Wednesday, February 17, 2010



The Early Bird

Oil on canvas, 12" x 12"
$700 plus $10 shipping in U.S.
SOLD

One of the somewhat larger paintings I've been working on recently. This humble little farm shed began life as a chicken coop, then was later converted by my father-in-law to a shop. On certain mornings, when the light catches it just right, it glows as if made of gold.

36 comments:

David Page Coffin said...

Stunning, Don!

Susan Roux said...

The colors you captured here are amazing! It seems your humble little shed had something to offer to everyone...

Steve Gibson said...

Great job,Don! When you finished it must of been one of those moments that you said "Yes, I got it".

Alice Thompson said...

I get the feeling that the Raven thinks he's in charge, or perhaps he's trying to figure out a way to snag that golden light.
I saw your image on Erika Nelson's blogroll and came over for a peek.

Marilyn said...

Love the warmth and the depth in this painting, Don.
You have an incredible way of capturing the light which seems especially fleeting in the early morning and early evening hours. May I ask if you began this painting with a burnt umber underlay?
Perhaps you're channeling your inner muralist, as your luminous smaller works transcend the limits of the canvas. Amazing.

SamArtDog said...

What a beautiful way to start the morning! Never mind that it's a day later...

Werner said...

man spürt das Licht, die Wärme kommen.


Viele Grüße Werner

rahina q.h. said...

it is wonderful, that light just pulls you in!

Joanne Licsko said...

So perfect!!

Art By Erika said...

So beautifully depicted on canvas Don I love it!

Sheila Vaughan said...

Love how you've caught that morning glow Don - and the birds become braver, the hungrier they get!

Linda said...

This is beautiful!! You really captured the light. I love it!

Don Gray said...

Thanks, David!

Don Gray said...

Susan--kind of you to say--thank you.

Don Gray said...

Much appreciated, Steve. I may think I've got it, but I usually forget where I put it! :^}

Don Gray said...

Alice, I'm glad you came by--welcome. Thanks for this thoughtful impression of my painting. Your art is very expressive.

Don Gray said...

Hi Marilyn--thanks for your encouraging comments. To answer your question: I washed on an acrylic underpainting that was a mix of raw sienna, cad yellow and white. It seemed to help me retain luminosity in those sunlit areas.

Don Gray said...

Thank you, Sam--I appreciate your words.

Don Gray said...

Willkommen, Werner-danke.

Don Gray said...

Rahina--thank you!

Don Gray said...

Oh, that it were perfect, Joanne! :^} But thank you for your kind comment.

Don Gray said...

Hi Erika--thanks for your generous comment!

Don Gray said...

Thanks, Sheila.

Don Gray said...

Linda, thank you and welcome to my blog!

Sadia Hussain said...

Excellent lighting! Beautiful!

Don Gray said...

Thanks, Sadia!

Dean Grey said...

Don!

The glowing sunlight cast near the middle of the painting is stunning!

Great control by you!

-Dean

Don Gray said...

Hi Dean--I'm glad you feel the painting catches that, thanks. I decided to add the crow
to boost the contrast and, hopefully, the glow I was after.

Jala Pfaff said...

Great job representing that quality of light.

Don Gray said...

Hi Jala--thanks a lot. I enjoy visiting your blog.

Martha Miller said...

Transcendent!

Don Gray said...

Wow! I'll take that, Martha--thanks!

LydiRae said...

Please make prints, Don, this is an incredible painting.

http://www.onpainting.wordpress.com said...

Beautiful design!

Don Gray said...

Hi Lydia--thanks a lot. I may do a print of it--thanks for the suggestion.

Don Gray said...

Bill--much appreciated.