Monday, May 18, 2009

new and Redux

Stock 8x10 oil on linen

Here is my first PA in a long time. I went right after work with a talented young artist named Aaron Westerberg, a mostly a traditional figurative guy, but can paint everything. Check my links for him. We went painting in Burbank across from the cheesy Dinner called Lancers on Victory near Chandler. There is still a bit of old train track next to the building materials place called Stock. We yakked too much to get any great work done, but I kind of like it. And it was good to get outside.

Shopping Cart 12x9 oil on linen

Garbage Truck wasn’t a big deal to Re- paint as I had never liked it, but I was a little scared when I re-painted Shopping Cart. I basically really liked it originally, but when I saw it printed in my book with the color killed down a bit I decided I wanted to tone down the original electric blue and add some variety on the color and light. I like it better, I hope you do to.

Artist I like:

Here are a few Carolyn Anderson Demos. Not sure if the horse was a demo. CA is my favorite figure teacher and one of the best figure painters going. I’ve taken her twice and will again.


Blogger rob ijbema said...

excellent! some great stuff bill
carolyne is amazing
i really like the pa,maybe your yakking kept it loose...

12:48 PM  
Blogger Billy Guffey said...

You certainly haven't lost your PA touch, Bill. What fun to paint with Westerberg! I really like his stuff.

I like what you've done to the shopping cart too. Took away some of the abstractness if I'm remembering it correctly, but the warm colors add something good.

5:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, though I liked it before I like it more now. Warming the cool and cooling the warm has unified it better than before...given it depth, whereas previously it was largely flat designed shapes...pleasing interplay of colors and texture. My eye goes directly to the cart now. Nice implied story of the viewer's own making there.

1:23 AM  
Blogger Sharin Barber said...

Love Carolyn Anderson work thats for the photos!

3:23 PM  
Blogger William K. Moore said...

The top painting does it for me.. the aqua green sings.. aquaman would be proud. btw phocking is my word verification.. is that legal?

1:24 PM  
Blogger Catherine Jeffrey said...

The train track picture is amazing. Definitely have the sense of being there, near abandoned tracks...anywhere North America.

5:43 PM  
Blogger Cafe Pasadena said...

Good work! You two young artists did pretty good while drinking, or did you say yakking? Anyway the results are colorful & hold the eye!

7:37 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Love this piece "Stock" Bill. The comp, color scheme, brushwork all quite inviting.

8:35 PM  
Blogger Cooper Dragonette said...

Stock and Shopping Cart do a wonderful job of focusing on the basics; shape, line, space and all done in that great W. Wray style!

6:05 AM  
Blogger Vicente Herrero said...

I'm a spanish painter, later to see your pictures, I congratulate you for the colour, composition, texture and execution. With the simplicity of the more important artists.

I have a blog also:


12:50 PM  
Blogger mckelveystudio said...

Nice job on both paintings Bill, I especially like the shopping cart. You really have a great feel of light, and I love the brushwork.

2:59 PM  
Blogger Patrice said...


Very impressive work as ever. Love that shade of green on the first painting... but each and every one is terrific.

Looking at your blog always makes me want to paint better!

9:06 PM  
Blogger Vicente Herrero said...

Thank you very much for your quick answer and for to see my blog. I don't know to Bato, and I find nothing about him. If I had more information, I would like to see his work.

12:11 PM  
Blogger BoneDaddy said...

I like the sweeping, almost fluid look of the traintracks painting. Neat.

3:42 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Rob-- that's for sure... NIce to be back out there we when again yesterday.

12:17 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

Bill, I was supprised he wanted to paint with me he's a great kid, modest about his talent.

12:18 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

Hey V-- You see it all. ;-)

12:18 AM  
Blogger susan hong-sammons said...

always find your paintings a feast for my eyes. I love how you seem to hit the color and values perfectly and your brush strokes tell the story.

6:12 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks MM She' my hero.

1:16 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Thanks Wk No you're in trouble.

1:16 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Celeste!

12:10 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Catherine

12:11 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Cafe , Aron's young I'm a bit dusty.

12:12 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I really like the top one with the railroad tracks! Nice!

11:27 AM  
Blogger Vicente Herrero said...

I have seen the Bato's work. I have liked it him but I think that your work is more complete. Do you know Trevor Chamberlain's work (English painter)?.

My wife likes the painting and congratulates you on your work. Also she thanks you for knowing other artists by means of your blog.

Sorry, my english is very bad... :-)

7:56 AM  

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