Friday, July 07, 2006

Squat House



Squat House. Oil 9x12 linen on board. This is a painting done in my class of a soon to be raised house in the last tiny bit of industrial Pasadena. The area is changing fast, soon all manufacturing will be gone, replace by high end luxury condos and Starbucks. There were a couple of guys squatting there they seemed clean and not high, said they had permission to live there from the owner... Who knows? Down an alley about 100 yards is some old houses some being moved, other being demoed. I did two paintings of those. 6x8 oil of linen. I dropped one of them as you can see.



16 Comments:

Blogger UrbanBarbarian said...

that first one rocks me where it hurts! Love that orange roof against the blue sky!

10:10 AM  
Blogger Brothergrimm said...

I like the porch, and the little white shed-thing next to it, how it's shaded.

3:07 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Thanks Dan. I like that.

6:11 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Thanks BG . Just a stroke or two.

6:13 PM  
Blogger tonypetersart said...

I like the last one best. It has a strong 1930's or 1940's kind of feel to it... like the painting belongs hanging on a wall along with Emil Kosa Jr and Phil Dike. I love it.

11:29 PM  
Blogger justinpatrickparpan said...

The textures on all three feel very real. The mud seems caked on, and the bits of dead grass have a wonderfully genuine quality. Nice work.

6:51 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Hey Tony,

Mighty high praise. Hope it happens one day.

11:10 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Jason,

One of my things I try and do is get the natural texture of the hair of the brush to work for you. I beat the hell out of them.

11:12 PM  
Blogger glamaFez said...

Bill, I love all 3 of these paintings, but especially the bottom one, with the chain link fence gate sagging.

I was wondering if you've ever painted on burlap? And what you thought of it.

9:53 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

Glam, never tried burlap. I didn't know anyone was painting on it. I have tried painting on really coarse linen and didn't care for it. to bumpy. Like painting on a cheese grader.

10:57 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

Glam, never tried burlap. I didn't know anyone was painting on it. I have tried painting on really coarse linen and didn't care for it. to bumpy. Like painting on a cheese grader.

10:57 AM  
Blogger Dominic Bugatto said...

Love the first piece, Thanks for sharing.

6:34 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

Thanks for stopping by Dominic.

11:18 AM  
Blogger Clive said...

All beauties. Sounds like they're clearing a table in a fast food joint down there. 'Excuse me, I'm not finished, I'm still painting that!'. Great that you're documenting what will be a lost world.

8:07 AM  
Blogger enb said...

Im really digging that first on in the squat house series. Nice clean colors...simple shapes....

3:20 PM  
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