Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Red Jet

Oil on linen 16x20

Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 "Fishbed"
( thanks Cathy)

On the way to a friends condo in Mammoth during the off season a few weeks back we went thru the town of Mojave off the 138. Driving around we found a cool abandoned motel, but more interesting was the Mojave air and Spaceport. Still an aerospace testing ground, ironically they call the place the Bone yard as it has Carcasses of many out-of-use one airliners one of the largest resting places for retired airplanes in America. I’m going to try and get access to the place, but this time around I contented myself with taking reference pictures thru fences. This is the first in a series of Jet paintings.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice, I like your brushwork!

2:10 PM  
Blogger tonypetersart said...

I like what you did with it since I last saw it, you really worked out the color.

2:50 PM  
Blogger Uncle Phil said...

ooh, i like this... but i'm a sucker for red jets.

8:05 PM  
Blogger David Lobenberg said...

I have loved airplanes since I was a wee one. I'm now almost 61 (yikes!!!) Love this pink jet and the tarmac colors. I salivate at the thought of painting out in a bone yard...especialy decaying airliners. Those are my fav. Waiting to see more! I have a helicopter on my blog. NOT my fav. aircraft, but the perspective was a challenge not to shrink from.

8:21 PM  
Blogger Drake Brodahl (pumml) said...

Nice! The bone yard sounds like a very cool place. Looking forward to more of these.

10:27 PM  
Blogger Kim VanDerHoek said...

You always have the most interesting compositions. I am also looking forward to seeing more from this great location!

8:31 PM  
Blogger Sven said...

i like how you create such vibrant texture inside the shapes. i should force myself to try that too.

9:23 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Thor!

12:19 PM  
Blogger Grigory Lozinsky said...


3:49 PM  
Blogger palma tayona said...

sending this note from across the pacific. i enjoy reading your entries in your blog. I love the jet painting. oh, and the art class you have with a lot of chattering old women - funny. hehehe, i am teaching painting to some old women too and well, they do chatter a lot. :-)

4:52 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Thanks Tony,
Your advice was a big help.

6:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

that is fantastic - looking forward to the series.

8:25 PM  
Blogger Tim Bye said...

Great piece - I lovge the bold red!

6:48 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

Uncle Phil! Yeah so was the owner, he paints all his commie jets red. ;-)

4:08 PM  
Blogger Jesse said...

It is enjoyable to see something normally portrayed and smooth, fast and shiny in your style.

I am excited to see what other planes you paint.

4:41 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

David the Decaying Airliners are coming. I've got two down.

1:04 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Pumml- I'm taking to them...

12:24 AM  

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