Sunday, April 18, 2010



Rising (Heaven and Earth)

Charcoal and acrylic on rag paper, 22" x 54"
$1800 unframed, $2000 framed, plus shipping
Email don@dailyartwest.com for purchase


The other day I mentioned how projects begin to take on a life of their own; this series is no exception. A few days after my mother passed away last December, I shot some video of clouds rolling over the top of Craig Mountain. I began some charcoal drawings loosely based on the video. As the cloud drawings developed it seemed in my mind they were linked to the stones. I began experimenting with combinations, and this piece is one of the results. I've taken to calling the series "Heaven and Earth."

19 comments:

Caroline Bray Art said...

I love this! The sturdy immovability of the rock versus the intangible and fleeting nature of the sky. A wonderful contrast and compliment!

Ann-Marie Stillion said...

This is beautiful Don. Thanks for all the beautiful work and sharing it with all of us. I love the drawings of Winslow too.

David Page Coffin said...

Gorgeous.

Jala Pfaff said...

This is woooonderful!

Kaylyn said...

Each image on its own is a nice painting. Put together they become an idea, a story, a bridge for a multitude of thoughts. Hey now. Isn't that what I've heard in many attempts to define "Art"?

SamArtDog said...

Garrett says, "Elemental, my dear Winston."

I say the same to you, Don. The best themes always seem to rise on their own.

Katherine said...

Lovely Don, I have got to get over your way and see this new work in person.

Don Gray said...

Caroline, welcome to my blog and thanks for your comments. Nice to see your work--it's beautiful.

Don Gray said...

Thanks for that encouragement, Ann-Marie. It's nice to hear from you.

Don Gray said...

Hi David--thank you!

Don Gray said...

Jala, you're very kind--thanks!

Don Gray said...

Kaylyn, such a nice thought. I think you've perfectly expressed the goal we artists would like to achieve.

Don Gray said...

Winslow said he'd love to meet Garrett sometime. Thanks, Sam, for the nice thought.

Don Gray said...

Thanks Katherine--sure come on over.

Judy McLaren said...

Don - I find these paintings so moving, they just hit me in the back of the throat. Well done!

martha miller (it's all art, isn't it?) said...

So beautiful, Don!

Don Gray said...

Thanks, Judy--that means a lot. Glad you're back blogging again.

Don Gray said...

Martha, I really appreciate that.

Caroline Bray Art said...

Thank you Don! You've made my day!