Douglas Fraser


Back Road

NOVEMBER 26, 2013

I'm enjoying getting out of my studio these days. A painting from running around old back roads here on the west coast. When I do get back to my studio, it's an opportunity to look over any of my photos. Smaller paintings have been a chance for me to explore my approach further. Taking a sketch directly to a painted stage has me going back to some of my illustration approaches. Painting with oils on heavy weight paper was my traditional approach. I started laminating my own panels years ago. I've some illustrations that are thirty years old with this approach. This one's a small simple box panel, 8.75 by 9.75 inches. Materials are from the hardware, and art store.

laminated panel - work stage.1

laminated panel - work stage.2

oil painting on box panel - 8.75 x 9.75 inches

Columbia Blue

SEPTEMBER 29, 2013

Spent the better part of this September travelling. Just got back into my studio. I looked online to see if an assignment I did a couple of months ago ran. Happy to see it did, seems to have just come out. It's an illustration for the Columbia Law School magazine. The article is about corporate law on the international stage. Art Director was John Goryl at B&G Design Studios. John & I approached the subject fairly directly. I executed the image with vector software.

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Monster & Park

JUNE 28, 2013
Monster Sale - detail

Monster Sale - oils on panel, 36 x 24 inches

Upper Level Park - oils on panel, 20 x 12.25 inches

Upper Level Park - detail

Road & Track Redesign

APRIL 6, 2013

Well the newly redesigned Road & track is on the stands. I've been drawing cars since a kid in school. I also have been thumbing through automotive magazines for decades. Car culture does have a rich history. I've been in many discussions about what a car says about it's driver, not to mention the pros & cons of the larger issues.  The subject crosses over all dividing lines. Well for these illustrations I worked with David Speranza at Road & Track. We had not worked with one another before. The last decades working in an automotive magazine has an illustrator playing a supporting role to photography. The largest image roughly a quarter page, with two spots. I do enjoy working 2D vector, and was happy to hear that David embraced that approach. Working on the illustrations with David Speranza as my collaborator was….. Hell, it was fun.

Quarter page art

Follow-up spot art

Another spot for the subject of the classic Lotus 49

It was a fun assignment which provided me an excuse to draw cars.


FEBRUARY 15, 2013

I've been working on a few more pieces for exhibition. Looking to have them up for the first of March at my local gallery. The show is of a smaller number of my recent paintings. The opportunity to show is welcomed, and yet it seems to focus my schedule in a way that can be a little stressful/negative. I'm use to the deadlines in my illustration work, just not something I want too much of in these paintings. Working with a heavier weight canvas on these. The canvas suface had me doing some subtle shifting in edges.

Interior Bridge - oils on canvas - 57 by 36 inches
Interior Bridge - detail

Bus Stop - oils on canvas - 56 by 36 inches

Bus Stop - detail

Prep Stop - oils on canvas - 48 by 24 inches

Prep Stop - detail