Sunday, June 29, 2008

Candy House and Hotel Room 1970



I thought this one got a bit on sweet Thomas Kincaid side with the pink and baby blue skies, but others tell me it still has just enough of a creepy tone to pass into the dirty world. This was another attempt to find something interesting in the ordinary front porches in my neighborhood.
12x16 oil on Wood



In my continuing attempt in trying to find myself figuratively I found an old photo of a model preparing for a typical men's magazine photo spread. These non- posed photo are really hard to find as the photographer had to pose everything in such a pushed phony manner to appeal to readers and editors. I can't work from those typical coy poses as they are to "pin up" for me.

8x10 oil on linen

27 Comments:

Blogger Steven Vandervate said...

Hotel Room 1970 works so well for me because we "weren't supposed to see it". A candid shot from within a contrived situation is almost always interesting, and this certainly is.

7:43 PM  
Blogger Raghu G said...

nice colors and mood


:)

9:07 PM  
Blogger David Lobenberg said...

Candy House works for me with the off beat colors and the eve of the cottage dissolving into the crazed sky!

10:53 PM  
Blogger Alexandre Jay said...

Man, that candy house looks creepy! Love it! :)

12:17 AM  
Blogger Jason Seiler said...

This Candy House painting is absolutely gorgeous! Not sure if that's a door at the top of the stairs . . . but for me, the solid black of it kills it a bit, I'd like to see some life in there, a lighter value in there to break the solidness a bit.

8:45 AM  
Blogger VanDerHoekArt said...

One lesson I'm learning form looking at your work is how you take a subject and no matter what it is your put your personal spin on it. I would recognize these as yours even if I didn't know you had painted them. And there's nothing Kinkade about Candy House...and that's why I like it.

8:56 AM  
Blogger Joe Kresoja said...

Your color sense just keeps getting better.

12:23 PM  
Blogger Brothergrimm said...

I think the others are right on, Kinkaid has nothing on your brush strokes. I think the brush strokes add to the 'dirtyness'...in a good way, though.
You hit upon an interesting concept with the woman, though--capturing the 'moments before the shoot' are my favorite. Watching the Betty Page movie, I thought the set-up parts & interaction between photographer & model were far more interesting.

4:40 PM  
Blogger W. K. Moore said...

Especially in the house painting the detail/blur ratio is optimally fine. The lady below.. definitely a member of the true grit school of modeling.

11:03 PM  
Blogger 40>0 said...

hello, mr.wray!
I've recently discovered about you and your work - and i like it a lot.
I've wrote a small post about it in my personal blog: http://joaopenna.wordpress.com/2008/07/01/listverse-and-mr-wray/
i hope you don't mind.

2:34 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Steven! Exactly!

3:08 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks RG!

3:11 PM  
Blogger American Genius said...

Man,
You are a great painter

3:06 PM  
Blogger Mr. Hawthorne said...

DAMN! Look...just LOOK at THAT! Fantastic!

mike

6:36 PM  
Blogger Michael Pieczonka said...

Love that top one of the Hotel Room Bill. I don't think Kinkade could pull something like that out if his life depended on it LOL!! I like the way you have lightened all the contrast where the roof meets sky.. very convincing and not easy to do light effect IMHO.

7:07 PM  
Blogger Bill Cone said...

Not Kinkade. Where's the gazebo? ; -)

Yes, it's pretty 'sweet' for your work, but I like it. You know, beets can look pretty colorful on a dinner plate... but I digress. Lot's of wonderful, gutsy painting on your site. Nice to see you're showing with Tim. You look at a lot of the same things but with a different eye and palette.

B.

3:34 PM  
Blogger Dan Thompson said...

these are beautiful. big fan.

5:11 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks David! I've gone form hating it to liking it.

11:35 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Alex

11:36 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

Hey Jason that might work, but I like to like the imagination do the work as much as possible.

11:37 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

Hey Van-- I may just really do a personal spin on TK soon.

11:38 AM  
Blogger Joe Karg said...

Bill,
You're a monster dude. That house up top is so sick it needs antibiotics. Three pills a day for the next 12 days:)

Peace,
Joe

1:14 PM  
Blogger Clive said...

the feel of the paint is so inviting in all these new posts. I don't paint oil but it makes me horny for it just looking at your application and colours. Great stuff as usual, hope the show goes well.

3:04 PM  
Blogger Stephen Nicodemus said...

Long time fan is now more impressed! I took a break from animation to paint before, your doing it right!

11:08 PM  
Blogger Harper said...

Wow! This one could be my new favorite, Bill. Awesome.

6:01 PM  
Blogger andrea spada said...

Needle in the haaaaaaaaaay.
Needle in the haaaaaaaaaay.

5:49 PM  
Blogger ramon the goon said...

absolutely gorgeous

7:08 AM  

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