Monday, January 30, 2006

Night Crossing.



The old railroad tracks in Monrovia. Oil 16x20. About a block from the Monrovia Morning panting in my November archives. The crossing isn't active, but so will be reinstated as part of our new Metro. I took a trespassing night stroll taking photos that will be part of a series of Nocturnes I'm doing of the area about to be cleaned up. Took a big umbrella so when It rained I didn't mind. I'm a fan of Frank Tenny Johnson's Nocturnes. He is the best western artist if you ask me.

14 Comments:

Blogger Brothergrimm said...

Wow, you're right. His sense of realism is amazingly focused.
As for your railroad paintings, I love them all! I used to take walks by the tracks at night, and I always loved the symmetry & perspective of it.

11:26 PM  
Blogger Jeff Hayes said...

That's a really good one. I like the strong, almost abstract quality of the big shapes... I'd love to be able to get IN a railyard and spend a day painting. The one time I tried, the guard would only let me work in a parking lot next door... have you ever figured out the intricacies of getting permission for this sort of thing?

8:23 AM  
Blogger Mike M said...

Cool Bill! I have a book on Johnson I bought back in the early 80's and I had never heard of him before.

11:02 AM  
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4:48 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks BG. Something peacefull about them.

6:51 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Hey Jeff,

No, permission takes the fun out of it for me. Besides, if they say no it makes me really angry. And ruins my day. I think art transcends trespassing laws and security guards have to say no or it's there ass. I figure out when security is low like on weekends. Poor weather is good and vault fences and hope they will let me go if caught. So far they have.

6:57 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Mike he's a big hero of mine. And you to of course.

7:20 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Thatks VG.. Nice of you to stop by.

7:23 PM  
Blogger The Johnson said...

I love this one. It's as good as any Remington or McGinnis I've ever seen.

12:50 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Yeah he's up there.

3:12 PM  
Blogger Andrea Blasich said...

THOSE PAINTINGS ARE AMAZING!THANKS FOR VISITING MY BLOG.
CIAO

9:41 PM  
Blogger danielcox said...

that's great bill -- really enjoy the tones and colours in this one.

i also like frank's art, but for me -- if you are talking western art -- then there is only one James Reynolds (http://www.artusa.com/reynolds_prints.htm).

great work:)

6:07 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

Renyolds is great, I wonder why he's not in the Aurty western show right now? I like Bill Anton to, but his figures are not on JR level.

8:30 PM  
Blogger chrisdowling said...

Your work reminds me of Sargents. I remember a quote, 'The thicker the paint, the more your colours flow,' which seems to fit quite well with your paintins, I think. Keep up the great work (:

8:27 PM  

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