Sunday, January 19, 2014

New Home, New Studio, New Paintings

We have relocated from eastern Oregon to Vancouver, Washington, just across the Columbia River from Portland.  There are numerous reasons for the move, not least of which is getting closer to our kids living in Portland, as well as our two year old grandson.  We've had family gatherings here for Thanksgiving and Christmas--it's been great.

I've been busy remodeling a three car garage with eleven foot ceilings into a studio.  There's still work to do, but it is turning into a space I really enjoy.  I built a floor to ceiling plywood painting wall on one end and installed track lighting to wash the wall evenly.  Just last week new aluminum and frosted glass garage doors were installed, letting in filtered natural light that really transforms the space:

The works in progress on the studio wall are on large sheets of heavy, gesso-primed paper.  I'm calling the one on the right complete.  It takes its place in the succession of stone paintings that have been in progress for several years.  You can see other works in the series and read about their motivations here and here.

Sense of Place
enamel on gessoed paper, 63" x 72"
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C Tanner Jensen said...

Oh my, what a glorious space. What a joy to work in a great studio.

Don Gray said...

Hi Tanner--nice to hear from you. Yes, I'm loving the studio--it's getting good vibes.