12/27/2012

Don Gray

Don Gray Sage Hill oil on board 6"x 9" 2012

Don Gray Snow Route watercolor on rag paper 5"x 7" 2007

Don Gray Snow Walk oil on board 22"x 24.75" 2011

Don Gray draws his inspiration for his Daily Paintings from the rural Oregon landscape. He works in a lucidly descriptive manner, the reality of these quintessentially American landscapes more important than attention-grabbing brushwork or exaggerated color. I love these three sensitively observed snow scenes, which seem to include a sense of the muffled quiet that falls just after a snowfall. 

Don Gray divides his time between his Daily Paintings, his abstract work and large mural commissions. 

The dailies have helped me re-acquaint myself with oils—I’ve grown more fluent 
in the medium. In addition, the pressure to produce eliminates a lot of excuses I
 often used for not beginning a painting, such as not feeling ‘inspired.’ 
Now, I choose a subject quickly and I’ve learned to see that virtually 
anything around me has beautiful potential.
-Don Gray


The month of December will be dedicated to the theme of "Winter". Please email your suggestion (not your own work please) with a few words to decribe why you like it. Be sure to include the title, medium, size and year. The final days of December will be dedicated to winter scenes by contemporary painters.

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