Sunday, May 28, 2006

Patty 2

This a a class study that I'm using to bridge the gap until better paintings dry or get back from the photographer. I cropped the painting a little and adjusted the background in Photoshop. A cheat I know, but I wasn't going to put it up looking the way it did and if I repeated it would be wet too. Her head feels a little big, but she does have a tiny body. 10x15 on crappy canvas board.

As an added bonus here is a little Plein Air landscape of a water storage tank done at The Cobb estate at the top of Lake in Altadena. 8x10 oil on linen.


Blogger BoneDaddy said...

I recognize that pose--that's my pose when I'm trying to sketch! Mine looks more "how the hell do I start?", though.

2:04 PM  
Blogger rs said...

The contours of the face are very well done with the colors used; though I think the nose is too dark for the rest of the composition.

I like how the chair disappears into shadows The arms are a litlle "blocky," but her short dress screams Saturday Night!

2:23 PM  
Blogger Chris Sterritt said...

Hey Bill -- at the risk of digressing into technical jazz, how are you photographing these for the web? I'm in the market for a new digital camera (my old Dimage7 has been wonderful, but its eye for color isn't fabulous). So I wind up adjust colors a lot in the gimp (poor man's photoshop).

So, what do you use? Do you have to adjust colors much? Thanks!

2:28 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Hey BG-- It was a tough one she kept falling asleep and the arm would slowy move in front of her face.

2:56 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Your a tough critic. I'm going to cop out and say that's my style dude, blame Malcom Liepke and her blocky little arms.

2:59 PM  
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3:02 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Chris -- I'm scanning them. The big ones I take to Artworks in South Pasadena. It's impossible to photograph paintings unless you have a professional set up.

3:04 PM  
Blogger Marlo said...

Excellent paintings my friend.

7:54 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Marlo-- Not as excellent as your hair!

10:30 PM  
Blogger Miles Thompson said...

hey man i like this figure - stop being such a hater on yourself because she looks great - see you wed? i'll be there!

liepke is great with all of his drunken noses - we caught an exhibition of his in NY a few years back and had to snatch the catalog from the show because it was so great

10:56 PM  
Blogger Jesse said...

Crappy surfaces are fun to work on.

I like your paintings of people.

I feel as though I could walk into that landscape feeling. It space feels very real, very inhabitable...

11:15 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Miles, I'll be honest, if I really hated it I wouldn't post it. I have to set the bar high to stay motivated. At my age I have no time to waste could have a stroke tomorrow and there goes the learning curve.

11:35 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Jessie, I guess, but I like the good stuff, but have to face reality for figure studies.

11:37 PM  
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12:18 AM  
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12:28 AM  
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7:00 AM  
Blogger alberto mielgo said...

Beautifull Paintings, both of them, William.
You' ve got such a nice technique .
I don't think that use photoshop is a cheat...well,depend of the tools...

11:08 AM  
Blogger Cale Atkinson said...

Beautiful work William, even though I am not a painter I still find your work truly inspiring to look at. Thanks for sharing, I look forward to seeing more of your work!

6:47 PM  
Blogger william wray said...


I don't think it's much of a cheat as I can paint the same way with out it, Especially since I was candid about it. Maybe it's just in my silly mind making up a useless rule. We collect a lot of stupid theories as the years go by, maybe that’s why it's harder to learn the older you get. You become stubborn for no real reason. I used to think a painting was worthless if you couldn't do it all Alla Prima, now I do a bit of glazing without any shame.

9:09 PM  
Blogger sam michlap said...

Hi Bill,
Are you the same Bill who Scott Wills talked about from ren and stimpy? I love these paintings and just wanted to say hi. I possibly met you very briefly at Dream Works a few years back.
Great art!! Thanks,
Sam Michlap

10:28 PM  
Blogger Shawn Dickinson said...

Great stuff! Your colors are amazing, as usual!

10:45 PM  
Blogger Miles Thompson said...

man - at your age? - at ANY age the paint dries slowly - you have inspired so many and accomplished so much to date - but i hear you if you can't keep the game going it all goes the way of the dinobot cartoon series - EXTINCT!

i'm going to try and head out today to do a landscape for shits and giggles - i'll hip you if i post it and email it if i don't - either way i'll be at B&J's tomorrow night

8:49 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Sam,

Yes I was Scott's mentor. However, he has long since snatched the masters cricket and knocked him to the ground. He's now about the best out there.

1:51 PM  
Blogger Urban Barbarian said...

Nice work, Bill! I miss seeing the figure work! Looks like this one was fun!

2:17 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Shawn.

7:19 PM  
Blogger sam michlap said...

Thanks for the nice words Bill, and yes Scott is about as great as they come. I love Bunkalls paintings and I also really love trains. Check out my fine art on my not yet finished web site if you get a chance. Lots of dead links but the gallery fine art page is up and you can see the latest show I had at the Howard/Mandville gallery in Kirkland WA.
Would you do me the honor of linking me on your page?
I'd love to hear any other comments on the paintings.
Thanks again,

7:42 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Miles. I'm not sure if I'll be at Ben and Jen's Wednesday. I think I'll save it up for Vadim on Thursday.

10:15 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Accually it was tourture as she kept falling asleep, but thatks anyway.

10:16 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Sam I'm going to wait to link you until your links are fixed. Keep me posted. I'm putting the pressure on as I want to see your color sketches.:-) And artist rougher art is what I like best.

10:19 PM  
Blogger chia said...

wow! These are great!! I really like seeing how you apply the same techniques to a figure.
Sorry I missed class saturday, I was in Laughlin this weekend. But the good news is I won enough money to buy some new supplies.

1:17 AM  
Blogger sam michlap said...

Hi Bill,
Actually I was talking about a link to the Blog page not my web site. It's not finished. More of the sketches are on the Blog anyway. Thanks for checking it out.

8:31 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

Excellent Erich! That kind of gambling I can get behind.

3:26 PM  
Blogger limbolo said...

I've been back quite a few times to look at Patty. I hope she likes it as much as I do.
It is always wonderful to see the successful transferring of the artist's gestures and movements as responses to something seen and felt and then caught - in time - in painting.
I understand your reluctance to twiddle with such an image in Photoshop.

10:04 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Neil,

I'm not sure if she liked it or not but if you do that's enough for me. I paintied her again last night in Vadiam's class and I'm still not tired of her.

1:04 PM  

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