Friday, December 09, 2005

National Ready- Mix





This in not my first Cement factory Painting, but it's the biggest and I think closest to the new direction I'm headed in. I keep trying to push the energy paint stroke factor, edging toward more abstract / design elements. 20 x 24 oil on wood.

All my big paintings are done in the studio from photos or studies or both. This was from a photograph taken late in the day when the place is quiet. Earlier in the day the place is a mad house with huge gravel and cement trunks coming and going, jostling for position. A young Hispanic kid on a forklift was really interested that I thought the place he worked might be the subject for a painting. He was zipping in and about all the organized chaos on his little fork lift.


10 Comments:

Blogger Boris Hiestand said...

Have to say again your paintings are amazing. Some of your subjects are indeed odd- or should I say different. Those places would probably depress the hell out of me, and although your work does seem to shout- 'lonely' those colors make it all so vibrant and hopeful. Joy.

1:19 AM  
Blogger Sir Soiree said...

Maestro Wray!
Greetings from Brussls!
My name is Antoine-
I'm the lead moniter in a painting class here our lovely city and many of the members have been bringing your work up at class to discuss. My question is to if you might wish to try a confrence link up next month (at our cost of course) and provide us with a demonstration and perhaps some critques?).

Your work is top rate and our class has been closely following/studying it with great enjoyment.

Thank you Sir.
Regards,
Antoine.
Would it be best I contact you through your website to follow up?

9:35 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

Thank you Boris. It's gratifying when another artist takes the time to really look at and analyze your work. I think it's the history and power I'm responding to. It's hard to put it into words, but honestly like the subjects and don't have to try and "make" them evocative. They already are.

11:46 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

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11:57 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

Dear Sir,

I'm interested but, a little daunted about setting up what it takes equipment wise. If you would be willing to help me set up we might be able to work it out. You can e- mail me via my web site. Sorry you have to cut and paste.

With a Mac G-5 I assume it's fairly easy? One quick and easy way would be for your students to set up a bolg and I could critique their work on a conference telephone call or on the blog itself. I could also post a step by step demo there. Not very high Tec but...
William Wray --

My Paintings:

http://williamwray.com/

12:03 PM  
Blogger Marqas said...

Those are really fantastic painting. Wow. You are really talented. I got a link of your site from my brother's.

5:36 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks so much.
The draw! thing has been a great bit of PR for me. Got to get the word out!

6:42 PM  
Blogger z7q2 said...

Hi William!

I am a long-time fan of Charles Sheeler's work, and it's wonderful to see someone seriously taking up the task of painting industrial landscapes. Thank you for the privelege of being able to watch your work progress through this blog.

Allow me to share with you the prized piece in my collection - a 1953 architectural rendering by an unknown artist of the Columbus and Southern Ohio Electric Company E. M. Poston Station - 200,000 KW.

http://www.z7q2.com/cse1.jpg

Perhaps this might inspire you as much as it has me over the years.

5:16 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

That's a nice piece thanks for sharing. However, I think you need to round out your collection with a more contemporary industrial painting...;-)

5:32 PM  
Blogger Lesley said...

Wow! I really love this painting. I love the contradiction between the beautiful, almost romantic atmosphere you've created and the subject matter. Fantastic!

12:26 PM  

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