Friday, August 26, 2011

Old Apple Limb

Watercolor on Yupo, 7" x 11"
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This wonderful old gnarled limb grows from a very old apple tree in our back yard. I duck under it every time I mow the lawn. This morning the light was hitting it just right and I knew what I wanted to paint today.

We are headed to Portland this weekend for a "new grandson fix". I'll be back to blogging early next week.


In other news: I'll be teaching an oil painting workshop in my Union, Oregon studio on September 10th and 11th. If you can make it, I'd love to have you. It will be a relaxed environment with all levels of experience welcome. Contact the Union County Art and Culture Center (UCACC) for details: 541-624-2800. Email:


Sheryl Parsons said...

Lovely painting Don! Your background is stunning. Something I struggle with. Aren't grandchildren the delight of life?

Enjoy your trip,

Anonymous said...

wonderful is exactly what it is Don!
you asked how i was doing in the comments under your previous post: i'm painting continuously but the bar in my head must have shifted as nothing quite hits above it... they all seem to have a smattering of where i want to go but i have to stop and rethink before i continue as i come across blankness. so i have a couple i feel may get somewhere but will take more time yet before i can post them on my blog. maybe next week... let's see;)
wishing you all the best in your next workshop... lucky people who live close enough to attend:)

Don Gray said...

Many thanks, Sheryl! It was hard knowing when to stop, but I wanted this to be a "study" and not finished edge-to-edge.

Grandkids are great rewards for all those sleepless nights with your own kids, aren't they?

Don Gray said...

Thanks, Rahina, and thanks for updating me on your painting.

It can sure be maddening having a vision you want/need to express and feeling you never get there. We artists all have to develop some individual strategy for dealing with our perfectionist natures, since virtually nothing we do ever completely satisfies us. In my case, I've discovered that often the longer I work on something, the worse it gets. Now I try to find that "tipping point" in my work and stop there.

Anonymous said...

thank you Don... i think you have sussed me out;) food for reflection!

Sheryl Parsons said...

Great advice on when to stop. I too tend to over work things and then end up with "mud" so to speak.

Dogs by Bri said...

This is a really cool piece, glad I had some time today to visit your blog. It seems like ages, and every time I've been in Union this summer, your truck hasn't been parked outside, so I continue on my way. Hope to see you soon.


Don Gray said...

Hi Brian--thanks. Don't know how I'm missing you, unless you come through Union real early. It's usually later in morning before I get to the studio. We've been traveling some lately too, so guess I've been hard to find.