posted: August 9, 2010
Finished another personal piece. The painting is of an old local movie theatre from the back. The name of the theatre is the Roxy. It's fate is up in the air these days. It's an independently short run venue that charges a percentage of what the bigger chains do. It may be streaming video, or death by blue ray for the Roxy. Title for the piece is, Roxy's Back.
Base pencil - canvas size - 18 by 40 inches....

Process - painting in oils. Usually have to do a minimum of two coats per colour to get the opacity I want....



Signed on the side....

Roxy's Back - oils on canvas - 18 by 40 inches...

Victor Juhasz August 9, 2010
Fabulous. Perfect composition and choice of colors. You've married the world of the abstract and the representational. Get thee to a gallery.
Paul Rogers August 9, 2010
I love this! Beautiful edge control on the detail. We used to have a quonset-hut-roofed theater in Pasadena too, it was always freezing in there.
TBower August 9, 2010
These paintings you're making are really nice. Highly observed, but still very much an impression of a specific site. More Sheeler than Estes for the better.
Douglas Fraser August 9, 2010
Thanks Guys. I do find executing these pieces a long journey, and very different from my illustration assignments. It's a journey with a beginning thought which starts with an observation, then challenges my commitment.
Felix Sockwell August 9, 2010
Gary Taxali August 9, 2010
Gorgeous and smart, Doug!
leduc August 9, 2010
I have feelings for the Roxy, like an ex girlfriend you no longer see but don't want to let go of either. did you make up the graffiti yourself or is it based on what was already there?
Peter Cusack August 9, 2010
Beautiful piece.
Peter Cusack August 9, 2010
Question . . . do these paintings have a gallery yet? What kind of time do you put into these?
Mark Fisher August 9, 2010
The stripes and lettering on the asphalt as well as the partially hidden graffiti make it!
Douglas Fraser August 9, 2010
leduc, the graffiti is from the observation of the subject, not a construction of mine. Detail editing, scale, and other aspects are sorted out in the sketch stages. It's about at first observation, followed by my interpretation, and deconstruction. Peter, these pieces are about process for me. It's an indulgence that I know is not going make me much money. I work on them in between & around illustration assignments. I'd say that a total of about two weeks to get what I want. Quite often I do end up with a digital vector version as part of my process. Plus there is the issue of the time needed for the oils to dry enough for further work. I do use liquin in my mix to help speed drying somewhat. Several have sold with a local gallery. They've taken them as I've finished them.
fiedler August 9, 2010
peter August 9, 2010
NICE! i bet they're moving nicely. just curious is the gallery online?
Mark McBride August 9, 2010
I like the brown wall and the garbage dump. But dont throw this one in there. You put a great deal of detail into your work. Still cant cant get over the fact that you dont use tape for the lines. WOW!
John Dykes August 9, 2010
I can relate.... Love this!
j cuneo August 9, 2010
Sure like these. Got a great feel to them.
Greg Clarke August 10, 2010
I enjoy how the graffiti is the only thing breaking from the geometric order. Another winner Doug.
Christoph Hitz August 10, 2010
I was traveling trough Amsterdam's Airport Schiphol a moth ago, at one point I started seeing "Frazier" paintings all over the place. I think you should have a look at Detroit and it's urban decay. Great work.
Mark Gervais August 10, 2010
Super good! Love the process documentation.
Richard Downs August 10, 2010
Nice piece, Doug. I love the corrugated metal roof and the color.
fuchs August 10, 2010
yessir, dig it!
GregM August 10, 2010
Another day, another masterpiece. ho hum :)
Zina August 10, 2010
really wonderful, Doug. It has such a quiet intensity.
Jim Paillot August 10, 2010
I love this piece, Douglas. Thanks for the process pics. The detail pic - superb.
Adam McCauley August 10, 2010
Harry August 10, 2010
Doug, I've always been blown away by your work, these new paintings are no exception. Beautiful and inspiring. Like the name on edge of canvas too.
Mike Moran August 11, 2010
Loving this!
Rob Dunlavey August 11, 2010
I'm just an echo at this chorus of praise Doug. Interesting company you keep: Estes and Sheeler. Maybe your editorial eyes can accommodate some Ed Ruscha as well? Maybe not?
Douglas Fraser August 11, 2010
The responses are very encouraging. Also I'm pleased to read the references about Estes, Sheeler, and Ruscha. I am aware of the work of those painters. It's also my years as an illustrator, and working with vector art which have influenced me. Thanks again.
Walter Vasconcelos August 12, 2010
Great piece Douglas!100% Pop art.
Dana Mackenzie August 18, 2010
What I love most about this posting (above and beyond the amazing final piece) is the fact that the underpainting can be appreciated so much more. In the digital realm it's so easy to forget about allowing subtle things like color to poke through (even if it's 98% covered up. This is a perfect reminder of how in the painted world, you have some many more opportunities to let subtlety work its magic. GREAT PIECE, Doug. Loving these urban studies.
Dana Mackenzie August 18, 2010
Oh - one more comment. I know that you used to use Alkyds back in the day, which from what I understand (based on limited use with them) dry faster than oils, and are easier for clean up. Any reason why you made the switch to oils, other than the obvious testimony of the medium over the past 200+ years ;-)? Just curious.
Douglas Fraser August 18, 2010
Dana, wow that's a good question. Here's the back story. For a couple of decades I have painted in Alkyds, which are oils. The only difference is the amount of drying medium in the mix. Let me repeat ALKYDS ARE OILS. No offense meant. Whenever I pointed my use of alkyds out, people thought it was acrylics. I do not paint in acrylics. The availability of alkyds is diminishing, so I'm phasing them out, and adding my own liquin in my mix. I should have just said oils from the beginning of my career. So that's my story.
Dana Mackenzie August 18, 2010
Ahhh... mystery solved ;-) Cheers, my friend. Your loyal fan, -D
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