Sunday, March 11, 2007

All That's Left


oil on board 12x16
This sign is all that's left of what was apparently a restaurant called Grandview Gardens in Los Angeles's Chinatown. There is now an empty lot behind the sign with lettering identifying the spot as Chinatownland.
I searched in vain for a picture of the original building, but have so far come up empty handed. I wasn't satisfied with the original lighting on this piece so I went back and did some glazing and re- stated paint into it. Now I like the lighting, but find the paint a tad overworked in places. They can't all make you totally happy.


I have a old painting in a new book... info:
: Plein Air New Mexico; Volume One of the Jack Richeson Fine Art Series. The editor of a new book Maggie Price. The book was released in the fall of 2006, and retails for $49.95 plus $4.95 shipping and handling. For more information, see www.richesonart.com; Phone orders: 800-233-2404, fax: 800-233-2545.

24 Comments:

Blogger Brothergrimm said...

I like how your lighting turned out.
I love those forks at the tops of the post.

6:27 PM  
Blogger glamaFez said...

"All That's Left" made me totally happy. I think I see the "overworked" section, around the square sign. I love it anyway.

10:57 PM  
Blogger Alicja Fenigsen said...

the painting is fine;
well, maybee a tad overworked just below the sign: have You ever cut an old cotton rag to fit just the spot and let it soak in turpentine overnight? than it can usually be scraped out, dried and rebuild.

3:08 AM  
Blogger Brothergrimm said...

I did even see the bottom image--it must not have loaded before I went to comments. I love the delapidated shed in the foreground!

8:36 AM  
Blogger Cara Dawn Romero said...

Overworked? I don't see it.

I just returned from BikeWeek in Florida and the sun was blinding at times. Your treatment of the sun is right on the money.

10:47 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

I almost didn't do this one, it didn't seem to have"enough"to it.

8:03 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Hey Glam--Funny I though it was the palm tree. :-) Just goes to show you...

8:03 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Alicja: Very intresting I've never tired that, thanks for the tip.

8:06 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

BG -- Yeah that at laest a year old done super fast to avoid chasing the light. I need to get back to that kind of confident roughness...

8:08 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Cara, thanks for the thumbs up, but it's there a bit for me, not a disaster, but not my personal best.

8:10 PM  
Blogger Stefan Nuetzel said...

I think everything depends on what you are trying to achieve. I would be more than happy to deal with a against the light situation so well. Sometimes the pictures click into place and others are more strained but the viewer has his own reactions. It is like in a concert or an opera, the people don´t get it when they play a wrong note, unless the conductor doesn´t shrug.

2:04 PM  
Blogger C. Ousley said...

Another good one. Great mood and blighty to boot.

7:40 PM  
Blogger W. K. Moore said...

Hey Will.. color scheme on both pieces are intriguing.. and set the stage. Nice teal - work on the wood in the crane piece.. cool triad choice and only a real man would use pink so freely. The chinese restaurant piece is fantastic and the lighting dramatic... matter of fact several scenarios are flashing across my mind now... flashing flashing..

4:25 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Stefan, you put it well. Often it's a mystery why I like a certain painting and everyone else doesn't or the reverse.

5:53 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

C.O. I don't know what blighty means , but I like the sound of it.

5:53 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

WK-- I think I crashed you brains harddrive. Excellent.

5:56 PM  
Blogger Bob Foster said...

Nice stuff.

10:40 PM  
Blogger Wodjo said...

I think this painting looks great, I really loke the way the sky looks.

9:01 AM  
Blogger Wodjo said...

Thats like the way the sky looks

9:02 AM  
Blogger C. Ousley said...

Remember, you are the Painter of Blight. Sez so in your header... Hence "blighty".

Do you like the Ashcan School? The original painters of blight.. I have been studying them lately. Quite interesting.

2:25 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Bob! fix your link so we can all go to your blog.

7:35 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Wodjo! I love you work, thanks for coming by.

7:36 PM  
Blogger Grump Les Tiltskin said...

I love the pitchfork one. It looks like the gateway to some kinda hell I wanna visit some day.

6:14 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

Grump-- You want to go to Chinese food Hell? I bet you can find that Hell just a few blocks away...

5:46 PM  

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