Monday, February 11, 2008

Lucky Doughnuts and Dirty Little Jar




Lucky Doughnuts, Monterey Park 12x16 oil on linen is sort of an experiment on how little can make a painting. I think perhaps the camera could be pulled back a little, but for some reason I felt like painting this. I did it rough and fast, literally grinding the brushes down. Not a strong as some I've painted, but worth posting I hope. The still life is my turps jar, it was clear at one time, now it's foggy with paint filth.



6x8 oil on linen

26 Comments:

Blogger tonypetersart said...

Dig that little jar, the simplicity and color are sweet.

And the Donut/Liquor/Deli painting is fantastic, the odd cropping is actually kind of cool. Nice touch with the firey sky.

7:33 PM  
Blogger David Lobenberg said...

Scrubbing and grinding down with the brush produces some GREAT energy, but sometimes, can't you hear your brush scream? I think in your case, torturing the brush was worth it.

8:33 PM  
Blogger Joe Kresoja said...

Dig the sky and mood of the first one.

7:42 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Tony and congrats again on your great news today!

10:50 PM  
Blogger Michael Chesley Johnson, PSA, PSNM said...

Both of these are really nice, Bill. I have no problem with the cropping of the first one - it works. I, too, am a brush-scrubber; I'm surprised at how fast I wear my flats down to filberts and finally to just a few hairs. When the hairs start to come out every other stroke, the brush gets tossed stuck in a jar with all the other has-beens. I just can't completely discard these old friends. (I suppose some animator should do a short on "The Island of Has-Been Brushes," a la The Island of Misfit Toys.")

4:36 AM  
Blogger indiaartist said...

beautiful little jar.

6:04 AM  
Blogger Ambera said...

Super sky, love the look of the surface texture. Beautiful painting!

9:31 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

Dear Davaid I usd to be able to hear the brush scream, but to many rock concerts have dulled my hearing. Perhaps its for the good.

1:49 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Joe!

1:49 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

MCJPSApsnm,
In a misfit cartoon voice: " How would you like to be a filbert with no hair?"

1:51 PM  
Blogger Thorsten Hasenkamm said...

Nice, I like the added orange...

5:54 PM  
Blogger Frank Gardner said...

I always liked the saying "less is more". Nicely done. And that little turp jar has some good energy in it. Great grays. It's almost like you pulled a couple of gobs right out of the jar.
My hand is raised, I am a brush scrubber/ beater myself.
Why buy a filbert when my flats are filberts after the first session.

11:37 AM  
Blogger tales of an artist & his travelers said...

I love donuts and your painting of the donut shop. Lucky I stopped by.

8:08 AM  
Blogger W. K. Moore said...

The textures on both grab the eye orbs and I feel the surface. The color.. oh that color...

12:53 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks India!

4:15 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Ambera!

4:17 PM  
Blogger Bob Fingerman said...

Absolutely fucking gorgeous. Oh Bill, you're really doing the job. These are lovely, lovely, lovely.

2:05 AM  
Blogger Chloe Cumming said...

I love the jar... there's a sort of groovy enjoyment of colour that always comes through in your work. I think I mean groovy in the sense that you're in a groove with it... it keeps getting better.

4:18 AM  
Blogger Alan said...

This one's so good, I love how chunky it is.

10:47 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

Thanks Thor!

10:47 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Frank! Amen to that, I buy all flats.

10:47 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

hey tales,
I've sworn off them myself, but aways notice a shop....

10:57 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks WK love the new direction you're going .

10:58 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Bob I can't want to really get back to painting full time. This wekends deal is killing me.

10:59 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Chloe, thanks When it's flowing, oh the joy... When it's not, it's like bad sex.

11:00 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Alan, sadly it's not as pretty hanging around my middle.

11:13 PM  

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