Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Frankfurt 1960

Here is a painting biased on one of my Dad tourist photos in Frankfurt, Germany in 1960. I think is both over worked and under worked, but shows some promise for the future. Oil on wood 16x24.


Blogger Shawn Dickinson said...

Hi Bill!
This painting is beautiful!!! I love your lighting, and how you use warm and cool colors!
Take care!


8:54 PM  
Blogger Jesse said...

There is a ton a feeling coming from the dude in the front.

And I think he feels really solid against the rest of the scene, which I find somewhat compelling.

9:10 PM  
Blogger BoneDaddy said...

I like the tranquility of the scene. I really like how the sunshine leaks through certain areas and kind of makes itself known to the viewer.

11:56 PM  
Blogger aw said...

This has a nice feeling. I especially like how the lightest yellows mellow into ruddier colors. The birds are nicely scattered. I like the stairs and the doorway in the bkg. The figure is nice, too.

1:04 AM  
Blogger A. Riabovitchev said...

I love the light!!!:O)

3:13 AM  
Blogger Jafar said...

So beautiful!!

5:28 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

love the b-day pic from a couple posts back.

6:09 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Shawn,

I'm trying to think about that more and more.

12:46 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Hey Jesse,

Somthing about slumpped figures.

12:47 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

BG the background light is my favorite part too.

12:48 PM  
Blogger Miles Thompson said...

yes bill - i say yes

1:42 PM  
Blogger Bagel said...

i think its just right..

2:34 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Hey AW-- the pigeons were the last bit. One of the most enjoyable parts as I told myself just to make them with a few strokes. When I can do everything that easy, I'll have something going.

2:55 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

A. Rib-- thanks I like the light too.

6:40 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Jafar! You to!

6:41 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Bobby-- thanks, My Mom's happy to.

6:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a beautiful painting. It seems like I have been there before, and you snapped a warm meditative moment from my memory. I think you are honoring your dad's vision very well.

8:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

... and I meant to tell you, I like the new self portrait.

8:08 PM  
Blogger glamaFez said...

Bill, what kind of wood do you use when you paint on wood? Do you prepare the panel in any special way?

Here's a good cure for overworking (not that your painting is...) John Singer Sargent's pupils wrote this:

9:10 AM  
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11:14 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Robin-- very sweet of you. and the class isn't even graded. ;-)

5:51 PM  
Blogger Mitchel Kennedy said...

Beautiful, Bill. Nice contrasts.

7:49 PM  
Blogger Urban Barbarian said...

Has he seen it?

8:05 PM  
Blogger marco's blog said...

i love the bit up top with the's amazing how you defined them with such little detail. wonderful piece

8:31 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

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9:17 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Hey Mitch,

The credit for that has to go to my Dad and his photo and maybe a bit of artistic genetics,

9:20 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Hey Glam,

As advised by the legendary painter Steve Huston, I paint on 1/4 " birch from home depot. As advised by Marc Hanson, I prepare it with a coat of Gesso with powered Pumice in it to act as a thickener. I then use a cheap brush to apply it as roughly as possible to leave a surface that when dry has nice textures. Does powdered stone mixed with plastic have long term staying power? I hope so...

9:22 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Miles and Bajel-- I alsmost missed you guys.

9:30 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Dan, Has who seen it? My Dad? He's a vegetable with wheels. Brought it on himself with alcoholism. He bad father, but a brilliant man who wasted his talent because he like booze and being alone. My god the things he saw he could have written about... In three wars, he could draw and paint... He was a good writer and kept diaries. But being a bastard he destroyed them and never wrote his life story becase that would mean sharing something. Did some good comics to.

9:36 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Hey Marco-- that's the goal! To use a little paint and as few strokes as possible.
That's why I said overworked, I spent to much time on the man.

9:38 PM  
Blogger Urban Barbarian said...

I can't believe he destroyed his diaries... Wow. Too bad.

12:21 AM  

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