Friday, November 19, 2010


Depart/Return

Charcoal and pencil on paper, 22" x 30"
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Here's a larger piece I've been working on.  Click the image to enlarge.





18 comments:

Susan Abbott said...

Beautiful image, Don. It makes me think of Edwin Dickinson's drawings--do you know them?

RUDHI - Chance said...

Very amazing womens *darkness*...

Ann-Marie Stillion said...

Just beautiful.

When we settle down and just tell our stories, all is well.

More stories please.

silvina said...

Don, very cool! I've been watching your latest works in pencil. Wonderful!

I wonder about the symbolism of the 3 rocks- a recurring theme in your work.

ha! word verification was 'rokene'.

Don Gray said...

Thank you, Susan. I do know Dickinson's work, but not well. Your note prompted me to learn more about him, so I ordered a book on him today...thanks for assisting in my education!

Don Gray said...

Hi Rudhi--thanks for your encouragement.

Don Gray said...

Hi Ann-Marie--what a great way to put it...thank you for always being so supportive.

Don Gray said...

Thank you, Silvina--I'm very pleased you're enjoying these drawings. I think of the rocks as metaphors for the living earth, and as reminders of a sense of time far beyond our own lifetimes. They also have an intuitive resonance for me as form, objects of materiality and substance.

I've probably already said too much. I try to avoid thinking a lot about symbolism in my work, rocks included. I'm afraid that if I do, then I'll limit possible meanings, even for myself.

Speaking of rokene...or rockin'...your chess pieces are definitely rockin!

Dogs by Bri said...

Cool work Don.

Katherine and I were talking about this work today at her studio. I ended up spending so much time with her that after I picked up tom's and my work at EOU I was to tired to stop by.

I promise to swing by and disrupt your work again soon.

Bri-

silvina said...

Don, I hesitated in mentioning symbolism because I did have the thought that asking you to put it into words might not be a good idea.

Your answer was wonderful to read though.
I need to find some intuitive head-space of my own.

Thank you for the encouraging word about the chess pieces.

Don Gray said...

Thanks, Bri.

I guess I'll just look for you when I see you coming! :^)

I saw the show--it looked great, and congrats on your award!

Don Gray said...

Silvina, I think you're on a good track with the chess pieces. They show your willingness to push your own boundaries, experiment and stay open-minded to discovery...all very good things in my book.

Sheila Vaughan said...

Just noticed the size of this Don. Wow, that is some drawing. Do you keep it posted up on the wall and now and again do a bit more on it? The combination of charcoal and pencil works so well. Enjoyed your exchange with Silvina too about symbolism in painting. Food for thought!

Don Gray said...

I appreciate it, Sheila. Yes, this drawing is larger than usual. It felt very liberating--makes me want to work larger still. Small scale can get numbing, and after all I'm also a mural painter!

You are exactly right about the process of working on it.

martha miller said...

Wow! So dynamic and free! Love the flame shapes. Mysterious and Beautiful!!

Don Gray said...

Thank you, Martha!--it means a lot coming from you.

Katherine said...

Stunning!

Don Gray said...

Much appreciated, Katherine!