Saturday, April 07, 2007

SF NIght


A shot from a hotel room down in the tenderloin. The night wasn't this warm, but the reference photo made it look that way and I like the effect. 24x32 oil on wood. I also played up the sky out of out of my head. I may re- work the clouds a bit more.

29 Comments:

Blogger tonypetersart said...

Finally... I can get on your blog. Your last few posts I was unable to load the page for some reason.

Nice painting, dude. I remember that view, I like how you treated it. Very dramatic, the light is fantastic, especially with those clouds. Often, the parts of a painting that an artist works out in his head end up giving the painting his distinct personality. You owned up to it well in this piece.

7:21 PM  
Blogger Brothergrimm said...

Dramatic is right--it's dark, gritty, and looks like the city's afire. Very cool.

7:29 PM  
Blogger Cara Dawn Romero said...

Beautiful - I agree, it looks like the city is burning.

7:57 PM  
Blogger C. Ousley said...

Cool! I like the glow. Reminds me of the bombing in Baghdad at the start of the war. A dramatic piece indeed. I like old Abe down there...

10:33 PM  
Blogger Shawn said...

This is beautiful!

11:01 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Glad you burst thru Toney-- Posting has been a little light . I wonder if I can blame it on blog bugs?

11:03 PM  
Blogger UrbanBarbarian said...

It's hot in the city, hot in the city - tonight!

I can feel the warmth of that sweet pollution pouring into our unsuspecting sky. Well done! Although, with all that open space, I'm sure you could do something even more with the smoke/clouds.

9:17 AM  
Blogger Tom Kidd said...

This one absolutely floored me. It's your Cotopaxi. (For the few who might not know what I mean google Frederic E. Church.) I'll have to remind the two little art groups I belong to to revisit your blog.

Before coming here I was on your Mad About Cartoons blog. It took some time but I can see how you and this "Bill Wray" guy have something of a connection. He's just as accomplished as you are.

3:03 PM  
Blogger Joe Kresoja said...

nice mood.

7:11 PM  
Blogger W. K. Moore said...

I'm listening to the Blade Runner sound track right now.. now isn't that perfect music to view this painting? I think the opening shot in Blade Runner is one of the most impressive in cinema (MO). So of course this one is riveting for me. Glad you painted it on a large board. This work naturally needs to be in the book - perhaps front page even!

8:17 PM  
Blogger Sharon said...

All I have to say is this is WONDERFUL!

8:19 PM  
Blogger Dominic Bugatto said...

Great piece. Very compelling.

9:41 AM  
Blogger Vincent Waller said...

Hey Bill,
I meant to tell you the other day how much I enjoy checking out this site.
Oh, and Teale says she is going to kill you if you don't pop up and see her next time you're dropping stuff off for the ever so Mighty B.
Seems a bit of a drastic response.

10:03 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

Hey BG-- I guess it does look like it's on fire. Ghosts of burnings past...

11:51 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

CDR-- thanks-- I think it's about time for there anniversary burn down again wot? I kid.

11:52 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

C. The bombing of SF might make a cool painting...

11:55 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Shawn -- haven't seen you for a bit-thanks for stopping by.

11:56 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

Dan I agree, it's not quite what I pictured in my head.

12:04 PM  
Blogger Ed Terpening said...

Can't you stay in pacific heights next time? you make my city look so dirty! ;-)

6:02 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Tom-- I know this has the potential to be a watershed for me but... I'll be honest the more I look at this one the more convinced I can pull it off better... what happened is the sky was fine as a simple, transparent under painting and then I started working into it with thicker opaque color and overdid it (or didn't do it enough.) I have to go back in and find a way to pull it together so I like it.

11:36 PM  
Blogger Stefan Nuetzel said...

I admire the simplicity in your paintings and nevertheless you nail it down. Or just because of that!?!? Great mood and brushwork.

5:26 AM  
Blogger Sheri Burhoe said...

Great piece - Very dramatic ! Love the warmth as well.

5:25 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Joe, as does your work--

6:26 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Well WK,

You may not what it in your artists tribute to Blade Runner book now... I snapped today and re - did the entire sky. Killing it way down so the city no longer looks like it's on fire or as magical in an ethereal way. It's more normal now, but the focus is truly on the city and not competing with the sky and it feels like a typical SF night , not the fires of hell... For better or worse.

6:32 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Hi Honey,
I'm in trouble now. Hope you don't hate the new one.

6:33 PM  
Blogger SHANE PRIGMORE said...

Holy god that is beautiful.

12:54 AM  
Blogger June Parrish Cookson said...

Hi Bill,
This is fantastic! Interesting colors and really like the pale violets and greens in the sky. Great work as always.

9:45 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

Sorry Shane the sky is normal now.

1:32 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Sorry June the sky is gone!

1:34 PM  

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