesting way. But if they don't, no worries; a light scrub with clear water takes you back to the white paper again.

Thanks for commenting!