Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Crystal Cove

Departing from my usual gritty urban themes, here is a painting of Crystal Cove done deliberately to be as tranquil and traditional as possible. 40x42 oil on Wood.
This is a painting done for the Providence Saint Joseph Foundation, the Foundations Healing through the Arts Program, which includes an art exhibit at the 2006 Women's Wellness Conference. This years event will be held on Friday, September 15, 2006, at the Pasadena Conference Center. Viewing of the art will be from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Proceeds from this year's luncheon will benefit Providence's Cancer Programs and Services, including the new Roy and Patricia Disney Cancer Center.


Blogger Dominic Bugatto said...

Another gem. Lovely colors and dancing light on the horizon. Are you a fan at all of the British painter Turner? He did wonderful skies too.

5:03 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Not Turner as much as an English artist who was influnced by him. Edward Seago.

5:52 PM  
Blogger BoneDaddy said...

Whoa, awesome! I see more of a duality thing going on in here. The sky looks really riled up about something, and the water is all calm. The reflection of the colors dramatically furthers the contrast, making the water even more peaceful to look at compared to the volatile, choppy-clouded sky. Very cool for a deviation.

8:23 PM  
Blogger Mitch said...

I agree with brothergrimm. I haven't had much experience with the ocean since I live in MN, but when I do see it, I long for the waves. The shore is very tranquil, and I would have wondered where the waves were had it not been for the clouds crashing in from the cliffs. The whole thing results in me being satisfied and at peace. Wunderbar.

8:34 PM  
Blogger chia said...

You weren't tempted to throw in at least one power line?

1:10 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

You can see all that? I just painted it man... ;-) You should be an art critic. I go and tell everyone that's what I intended to sound smart.
Thanks for making me a genius.

1:17 AM  
Blogger william wray said...


That's the idea I thought long and hard about the contrast of the sky looking violent to contrast with the soft reflections in the sand. I'm amazed you noticed. I thought I was being a subtle genius. I'll have to work harder for you to find my secret analogy's. Did you see the ironic nod to post modernism?

1:22 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

Or the running cat in the shape of a cloud acting like a bull?

1:24 AM  
Blogger william wray said...


It's there... just very subtle. Look closer. I liked the stuff in your hard Eight book. It sould do well for you in San Diego.

1:26 AM  
Blogger Tom Christopher said...

Hello Bill- just checking in for the first time

4:35 AM  
Blogger Jesse said...

I am reminded of some of your older beach paintings... I think they are still on bigblownbaby.com

This one feels very loose and fresh. As the kids say, "Wicked".

8:28 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

Hey Tom,

You did it! Welcome to blog world, let me know if you need help setting up.

12:57 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Hey Jessie,
Aren't you a kid? A wicked little kid?

12:59 PM  
Blogger Jesse said...

Well Bill, That depends on what age your kid cut-off is.

And I'm more crotchety than wickid...

2:19 PM  
Blogger Eddie Fitzgerald said...

Wow! Nice stuff Bill! I also like some of the comments like the one by brothergrimm on this page.

Eddie Fitzgerald

1:02 AM  
Blogger Tom Christopher said...

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4:15 AM  
Blogger Urban Barbarian said...

Very Moody Clouds. I like the way the rich colors become more and more desaturated as they curl up in the right corner.

To quote Paris Hilton, "That's Hot!"

And she knows Plein Air - or is that Bel Air...? I'm not sure. But it's a compliment of some kind!

8:49 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

Hey Eddie,

King of the living exocentric cartoonists. I value you opinions, the theories on complementary colors on you blog show your grasp some color theory. I didn't know what complementary colors were when I worked on R and S.

I don't want vague theory piggy backing, you are the theory king. Your own please.

12:24 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Your eye is sharp as you jawline. I'm really trying not to be lazy with color, every part of a painting need transition.

12:28 PM  
Blogger Mitch said...

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4:02 PM  
Blogger Mitch said...

Ah yes, the bull-like feline is just kitty-corner to the backwards Thundercats logo...

Perhaps you have an underlying obsession with pussy?

4:05 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Mitch-- Hmmmm

4:38 PM  
Blogger Mike Manley said...

This is my favorite painting of yours so far Bill...love the sky!

9:34 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

thank you king of Draw!

6:39 PM  
Blogger tonypetersart said...

That's a really unique approach, I like what you did with the sky. Those little reflections on the beach are a nice touch.

9:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think I can drink this one up. Off road, but oh... so... Wrayable.

10:50 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Robin!! ;-)

1:07 AM  
Blogger Lesley Todd said...

Ahhh I love the ocean! A subject that I can really relate to. Beautiful work!

2:33 AM  

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