Alan Douglas Ray, “Bait”, Oil on Panel, 18″x14″, $1,750.00
The idea behind this tenebrist painting was to arrange the rustic objects in a way that suggested a fishing game. There’s an old piece of driftwood that looks like a petrified pike with its mouth open (but no teeth). The bait before it is a red wooden fishing lure with two beady eyes. Those eyes are trained on a bright yellow lure that, like everything else has seen better days. There’s a cork lattern with tattered blue cords wrapped around its base. Opened wide is an Ontario nature book showing an images and descriptions of two fish — a perch and a rainbow trout. Almost all of these objects were found my cottage in Haliburton.