The Daily Paintings of Don Gray
this one and the previous drawing both caught me. when i read your words to the previous post, i was transported back to a classroom, i'm 5, 6, 7, 8 etc years old, there is a chalkboard, a teacher droning on, dull, insignificant, and i am absorbed by one thing: as long as the teacher carries on lecturing, the duster marks on the clean blackboard are safe and so is the magical picture i can see amongst those marks. i look around to see if anyone else has noticed... nope, they are half asleep or fidgeting and no one is wathcing the story unfold on the board in the form of chalk dust swerves. did the teacher even know what an amazing piece of art she had made with flaying duster? and suddenly she stops talkign and my heart sinks as she destroys mountains and sunset and birds flying high.... the only hope now is that she will wipe all those wasteful words from the board and produce another piece of art... thank you Don for sharing these works, they contain the magic of an inner world.
These departures from your usual posts are very thought-provoking. This one is especially striking (no pun intended).... I hope she makes it past that boulder.
Rahina, thank you for recounting that experience from your childhood--how rich!To me it's a reminder of how durable the creative, imaginative spirit can be--especially in the face of so many uninspiring and deadening influences. So glad you've come through it all with your own inner world intact and thriving!
Hi Diana--thank you for the visit and kind words, pun or no pun. :^)
I like the random, rich, chaotic feel of these drawings Don, and the fact that you have captured the balance embedded in nature albeit a perilous one as you say. You know "complexity theory"? In another life I learned that 2+2 does not always equal 4 (a simple example is when you add one raindrop to another one raindrop you get one raindrop..). These drawings demonstrate that nature, psychology and creativity can and must co-exist.
The complexity and chaos theories are interesting--especially for me in how they seem to point to the connectedness of all things. The drawings are created out of randomness, with the belief that there is still a string of connections to be "felt," even if not clearly defined. Thanks for your thoughts, Sheila.
LOVE the giant heart rock. An old friend died today. This makes me think of him...word verification: panesThis is a beautiful new series, keep a going!!!
It's true. Very perilous. If you're around on Tuesday, maybe Corrine and I can stop by the studio. I promise she won't write anything on your door, like that other guy.Bri-
Martha--so sorry about your friend. Thanks for the encouraging words--glad the drawing carries some meaning for you.
I should be here, Bri--come on by.
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