Thursday, April 10, 2008

Beach Day

16x24 oil on wood.

Here is another beach themed " figure in the landscape" from a reference photo take by my friend Joao. Same Michigan Beach as the last one. I’m getting more and more interested in the figure in my work, my confidence building with this one. I'm more comfortable drawing extreme proportions than normal, so the huge mother and tiny child is a compelling contrast for me.


Blogger Dean H. said...

Man! You do great on the figure painting. It also evokes a smile. Love all the broken color.

1:26 PM  
Blogger idle. said...

Hahaha, this one made me laugh. It has some cartoonish appeal. A great painting above all.

2:01 PM  
Blogger Jesse said...

I think I might not go to the beach in Michigan.

These paintings are good stuff though.

3:07 PM  
Blogger Fabián Fucci said...

Very nice mood, well achieved. I'm curious about that pink skin hue.

I can't help thinking of that R & S episode at the beach. :-D

8:30 PM  
Blogger Kim VanDerHoek said...

Large beach people have become a favorite subject of mine. This one is terrific with the contrast between mother and child.

9:12 PM  
Blogger David Lobenberg said...

She's baaaack!

10:05 PM  
Blogger Stefan Nuetzel said...

LOL! What else can I say. Your brushwork is so good and it is interesting to see how you have established your focal point by lowering all the contrasts elsewhere.

12:53 AM  
Blogger Sherm said...

The full-sized image is awe-inspiring...thanks for scanning or photographing them so big!

It was only in the full-sized image that I could really appreciate the beautiful figure work on that kid at the shore...beautiful!

10:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like that she's doing something with her hands. Probably holding a snack. And the shadow on the little boy's back, showing that it curves in, nice.

I have a question, do you teach any plein air workshops? I'd sure love to attend.

3:18 PM  
Blogger Ilse T.Hable said...

Hi Bill,
So glad to have heard about you through a blog friend.
Your paintings show great wit, knowledge of light and color and you draw very well - great work. By the way, I would not even mention Kinkade in my blogspot if I were you. He is nothing but the "painter of bad taste".
Love what you do and will come back in the future!

12:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Enjoy the honesty in your protrayal of subjects and environments. r.

2:29 PM  
Blogger sandy said...

Great job!!! I really like this.


5:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great, I like these new figure/landscape-pieces!

5:53 PM  
Blogger Barbara Pask said...

This is really interesting, all the colors I see in the big gal. Do you use a palette knife or is this just brush work? Barb

8:07 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Thanks Dean H , Idle, Jessie,

8:55 PM  
Blogger william wray said...


No relation as far as I know!

8:56 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Vander and David,

2 Differant gals... can't you imagine two at the beach on the same day? Yes there will be more.

8:58 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Stefan! yes that's exactly what I did... also for atmosphere.

9:01 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Shem I'll keep it big for you!

9:02 PM  
Blogger BoneDaddy said...

I totally agree, the contrast between mother and child hit me right away at first viewing.
Also, good job picking human subjects others wouldn't normally pick.

11:35 PM  
Blogger William K. Moore said...

A skillful avoidance of tangents on the horizon.. Meaty ham bone arm.. digg'n it!

12:05 PM  
Blogger Drake Brodahl (pumml) said...

Wow and wow again. These figure + landscape ones are really fun!

1:50 PM  
Blogger Karin Jurick said...

This is what we see in life - and I applaud you. It is an incredible painting William.

4:16 PM  
Blogger SEILER said...


6:34 AM  
Blogger Albert Sorrentino Jr. said...

your paintings never disappoint!
love the color temperature and texture! cheers!

1:54 PM  
Blogger A. Riabovitchev said...

This one is my favorite.:o)

11:25 AM  
Blogger Bob Fingerman said...

I love this. The little boy in the background is really great. The naturalness of his posture is perfect.

4:13 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Geeez that's beautiful!!

5:09 PM  
Blogger Kei Acedera said...

these are soooo cool !!!!! I love your brush strokes and color pallette.

5:10 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

silviana. I'm sure she had a big drink of soda... what else? ;-)

11:53 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

PS Sil, I only do demos for clubs near by at this point, keep an eye out and I'll announce one for May 18th soon.

12:44 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

Ilse, the Kinkade reference is meant to be ironic. ;-) the sad thing is I'm told he was a good well trained artist who made a cynical choice to be a cake frosting covered art whore.

12:52 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

Rahina, Sandy and thnor thanks for dropping by.

12:53 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

Barb 98% brush, a tiny bit of knife for detail.

12:55 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

BG thank my Photo guy in this case Joao.

12:56 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Wk and Pumml!

1:00 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

Karin, I just went to your blog and see why you like this subject! ;-)

1:01 AM  
Blogger Todd Camplin said...

Nice and fleshy. Wonderful works.

9:51 PM  

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