Monday, May 24, 2010



Heaven and Earth #1, #2, #3, #4

Charcoal on paper, each approx. 48" x 31," framed
$1600 apiece, or $6200 for set of four, plus shipping
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I've been madly painting as well as preparing and framing pieces for my upcoming show at Whitman College. I'll post the invite to it in the next few days.

This series of charcoal drawings were float-mounted and framed under plexiglas with a very thin-line frosted metal frame, 1 1/2" deep. They look just as I had hoped, with the framing being very subtle and minimal. This is just a studio snapshot, so apologies for the reflections. You can see better images of the drawings on my original post of January 6th.

Here's a video I made that includes some of the original source material that was the inspiration for the Heaven and Earth series. The soundtrack is from "Coalescence," by Jim Cole and Spectral voices--amazing harmonic vocalizations recorded inside an empty water tower.


video

17 comments:

C Tanner Jensen said...

I was struggling with what I am grateful for this morning.Thank you.Those drawings are amazing and the video adds another layer of meaning in a very quite,poignant way.Thank you.

Ann-Marie Stillion said...

Beautiful. Oh for a wall.

Thanks for a great start to the day.

SamArtDog said...

Right off the bat, I saw these as double-hung windows with your mother's clouds in the top and your rocks in the bottom. All together, they make an intensely personal landscape.

That's what I saw, anyway.

Don Gray said...

Hi Tanner--great to hear from you! Thanks for boosting my day.

Don Gray said...

Hi Ann-Marie--it's old Flagstaff friends day (well, you're not old!) Thanks for being supportive.

Don Gray said...

Double-hung windows...never thought of that, but of course! I think I like that idea, and I love the way different meanings are derived by different people. Thank you, Sam.

Gerald Schwartz said...

Don, Your consistency coupled with a gift of passion for understanding whatever medium comes into play is a testimony to you as an artist.

rahina q.h. said...

this is a brilliant series and so aptly titled too. it was great to see the video with all that inspired you.
Good luck with the show, i would have definately attended if i were across the pond:)

Pierre Raby said...

What a wonderful series Don, so beautiful, with a perfect choice of framing.
I strongly connect with the contemplative qualities of the whole.
Great video and music too, what a strong inspiration to enter the day, thanks! Good vibes for your upcoming show.

Don Gray said...

Gerald, what a nice thing to say--thanks!

Don Gray said...

Hello Rahina--thanks for your supportive words.

Don Gray said...

Thank you, Pierre--your encouragement means a great deal to me.

Micah said...

Don, you are really giving me the itch to do my own rock and sky series...I think I have been bitten.....

Micah said...

And I agree with Pierre...this series and music have been very inspirational! Deleted my 2 other posts..I am the Queen of Typos lol :)

Don Gray said...

Hey Micah--thanks! I'll look forward to seeing your take on the subject. I always appreciate your comments, typos or no typos!

Dona said...

Don! After talking with you this morning I had to come straight home and see what you are doing! Everyone is right...you are and have always been an inspiration! I was so taken with your black and white scenes..I, also have recently been doing black and white! Only have one left as my granddaughter robbed me of all but the one! Come by when you can and I must climb those stairs!!!! Dona

Don Gray said...

Hi Dona--thanks for those very kind thoughts. It was great seeing you. I look forward to seeing what you've been painting.
Let's stay in touch.