Saturday, November 22, 2008

Astro, Boy, Bakersfield Workshop and Sparrow



Bakersfield 12x16 oil on linen.

When I went to Bakersfield awhile ago to drop off my paintings for the show, I realized I had not done a panting that really reflected one of the main industry's so I did this the same night I got back and will hang it a half hour before the prieview starts.



Another for the Bake show. The Astro Motel in Fresno. Run down, but still going unlike a lot of the highway hotels that have gone under there. This faux future theme was popular back in the day when Aerospace was king in California. Sadly Fresno and aerospace have seen better days. Oil on linen 11x14



8x10 oil on linen
The day after my Bakersfield Museum show (Dec 11th) I'll be doing a one day workshop (Dec 12th) sponsored by the Bakersfield art association. Look under calendar for info... http://bakersfieldartassociation.org/ (cut and paste in browser)






Oh and a Ashy little bird told me the new Sparrow book will be out in December. Hope it makes it to the show...Bird toes crossed.

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22 Comments:

Blogger Fabián Fucci said...

I can't help but thinking of a self-portrait of Van Gogh here. I like the textures!

9:43 AM  
Blogger Mark Bridges said...

Jack Sparrow the "Boy" #9, before the pirate years?

11:10 AM  
Blogger Shawn said...

Hey, Bill. Lookin' good!

7:51 PM  
Blogger W. K. Moore said...

Congrats on your new book and the success of the new show(s) and of course the new painting. Young caballero in a saguaro patch is a trippy scene and the orbs are digg'n it. I've mentioned many times your ability to use pink (one of my favorites) in a dramatic way and kick up the interest level a few notches. Your ablility to define form in a painterly way and explore color nuance as you do is extraordinary.

9:28 AM  
Blogger Jason Seiler said...

Whoa, this painting is RAD!

9:50 AM  
Blogger Bill Guffey said...

Bill, I often wonder what the painting looks like before you take to the thick paint for the final strokes of afterthought. I'm with others on the self-portrait thing also, is this you as a youngster?

4:25 AM  
Blogger Laurel Daniel said...

Hey Bill, I am a big fan and am "tagging" you in a game of blog-tag. Consider it a poke of utmost respect and admiration. Rules are on my blog - enjoy. I love, love, love your work.

6:56 PM  
Blogger Tom Pohlman said...

Love the new painting! The soft palette and color scheme makes it feel like a faded memory... part of your travels??? Big fan of your work- themes, style, color schemes, you get the idea...:>) Look forward to seeing more! -Tom

4:22 PM  
Blogger Brothergrimm said...

Astro Motel sounds like a place I'd love to check out--at least, as long as it's still open.

6:46 PM  
Blogger Tom Kidd said...

I don't know when I'll get the chance to see some of your originals so I greatly look forward to the book. Congratulations! I wish you well with the upcoming show.

9:13 PM  
Blogger Stefan Nuetzel said...

Many things are going on and I wish you good luck for that. I dig the boy and the colors you used for the painting which makes it even more creepy.
Cheers..Nue

2:31 PM  
Blogger Kyle Kunnecke said...

I'm sad that I can't attend the exhibit or workshop - I play in acrylics so it's probably a little different - I'm in love with the astro hotel painting - that tree in front is so overgrown and neglected! great job (as usual) -

1:29 PM  
Blogger Jennifer Bellinger said...

Astro Motel..love it! If you are ever in Pendleton, Oregon in the very old downtown there is a Mortuary across the street from the Travel Lodge Motel. Go there, see neon sign, (it is the Mortuary's, not the motel!) It cries to be painted by you!

3:24 PM  
Blogger Urban Barbarian said...

Cute kid!

3:24 PM  
Blogger Shane Pierce said...

holy hell I love your paintings man! the brushwork is fantastic

6:24 AM  
Blogger Sherm said...

Love the Astro Motel and the beautiful warm light and the isolated sadness. Now it's my new desktop image. Thanks and best wished for your Bakersfield show.

2:13 PM  
Blogger Bob Fingerman said...

Hey, hey! Very cool about the Sparrow book. That's a sweet series.

8:46 PM  
Blogger Dominic Philibert said...

Awesome paintings William!
Love ti!

9:32 AM  
Blogger Helen Read said...

Really nice work! I especially like the oil rig!

3:29 PM  
Blogger El polaco scalerandi said...

great, you are a genius bill.
grettings
el polaco

9:20 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

As has been the case lately I've gotten so far behind on my replies I hope eveone will forgive me. the show and workshop when well. Both were well attended and I post some photo's soon.

11:53 AM  
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