Pole Dancing
posted: September 15, 2009
I finished this painting about a month ago. I was out and about in an industrial part of my home city. The infrastructure of cities does interest me. The unobserved is interesting to me for it's unassuming aesthetic. The wires, and neutral tones struck me. The linear qualities of the cables have direct abstract qualities. After developing a sketch, I did a color study in vector. I decided to drop out the sky for a more graphic feel in the cables. The painting is 30 by 40 inches, oils on canvas.

Victor Juhasz September 15, 2009
It's a beautiful abstract. It's the kind of image Diebenkorn would play with.
Paul Rogers September 15, 2009
"Craft is the discipline that frees the spirit; the result is style." -Ben Shahn
David Flaherty September 15, 2009
Good stuff.
Peter Hermann September 15, 2009
that is one incredible painting. very beautiful. I like it a lot.
Richard Downs September 15, 2009
Love this, Doug. This series reminds me of my dad who designed lots of foundations for utility poles as a civil engineer at So Cal Edison. Keep them coming, I see a big show in the future!.
Jim Paillot September 15, 2009
Beautiful, Doug. The muted tones and the linear qualities. Wonderful.
Harry September 15, 2009
You know I love this..and it's funny because I've been thinking of doing similar studies. I was observing this line of poles the other day, a flock of black birds had just landed on the wires and they appeared as black balls on the wires. I don't think many people think twice about these structures but of course we/you do. I took a bunch of pictures on my way back from NY by train. So many cool apparatus up in the N Jersey badlands that some simply dismiss as ugly.
Doug Fraser September 15, 2009
Harry, I agree. I would add in some ways the use and abuse of these structures become visual indicators on different levels. Richard, my Father was a civil engineer as well. He headed up the local water utility for the small city I grew up in. The unheralded underpinnings of what so many take for granted.
Zina Saunders September 15, 2009
Love the angular abstraction, Doug, and the palette is terrific.
GregM September 15, 2009
Mark Fisher September 15, 2009
It says 50, I give it 100.
Mark McBride September 15, 2009
I will put this on the STEAK rating system. Its well done. I like the lighter sky on the finished piece. Would not draw anything like this myself but I think you are going to make a lot of people appriciate something they wouldn't normally look at.
nwright September 15, 2009
wow- that's a beauty.... could this be the new doug fraser... awesome!
Kyle T Webster September 15, 2009
Love the shapes here.
Tim OBrien September 15, 2009
Hi Doug. Love it. I have a nice sketch just like it I did through a window. I love looking at the ugly stuff humans put up that we almost never look at.
Leo Espinosa September 16, 2009
who would've thought we were going to look at these contraptions with romantic and even nostalgic eyes? Great painting, sir.
Harry September 16, 2009
Let's start a show-"infrastructure" Something I've been wanting to do for years is to just ride my bike around Baltimore and take pics of all the crumbling buildings, utility poles, old industrial bldgs, now defunct. etc. then get back to the studio and do something with them.
Cathleen Toelke September 16, 2009
It's so interesting to see the effect of that color change to the sky. Your attention to color comes through in your work. Terrific piece, Doug. I love doing color studies.
Doug Fraser September 16, 2009
Thanks everyone, I'm enjoying the process in my own work quite a bit. Harry, a Drawger show? I've not hosted one. Hmmm....
Janine Vangool September 16, 2009
Looks great. An industrial-themed show might be interesting...
J.D. King September 16, 2009
Wow! Nice item!
Mark Fisher September 16, 2009
Machine Show, Machine Show, Machine Show!
Mark Gervais September 24, 2009
Love it. Looks like you paint with the bezier tool. Super tight.
Lin November 12, 2009
Sweet. You could paint an image of a blank piece of white paper and it would be dramatic and evocative.
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