Saturday, January 10, 2009

A lesson From Ray Roberts

My class study with some small Ray touch ups...

A few weeks back my buddies Richard Scott, Mark Pacella and I had the good fortune to get a private lesson with Ray Roberts . We met at his new Gallery- 305 N Coast Highway Suite F, Laguna Beach, CA
(2 doors north of Laguna Art Museum)(949)715-4345 See my Ray Roberts link to the left. Ray's teaching out of there and he's one of the best teachers you can find.

After drooling over his and his Wife Peggy's lovely paintings, full of inspiration we marched down to Heisler Park overlooking the water. It was a cold day in Laguna with flat light, but Ray confidently said it was the perfect kind of conditions to paint water. Here are a few shots of me and Mark watching Ray's demo progress.

Here is a oil I bought from Ray at his last show...

and a lovely water color


Blogger Katherine Kean said...

Wonderful pieces all.

3:52 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I love it when artists take the time to post photos of him/her at work. It really helps and inspires novices like me.

5:20 PM  
Blogger Liquidmethod said...

Wow! That's awesome, thanks for sharing!

5:57 PM  
Blogger Ben Guy said...

awesome, thanks for sharing.

6:27 PM  
Blogger Mike Manley said...

Wow, great Bill, and the paintings you bought are great too, I remember you mentioning them.

I think Laguna beach and I think sunny warm days, guess that isn't always the case.

9:30 PM  
Blogger Clive said...

Lovely stuff. The watercolour is super too. Needless to say you've posted a lot of beautiful paintings yourself below this post; always a pleasure to visit.

10:15 AM  
Blogger Edward Burton said...

Great painting, Bill! Love the brushwork and colors! Those paintings you bought are quite dandy as well . I just bought your book and I can't wait to get it!

11:36 AM  
Blogger Edcooper_art said...

Great Post! - William, I was wondering, waht sort of easle that was? - I am based in UK and am looking to get a new ligthweight easle..that looks like a good one!

10:49 PM  
Blogger Ed Terpening said...

It looks like he uses a fairly full palette of colors, a few different blues, greens. Do you know what palette he used?

8:51 PM  
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Blogger Ron Guthrie said...

Hey, you did pretty well onyour take of that rock...brave too. Painting a scene like that would intimidate me I think. I didn't know yo bought that painting...excellent choice Bill!

11:30 PM  
Blogger William K. Moore said...

Wray and Ray.. not a bad combo. The water-side rock painting is incredible and is a testimony to the value of the instruction. The subject really lends itself as a platform to show off your mastery of color and texture not to mention other pictorial elements. I can see you continue to get your bang for the buck in So Cal..

9:29 AM  
Blogger tonypetersart said...


I love this piece! You really have a nice rhythm going in that water, nice choppy brushstrokes. Sorry I had to back out from joining you guys that day, looks like you got alot out of it.

5:57 PM  
Blogger Kim VanDerHoek said...

I've been a fan of Ray and Peggy's for a few years. I am in awe of how economical and bold Peggy is with her brush. And Ray's landscapes are amazing!

7:41 PM  
Blogger Shane Pierce said...

thanks for sharing - awesome work

5:55 AM  
Blogger Shawn Dickinson said...

Wow! Great paintings!

6:35 AM  
Blogger Above the City said...

Cool stuff Wray.

7:42 PM  
Blogger Daniel Peci said...

Awesome works, contemporary painting at its best.

1:33 AM  
Blogger LuisNCT said...

wow, thanks for introducing me to Ray Roberts work

5:07 AM  
Blogger JC DESSAINT said...

That's wonderfull to see such masterpieces nowadays.

6:12 AM  
Blogger JC DESSAINT said...

That's wonderfull to admire such masterpieces nowadays.

6:14 AM  
Blogger magnan said...

with all due respect to a good painter i think he blew it by signing it where he did .

7:13 AM  
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