Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Predicament


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So after I whined the other day about reproductions not showing what my paintings look like in person, artist Gary Everest left a comment suggesting I put myself beside one of the large stone pieces. Against all better judgement, here goes. I failed miserably at pulling off the "misunderstood genius" look I was going for personally, but I do think the photo helps convey a little better the "presence" of the work.

The full painting is below. Be sure to click the images to enlarge them (as if I needed any more enlarging).



11 comments:

Maywyn Studio said...

Excellent work. I see a lot of stories in the painting.

Sarah Bachhuber Peroutka said...

This is a gorgeous painting and having you in front of it helps put it in perspective. Thanks!

Don Gray said...

Thanks, Maywyn.

Don Gray said...

Hi Sarah--thanks so much!

Libby Fife said...

And goodness, there you are! What a great idea to show scale-similar to taking a picture of someone in front of some redwood trees.

Wonderful piece too. I do love all of that texture and layering.

Ruth Armitage said...

I love seeing the scale with you in the photo, and it is also a record of what you were like when you painted the work. We artists should do this more often!

Beautiful painting... I love the layers and veils and the color...

Gary L. Everest said...

Hi Don,
Sure...blame someone else! :) I'll happily take credit for what you did, Don, and commend your courage for doing it.
Seriously, that photo with you included makes the painting's scope real and I couldn't be happier to see it this way and feel the power.
For every positive comment, I'll bet there are dozens of others who agree, but didn't take the time to write.
Bravo! Have a great weekend, too!
Sincerely,
Gary.

Don Gray said...

Libby--thanks a lot!

Don Gray said...

Hi Ruth--thank you, I appreciate your comments!

Don Gray said...

Hi Gary--I'll blame anyone else, if I can! :) Anyway, thanks for the suggestion, and I believe you were right, it does help convey the nature of the work better, even if people have to put up with my mug.

Sheila Vaughan said...

Love the tension in the composition Don with the huge rock faces advancing on each side and the smaller rock just holding in there between them. The horizontal/vertical drips help that tension. Layers of colour seen better when you get the image big on the screen give 3D depth as well. As to the artist, well the T shirt is definitely that of a misunderstood genius, lol - I have several (plus the jogging pants). Good fun Don!