Friday, December 16, 2011

Season's Lament

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Charcoal and pencil on paper, 14" x 16.5"
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Sheila Vaughan said...

These are so ethereal and seductive Don. Don't you love that phrase "in the mind's eye". The repeating bird motif so successul evoking ideas of the intelligence and survival instinct of nature around us. I think it represents (what I suspect is) your upbringing and closeness to the natural world for most of your life. They say we should paint what we know best after all.

Don Gray said...

Hi Sheila--thank you. Yes, "in the mind's eye" is so evocative and I guess fitting for these drawings. Your interpretations feel very close to my impulses for doing these.

I know you do this too: I try not to over-analyze my intentions and possible meanings. If I think I "understand" what the piece is about, it invariably limits me-- the work grows mannered and self-conscious. I'm quite content with ambiguity and shifting possibilities--it's more accurate to my experience of this great, mysterious world we live in.

suzannepaints said...

Love the charcoals, Don

Don Gray said...

Thank you, Suzanne.