Thursday, November 10, 2011


Cold wax encaustic on board, 12" x 16"
$750 plus $15 shipping in U.S.

There are a couple more leaf paintings to post, but for today here's a larger landscape. It was one of those rare and perfect Indian Summer days along the river, sunny with just the tiniest undertone of chill in the air. The season is moving on and I've got to face up to it (sniff), so this is probably the last of the larger fall paintings I'll be doing this year.


Micah Neff said...

Hey there Don. Am really enjoying the leaf series :) Am curious about the encaustics. They seem to add an interesting light to the paint? Is the the correct way to put that? Seems like you're able to get a somewhat better transparency?

Gary L. Everest said...

Hello Don,
Man! What beautifully intense colors! Maybe my morning eyes and vision are unusually clear, for a change, but perhaps it's the medium.
Could the cold encaustics be that much brighter and saturated? It's funny, too, in that usually, computers, if anything, diminish the effect shown here.
I'll shut-up now and cease revealing more of my ignorance of color theory, light and encaustics.
The only remaining answer possible is that it's you and your talent, knowledge and experience. So...this is what art is all about!
Great painting by a great artist. My congratulations, Don.

Dogs by Bri said...

is there nothing you can't paint with? Very nice. I can feel the cold and wetness of the stream.


Dianne Mize said...

Your fall trees are spot on. Beautiful piece.

Anonymous said...

The entire encaustic series and the individual leaves have been a fascinating revelation of the colors of autumn. I also appreciated the poem and quote you added.
Anne Thrower

Laurel Daniel said...

I know what you mean... so fleeting... sniff is right. This is beautiful.

Don Gray said...

Hey Micah--nice to hear from you. It's very subtle, but I do think the wax adds a luminous character to the paint. Of course I'm painting a very colorful subject, so that helps too.

Don Gray said...

Hi Gary--what a great note--thank you! The cold wax gives a hint of translucency to the colors, especially the more thickly painted ones, so it is exciting to me to see what seems to be a bump up of color richness.

I've been enjoying following your blog and love your tours of Portland. It's obvious you're in love with the place. Good luck with the latest portrait work--I admire your tenacity and talent.

Don Gray said...

Hi Bri--for my next painting I plan to use peanut butter and pond scum...should be a challenge.

I'm excited to see your Art Beat piece--be sure to let us know.

Thanks for the note.

Don Gray said...

Thank you, Diane. Your paintings are beautiful.

Don Gray said...

It's the most heart-tugging of seasons, isn't it? Thank you, Laurel.

Don Gray said...

Many thanks, Anne--I'm glad you're enjoying.

Kristin said...

Beautiful painting! The sky and water look really crisp and clear!

Don Gray said...

Thanks, Kristin!