Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Stockton Mud




Oil study 8x10 on linen


My baby, my bird and I are off to the Gold Country Paint Out in Senora (see details in the last blog post--) Here is a little study for a bigger painting I have yet to do for you to chew on while I'm gone. The Mud and tracks are not quite right, but in doing them wrong, I think I know know how to do them right for the bigger one. We shall see. Be good, create personally honest art, blog hard.

22 Comments:

Blogger Ed Terpening said...

Hey, I see you're making your way up from LA. Look forward to seeing you at lunch Thursday. Tomorrow rain is in the forecast, but that never stops a plein air painter, right?

11:08 PM  
Blogger Brothergrimm said...

Nice reflection. What's the red thing by the backhoe?
I can't really tell you did the tracks wrong, but that's the good thing about study pics, they can get you back in a good direction.

12:09 AM  
Blogger tonypetersart said...

Oh, good old Stockton... are we going to start that artist's colony up there in Stockton one of these days?

4:08 AM  
Blogger catalyst0527 said...

Look at the contrast of color between the sky and the earth!

Great!

7:23 AM  
Blogger Chloe Cumming said...

I like this one. I'd like it if I was a little boy too. They like digging machines.

Will try and follow all aspects of your advice.

8:54 AM  
Blogger Alina Chau said...

always a joy and inspiration to see your paintings!

11:42 AM  
Blogger chia said...

Oh ya, that's Stockton all right. I'd recognize the mud anywhere.
While ur up in gold country, you should stop by the little town of Weed. It's a quaint little town where the desert and farmland meet the forest. Plus they have these delightful hats for sale that say, "I'm high on Weed, California". I believe they're referring to the altitude above sea level. Classic!

12:45 AM  
Blogger Todd Bonita said...

Beautifull gritty, dirty, nasty Stockton. This is great stuff.
Be good,
Todd

6:39 AM  
Blogger W. K. Moore said...

Very cool lead-in or should I say muddy lead-in. Don't forget to wipe the dogs. The mud color is a nice neutral. Ironic isn't it when you're going for muddy colors instead of avoiding them? I forget the name of the artist but he was a master of muddy dull color - he new exactly where to place his pure hue and therefore balance the overall effect.

4:38 PM  
Blogger Tom Kidd said...

This is a great composition and great mud. I look forward to seeing the what you call the right version. Have a great trip. I look forward to seeing the paintings you bring back.

8:47 PM  
Blogger Paintopolis said...

Beautiful painting Bill! My friend eric just got back from the Sonora paint-out and said he had a great time. P.S.My son is absolutely obsessed with these earth movers! Gotta show him this.

3:48 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Hey Ed,

Great seeing you again, I didn't mind the rain to much made for lovely before and after weather...

3:58 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Hey BG,

That's some bit on paint on the BH-- I can't tell exactly from the photo, but am happy it was there as I helps draw the eye to the center of attention.

10:32 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Tony-- I'm thinking Jamestown, more Bikers!

10:41 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Cat - -Like the contrast of a piece of chicken on a bed of salad.

10:44 PM  
Blogger ming said...

it's my first itme here, really love your style! especially night scenes.. love the rawness.. ulmost not surprised you have a cartoon blog!

1:34 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

Chloe-- thaatks, I'm digging your fat old women.

10:20 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

alina--thanks for stopping!

10:20 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

Chia-- I've been by Weed but never smoked it. Next time.

1:48 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks todd-

1:48 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks WK it's nice to know I'm a mud master.

9:23 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Hey Tom it just a rut effect I want to get right---

9:23 PM  

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