Thursday, March 29, 2007

Excavator Action and Painting Demo

Here is a recent big painting, painted for inventory for my one man show in October at Segil Fine Art. 26x48 oil on wood.

Also I have paint demo coming up-- Not a workshop, you just get to watch me do a painting. I will cover my teaching theories at the same time so it's like a workshop, but you don't get to paint. ;-)

Plein Air Artists of Riverside

invites you to join us
Wednesday, April 18, at 6:30 p.m.

for an oil painting demonstration
by award-winning plein air painter William Wray
Fee: Free for all PAAR members
$5 admission for non-PAAR members (applicable to the $20 fee to join PAAR).
PAAR members must also be members of Riverside Art Museum.
We will accept membership fees for both RAM and PAAR at the door.

Place: Riverside Art Museum Information: Joan Coffey, 951-789-8865
3425 Mission Inn Avenue
Riverside, CA 92501


Blogger Ron Morrison said...

Thank God, I was worried you'd gone smudging.

1:57 PM  
Blogger BoneDaddy said...

You kind of get the feel that the backhoe is coming forth from the muck--your blending makes it look like it's transforming from earth to metal. Plus it looks like the edge of the hill moves right along with the backhoe in a graceful upsweep.

8:14 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Ron, I am a bit of a smudger.

6:31 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

BG tahks bg that's about what I was going for.

6:32 PM  
Blogger William K. Moore said...

Something apocolyptic going on here. The perspective renders a threatening pose - smoke belching yellow earth digger - perched up on that mound of red earth, ripping transforming. Meanwhile off to the side.. a peaceful scene with a roadway and a string of phone poles. And at the very bottom.. the signature thoughtfully applied with the right color. Strong medicine Dr.! This will require a couple viewings.

10:49 PM  
Blogger William K. Moore said...

Also something biblical comes to mind - perhaps God attacking modern day Sodom an Gomorrah. Or since Easter is almost here .. Jesus on a little rampage in Jerusalem, something to do with the money changers. Just a synaptic reflux...

10:59 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

WK your a born poet. I wish others were as moved as you by this one. I thought it was a good one, but it's gotten luke warm response. Maybe every quit blogging and went back to TV or maybe I need to post at other blogs more.

12:21 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

Jesus was a spiritual Excavator when you ponder it. Good analogy!

12:23 AM  
Blogger William K. Moore said...

Yeah Will .. some work does not get its proper due.. but it's still early and I think you may be surprised.... I'm still thinking about Jesus operating one mutha of a backhoe.. I will sleep well tonight.

1:22 AM  
Blogger BoneDaddy said...

I was actually thinking about the Fountainhead, mainly because everything Roark designed looked like nature had molded the structure from its own earth...or something to that effect.
I think everyone else is just on vacation and maybe they don't have quick access to computers. Me, I have a tad too much access.

4:55 AM  
Blogger Ron Morrison said...

Now that you mention the lack of response I wondered about that too. I really liked this painting- I like earthy industrial gritty productions-this in my opinion is where you thrive. However people tend to "pretty" in most instances and you didn't do yourself any favours by posting Zooming Woo. Pretty potboilin' nude against excavater? You set yourself up -I warned you!
I also thought the dynamic composition on this piece was brilliant.

5:24 AM  
Blogger glamaFez said...

Another gem. I especially like the transition area between the bucket and the dirt pile.

10:00 AM  
Blogger Judy McLaren said...

Very vertical, very dramtic. I love it.

4:41 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

BG thank God you have to much time on your hands or need to feed your internet addiction.

4:34 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Ron-- so it's Wu's fault Eh? Juxposition is everything. Time to post my work next to Thomas Kincaid.

4:36 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Glam,

that's a favortie spot of minn too.

4:37 PM  
Blogger Ron Morrison said...

What, you want to get wiped out again? Just kidding.
Why do you put somebody else's art up in the first place? Jux ta position is dangerous, try favourable comparison.

8:40 AM  
Blogger william wray said...


I kid around, but I'm pretty confident about my work, however I know I can get better and also have a love for other artist work. When I admire an artist I what to share. If I wasn't an artist I'd be a gallery owner or book publisher. I'm a collector, but have slowed why down on the collecting as finances are tight. When You try and make it as a fine artist Collecting must take a back seat or I'd be buying a Wu right now.. Oh poor me.

11:24 AM  
Blogger PleinEric said...

Fantastic composition! I like that you've tackled this piece on a larger scale... it takes more commitment than a small sketch.

Nice work here!

10:24 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Eric-- Nice work on your blog too. I've been doing a lot of big one's and studio work--It's was nice to get out and do a small one last weekend.

10:42 AM  
Blogger SHANE PRIGMORE said...

That is so dynamic!! So strong and gestural on such a mechanical object. Its amazing.

12:59 AM  

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