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DFGray
05-18-2015, 01:03 PM
The Last Protester Standing
18 x 24" pastel from life
Long ago this car was part of a blockade a local farmer set all of his vehicles across the old highway into Parksville(no mention of what he was pissed off about) when he was to dismantle the protest this car wouldn't start so was pushed off into the woods beside the road, revisiting another old model of mine, there is something about protests and protesters that appeals

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-May-2015/1921-thelastprotestrsm.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-May-2015/1921-thelasttesyrwithpastelsm.jpg

water girl
05-18-2015, 01:29 PM
Dan, I know I'll be treated to something extra special when you post. This is no exception. I really am a fan of your paintings with the assorted vehicles. Nicely done!

DFGray
05-18-2015, 01:43 PM
Thanks Karen I do like to hear the stories of my subjects

robertsloan2
05-18-2015, 02:36 PM
Dan, this is so beautiful. Thank you for the story to go with it, the title drew me to your post and the story made me grin. I've usually got a lot of sympathy for protesters. Wow your color harmony and the liveliness of the woods! Your strokes are jazzy and colorful, you brought the old car to life again and it's almost like pointillism for optical mixing. One glance or step back and it's natural autumn foliage. Close look and it's all those gay hippie colors that protesters painted their vehicles when I was young!

SO splendid! Love it!

SAS Designs
05-18-2015, 02:42 PM
LOVE the painting, and the back story, makes it so personal. Your posts are a delight.
Suzy

DFGray
05-18-2015, 03:28 PM
Thanks so much Robert...I currently protest while working(for over a year now)
the one man protest to keep our coast oil free, I get to engage people when working also they have to think about the message while at the shore
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-May-2015/1921-protestbanner68_sm.jpg
I did stop adding more pics in 2014

thank you Suzy

Still-trying
05-18-2015, 03:47 PM
I love what you've done with the old car. A more exciting life it never had!

DFGray
05-18-2015, 08:03 PM
thanks Jay it had it's ups and downs

raxu
05-19-2015, 03:26 AM
yes, some people seem to think the nature is a nice free dumping place... you made a wonderful painting of this ... at the end, the nature will take over. I'm sure your painting outlives the model :)

haimon
05-19-2015, 05:16 AM
i really love how you turned a junkyard into art... very beutyfull piece

DFGray
05-19-2015, 10:36 AM
thanks for the kind comments Raxu, haimon

Blayne
05-20-2015, 09:11 AM
Gorgeous painting--and Hurray for you, protesting the further spoiling of our environment!

DFGray
05-20-2015, 12:13 PM
Thanks Blayne

Bethany_Fields
05-22-2015, 10:25 AM
Wonderful!!

Donna T
05-22-2015, 05:17 PM
I always like to hear the stories behind your paintings, Dan. Gorgeous painting - those strokes of color add so much life!

DFGray
05-23-2015, 04:59 PM
Thanks Bethany, Hello Donna

Nick7
05-25-2015, 04:07 PM
Your style is so nice and unique. It contains joy and energy and is able to pass it on the viewer.

I don't know how to say it better. I simply like your art.

DFGray
05-25-2015, 11:13 PM
very kind comment Nick

Jay-bird77
05-30-2015, 05:13 PM
I really love your use and variety of colors you have in this scene and it's so harmonious!
How do you do that with so many different colors and not make it too "busy"?!
Awesome I love it...a lot especially those touches of that sea-green,or mint green in the foreground!
I'm officially a fan if this is your usual style I can tell that minimum blending it is done with the eyes! I love and aspire to be able to use color in that loose and lively way!
I'll be looking forward to more!

DFGray
06-01-2015, 11:11 PM
Thanks Jay Bird sometimes it comes together when I am working a lot, A week ago I had a landscape and a seascape work out and this car, but this week two dogs. Still having a good life even when they don't work.

the last pastel, works for me
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Jun-2015/1921-may30QBearlysummersm.jpg

Qualicum Beach 18 x 24" from life

outsidemywindow
06-02-2015, 02:15 AM
lovely playful light

DFGray
06-02-2015, 11:31 AM
thanks outside