Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Shed, Long Beach


Oil on linen12x16.

On our weekend bike trip Sharon and I finally made it to Long Beach via the San Gabriel River Bike path. This little shed near some kind of valve main all by itself. That along with the light struck me as a nice subject. I finally found a hour to paint it. I'm still shaking off the rust...

22 Comments:

Blogger Mike Thompson said...

Love it. Great colors. Rust? Don't see it.

11:41 AM  
Blogger tonypetersart said...

Love the color, especially the coolish background. Great brushwork too.

1:44 PM  
Blogger rob ijbema said...

rusty or not,you cought that light.
it feels fresh and light harted

4:11 PM  
Blogger Ed Terpening said...

Nice one. The gray nuetrals color of the wet sand really helps that sun-lit side of the shed pop. Cool.

5:34 PM  
Blogger Robin Neudorfer said...

even with your hands tied behind your back you will continue to produce great work. Glad you found some time. Really love the depth.

7:22 PM  
Blogger Brothergrimm said...

I like the solitude in it. It looks like it holds the memories of other buildings, but ironically has survived them despite it being th runt of the city.

11:11 PM  
Blogger Steven LaRose said...

The deep space spiral composition gets 'em every time. Toss in the anthropomorphic shack and you have yourself a tried and true pop song. . . not easy to do you punk.

11:17 PM  
Blogger UrbanBarbarian said...

Great use of color on this one. It really pops without being too garish.

8:44 AM  
Blogger Sharon said...

This really turned out nice. Looks sort of beachy!

10:00 AM  
Blogger Bulbboy said...

Do you paint these in situe or from photos later, William?

10:08 AM  
Blogger PleinEric said...

I like the isolation and the color...

Nice one!

5:40 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Mike trust me a bit of rust.

12:12 AM  
Blogger Bob Eggleton (Zillabob) said...

Bill, your paintings are an endless inspiration.It's relieving to hear another artist feel he's getting "too tight" again. It's easy to fall into that rut again isn't it? ESPECIALLY juggling commercial work-which tends to be tighter and more restrictive... I have to get out and do some painting too. Thanks for the visual kick in the ass! Good stuff as always...and great commentary.

4:52 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Tony-- It was tempting to detail that more--

2:26 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks rob-- I felt that way doing it. So nice to paint for me...

2:27 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Hey Ed, Wet sand? Opps!

2:28 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Hey Robin,

Thanks, but I hope I never have to paint with mu teeth.

2:32 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Hey BG for some reason down Whittier and Long Beach way they have huge tracks of parkland and city/ DWP areas. So lots of stuff is still old and untouched.

9:23 PM  
Blogger A Reason to Paint said...

The light was worth chasing in that one - nice

1:34 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

Dear Steven,

Thanks for explaining that to me, I wish I had gone to art school. I thought it was a shed in a dirt field, now I know its a shed from space.

3:00 PM  
Blogger Michael Pieczonka said...

Shaking off the rust eh??? WTF?? This piece is AMAZING Bill... I love the punchy colour and design.. very strong indeed! The colour of the shadow cast by the shack is spot on!!

9:05 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Thanks Dan,
kind of like your pecs after they have been oiled and stimulated by the tanning bed.

1:06 AM  

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