Sunday, September 13, 2009



Surveyor
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Oil on stretched canvas, 18" x 24"
$1800 unframed, $1900 framed, free shipping in U.S.
Email don@dailyartwest.com for purchase


This valley, with it's many farm fields full of mice and other small animals, is a haven for birds of prey. On a walk the other day we counted about 30 hawks circling one freshly tilled field. In this painting I tried to depict the edge of seasons--summer drawing to a close, harvest complete, the weather growing more changeable. I was also interested in how wild nature co-exists around and within our domesticated world.

Posts will be less frequent for awhile, as I work on larger paintings like this one, and prepare for the Open Studio tour next weekend. (In other words, I gotta clean up the mess!)

13 comments:

Micah Neff said...

Wish a the rotten red-tails here would sit that still!

rahina q.h. said...

beautiful handling of light Don, works brilliantly as it moves from the distance to the foreground and darkens in the shadows. r.

Pierre Raby said...

What a wonderful scene and a great painting Don!

Don Gray said...

So you don't like hawks, Micah??

Don Gray said...

Thanks Rahina, I'm pleased you can sense those transitions. It looks so much better in the original--as is usually the case.

Don Gray said...

Pierre, you're most kind--thanks!

organic baby crib said...

This is wonderfuL! It looked like you really observed a field because you did a great job even on those little details!

Anita Stoll said...

Beautiful painting. It drew me in immediately. I'm in the same boat as you preparing for Sierra Art Trails Artists Open Studio Tour here in the foothills of Yosemite. I'm showing works recently completed instead of new ones as I am spending my time preparing for the event.

Don Gray said...

Thank you, Organic, and welcome to my blog!

Don Gray said...

Anita, thanks and welcome to you as well. Good luck with your new blog, and with the open studio tour.

Micah Neff said...

Well Don, it is a running joke in my house that when I have the camera the birds of prey (which are my targets) mock me by a) flying past my windshield with theri kill when I'm on the highway doing 65 b) wait til I'm am JUST in range then loftily float away or c) let my husband see them every time, up close, and he is ALONE. Or, when I have no camera on a walk they are EVERYWHERE ...drives me nuts lol

Martha Miller said...

MAJESTIC.

Don Gray said...

Thanks Martha!