Saturday, May 06, 2006

Power Box and Steel Plates



Two 6x8 oils from last week. First there was a dull morning and second was late afternoon after the sun had come out a bit. Both were near the LA river near where the 5 and the 110 meet. The first is right near the 5 next to a tiny mostly Hispanic family community alongside Riverside drive.



Further down the river under the freeway was some burned out cars with mole people living under the freeway.



Including this guy passed out on the trail who's drug use/ schizophrenia apparently convinced him to lose his clothes at some point.




Later he was raving like a lunatic as were walked by, but he snapped out of it when I addressed him in a firm (but neutral way) that we were going by him. He blinked and asked me what time it was... I told him I think you missed your appointment.



The second was on the other side of the river, slightly further south in a closed manufacturing business. The painting snuffed a bit from to much reflected light making for a little duller painting then I was trying for, but I like the composition. At one point I hear cursing behind me, some local crack heads were pissed we were there, forcing them to get high somewhere else.

22 Comments:

Blogger Marlo Meekins said...

i'm scared, mommy

7:40 PM  
Blogger Jesse said...

Your anecdote cracks me up.

The top painting really draws me in.

10:05 AM  
Blogger miles said...

you gott alove those crack babies man ...great paintings bill - we may have a sitting here late on thursday night - are you into it?

again - beautiful!!!

12:54 PM  
Blogger Brothergrimm said...

Wow, snappy comeback (the one about missing the appointment). Sounds like a great adventure!

6:32 PM  
Blogger Jeff Hayes said...

Great sketches

8:26 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Marlo, Relax baby, take deep breaths. I'm here for you.

11:06 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Hey Jessie, Glad you like.

11:07 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

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11:08 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Ming If i'm out I'll be at Jen and Ben. I'm under the spell of Vadim.

11:09 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Hey BG, I do it all the time, keeps me alive.

11:10 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thatks Jeff.

11:10 PM  
Blogger miles said...

you are under a SPELL?
fuck spells

i like vadim though he's alright

this week i fly alone into the nights so i'm penalized here on the ranch - which means the nude come to me at my house - i'm going to get myself a good light with a stand

11:53 PM  
Blogger Alina Chau said...

Very coool painting!! love the texture and color!

5:25 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Nudes coming to your house while your wife is out of town? With your baby there?

8:15 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Alina! You mentioned something specific about my pating instead of general "awesome" comments! I'm winning you over. ;-)

8:17 PM  
Blogger MANDREWS said...

You could have this whole "Kane" like from Kung fu tv series where you travel the land with eisle and box and school some life loosers while plien air painting. with firm(but netrual) actedotes. whattya think?

I dig that you go out and find this beautiful stuff to paint among metropolis man. always cool, big Fan

Mandrews out

9:27 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Sounds more like "Bumfights."

10:45 PM  
Blogger miles said...

NUDES!
whenever wherever 24/7
why the hell would a goddess like Steph give a rats ass if someone has tits and an ass - they also have bad breath and unwanted body hair that get ingrown and infected - oh the humanity!
she knows i'm into the drawing/painting because i get my trim here at home directly from her

....i know - TMI

2:46 PM  
Blogger tonypetersart said...

Wow... the adventures of landscape painting with Bill Wray. Maybe for next week's episode, you can fend off some crack-addict bridge trolls by tricking them into drinking your turpentine.

Nice paintings. With a narrative like that, one of these days you'll have to paint it all into the scene.

Stop by my blog, I've got a few new paintings on there. Some of them from our previous painting escapades together.

3:47 PM  
Blogger Marc Deckter said...

Great paintings and anecdotes! The stories add a whole extra layer to these already richly textured oil paintings.

Hey, thanks for commenting on my blog!

6:55 PM  
Blogger Sheri Burhoe said...

These are great ! Love the thickness in the sky on the first painting ! I feel like I'm right there when I look into your paintings.Seems like you handled your outing just fine considering ! Such a crazy, unpredictable world we live in ! :)

12:40 PM  
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