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Walls & Stairs
posted: October 18, 2012
After scraping and heat gunning the old paint from some of our old house last summer, and then prepping, and painting, then going on a road trip to help in painting some rooms at my in-law's, I've noticed a theme in my life; walls, walls, and some stairs. In my studio I've been painting with doing another gallery show in mind. The feedback from the gallery has been positive, but the request for larger scale work has been made several times. Working with different scales, and surfaces. Some of the surfaces have been light weight finely woven cotton canvas, contrasted with a heavier duck for larger canvas, as well I still enjoy the panel boxes which I construct. As the scale goes larger the panel paintings seem to run up against the issue of weight, and being somewhat cumbersome. I've done some painting on linen as well. I do enjoy the attributes of each. As the scale has increased, I've experienced a new physicality in my painting(not to mention the house painting). It's demanded a different approach in how I literally must stand while painting. I understand it's good for digestion, ha-ha. It's possible to sit for intervals while working on appropriate sections. Well the studio, and house painting has me thinking of buying an old used panel van. It'll help transport materials as well as larger paintings.
Multi Use - oils on panel, 17.5 by 28 inches...

Multi Use - detail.1...

Multi Use - detail.2...

Stairs - oils on canvas, 36 by 54 inches...

Stairs - detail.1...

Stairs - early scribbles...

Stairs - early rough sketches...

Stairs - final base sketch...

16 comments
Gérard DuBois October 18, 2012
Your «architecture» paintings are definitely the one I like the most Douglas. Through years it seems to me you've been able to find the right balance between sharp almost vector like shapes and a smooth blur. Your own touch and form.
Mark Fisher October 18, 2012
Streamlined Fuzziness Details Supreme!
Harry Campbell October 19, 2012
Beautiful work Doug. I could see these works of yours going real big, say 4 x 6 feet or larger.
Hal Mayforth October 19, 2012
Bravo, Doug. I agree with your gallery and Harry that these would look great big. I stand when I paint too. I've never thought about the improved digestion, but I have noticed standing at the easel all day makes for a good nights sleep.
Douglas Fraser October 19, 2012
Thank you for the feedback gentleman. Harry just wants em' bigger. I'll have to start renting scaffolding.
Tim OBrien October 19, 2012
Oooooh, I love that staircase piece!!!!
Richard Downs October 19, 2012
Doug, your isometric approach to the stairway really works for me. The kinetic feel makes me feel like running and jumping up it.
Paul Rogers October 20, 2012
These are beautiful Doug. I love what you're doing with the edges.
Jim Paillot October 20, 2012
Doug, these are terrific. Love the feel of these and the subtle edges and color shifts.
Victor Juhasz October 21, 2012
Beauts. Doug, you rock. That fuzzed approach on the staircase makes for some real moodiness and noir-ish atmosphere.
Rob Dunlavey October 22, 2012
I could look at these all day. Thank you!
Adam McCauley October 22, 2012
You're our own Charles Demuth, Doug! This is wonderful work, really masterful color. I've been working on walls myself lately, taking down the old paint, stitching up plaster walls, etc. It's been relentless, but almost done.
Leo Espinosa October 23, 2012
Man, these are tight! Mostly the stairs but it's really cool to see the softness of the edges in your close up. Have you tried masonite for large scale paintings? It's one of my favorite surfaces to paint on.
Douglas Fraser October 23, 2012
Leo, yes I have worked on a masonite surface. Multi Use is painted on a cradle box panel of masonite. I do enjoy the surface, but find it heavy, and a little cumbersome as the painting size gets large. I've started to embrace a heavier duck/canvas for my larger pieces. Simplifying my approach to oils on canvas, with leaving the edge of canvas raw is where I also have come to. I was painting my edges, but found that the painted edges were just getting scraped up when not hanging. The raw canvas, and edge of the painting helps deliver the message of the materials in the piece. Thanks for checking in.
Greg Clarke October 25, 2012
There's always an ominous sense that something disagreeable is about to happen in these beautifully executed quiet environments. Great stuff Doug.
Mark McBride December 12, 2012
Doug, sorry I have not been around in a while...that staircase is epic
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