Thursday, September 21, 2006

Excavator and the San Luis Obispo Plein Air Festival 2006

9x12 oil on linen. At the LA river an industrial building being torn down (see Steel Plates) the construction workers were tickled by my last excavator painting (shovel) "Hey this guy does abstracted paintings of Excavators!" Who say construction guys don't know art? I had free run of the demo site.

San Luis Obispo Plein Air Festival 2006

Just wanted to let everyone know I'm in this thing.

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Blogger Unknown said...

I like the juxtoposition of warm and cool. Did you take liberties with the treads? I feel the destruction.

12:41 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Hey Tim,

Just in the little details, it was positioned just like that.

1:23 PM  
Blogger aw said...

Hey, you're really getting around. Congrats! Loved reading about the worker's excitement about the excavator painting. That's cool.

This one feels a bit like some kind of sci-fi monster robot with this painterly sky behind it. Brings up contrasting sentiments which keeps you thinking, and thinking and thinking.... :)

11:56 PM  
Blogger glamaFez said...

It looks like the blue sky was added over a previous olive color. I'm wondering what that olive color would look like, as the sky.

Like Tim, I was also wondering about those treads. Their color echoes that of the foreground.

In these parts we call that thing a backhoe.

7:19 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

Great subject matter. It's refreshing to see something other than fruit and flowers! I really like the gritty feel of it.

9:16 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

Hey Amanda,

You know I'm trying to break out. I'm not sure if I'm a good fit in the PA movement, but the Modern art world isn't ready yet so step by step.

2:22 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Hey Glam , you are correct that is the old, belt sanded painting showing through. I let some of it show through on the Backhoe, so I thought it would disappear into the background If I didn't change it... but I do want to go more abstract...

2:27 PM  
Blogger D. EVANS said...

Your "heavy equipment" genre really strikes something with me. Guess it's the juxtapostion of those giants sitting in such a peaceful time of day. We have lots of construction going on in our neighborhood and on one of my dog walks I took along my an exercise you've made me want to try to capture that moment myself.

6:45 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Hey Christina, I might do fruit and flowers if a truck was parked on them. Still life are hard, I don't do them becasue it's so hard to make them new, to say anything that hasen't be said to death. My friend Justin often pulls it off. I have no idea how.

7:56 PM  
Blogger Urban Barbarian said...

Way to go Bill! Another fine Urban Masterpiece! Enjoy the show!

10:30 PM  
Blogger Laureline said...

Wonderful, juicy paintings here! I think your move towards abstraction is a good one. Jerking yourself out of old habits and ways of looking/thinking is essential from time to time.It'll be fun to see how you progress.

7:01 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I love this painting. The light is wonderful. I did a large backhoe painting myself.

8:00 AM  
Blogger Making A Mark said...

Oh - I'm interested to see what you do outside the urban area! Did you meet Ed Terpening at all? He's also blogging about SLO - I gather there was lots of fog!

6:04 AM  

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