Thursday, December 08, 2005

Gravel Pit off the 605

Here is a industrial from the City of Industry, about 30x40... a big oil for me. The subject is a huge gravel pit filled with water you can see from the 605 headed south. I hopped the fence on a Sunday and later got caught by a guy who worked there who wanted to know didn't I see the trespass sign and all that . I told him yes, but I was a Painter taking reference photos. He paused and said he liked to paint old trucks and then he drove of shouting "but today I'm going fishing..." Letting me go about my business.


Blogger Unknown said...

This is amazing. I love the color - and feel of depth - your loose but definitive strokes - the little buildings in the midground area..... everything here is just fantastic. I wish that i could paint like this.
My hat is off to you Mr.Wray.


5:30 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

I do teach privately ;-)

1:04 AM  
Blogger Boris Hiestand said...

amazing depth and sense of space indeed. Love it! Private training would be fantastic- too bad I live in Munich;)

4:47 AM  
Blogger Matthew Cruickshank said...

Wonderful work, and I like the small stories that belong to each piece- thank you for sharing.

6:12 AM  
Blogger Patrick Morgan said...


You teach painting? I could be interested. Great stuff as usual.

10:50 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

Boris: if you have a blog and want to post work to for critique, I could evaluate a series of your paintings and give you exercises to do. In exchange, you send a small donation to my pay- pal account. after each lesson.

5:40 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Matt: Thank you I'm going to try and do more of those little stories to give context...

5:43 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Patrick: I'm
painting Saturday mornings in the areas described in the title. For instance tomorrow we are meeting at the Autry Museum parking lot at 8am and painting funky alleyways in Burbank. I go with great local Painter:

I've taken on a student who asked me to help him and decided to try a few more. The fee in minimal. I want to keep the group small and adventuresome. People who aren't afraid to hop a fence or pee behind a bush. I know the money is with teaching affluent older women, but I still want to go to the urban places I want to paint and they can be a little sketchy. If you interested, contact me Via my Web site. William Wray --

My Paintings:

5:58 PM  
Blogger Robert Elliott said...


I am one of Williams students.
I really appreciate his approach
to painting.


9:07 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

And I appreciate you Robert. You will do some fine painting soon as you quit your job...

9:27 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I would love to be your student!
Unfortunately for now i live on the East Coast in NYC. Perhaps i could save some money and fly out for a day or two in the spring/summer?

- Adam

7:19 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

Hey I miss NYC. I had a loft in soho for 8 years in the eighties. Put me up and round up a few students and your lessons are free.

12:41 AM  

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