Monday, May 14, 2007





oil 6x8 on linen board
Here's a tiny one from the Gold Paint out I kept for my self-- I had only an hour or so to crank it out including set up/break down time. It was after the storm with constant changing cloud light so I had to pick a moment and stick to it. Not always easy, but I kind of like the light effect on this one except for the wonky drawing.
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52 Comments:

Blogger Todd Bonita said...

You did this in an hour?...Thats incredible if you ask me. Your plan worked, this is spectacular. For adjectives, I was thinking gestural, loose and fresh instead of wonky.

Be good,
Todd

6:04 PM  
Blogger PleinEric said...

Stunning William! It's my new favorite!

eric

6:33 PM  
Blogger Ed Terpening said...

itms fresh, the essence of plein air painting, at least what I am striving for. 1-hour-limit + wonky-drawing = plein-air-done-right.

is "wonky" a word?

6:46 PM  
Blogger Cara Dawn Romero said...

One hour? Bravo. This is a true gem.

6:53 PM  
Blogger Jesse said...

Nice light, it definitely has that feeling of the excessivly bright sunlight that seems to exist post-storm.

7:02 PM  
Blogger Leslie Sealey said...

Wow! That is bold and dramatic, I love it.

7:43 PM  
Blogger Brothergrimm said...

I second...third...maybe fourth the sentiment. An hour?
I feel the exactly same way about quick-n-dirty paintings as I do about quick-n-dirty sketches. They betray much of the artist's skill and abilities to work under various constraints, like time...and blood/alcohol content. Granted, I assume you were sober doing this one, but I understand from Mike Manley's blog posts that drink-n-draw is becoming something of a popular thing in some groups.
Oh, and I also like your decision to do an unfair weather painting.

8:48 PM  
Blogger Robin Neudorfer said...

Wonky drawing I don't see. I see reaching up towards the heavens. Something spontaneous from within. A Wray moment (or hour).

10:57 PM  
Blogger Per H said...

Great!

11:34 PM  
Blogger Chloe Cumming said...

That's great... super atmospheric. You have embodied some kind of good spirit in your little hour painting.

2:25 AM  
Blogger Ron Guthrie said...

It's nice to know a guy can set aside an hour before dark and place a dripping wet canvas that looks like this in the backseat of his car. That sure would make me smile as I drove off.
Nice Bill!
Ron

2:29 AM  
Blogger W. K. Moore said...

hmmmm StronG! got those contrasts you've been mentioning.

12:30 PM  
Blogger Mona said...

What a nice little gem. Each painting posted is such a gift and inspiration.

Mona

3:15 PM  
Blogger A Reason to Paint said...

I can relate to the need to "pick a moment and stick with it", Sometimes it's even about anticipating a moment, for instance when you're hoping to catch that last light at nightfall. The only way I have been able to achieve it is to quickly get down the basic colours and tones that I anticpate will be there, and then bring in the light as the moment hits.
Nice fresh painting :)

3:56 PM  
Blogger UrbanBarbarian said...

IMO, your best yet. The brush strokes are really starting to develop a signature look that evokes confidence of expression. Looks like you're getting more and more comfortable throwing the paint down and the results speak for themselves.

I hope you continue to paint in this bold direction. Leave the tame, labored, smoothed out brush strokes for the other artists. This is the type of painting you were born to do.

8:01 AM  
Blogger Shawn said...

I wish there was an 'Art of William Wray' coffee table book. I'd be the first to purchase a signed copy!

12:03 PM  
Blogger Stef said...

Absolutely beautiful William! The fact that you had only 1 hour to work on it make it so strong and powerful.

2:59 PM  
Blogger Cooper Dragonette said...

Dynamite!

6:35 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Yes Todd about that-- I had no choice--

10:33 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Hey Eric-- you need to post someting on your blog so I can have a new favorite too.

10:34 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thatnks Ed-- Yes wonky is a word-- It must be .

10:35 PM  
Blogger Ryan Evans said...

I love the contrast of the bright building against the darker skies
Ryan

3:13 PM  
Blogger Jared Shear said...

I love the mood on this piece and especially that sky!!! Great stuff!

3:33 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thatks Jesse, Once an awile it happens.

8:41 PM  
Blogger ryan said...

i think you may just be a master of real world color

3:45 PM  
Blogger Joe Kazimierczyk said...

I really love your work, and wanted to know that I "tagged" you in my blog. A bit silly, but if you want to join in (optional!), you list that I tagged you, list 7 things about yourself, and 7 blogs you like.

5:33 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Leslie-- thanks-- been enjoying your new painting theam--

6:48 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

BG_ Dan the Urban Barbarian is the Drink and draw guy-- I'm against it in basic principle. Although I have been a little lit before and not had a disaster, but better to be sober. Any form of imbibing and creating can be fun at first, but has quick diminishing returns. Enthusiasm up at first, but skills quickly erode.

6:52 PM  
Blogger Brothergrimm said...

oops, got my guys mixed up.

8:40 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Robin-- thanks you have a pleasant way of curving the language.

9:27 PM  
Blogger chia said...

wow! those clouds are exploding! But in the best possible way.

2:46 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

Chloe-- thanks--It does have that little bit of someting that makes it worth keeping.

1:32 PM  
Blogger melanie magee said...

is this one or the Lot for sale? i'm a big fan.

10:01 PM  
Blogger C. Ousley said...

I like paintings of churches. Another winner here.

7:47 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Ron, I walked back to the hotel , but It felt about the same.

8:32 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks WK-- Contrast is everthing!

8:34 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thatks Mona, Nice comments do the same for me.

8:35 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

artp: that sounds about right, but dangers approach for all but the most experienced.

10:59 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

Thanks Dan, It's always be a goal to be expressive with the brush. However I think you have to paint tight first to be able to get loose the right way. Kind of like Alex Toth spending the first half of his career putting everything in and the second half of his like taking everything he could out.

11:04 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

Hey Shawn-- your wish is my command-- a hardcover book is coming out soon. It's called Dirty Beauty and will feature my fine art work.

3:08 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Hey Stef.

sometimes it's better to have less time...

3:09 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

cooper ! Boom!

3:10 PM  
Blogger Shawn said...

Hey, Bill!
That's great news! Be sure to let everyone know when it comes out..me especially!

12:24 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Ryan! Me too! ;-)

7:37 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Jared!

7:38 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Ryan-- I'm working on it.

7:41 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Joe--

7:41 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Chia-- most small explosions are good!

8:10 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Melanie-- It's not for sale at this time, but it may be in the one man show...

3:26 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

C-- I never thought I'd like painting them, but I'm doing more and more.

3:27 PM  
Blogger Timothy Tien said...

Wow, a lot of feeling with this painting.

Tim

4:51 PM  
Blogger Ambera said...

Wow! Looks windy and spontaneous. Love it!

4:46 AM  

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