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Chrome Lady
posted: June 4, 2009
Recently finished gallery work. Oils on wooden panel, 24" by 12". I'm looking toward a subtle level of abstraction. I'll being pushing in that direction with a more reductive look on my next one.

Study Sketch...
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10 comments
Paul Rogers June 4, 2009
Wow, I love this one. I'm interested to see where you go with this idea of combining realism and abstraction. There's not a lot of painters out there that can deal intelligently with Stuart Davis and Ed Roth.
Zina Saunders June 5, 2009
Love the abstraction; and I'd love to see it pushed even further -- I look forward to seeing the next one, too, and where you take it. It's funny you chose to zero-in with a closeup on that particular area of your painting...as I was scrolling down your image, that's the part that drew my eye most.
Randall Enos June 5, 2009
Yes Yes YES! Lookin' good Doug. You're headed in a great direction.
Marc Rosenthal June 5, 2009
Really nice, Doug! The Stuart Davis reference is apt. It's great when a detail holds up so well.
Doug Fraser June 5, 2009
I want to thank everyone for their words of encouragement. I want to push the two dimensional aspect more with flat color. Also I want to address the negative shapes even more.
Mark McBride June 7, 2009
My eyes just fell out my head. Nice Doug, Like the detail to the truck.
Mark Fisher June 7, 2009
Great forms Doug. I also like the action blur on the asphalt, the piece is static yet action packed, sorta like a dream.
Rob Dunlavey June 7, 2009
Nice one Doug. I'm curious how that lighter gray shape on the right side partly covering the mud flaps changes the space and perspective. It makes it more abstract. I'm reminded of some of your observations about my Kryptonite painting. You're after a certain ambiguity about space.
Mark Gervais June 8, 2009
Loving it. I can't wait to see where you go with this series. I've driven the #1 between Calgary and Regina enough to feel a connection with this one and the grain car. Both are familiar snapshots of common characters in that transit between my past in Saskatchewan and my present in Alberta... captured in a way that is truly yours, Doug. Makes a prairie boy smile.
Doug Fraser June 8, 2009
Mark.M - thank you again for your continued interest. Yes, I'm interested in is trying to see the abstract in the familiar. That would be an abstract/ambiguous quality in the commonplace. Thanks for commenting.
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