Tuesday, January 17, 2006

LA Wash


La River in Burbank, morning. I don't think this one totally comes together, but The foreground water is what I wanted. 6x8 oil. Modeled it to much overall. Jennifer McChristian did a better one working just behind me. Slightly differing view choice.

13 Comments:

Blogger Brothergrimm said...

I like the top one more. It has kind of that "torn" beauty, something damaged but unique in its own right.
Water is usually the hardest thing for me to get down convincingly, but the water in your painting looks pretty smooth.

11:36 PM  
Blogger aw said...

I like both paintings. Jennifers has a nice quality of light, a soft brush technique and a bucolic feeling. Yours is more textured and moody, with an industrial edge. Good stuff!

11:55 PM  
Blogger Jeff Hayes said...

She has a strong and beautiful sense of the light, but personally I prefer your inclusion of the power lines - it gives it a really sharp design sense and overall character, and it also makes the perspective much more active.

6:10 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

I like "torn" beauty, can I have that term?

2:36 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

AW,
I couldn't have said it better myself. With your guys toughtfull comments, I really don't need to say much. Thank you.

2:39 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Hey Jeff,

I like how J Mac's picture is more simple, lit and unified. Mines a bit to detailed. See how strong the cement river wall in hers looks so solid and mind is lumpy? either way I hope we complement each other and know we will both grow from panting together.

2:44 PM  
Blogger Brothergrimm said...

By all means, use it. The term always sticks in my mind, because I really like pictures depicting an "aftermath". It means there's something disturbingly peaceful and beautiful in a scene where something bad has taken place.
In a Mythology class, I once learned about places like those called "amoenus locus" (spelling?), which means "beautiful place" where bad things happen. I think it was in reference to Narcissus.

6:24 PM  
Blogger tonypetersart said...

You always give such special care to the water in your paintings. Seems almost effortless for you, makes me anxious to see more. Looks like you're in good company with Jennifer painting there next to you too.

11:14 PM  
Blogger Lesley said...

I thought they were both yours when I first looked. You have a very similar style but different perspectives. I do love that you've included the powerlines. Such different atmospheres even though you were sat with each other. Brilliant!

3:03 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

Hey BG,
I'm rusty on my mythology, but I'm am a narcissist. I think my mind is a bad place were beautiful things happen.

12:04 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Hey Tony,

I think it that water make me relaxed. I was at the beach every day of the summer as a child. Not a unique phoneme, but I do feel the connection with it being the source of all life and all the jazz. Maybe is as simple as my first plein air work shop was with Ray Roberts and we painted nothing, but beach scenes. Congratulations on your new gallery you should start a blog to keep us informed of your doings. It's easy. I'm a moron and I set mine up.

12:11 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Lesley,

When we started the day looked like mine: grey and cool, then the sun came out. I can't really speak for her, but I think J- Mac decided to go with the sunshine while I had my photo reference to refer to. I also block in really fast.
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8:07 PM  
Blogger Thorsten Hasenkamm said...

I like em both!

3:59 PM  

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