Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Equestrian Alley




Oil 8x10
Here is an alley in Burbank in an equestrian neighborhood where the ground is still unpaved with garages right next to stables. The funny thing we met a guy who lived off the Alley was a Plein air painter on his way to paint in Malibu. I don't think it occurred to him that his alley was a perfectly good spot to do a paining. We all had a good ( artist joke) laugh on that one. The silhouette in the painting was a real guy going up into a hayloft.

20 Comments:

Blogger Brothergrimm said...

You know what's funny, is that you could have an entire gallery with a "back alley" theme, and I bet it'd go over well! It's kind of neat to see urban life from its backside.

11:03 PM  
Blogger Adam said...

i'd like to second what brother grim said about the "back alley" theme - that would be a fantastic idea.
Love the strokes in the sky, and the colors you used to describe sunlight/shade. My favorite part is the silhouette of the guy walking up the ladder - you get the idea of his entire pose and he is completely in shade. Really breathtaking stuff.
Is there any chance of an East coast gallery show anytime soon?

Best,
Adam

11:18 PM  
Blogger Boris Hiestand said...

wishing you a fantastic christmas and all the best for 2006!
keep posting your amazing paintings!

4:48 AM  
Blogger bustedacres said...

I know that neighborhood, I think--just behind the Disney Studio, right?

There are some nifty little strange things like that neighborhood around LA; there's a fantastic, big, big Buddhist temple somewhere up in North Hollywood, too. And up in the hills above Sherman Oaks, there's a decommissioned military tower that was used to spot incoming ships and missiles in the Pacific. Now it's a public park.

For these things, I really miss living in LA.

9:20 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

Hey Brother don't you think I haven't thought of it. Back alleys is one. Palm trees in urban settings, Cement Plants, Junkyards and city nocturnes all are some groups I've been thinking about.

11:49 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Adam:Thank you for taking the time to really look and your incisive comments . As far as an East Coast or West Coast show, I still need to get a gallery who wants more that to put me in tentative group shows, If you are friendly with a gallery you frequent that I would seem to fit into, tell them about me. You might get yourself a free painting.

11:55 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Boris, Happy to you and don't worry Inventory not a problem, I have a million of them to post.

11:57 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Busted,

Any unique stuff like you described that you can pinpoint, please let me know.

12:00 AM  
Blogger bustedacres said...

Hey there--here's the info on the missile tower:

http://www.sdreader.com/php/roamshow.php?id=20030102

Sorry to have to give you a link, but it's very descriptive, with directions, etc.

The temple is here:

http://www.watthaiusa.org/

I'm not a religious person, but when I stumbled upon the temple, I had a very deep experience. I don't know if it was just the silence of the environment, an undiscovered spiritual need inside me, or what, but that is a truly beautiful place that I found so moving--especially in the middle of North Hollywood, which is generally not a beautiful place.

Let me know if you wind up visiting either place--I'd love to see your impressions of them.

And have a great Christmas and New Year!

10:30 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks busted, you too!

11:40 AM  
Blogger Lesley said...

You're consistently good! I don't believe it will take you long to find a good gallery to represent you. Have a great Christmas... I hope your wish comes true.

3:59 PM  
Blogger aw said...

love the cypresses! They are superb.

7:59 PM  
Blogger MANDREWS said...

Awesome Wray, I used to take horses out all the time when I was growing up in that neighborhood. Its a different world there slap dab in the middle of suburbia. Your work is really captivating to look at- looks fast too. How long does it take you to do a painting. Great energy to them, nice shapes graphic, beautiful choice of colors..... sweet.

Merry Christmas

Maybe santa will bring me my own eisle and paint box.

Mandrews out

10:07 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Thanks Lesley,

Yes I get impatient and lament sometimes, but I know a gallery will happen soon, because I will make it happen. I'm not waiting around for someone to find me, but I'll welcome help to.

10:42 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks AW. I varied the color there more that was there, and it worked this time.

10:44 PM  
Blogger Dik Pose said...

Rock on man, these paintings are amazing... keep slingin' paint, and good luck... I will keep checking back for more painterly goodness... I'll be living in Burbank soon and will have to go check out that Equestrian sector...

12:18 AM  
Blogger UrbanBarbarian said...

beautiful painting - but what's up with the stick figure in the bg? Is that Monroe?

10:21 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

Thanks Dic. It's amazing what you can find in your own backyard if you get on a bike and check out every nook and cranny. I found an old train parked in Arcadia 3 minutes from my house that I had missed for the last 10 years I've lived here.

10:39 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

Hey Urban, actually, that's Pa Kent descending a staircase.

10:41 AM  
Blogger UrbanBarbarian said...

JK! Loving these colors, Maestro!

10:59 AM  

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