Saturday, May 30, 2009

Balloon


At Halloween I took some kids at the town square. I like a homemade bat boy but didn't find his mom and family an interesting subject so I moved his two blocks away down and industrial side street. A little sentimental for me but what the heck.

Oil on linen 16x12





In progress-- did this lay-in today-- Hope I didn't jinx it by posting.







Jack Levine Hero for cartoonists who what to be fine artists, still going at 90 plus! Love his work.

23 Comments:

Blogger Oscar Grillo said...

Hero is the right word!

12:13 AM  
Blogger Thorsten Hasenkamm said...

Nice piece! I still want to have a big hardcover Wray-book with all these works in it ;) ...

Levine: Yeah, he's one of the best, I got an old Levine-book (I think it's from the 70's) but I think a new version is long overdue...

3:56 AM  
Blogger Urban Barbarian said...

Great posts lately, Bill. I'm really enjoying your painting and the painters that inspire you.

9:14 AM  
Blogger Stéphane Kardos said...

I like, a lot.

11:45 AM  
Blogger Juan Carlos Eberhardt said...

muy buenas obras , felicitaciones
un abrazo

2:13 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Oscar,

I wish I had tried to meet him when I lived in NYC in the eighties. He live only a block or two away...

4:14 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thor-- Hopefully i won't have to die to get one!

4:15 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Dan Your comic book art is really improving.

4:15 PM  
Blogger Daniel Peci said...

Very gloomy baloon, nice!

5:28 PM  
Blogger Mike Manley said...

Nice Block-in--acrylic or oil?

6:23 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

Hey Mike, oil I don't trust the idea of an acrylic base.

the drawing is tighter than usual, but the lay- in is pretty rough, I just want the general value idea and a warm under painting.

10:06 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Daniel!

10:07 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Juan!

10:07 AM  
Blogger Mike Manley said...

You could also do the under drawing in ink. A sepia, that works well too.

3:23 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

accually I did do it in ink. forget to mention it.

8:17 PM  
Blogger W. K. Moore said...

Jack Levine a teacher at the AI of Chicago.. unfortunately before my time there. Fortunately I could see his paintings up close in the museum to see the brushwork etc. Your painting a special beauty and keyed in my favorite color gray. Brushwork... something special.

10:33 PM  
Blogger John McDavitt said...

I really enjoy your work, man...

9:19 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Stef and Daniel!

11:30 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

Wk-- It's sad... I didn't find out about him until a few years ago.

11:31 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks John!

11:32 AM  
Blogger Ique said...

Great job man! I also love the levine´s work as you do.
Best
Ique

8:37 PM  
Blogger tonypetersart said...

It's a nice lay in for that hobo with the shopping cart. I know it's tempting for you to go totally alla-prima and skip the structure of a more careful under-painting like that. Kudos!

8:35 AM  
Blogger Don Coker said...

Totally agree about Levine! I'm a former newspaper illustrator/cartoonist, recently laid. I'm trying to make the transition to fine art now with my new blog, www.doncokerart.com/blog I love your work!

2:07 PM  

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