Saturday, September 02, 2006

Dark Bus



I was driving around just below Lincoln Heights in the LA River industrial area taking sunset and nocturnal photos. I was done for the night when I drove past this creepy bus. I kept going for a few blocks and then cursing to myself because the image wouldn't let me go home yet, I went back an shot a quick photo of it. I ending up cropping it to close to the left and did the same in the painting. I framed it in a dark frame, it think that helps it breathe. I went very thin with the oil paint on wood 16x24.

61 Comments:

Blogger Leslie Sealey said...

That literally took my breath away when I saw it.
You nailed it!

10:55 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

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12:16 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

hanks Leslie, the bus it's self did the same to me. Do you know the George Billis gallery? I think you would like some of his artist's.

12:17 AM  
Blogger chia said...

WOW!

3:05 AM  
Blogger Leslie Sealey said...

You are right-lots of good work in George Billis' galleries! Thanks for the link. Back to "Dark Bus" -one of the (many) great things about it is the implied story because the setting is so dramatic. I have visions of psych. prison inmates using it as a getaway vehicle...Dark Bus, please don't stop in my neighborhood!

7:40 AM  
Blogger Jesse said...

I think this is a really nice painting. It's kind of creepy.

8:46 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

yes if you wake up on the dark bus, your going to prison or to hell. ;-)

10:35 AM  
Blogger Brothergrimm said...

I love that despite the bleakness surrounding it, there's still some life (or maybe the memory of motion) in it that makes me think you could just get in and start it right up. Don't, though.

11:27 AM  
Blogger Art F. said...

damn nice. i love it.

1:03 PM  
Blogger Marlo Meekins said...

I dunno. i think your paintings are beautiful and could be considered feminine AND masculine.

4:49 PM  
Blogger Tracy said...

I love the washy look of this Bill, it was a very effective approach to the light between the buildings.

You sure got the creepy mood thing going too.

5:50 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

I think the rag strokes contribute the the movement feeling BG. But yeah don't start it.

10:15 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Art.

10:54 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Marlo, I do have a soft side. I like pretty flowers, salads and riding horses naked.

10:58 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

TH said...
I love the washy look of this Bill, it was a very effective approach to the light between the buildings.


Buildings? ;-)

10:59 PM  
Blogger Jeff Hayes said...

WOW - that is great, Bill.

11:04 PM  
Blogger Tracy said...

Aren't those buildings in the background? Boy, sorry if I am not seeing it correctly-I blame it on the computer image, not my aging eyes or brain:-)

7:00 AM  
Blogger jacobsteel said...

wow, this is one is _really_ nice! super-cool!

11:25 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Jeff,
If I was smart I'd to twenty in the same style.

11:36 AM  
Blogger David Malan said...

Nice work. I love finding oil painting in the blogs, and these are very well done.

12:46 PM  
Blogger aw said...

You could get ├╝ber creepy and do some Chinese Death Vans as part of your series....nice job!

2:29 PM  
Blogger alberto mielgo said...

i love it.

5:33 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Jakob.

6:23 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Dave your work is a real find... Well done.

8:12 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Hey AW,

What are Chinese Death vans?

8:14 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanbks Alberto , I love your work too.

8:14 PM  
Blogger Leslie Sealey said...

You must really enjoy painting to risk the Chinese Death Vans. Seriously, I want to know too! I'm thinking I must live a very sheltered life.

5:27 AM  
Blogger enb said...

Whoa- Nice one- this has a very new and different feeling from the rest of your paintings, whatever it was- Ill be looking out for more of it. Good luck with the show.

10:58 AM  
Blogger Jeff Hayes said...

I hear you Bill... I somehow keep forgetting to repeat my earlier successes :)

4:27 PM  
Blogger Alina Chau said...

WOW! beautiful!

6:30 PM  
Blogger Bill Alger said...

Very impressive!

10:02 PM  
Blogger Martha Marshall said...

Beautiful work, Bill!! Your color is just amazing. (I'm in Florida, and found your blog through NZ artist Lesley Finn's blog.)

3:05 AM  
Blogger vivien said...

I really like your work, especially the moody ones like this bus and the sunset silhouettes. You've got a great sense of light and colour.

6:43 AM  
Blogger Ryan Wood said...

Fantastic painting, I really like the palette you used on this, and the story that went with it. Thanks for the inspiration!

9:36 AM  
Blogger UrbanBarbarian said...

How you can paint a dramatic, eerie bus is beyond me... That could easily be a Stephen King book cover.

Terrific piece.

9:47 AM  
Blogger glamaFez said...

That bus looks like a big drop of molten metal is about to fall on it!

I really enjoy paintings of yours where a limited palette is used (like this one).

Bill, do you ever wander down into the LA River's actual riverbed, where it's paved with concrete?

10:20 AM  
Blogger jert said...

dude...you can paint...beautiful work...inspiring to say the least

3:23 PM  
Blogger miles said...

nice one B

you coming to LFLDW tonight? i have $ for you baby

3:53 PM  
Blogger Robin Neudorfer said...

Moody and dark, but there is something very spiritual about the light.
Very nice William.

4:11 PM  
Blogger Dave said...

The death van is an inconspicuous blue-and-white police vehicle that parks near the courtroom when its services are required by the Chinese judicial system. It's a mobile death penalty bus. I work for the media that's how I know this...

9:04 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Hey enb, Wish you could come out your only 2-3 hours away. ;-)

10:03 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Hey Martha,

Thanks for stopping by. It's gratifying when artists comment positively, but when Abstract artists do, I really think I'm getting somewhere.

10:11 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Vivien, I'm embracing the dark side,

10:12 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Your welcome Ryan, use me anytime. ;-) I like your digital cartoon style keep it up!

10:16 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Hey Dan,
Drive about in industrial neighborhoods at night and you will find plenty of scary subjects.

10:19 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Glam I'm down there often. I have a La river painting from down there in an early bolg.

12:19 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

that Jert, Nice c work you do...

12:21 AM  
Blogger Stef said...

This is an absolutely amazing painting.

5:48 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

Hey Miles sorry I've been a bit flaky. Getting ready for the show and another big project to finish up before I go.

8:07 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Robin.

8:08 AM  
Blogger Felix Lim said...

I've been following your blog and I think this is my favorite Bill Wray painting ever.
The mood and composition is just ... better left unsaid.

12:02 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

Thanks Felix,

I hope I can follow it up soon.

8:06 PM  
Blogger ryan said...

WOW!! Nice gritty/seedy/city-like colors!! I like this one a lot! GOOD JOB

7:52 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Ryan!

12:12 AM  
Blogger LPederson said...

I don't think I've seen anything like this before.
A favorite.

6:27 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks LP-- I like it too...

11:08 PM  
Blogger June Parrish Cookson said...

Powerful and mysterious painting. I especially like the light at the top. You are extremely talented and I look forward to seeing many more of your works.

6:01 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Liz you have to be in a certain mood to do these one's. can't fake it.

11:17 AM  
Blogger Harper said...

Bill,

"Dark Bus" is definitely a favorite. Great work.

9:17 PM  
Blogger Jeff said...

I love this one. I don't think this is necessarily creepy at all... it just reminds me of being on a road trip late at night and pulling into some random town where everything is closed... and then maybe lurking around in residential areas peeking through windows and taking clothes off of people's clotheslines and smelling them. Nothing creepy about that.

6:49 AM  
Blogger pazguaire said...

Hi!
this painting is incredible...
mysterious atmosphere...
i like all your work!!! :)

8:26 AM  

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