Saturday, August 25, 2007

Retired Caboose



Better Scan--


I'm trying to find a way to get into the Autry Western show without doing cowboys and Indians. This is a little old caboose parked in the back area of the Jamestown RR Museum. 11x14oil on Linen. I had a tough time scanning this one for some reason. I'm not really a western painter, but the show every year has a lot of artists I like and a lot that I find to be so weak that I tell myself I can do better. I wouldn't bother except it's so close to me and my competitive nature.

28 Comments:

Blogger tonypetersart said...

Looks great, Bill, I really like how you treated the shadow color.

Good luck with your Autry submission.

3:41 PM  
Blogger A Reason to Paint said...

I waited and waited for my very slow connection to open up your picture, hoping to see that the caboose was red - does anyone remember the children's story "The Little Red Caboose"?

I really like this painting!

6:26 PM  
Blogger The Epiphany Artist said...

I love the colors!

7:06 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Thanks
Tony-- I have to do four of them. A year in advance! That's how they keep people discouraged.

8:57 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

A Reason Tp_ Sadly I 'm old enough too. ;-)

8:57 PM  
Blogger Ed Terpening said...

Do you have a scanner for 11x14 works? I haven't found any larger than standard paper sizes. Would love to scan larger paintings as my digital camera does a lousy job--or is it the guy behind the camera :-)

10:55 PM  
Blogger UrbanBarbarian said...

Very cool, Bill. I'm kinda digg'n that washed out photo look. Very nice and moody. Like a hazy day. Perfection.

12:19 AM  
Blogger Michael Chesley Johnson, PSA said...

Wonderful piece! Love the cool light and HOT shadows.

Ed - you can buy 11x14 scanners, but they are waaaaay expensive.

1:45 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

ED--Big Scanner cost$, but I have saved money in the long run. I scan hundreds of paintings with them and use it for my comerical art too. Best investment ever.

2:10 PM  
Blogger Thorsten Hasenkamm said...

Nice one!

6:15 PM  
Blogger Cooper Dragonette said...

Fantastic!

5:35 AM  
Blogger PleinEric said...

That one turned out way better than mine! Nice treatment overall!

6:59 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Thnaks Dan, I'm getting more and more into that into the sun thing.

7:47 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks MCJ- Thor and Cooper.

7:48 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Hey Eric,

Great to see you again yesterday and meet your lovely wife. I like your version a lot, mine looks parked, where as you has a rattling life energy to it. Same type Caboose, but this one is parked in back.

7:51 PM  
Blogger pumml said...

This is sweet. Great lighting and composition here. Hope you get into the show! They'd be crazy to say no...

8:44 PM  
Blogger Brothergrimm said...

Hy, I had a grandma who knew Gene Autry--though not in the biblical sense.
You know I love a good train painting!
I like the close end of this caboose--the detail on the bars contrasts well with the slightly faded car behind & background foliage.

11:28 PM  
Blogger Nacho said...

william your colour control is fantastic. Im surprised by your works. You are a great painter.

12:48 PM  
Blogger Thorsten Hasenkamm said...

BTW: Got your book today and I gotta say I like it...nice layout, too...

6:26 PM  
Blogger Jason Seiler said...

Bill your work is so inspiring . . . I really love the bits of yellow underpainting peeking through and the subtle shadows on the caboose left thin is pure eye candy for me . . . making it look too easy!

8:09 PM  
Blogger mark bridges said...

Got the book and it's great. Maybe the Autry would like to see the caboose in a ghost town setting, showing the dirty beauty ofcourse.

mark

7:29 AM  
Blogger Tim Bye said...

Fantastic work - I almost have to cover my eyes from the sunlight coming from the left! You know how to paint light sir!

9:14 AM  
Blogger jert said...

gorgeous work on your blog, man...the atmosphere of these paintings feels very california

-jer

9:55 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

pummi,

we shall see, it will beintersting to wade thru the politics...

10:41 AM  
Blogger Michael Pieczonka said...

Bill.. fantastic piece. You have definitely caught that lazy hazy day of late summer in this one!!

cheers, Mike

2:04 PM  
Blogger Echo said...

I love it,the soft vs hard edgesa nd the atmosphere. it's like real flowers in a fake garden.

7:28 AM  
Blogger Sherm said...

That LIGHT is so vivid -- and I can practically hear the light morning breeze rustling all the plants nearby. I love the textures, too. It's all splintering wood, peeling paint and flaking rust. Rock the Autry, my friend.

3:48 PM  
Blogger Mike said...

Hello! I find your site from stumbleupon.

You have great paintings! I'll give a thumbs up.

4:17 AM  

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