Sunday, December 31, 2006

Self Portrait (it's about me again.)


9x12 Ray Mar linen pannel



I have some stalled bigger pieces in the works and some smaller odds and ends that are not dry so here is a recent self portrait. I'm more comfortable with landscape, but I try sometimes to do the figure or in this case a little SP. This is the first self portrait I've actually finished and don't hate. Drawing is a bit off, but I let go with the color and brushstrokes like I never did before so that's a good thing for me. As you can see (I hope) I'm a fan of choppy Russian painting.
Seems like the timing is right as were are supposed to review the year and do some soul searching introspection, This is about as close as I can come to that endeavor. Hope you all had a great holiday and your hopes fulfilled in the New Year.

23 Comments:

Blogger W. K. Moore said...

Glasses a little lower and then you'll have the right look. Good job! Happy ny

11:44 AM  
Blogger ron said...

I'm paying attention. It's fun to see who pays attention to whom. I enjoy getting a glimpse of "process" from your blog. What your up to, where and what you're going to paint, etc. Adventures in painting. Not to mention the drama you infuse into the rendering of your subjects.

2:04 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Wk I can't be you. ;-)

2:31 PM  
Blogger Mike Thompson said...

Great palette, great portrait! Happy New Year, William!

5:54 PM  
Blogger tonypetersart said...

You've gotta post that heroic self portrait you did in the Leyendecker style.

9:50 PM  
Blogger Brothergrimm said...

I always like when artists do self portraits. It makes me feel less conceited when I do my own.

12:15 AM  
Blogger C. Ousley said...

I realy enoy your work. Love yours and others urban landscapes. I wish I could have seen the Leyendecker show. He is one of my heroes.

11:38 AM  
Blogger Robin Neudorfer said...

As I said at WC, I think you are pushing the white beard. Have seen that look in your eye though. In my family it meant you had most likely done something wrong. Happy New Year William. I wish you all the best!

7:42 PM  
Blogger Miles said...

good gravy jack! this one is awesome! sign it! HAPPY NEW YEAR!

9:42 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Mike, same to you!

10:27 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Ron It's nice that you are watching. I'm dropping in on you too.

10:29 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Tony, I don't think that one is to acccurate and it's pretty old. You are so gay for JCL. Not that there is anyting wrong with that.

10:30 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Hey C. don't give up on JCL, the show is traveling the county for over a year. Track it down, it's worth it. I like you little landscapes, charge a little more for them so people will value them.

10:35 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Robin I have done so many bad things...

10:36 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Miles, sign it? it's not that good.

10:37 PM  
Blogger Clive said...

There you are. Pleased to meet meet you. Nice one, and all the best for the new year.

12:46 PM  
Blogger rob ijbema said...

i like the pouted mouth,a sign of concentration!good to see 'cos it can't be that easy!
strong painting Bill.

4:04 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

It's your turn too Clive or have you allredy done a SP? Best on the year is so easy when there is only one. ;-)

4:27 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Rob that's Mr. Pouty Mouth to you. ;-)

6:26 PM  
Blogger Ed Terpening said...

Love the Russians too. man, could they paint. Serge Bongart is my hero. i study with is last student/apprentice every summer in Idaho (this will be my second year). ovanes Berberia is his name. he has an awsesome show right now at New Masters in Caemel.

Happy New Year

9:52 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

I note from a blogger who had trouble posting.

"I really like your website Mr. Wray. Enjoyed checking out the links, too. I remember Matt Smith from those days I was following Michael Lynch around. Lynch was a big Smith fan and for good reason. Your influences--Payne and a lot of those California guys--are great also. I really liked your self-portrait with all that flash--Fechin was ggood at that before he started painting Generals. Berberia(n?)'s great also, he really lays it on. Anyway, you're a teriffic painter I've gotta look your paintings over again. Happy New Year.

rock "

thanks Rock -- so nice I had to post it.

10:17 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

Hey Ed I've seen Ovanes Berberia. He's no Sergi Bongart, but he's very good. I'd love to see his show.

8:44 PM  
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4:47 PM  

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