Monday, July 16, 2007

Norwalk Palms



oil 12x16 on linen

In my quest to go simple and fast to stay loose and work within a limited time frame, here is a view of this empty road near the RR tracks off of Firestone near the 605. This is one of these odd industrial streets that isn't used much due to it's original function being subjected to ?. So you end up with a concrete wasteland of sorts. I do like wasted land like this it's the cities last "Open Space." I could also call this painting " 2's."

37 Comments:

Blogger trophiogrande said...

Nice, I like how you are capturing the "open space" with in a large city. Cool conflict of environments.

4:52 PM  
Blogger C. Ousley said...

Sunglasses are suggested when viewing this piece. Ditto what trop said.

6:37 PM  
Blogger tonypetersart said...

Very nice! It has a modern feel.

9:31 PM  
Blogger Stef said...

Beautiful William. I can't wait to move to California, an all new world to sketch for me.
Really really like this painting.

1:13 AM  
Blogger Johnnie Scoutten said...

Great light on this one.

4:02 AM  
Blogger chia said...

I don't think anyone can put as much into open space as you can. Seriously, I look at an empty street and I see something flat and grey. You look at it and you turn it into an amazing explosion of color and light that work together to make it into something amazing. I need to paint more, the world gets greyer to me everyday i don't.

5:27 AM  
Blogger Paintopolis said...

Beautiful lighting and color. -James

8:15 AM  
Blogger AJ said...

Inspirational! Love your cool lighting, Bill!

9:13 AM  
Blogger Ed Terpening said...

Love it. I feel the glare of that sun. Now, if we only had a little sun in the Bay Area this week! I miss it.

9:25 AM  
Blogger David Westerfield said...

Well done William. I've been watching your blog for a while for inspiration. This one does it.

9:30 AM  
Blogger Joe Kazimierczyk said...

If you don't mind my asking, how long did this one take you? Everyone's idea of a limited timeframe is different, and I suspect your's is quite short.

2:42 PM  
Blogger Brothergrimm said...

It'd be a skater's heaven, if only they could get a half-pipe.

3:09 PM  
Blogger Cara Dawn Romero said...

Very nice - love the brush work -

5:07 PM  
Blogger PleinEric said...

This piece is STUNNING! I love the brushwork, the color, the composition... and what else is there?!!!

Nice one...

10:30 PM  
Blogger Miles said...

this one smokes man! the ground is working magic for you here...the right hue!

11:17 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks trop--

Conflict is my biznez!

11:51 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

C- and while painting it.

11:52 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thatks T- exactly what I want to get. ;-)

11:52 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Stef, oh you will find lots to sketch---

11:53 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Hey Johnnie-- thanks It was one of those bright, hot LA daze...

11:59 PM  
Blogger UrbanBarbarian said...

Egads! This one grabs me like nun in grade school with wooden ruler! Ouch! Sometimes it hurts so good!

Love this one, Bill! You bent it much in the way I imagine Beckham would if, say, he were a painter instead of a footballer.

6:15 AM  
Blogger Mike M said...

hey Bill, great atmosphere and "feeling" on this one, it's one of my faves by you.

5:10 PM  
Blogger insert name here said...

this one is just blindingly gorgeous!
Simon

9:10 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

Chia--!! How nice of you to say. I really appreciate you breaking out your feelings like that. However you have to get out and paint! Even the backyard or a still life. Do it man.

2:14 PM  
Blogger Alina Chau said...

beautiful paintings, always love how your handle lighting and wonderful texture and brush strokes!

10:32 AM  
Blogger Ask the Moon said...

Your "quest to go simple" and stay fast and loose is like drawing here in Phoenix on my way to/from work. Do you ever Draw While Driving? I commit "DWD" at lights or stuck in traffic. The glaring light effects of the westbound commute, piles of wrecked cars in junkyards, the excitement of driving in a dust storm or the sweep of freeway exits crossing over each other is a real idea generator. The hell-bent traffic really forces fast work. Of course, it also creates the actual wrecked cars to go in the junkyards. I use a 31/2 x 5 Strathmore sketchpad & my car is never actually moving during drawing; but when you know how long you'll be at a light (45 seconds) it concentrates the mind wonderfully, as the quote goes.

11:43 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks James and AJ!

3:11 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Ed - sun or cool weather... i'll take cool, but i can't!

3:12 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks David-- Come by often.

1:32 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Hey Joe. about and hour and a half.

1:38 PM  
Blogger The Epiphany Artist said...

seems like a dream :)

2:51 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Bg there is so much stuff like this in these industrial towns, I'm stunned I don't see more boarders. They seems to want to go where they are causing trouble near lots of people, in parks and store fronts.

8:15 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks CDR!

8:16 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Eric! thanks, I think you covered it all! ;-)

8:17 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Miles-- I'm working at it.

8:17 PM  
Blogger jeremy said...

Such great colors and light. Thomas Kincaid has nothing on you oh master of blight.

5:53 AM  
Blogger elizabeth said...

This is beautiful. I've lived in Los Angeles my whole life, and this really captures a certain feeling that this city has-

10:18 AM  

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