Monday, March 19, 2007

Recycling, A little new one + Hollywood Mannequin



Oil 8x10 ( slightly cropped)
Looks like the Repaints went over like George Bush in Baghdad. Here is a little study of a Hollywood Mannequin from my trip with Tony. I must say taking photo's of "Sexy" window Mannequins made me feel like a creep. I didn't get any dissenting looks from that assumption by passers by. This one is a study for a possible series dedicated to Dan the (Urban Barbarian) who owned a few of these until he got married.




All oil 6x8 on linen board





I haven't made it over to Artworks to pick up my big paintings and don't have the time at the moment to write part two of Tony and my sign trip-- Maybe he would on his blog if you ask him nice. ;-)
So Here is a little art recycling. Here I have taken a bunch of old paintings a re- worked back into them. Glad I didn't sand and gesso then, they look sort of ok now. Originally these were painted really thin, now I dragged some chunky paint on and fixed the contrast and dull colors.





Road to Chantry Flats 9x12--
this is a little cloud study I did just up the street from my house.

21 Comments:

Blogger Cara Dawn Romero said...

Bill -
I love your work which is why I watch your blog daily and miss you when you're not able to post but I really - really like the painting with the tree. I also took a shine to Road to Chantry Flats. That strip of sunlight is wonderful. I'm personally glad these didn't get scrubbed.

9:57 AM  
Blogger Brothergrimm said...

Your cloud study looks like a road trip painting, the atmosphere in the top one is awesome, and are those storm clouds above the building, or smoke? It really gives it a morose look.

8:23 PM  
Blogger Ed Terpening said...

I hear you! I have dozens of old studies that I waffle between paint-over or fix. I guess it's fun after a time to go back to an old piece and see something new, a possibility. They all look great, as usual.

11:18 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Cara,

That's makes four of us!

8:51 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Hey BG--yeah is was a pretty grey waiting for it to rain day...

8:52 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Hey Ed, It a good little stop gap when you don't have that next big paiting idea and don't feel like going out... Plus they are suddenly saleable.

8:54 PM  
Blogger Judy McLaren said...

Just ran across your blog and find it very interesting. The industrial paintings are very evocative and serene.

8:04 PM  
Blogger Brothergrimm said...

I like the manniquin one. It does have a creepy thing about it. If I saw you taking pictures, I wouldn't judge you so harshly. On the other hand, when you started licking the window and crying, I might have disapproved...

10:28 PM  
Blogger W. K. Moore said...

Mannequins in the States don't hold a candle to the ones of the 3rd world.. If a mannequin in the tercer mundo has more than 3 fingers per hand then it's a real treasure. I've gone on some cool photo safaris abroad and found some real Stephen King beauties. So Will .. congratulations.. you've done the genre proud!

12:14 AM  
Blogger Knitting Painter Woman said...

I really like the middle of your three "old" pieces. It definitely has California coloring. I'd forgotten about Chantry Flats. Had plenty of Sunday morning cookouts there in my childhood.But the edgy industrials, signs, are wonderfully painterly, too.

12:49 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Judy-- As I wish I could be. ;-)

2:32 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Bg _ is it ok to have names for them and talk in therir voices?

2:34 PM  
Blogger Leslie Sealey said...

O.K., the mannequin is freaky! I think she just escaped from that locker in the background. You are scaring me. ; - )

10:25 PM  
Blogger Brothergrimm said...

Names for them, yes. Talk in their voices, only so long as you don't follow up everything you say with "no, no that wouldn't do at all" and stare into space.

11:04 PM  
Blogger Stefan Nuetzel said...

I like the manikin, because it fits perfectly in your sight of the world. The most interesting thing about paintings is that you got to see the world throught someone elses eyes. Thanks for sharing, William!
Cheers..Nue!

3:02 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

WK I didn't know you so deep into the recycled ones. The sad stories of the manniquin.

2:26 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks KPW-- CF can be tough to get to their days they always have it colsed due to the road washing out.

2:36 PM  
Blogger Tom Kidd said...

It's a strange vicarious trip you take us on Bill -- from martini to meth whore to mannequin and a quite a few nice paintings too. I've dedicated one to you and your ilk, you plein air painter of blight.

Sorry, I start writing like this after just one small glass of wine.

9:57 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Leslie-- I aim to scare. ;-)

11:31 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

Stefan ,
I think in a way you gave me the idea with the stuffed animals paintings you did from the natural history museum.

9:40 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Well Tom-- I don't feel the blight in your Elephant, but I do feel the warmth. I'm honored to be thought of as any kind on inspiration for anything.

9:52 PM  

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