Friday, May 02, 2008

3am & Dead bird




9x12 oil on linen

For years I've thought about painting a nocturne of my Neighbors porch. One a hot night in April they left their porch light on by accident. I was watching a movie late and kept distractedly looking out thru my open door at this view. I finally went and got my Camera and snuck outside in my PJ's, nervous the whole time everyone would assume I was a peeping Tom. " Officer, I'm an artist, It's for a painting of their porch, HONESTLY!"

Sorry about the glare, I used some Liquin to darken the painting and it's very shiny.





both oil on linen 5x7
Sharon brought this little guy to me a few days ago, she found him dead in the street so I did a few studies of him then placed him were the coyotes would find him. ( unless I bury him deep they would dig him up anyway) Seems more natural than throwing him in the trash.
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Blogger Karin Jurick said...

I want to see it without the glare, but I already know this painting is brilliant. Home run.

3:25 PM  
Blogger Bill Brauker said...

Ha, nice one. And the story really adds to the fun of it!

5:33 PM  
Blogger Mark Bridges said...

Great one! I can hear a moth fluttering about. Hope the place isn't a pile of cinders now.

6:47 PM  
Blogger LuisNCT said...

The dead bird paintings are beautiful, their colors and their brushstrokes have (ironically) a lot of life.
And the night study is a really good one. congratulations

1:01 PM  
Blogger Thorsten Hasenkamm said...

3am? Reminds me of your DIRTY BEAUTY-cover-painting, in terms of lighting...GREAT!

6:28 PM  
Blogger W. K. Moore said...

All three excellent. Really got into the "painterly" textures on the birds. Just getting settled.. will post more productively soon. And yes .. went out with a bang!

8:12 PM  
Blogger Brothergrimm said...

As always, I love when you paint dead things--be they cars or birds. Something kind of weird (in a good way though) about birthing a painting of a dead bird.
I can see why you wanted to paint the porch so badly. It's got a cozy, homey feel. If that was my house, my girlfriend would be having a smoke in the chair, and I'd be doodling away on an instrument on the step.

8:01 AM  
Blogger Stephen Noble said...

love the brush work in these Will. Very nice work!

8:19 AM  
Blogger Thorsten Hasenkamm said...

Hey Bill, I've seen that there'll be a new Wray-book, SPARROW number ten! Cool, can't wait!

9:53 AM  
Blogger Ed Terpening said...

Love the dead bird studies. Painting feathers looks like great fun, a subject made for a hog hair brush.

5:03 PM  
Blogger KGSowers said...

I found your paintings this morning after seeing you in the artist's magazine, and now I am completely late for work. Love it! Katie

4:51 AM  
Blogger Michael Chesley Johnson, PSA, PSNM said...

All nice pieces, Bill.

Painter-voyeur, indeed!

6:19 AM  
Blogger Aaron said...

Always intriguing this site is.

9:04 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Thanks Karin it's finally out of my system.

11:00 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Bill. I'd love to write if I had another life.

11:01 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Hey Mark we got thru it, not a house lost.

11:02 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Lusinct, yeah I think the bird still had some sprit left in him.

11:03 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Thor,

Now that yopu mention it...

11:04 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Thanks Bill -- I still want to go back again!

11:06 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

BG when the lay off hits in June I plan to paint some of the ocupants...

11:09 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

stephen-- thanks and nice work on your blog.

11:12 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Thor--- Yes I love Ash Wood!

11:16 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Thanks Ed, well put.

11:17 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

KG thanks that's a really nice comment.

11:18 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

MCJ-- I am the Voyeur! Are not all painters?

11:19 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Thanks Aaron-- Your drawings crack me up.

11:22 PM  
Blogger Urban Barbarian said...

I've seen a lot of dead bird painting and illustrations. I recall one or two by Picasso when he was young. Quite nice.

That being said, these are amazing. Just really great. Beautiful strokes, color, shapes...

1:17 AM  
Blogger Leslie Sealey said...

I like the porch painting-it's a very elegant composition for a subject most people wouldn't notice, and I like the play between those two elements (I hope that makes sense).

7:10 AM  
Blogger cflorax said...

Hi! This is my first visit to your blog. I found it searching for the Art Student's League in NYC.

First, I like your palette. Very Hopper, if you'll pardon me for saying so. And your strokes are very nice.

Also a painter and intermittently tutored, I'm wondering what you thought of your New York experience.Good instruction, worth a temporary move?

Keep up the good work.

9:13 AM  
Blogger Sheri Burhoe said...

I like these William as well as, Yellow House below !

1:02 PM  
Blogger Michael Pieczonka said...

Will, the top one is brilliant! Love the compostition and the way you have just suggested the wing and feathers through the diagonal pattern band is very clever. kudos

1:46 PM  
Blogger Jared Shear said...

WOW...that porch painting is the FANTASTIC, a real beauty! You will have to sneak out in your pj's more often.

And the birds.....killer dude!

8:26 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

Thanks Dan-- I feel life in dead things...

12:17 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Leslie: Totally! ;-)

12:32 PM  
Blogger melanie magee said...

i'm back from the dead and still love your paintings.been saving money. do you sell strictly through galleries? is the night porch for sale?/

12:04 AM  
Blogger EFT Studios said...

Nocturnes! Yours is spectacular. Love it!!! Boy...some people fight for IT...You've got IT in spades! You are a great painter. So glad to see more of your work here. T

8:57 AM  

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