Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Model Head

For a change of pace here is a recent painting (8x10 oil) of a model named Patty at The Los Feliz Workshop. There is a fellow painter there who is in charge by the name of Jennifer McChristian who's work has positively influenced me. I'm also posting an example of one of her tiny 25 minute oil studies... Mind blowing eh?


Blogger Mark said...

Hello Mr. Wray.
It might be interesting to see a painting where your friend and yourself both work on it together.

Common design: her figurative work (colorful and romanticly soft) placed withen one of you very cool, ( gritty,steely hard) enviorments?

I'm not sure how certain painters work but I think it would be very interesting to see.


11:11 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

Sounds intresting, Have you tried doing somthing like this yourself?

11:20 AM  
Blogger Urban Barbarian said...

That first one is amazing. I love the straight line under the breast mixed with all the great contours. Very inspiring. Thanks for bringing along. Watching you throw an oil together in under 3 hours was quite a treat also.

Good times as some say.

4:26 PM  
Blogger Chris Stewart said...

I just visited your web site through boing boing and I have to say I can relate. I worked at an animation studio for about 5 years. I did some compositing as well as production stuff, and even some animation. I got tired of the whole mess, I wasn't happy. An opportunity came up for me to try my own thing and I took it. I'm just starting out as a painter/writer in a new city with no experience on how to make money from either. But I'm happy and I'm hoping that it works out. If you have any tips that you learn on how to even approach galleries let me know.

P.S. Love the work, keep it up.

Chris Stewart

1:29 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Approaching galleries has never been easy, but I think right now is one of the worst times you could do it. I've approached some pretty small galleries with (I'll be blunt) some pretty mediocre artists and been turned away. All galleries are full and have to many artists that aren't selling for them. Big artists are going to small galleries. Less people are buying paintings that are at that starting or middle level. Rich collectors are still buying perceived hot artists, but most smaller galleries are in trouble. Despite any numbers you might see about are economy doing well, people have been gun shy since 9- 11 with their disposable income. Investing in renovations and buying houses rather than buying art. They are not going out as much either, nesting because of high gas prices. But I'm not answering your question. Things you can do: ( I apologize in advance for my extreme bluntness, but if you know this stuff it's much easier to deal with all the pitfalls and disappointments. This is not directed specifically at you. or To hurt your feelings, I don't know you. This is my own generally observations and I haven't made it yet.

0. Learn how to draw and paint really well, you can go abstract later. Conceptual art is a fad, it will never stand the test of time. Great representational art is on the upswing. Conceptual artist have degraded, degradation into the ground. There is nothing left for them to rebel against as bad modern art has been "the Man" for 50 years. It's running on fumes, there has to be a new meeting of abstract with solid foundation creating a new renaissance in expressive representational art so there can be a new cycle that future generations can tear down. ;-)

1. Get a job at a art gallery and network anything that moves.

2 Get a job as and assistant to a big artist and network anything that moves.

3. Make sure your art "idea" (what you want to paint) is strong, consistent and heartfelt (honest).

4. Have a large body of those paintings built up at least 20 to 30 major pieces. That don't have a development arc to them. (I'm going though that one.) ;-) I don't mean to coast in one style, I mean to expect to work for years to get good enough to be consistent.

5. Take classes from great artists, make friends of them, network.

6. Join clubs, contests and hang out with artists.

7. Work really hard. Push your self. Concentrate on you weaknesses and improving them, don't do easy comforts zone crap.

8. Figure out the gallery that your work makes the closest fit style and proximity, and network them. MAKE FRIENDS FIRST: show art later. Don't rush it.

9 Make art you mistress, more important than love, or children.

10. If you not fully committed, do something else.

11. Do one piece of art a day no matter what. Either sketching or a tiny painting even if your working full time.

12 Carry a sketchbook and camera everywhere. Draw on the subway or bus or on your break. Away look around for interesting pictures. Analyze, think, design all the time.

13. If you like to drink or get high. Stop it or doing it, or in extreme moderation. It's as big a waste of time for the artist as playing video games.

14. Grow a steel hide and try and get your work critiqued by good artists and don't argue with them, listen and stomp you ego down until you have reached your goals then you can think you know what the fuck your doing.

15. If you write, review art. Start with a blog and work your way into online magazines and print. Network the fuck out of it.

16. Get in shape, look as good as you can, cultivate a friendly personally , sulky sad people don't excite. And learn to listen, successful people don't need your uninformed opinion or you. You need them.

12:36 AM  

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