Sunday, March 22, 2009

Camper





Here is a camper briefly stopping at the corner of Victory and Olive in Burbank. It had a seventies feel to it so I kind of painted it with that same feel. I'm on the fence with the low contrast for the light effect and wonder it I should make it tighter with more darks...





painters I like



oil on linen 16x20
Alex Kanevsky

28 Comments:

Blogger Mick Carney said...

I'm a 'push the contrast guy' for this picture because of the low bright sun you have. Just wish I could 'see' pictures like this and have the confidence to render them.

1:21 PM  
Blogger Bill Guffey said...

A bit darker might be okay, but I could live with it as is, no problem.

I'm with Mick though. I'd be extremely happy to be able to see it and then pull it off so well with paint.

1:39 PM  
Blogger Brothergrimm said...

I love the lighting on this one--I think it looks fina as it is, but I ain't the guy who painted it.

7:12 PM  
Blogger Vicki Sergent said...

Gorgeous backlight and I really love the white parking lot lines leading in and anchoring the piece.

I had one of these 20+ years ago. This time of day with the sun hitting broadside really makes them heat up inside and I don't quite feel it yet--you could hear the sound of the sheet metal expanding on the sunny side kind of like pushing on the side of one of those old tin lunchboxes. If that gives you any useful information...

Love the Kanevsky stuff too.

9:37 PM  
Blogger pumml said...

Just one man's opinion, but I think the low contrast really suits the image and subject matter and immediately evoked a feeling of 60's/70's era work. Your instinct is impressive as usual!

10:00 PM  
Blogger Josef Knoll said...

beautiful work overall! love the way you make it look rough and real! i'm with pumml - i think the low contrast works wonderfully! keep inspirering!

12:40 AM  
Blogger Vicki Sergent said...

Ah, looks different on different monitors--monitor at home set for lower contrast for long hours--work one isn't. More separation between RV and background visible at work.

12:34 PM  
Blogger Stefan Nuetzel said...

Recently I have ordered your sparrow book and I really dig your work. In this one the whole pictural solution is so unexpected and unusual.

1:10 PM  
Blogger Jeremy Elder said...

I like the low contrast. It reminds me of what happens when the sun flares a camera lens (washes out), which cinematographers started doing on purpose in the 70's. So, in a way, the mood fits the decade you established.

1:43 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Mick-- I'm still on the fence.

2:59 PM  
Blogger Vince M said...

You never cease to amaze me Mr. Wray, whether it's animation, pen and ink or painting. You've got a master's touch in every medium you work in.

Keep on keeping on.

8:26 PM  
Blogger mondotrasho said...

Sorry for being a dissenter but I'm just not seeing it, yet. Perhaps it would work better (for me) if the angle was a little more kitty corner, then you could pull harder on the shadows across the pavement and model the front and side of the van. I get that this is low contrast and back lit so maybe what it needs is a little more reflecting highlight off the pavement underneath the van between and around the tires to balance the light blowout on the top of the camper. My two cent (Canadian, so actually only 1.7 cents.)

8:11 AM  
Blogger JMahorney said...

Ok I'm also sucker for a square vehicle, but this awesome. My favorite is the strokes of halation as the sun peeks over the top. :)

Good lord, Alex Kanevsky is amazing. Thank you for the tip!

8:34 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Bill and BG I'm mulling it...

10:16 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

vicki yes that will be good for the audio portion of the show.

10:19 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

pumml-- thats bro!

10:20 AM  
Blogger Vicki Sergent said...

--"vicki yes that will be good for the audio portion of the show."--
Smarty pants, you are just too funny, LMAO here!! Will we have to wait for the RV to start dancing for that???

BTW, a dosage of approx. 5 mg of melatonin supposedly will induce synaesthesia (according to neurologist V.S. Ramachandran, MD, Ph.D. at UCSD and Scripps). You have fun now...

9:47 PM  
Blogger Stefan Nuetzel said...

BTW, thanks for pointing out Alex Kanevsky. A great painter! Right up my aisle.

1:22 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks--Josef--

2:12 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Stefan-- I have to let people know they can get the book form me now...

6:42 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Jeremy-- Exactly!

6:14 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

You are to kind Vince!

6:14 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

He mondo I rarely change the angle on a final painting but thanks for your input.

6:15 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

JM AK is good yes? He inspires me to push the limits.

6:16 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Vicki not even going there.

6:17 PM  
Blogger Susie Gregory said...

i love the camper!! - i love all your work - just discovered you as i'm new to the blogging business - i think your bravery is amazing! -

12:40 PM  
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12:08 AM  
Blogger Larry Seiler said...

great feel for the light...and brushwork as usual!!!

10:30 AM  

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