Monday, January 10, 2011

Below the Mountain


Below the Mountain

Oil on board, 6" x 8"
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This is Mt. Fanny, on the eastern edge of our valley. Yeah, I hear you snickering, and no, the mountain was not named after somebody's butt! Fanny McDaniel was an early settler in Cove, a still-tiny town that sits on the mountain's flanks...or would that be haunches? Anyway, Fanny (for the record, her name was actually spelled "Fannie") is reputed to be the first woman settler to climb to the top, in 1863.

At sundown, long shadows envelop the valley as the sun drops behind the western hills, and Mt. Fanny bathes in a brief, beautiful afterglow. Here's a link to another painting I did of this effect, back in 2008.


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18 comments:

Marilyn said...

Fanny's afterglow is spectacular.

Marilyn said...

So happy you included the link to your work in 2008! Another "it's good to be alive" painting. Everything is working here. The light on the mountainside is so majestic...but my favorite part is the snow dusted path in the field inviting you in.

Pierre Raby said...

Both paintings translate brilliantly the profund state of harmony with your surroundings- vibrant, humble and serene. Highly inspiring works Don.

rahina q.h. said...

you've done it again Don, that magival balance of colour... just stunning!

Shirley Fachilla said...

Beautiful color combination.
I'm so glad you did not include Fanny as any part of the title! The title you gave it is as evocative and beautiful as your painting.

SamArtDog said...

Love the ambivalent temperature! Both paintings have a perfect balance of cool shadow and warm light. Btw, I wouldn't have thought any less of it had you called it "Below the Fanny".

Sonya Johnson said...

Hi Don - I've been following your blog for a few months now, and really enjoy all of your work in oil and graphite. However, I had to tell you that this wonderful painting has inspired me to start a new series of my own that I'm quite excited about :).

I have included a link to both this post and your blog on the post, and I hope that anyone who isn't already familiar with your work will stop by to check it out!

Cheers, and thanks again for the inspiration!

Laurel Daniel said...

Both are gorgeous... the big one must be killer... of course, I pretty much love all of your pieces! :)

Katherine said...

Beautiful painting Don, you really captured winters setting light on Fanny. I was trying to photograph it about a week ago, the pink/ orange, in places, yellow humbled me.

Don Gray said...

Marilyn, thank you for the thoughtful words.

Don Gray said...

Hello Pierre--I very much appreciate your encouraging comments. Your work is equally inspiring to me.

Don Gray said...

Thanks a lot,Rahina, for that encouragement!

Don Gray said...

Thanks, Shirley. Yes, thought I should think up another title so I wouldn't be the butt of any jokes. :^)

Don Gray said...

A rose by any other name, eh Sam? :^) Thanks for your thoughts.

Don Gray said...

Hi Sonya--thanks a lot for the shout out! I'm honored that you found something here that could help inspire your own creative direction. I enjoyed seeing your work and look forward to following your new series.

Don Gray said...

You're very kind, Laurel--thanks! I always enjoy your painterly works.

Don Gray said...

Hi Katherine--thank you for the kind words, though I know I didn't come close to "capturing" that incredible light. But I took a stab at it, anyway. Yes, the real thing is humbling indeed.

Mark Nesmith said...

Inspiring work - your paint handling looks so easy and natural. I've been doing daily paintings of the landscape of Texas and love your sense of light and atmosphere. Keep up the great work!

Mark Nesmith
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