Saturday, June 30, 2007


12x16 oil on linen board

I've run out of new paintings to show that are dry, so I'm going back in time. This is a pre- blog portrait of Donald Hildreth a fellow painter who studio I used to go to his studio where we and one or two others would privately paint models. One day the model canceled and we did "dueling Portraits". I have this on my web sight, but I don't think I've posted it on my bolg. I don't think I've done a portrait as strong as this one since. I think it helped I knew him so well, combined with taking lessons from Jove Wang at the time and Donald has such distinctive planes on his face. His expression make him look like he's about make me his bitch, but he's a real sweet guy. Find his work at:


Blogger BoneDaddy said...

A kid in high school used to give me that look, but he added a smile.
I like the light/dark contrast in this one.

8:40 PM  
Blogger A Reason to Paint said...

I am about to start taking lessons in portraiture; I suspect it will be a long time before I can capture expressions such as the one you've captured here - hopefully it will be more fun than frustrating.

6:47 AM  
Blogger Jesse said...

Hey, it's people!

I love the emotion in that guys face.

7:53 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Were you intentionally going for an El Greco thing here?

2:43 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Don will add a smaile too, he was just concentrating. I look the same scary way.

2:58 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Hey AR don't get discuraged It takes time. Spend as much time drawing as possible. Its aslo helpfull to draw form the cast of a head that has the planes of the face well defined.

2:59 PM  
Blogger PleinEric said...

Man - it is a small world! I didn't know you knew Donald... we just had that 3 man show at Tirage... very nice guy Donald is! I've never seen his painting face... he usually looks more cheerful than that! Nice one though...

5:21 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Hey Jessie,

Yeah all he needs are some prison bars.

7:37 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Chris. Not El Greco directly, but yes I did slightly elongate the face, but Donald does have a long face.

7:39 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Hey Eric,

Yeah, I wanted to come to that show but had a conflict-- I'd could have been at the same gallery, I was being groomed by them, but I was to impatient, and they are just to mean to their artists. It would have never lasted.

7:42 PM  
Blogger tonypetersart said...

I like the way you treated the value range in this piece. It's a nice ratio of darks.

Sorry you couldn't join Donald, Eric, and I at Tirage... we could all share in the verbal abuse together.

2:46 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

Tony I will leave you to your fate. ;-)

11:14 PM  
Blogger William K. Moore said...

Nice one Will.. like the contrast(s). Emotion comes across well on my monitor.

4:45 PM  
Blogger Urban Barbarian said...

Bueno Excellante! You did make him into a bad ass!!!

11:56 AM  
Blogger Robert Hume said...

Wow I love this painting! So Raw and Powerful!

4:54 PM  
Blogger Mike Thompson said...

Well done, and I appreciate the choice of colors. The red is very dramatic. (He looks a little bit like Mike Wieringo.)

4:54 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Bill-- Get to know you subject. ;-)

11:59 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Hey Dan, It's funny he's the nicest guy in the world.

12:00 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Bob! Kinda does look like his skin is worn down.

12:03 AM  

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