Sunday, May 28, 2006

Patty 2


This a a class study that I'm using to bridge the gap until better paintings dry or get back from the photographer. I cropped the painting a little and adjusted the background in Photoshop. A cheat I know, but I wasn't going to put it up looking the way it did and if I repeated it would be wet too. Her head feels a little big, but she does have a tiny body. 10x15 on crappy canvas board.



As an added bonus here is a little Plein Air landscape of a water storage tank done at The Cobb estate at the top of Lake in Altadena. 8x10 oil on linen.

34 Comments:

Blogger Brothergrimm said...

I recognize that pose--that's my pose when I'm trying to sketch! Mine looks more "how the hell do I start?", though.

2:04 PM  
Blogger rs said...

The contours of the face are very well done with the colors used; though I think the nose is too dark for the rest of the composition.

I like how the chair disappears into shadows The arms are a litlle "blocky," but her short dress screams Saturday Night!

2:23 PM  
Blogger Chris Sterritt said...

Hey Bill -- at the risk of digressing into technical jazz, how are you photographing these for the web? I'm in the market for a new digital camera (my old Dimage7 has been wonderful, but its eye for color isn't fabulous). So I wind up adjust colors a lot in the gimp (poor man's photoshop).

So, what do you use? Do you have to adjust colors much? Thanks!

2:28 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Hey BG-- It was a tough one she kept falling asleep and the arm would slowy move in front of her face.

2:56 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Robert.
Your a tough critic. I'm going to cop out and say that's my style dude, blame Malcom Liepke and her blocky little arms.

2:59 PM  
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3:02 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Chris -- I'm scanning them. The big ones I take to Artworks in South Pasadena. It's impossible to photograph paintings unless you have a professional set up.

3:04 PM  
Blogger Marlo Meekins said...

Excellent paintings my friend.

7:54 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Marlo-- Not as excellent as your hair!

10:30 PM  
Blogger miles said...

B
hey man i like this figure - stop being such a hater on yourself because she looks great - see you wed? i'll be there!

liepke is great with all of his drunken noses - we caught an exhibition of his in NY a few years back and had to snatch the catalog from the show because it was so great

10:56 PM  
Blogger Jesse said...

Crappy surfaces are fun to work on.

I like your paintings of people.

I feel as though I could walk into that landscape feeling. It space feels very real, very inhabitable...

11:15 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Miles, I'll be honest, if I really hated it I wouldn't post it. I have to set the bar high to stay motivated. At my age I have no time to waste could have a stroke tomorrow and there goes the learning curve.

11:35 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Jessie, I guess, but I like the good stuff, but have to face reality for figure studies.

11:37 PM  
Blogger Marlo Meekins said...

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12:18 AM  
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12:28 AM  
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7:00 AM  
Blogger alberto mielgo said...

Beautifull Paintings, both of them, William.
You' ve got such a nice technique .
I don't think that use photoshop is a cheat...well,depend of the tools...

11:08 AM  
Blogger Cale Atkinson said...

Beautiful work William, even though I am not a painter I still find your work truly inspiring to look at. Thanks for sharing, I look forward to seeing more of your work!

6:47 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Alberto,

I don't think it's much of a cheat as I can paint the same way with out it, Especially since I was candid about it. Maybe it's just in my silly mind making up a useless rule. We collect a lot of stupid theories as the years go by, maybe that’s why it's harder to learn the older you get. You become stubborn for no real reason. I used to think a painting was worthless if you couldn't do it all Alla Prima, now I do a bit of glazing without any shame.

9:09 PM  
Blogger Samuel Michlap said...

Hi Bill,
Are you the same Bill who Scott Wills talked about from ren and stimpy? I love these paintings and just wanted to say hi. I possibly met you very briefly at Dream Works a few years back.
Great art!! Thanks,
Sam Michlap

10:28 PM  
Blogger Shawn said...

Great stuff! Your colors are amazing, as usual!

10:45 PM  
Blogger miles said...

B
man - at your age? - at ANY age the paint dries slowly - you have inspired so many and accomplished so much to date - but i hear you if you can't keep the game going it all goes the way of the dinobot cartoon series - EXTINCT!

i'm going to try and head out today to do a landscape for shits and giggles - i'll hip you if i post it and email it if i don't - either way i'll be at B&J's tomorrow night

8:49 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Sam,

Yes I was Scott's mentor. However, he has long since snatched the masters cricket and knocked him to the ground. He's now about the best out there.

1:51 PM  
Blogger UrbanBarbarian said...

Nice work, Bill! I miss seeing the figure work! Looks like this one was fun!

2:17 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Shawn.

7:19 PM  
Blogger Samuel Michlap said...

Thanks for the nice words Bill, and yes Scott is about as great as they come. I love Bunkalls paintings and I also really love trains. Check out my fine art on my not yet finished web site if you get a chance. Lots of dead links but the gallery fine art page is up and you can see the latest show I had at the Howard/Mandville gallery in Kirkland WA.
Would you do me the honor of linking me on your page?
I'd love to hear any other comments on the paintings.
Thanks again,
Sam http://samuelmichlap.com/

7:42 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Miles. I'm not sure if I'll be at Ben and Jen's Wednesday. I think I'll save it up for Vadim on Thursday.

10:15 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Accually it was tourture as she kept falling asleep, but thatks anyway.

10:16 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Sam I'm going to wait to link you until your links are fixed. Keep me posted. I'm putting the pressure on as I want to see your color sketches.:-) And artist rougher art is what I like best.

10:19 PM  
Blogger chia said...

wow! These are great!! I really like seeing how you apply the same techniques to a figure.
Sorry I missed class saturday, I was in Laughlin this weekend. But the good news is I won enough money to buy some new supplies.

1:17 AM  
Blogger Samuel Michlap said...

Hi Bill,
Actually I was talking about a link to the Blog page not my web site. It's not finished. More of the sketches are on the Blog anyway. Thanks for checking it out.
sam

8:31 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

Excellent Erich! That kind of gambling I can get behind.

3:26 PM  
Blogger limbolo said...

I've been back quite a few times to look at Patty. I hope she likes it as much as I do.
It is always wonderful to see the successful transferring of the artist's gestures and movements as responses to something seen and felt and then caught - in time - in painting.
I understand your reluctance to twiddle with such an image in Photoshop.

10:04 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Neil,

I'm not sure if she liked it or not but if you do that's enough for me. I paintied her again last night in Vadiam's class and I'm still not tired of her.

1:04 PM  

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