Friday, August 07, 2009

LA Greens


Study oil on linen 6x8


Oil 16x20 on wood

Something I rarely do is a larger version of a small one. The little one was done six months ago and while I kind of liked it I thought it wasn't quite right. Recently I lightened the sky and boom it came together in a way I liked. That to 3 minutes... I was so full of energy on it with no place to go, I decided to do a large version. When I was done I thought the sky was to green and worked purple into it and kind of killed it. Tony Peters was by and he commented the sky looked cool green so I went back and chopped it in a third time, I hope that was the charm. I'll post my artist I like soon.



Australian war artist Ivor Hele... Perhaps the greatest artist you have never heard of. Painting and drawings that are unparalleled the scope and power this side of the old masters.













30 Comments:

Blogger bcthree said...

I like. It's nice to see a cool pallet. AS always I love your work and these relax the mind a bit all cause of the color.

12:07 AM  
Blogger Niki said...

I like the oil on wood painting. I never thought to ask but, I'm trying to do some practice paintings but I'm having trouble mixing color, do you have any tips on mixing? I'm using acrylic if that helps your answer.

12:26 AM  
Blogger Michael Chesley Johnson said...

I'm a big believer in green skies, and I don't think a sky can every be too green! Really nice, both of these.

3:19 AM  
Blogger Mick Carney said...

Love them both but the subtle colour shifts in the skyline and beautiful highlights on the larger car in your second piece really cfapture my attention. Also thoroughly enjoying your 'artist I like' selections. The latest is a real find.

5:28 AM  
Blogger Dave Lebow said...

Wow, these paintings are both really great! I love the loose brushstrokes and inspired simplification. Beauty from something we see everyday.

8:47 AM  
Blogger Rick Roberts said...

Hey Will,

Question, did you do those paintings on John K.'s Funky HB or Lynne Naylor ? Just wanted to know. ;)

2:24 PM  
Blogger Cafe Observer said...

I can see why you admire Ivor.

6:57 PM  
Blogger Don Coker said...

Love the freeway greens, Bill! The light is exceptional!

www.doncokerart.com/blog

8:58 PM  
Blogger Nori Tominaga said...

I sit and admire here . Fantastic, and thanks for posting up your inspiarations too.

4:59 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Bct!

10:07 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

Niki color is all the same in theopry differen't media has differn't approachs. the best book on learning painting period is Richard Schmid's. I don't have room here to break it all down.

10:09 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

Thanks MCJ I'm a believer now!

10:10 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Mick often I feel the study is better but in this case I feel pretty good about the final. Ivor is a treasure. It's a crime the art world ignored this guy.

10:12 AM  
Blogger Ed Terpening said...

I'd never heard of Ivor Hele, but you're right, he's amazing.

10:14 AM  
Blogger Vicente Herrero said...

Good works, these images of war.
The second is fantastic, a Mariano Fortuny of the 20th century.

11:29 AM  
Blogger Vicente Herrero said...

William,your two pieces, are a good work of harmonys yellows - violets.

11:37 AM  
Blogger Cafe Observer said...

Maybe the art establishment ignored Hele because of the subject matter he covered.

3:46 PM  
Blogger W. K. Moore said...

Very cool to see how you have varied the sensitivity and style of the PA work over the years. Keeping it fresh for the fans as you revisit or invent new methods for creating the image. Nice to be on the ride.

10:01 AM  
Blogger siete said...

William, I like your too paintings, they are fantastic.
And the work of Ivor , which I didn't know is ....¬°Genial!
Thanks for showing it all.

Greattings.

Enrique.

2:12 PM  
Blogger diegodayer said...

Exelente blog!
Muy buenos sus trabajos!
Felicidades.
Diego

Great blog!
Very good work!
Congratulations.
Diego

5:07 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Cafe:
I think it's a 3 fold reason reason he was forgotten. First, few artist from Australia have ever be noticed in the US. His war subject matter might be a dismissal factor as admittedly no war artists of the 20th century are famous may be #2. However, it must be noted that there are not any war artists (besides the Russians) who could come near the scale, honesty and quality of his work. In the end it's pretty obvious that he was just to great for the fine art world to care about. Anyone with old master skills has been frozen out of the art world for 90 years.

7:09 PM  
Blogger Celeste Vaught said...

I keep coming back to this piece - it's a beauty Bill. I love green and your take here is fantastic.

7:33 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Dave. Whenever I think I've seen it all some new corner catches my eye.

8:17 PM  
Blogger Mitch said...

That screwdriver attached to his leg is sweet

9:58 PM  
Blogger tonypetersart said...

These look great dude, like I said, the green works!

11:10 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Rick I don't know the one's you mean...

10:10 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Don and Nori!

10:10 AM  
Blogger A. Riabovitchev said...

I love this artist a lot!Thanks for shearing!:o)

2:39 PM  
Blogger Angresano said...

Thoughtful post William, great art not often seen for sure. Ivor Hele certainly deserves our attention!! Thank you for posting his art...

12:18 PM  
Blogger Angresano said...

Thoughtful post William, great art not often seen for sure. Ivor Hele certainly deserves our attention!! Thank you for posting his art...

12:21 PM  

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