Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Our Subtropical Life


Our Subtropical Life

Oil on canvas, 36" x 36"
SOLD

They say a little knowledge is a dangerous thing. I say it sometimes is a valuable thing, too.

A repairman finally came to fix the studio furnace today. I climbed up on the roof with him to watch the repair. He removed a sheet metal panel, pushed a little blue button and WHOOSH, on went the fan! Hey, I could have done that! I've been frozen out of the studio for five days and all I had to do was push a little blue button? Of course, knowing absolutely nothing about gas furnaces, I didn't even know it had a button. Now I do. And if it happens again, I'm sure gonna climb up there and push that button before I wait five days in the cold for a repairman.

The studio is large and takes a long time to heat up, so by tomorrow I should be back to slopping paint. For now I decided to post an earlier painting of mine that reminds me of warmer days in warmer climes. This piece, a kind of fantasy, was painted while we were living in southern California. Fellow artist and blogger Rahina (check out her beautiful portraits) commented that the drawing I posted Tuesday reminded her of "treasures" washed ashore by a wave. It made me think of this painting, which could be seen kind of like that as well.

6 comments:

rahina q.h. said...

Don, this is mesmerising! the colours, shapes, truely treasures from the sea. and your response to my comment on the previous post is something which i have found happens so often: i read the comments that others leave and they nourish the next painting... thank you for the shout:)

Don Gray said...

Thanks, Rahina. And thanks for all your thoughtful and supportive comments.

Sally Ann Baker said...

I always like to see design and composition that are unusual. I like this a lot.

Don Gray said...

Thanks for the visit and comment, Sally Ann.

Candy Barr said...

Very typical about the mysterious blue button...waiting the 5 days that is to call in the repair! Live & learn? Congratulations on getting your heat source back. Love the snow series...

Don Gray said...

If only we always knew where the blue button was, right Candy? Thanks for the visit.