Monday, May 18, 2015


Oil over acrylic on cradled board, 33" x 30" x 1.75"
Available in June (see below)
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Apologies--it's been quite awhile since the last post. I'm posting more often on Facebook these days. You can see my Facebook Artist's Page here. Follow it to stay up on my art posts. My personal page is here--I'd be happy to get a friend request from you.

Very busy in the studio, preparing for a month-long solo exhibit opening June 13th at RiverSea Gallery, in Astoria, Oregon. This painting, "Stormcatcher", will be available for sale then. You could say I've been going "coastal" for this show; the paintings deal with oceanic themes, ranging in style from representational to abstract. I'm pleased that with "Stormcatcher" I maybe managed a synthesis of those styles.


Gary L. Everest said...

Hi Don,
Wow! This is beautiful and evocative and many other things beyond my ability to communicate, but rest assured, they're all good.
I predict it will be the first of hopefully many sales at the show.
Knock it out of the park, Don!

Marilyn Flanegan said...

LOVE this Don. Striking a successful balance of abstract and representational elements can be so difficult.

I've been wrestling with those sensibilities with my plein air landscapes though I haven't posted them on my blog...because getting it right is HARD. You make it look easy, this painting is exceptional.

Congratulations on your solo exhibition, Don!

Don Gray said...

Hi Gary--very sorry to drag my feet in replying to your kind words. Thanks for those supportive comments--they make me feel great!

Don Gray said...

Thanks for your positive comments on "Stormcatcher". You are right, it is SO hard to strike that balance! I wish there was a formula I could bottle, but it really is trial and error (emphasis on error) every single time...maddening. And I hit the right balance so rarely. Each time I begin another painting, it's like starting at square one all over again--as if I've learned nothing from all these years of practice! I take a little solace in Degas' statement: "Painting is very easy when you don't know how, and difficult when you do."