Sunday, March 02, 2008

Pomona Foundry




16x24 Oil on Wood

We biked out to Pomona recently, I used to go to the antique shops there in the days before E- bay, now it's the latest excursion for urban painting subjects. Pedaling along near the main Rail line we found this big foundry. A mighty big furnace they have at the Pomona Foundry. I loved the bunker look of it so I had to paint it. This painting is mostly with rags including the furnace which I used thinker paint "Raged on" for the first time. In the past I kept rag work as thin under painting... Sky and gound are mostly brushwork , but only a few brushstrokes and some knife for the rest. This started pretty abstract, yet the rag texture gave it a realism that sometimes happens with certain texture effects.

18 Comments:

Blogger American Genius said...

Another great painting. Great work William.

10:26 PM  
Blogger W. K. Moore said...

Rag work is amazing. I like the placement of the white note down at the base of the building.. brings the eye down into the heart of the painting. Really digging the mood triggered here.

9:50 AM  
Blogger Mirella said...

Cool! I'm not good on painting, and
I love to see great work like this!

12:48 PM  
Blogger Brothergrimm said...

Speaking of the "heart" of the painting, I love your reds!

3:12 PM  
Blogger Dianne Mize said...

Strong and exciting. I'm really enjoying following your work.

11:14 AM  
Blogger Thorsten Hasenkamm said...

Saved! ;)

10:30 AM  
Blogger Jesse said...

That green reminds me of a couch I once knew. It is a good green.

10:38 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

Thanks AG- I think this one is a real "Slected Taste" one. glad yopu were hungry.

11:55 AM  
Blogger Sharon said...

We'll have to find a place for this one in the house.

12:24 PM  
Blogger Jamal O said...

Bill your a legend.

I love the paintings you did for samurai jack. I never get tired of seeing that intro.

Nice use of complimentary color here.

Hate to say it but Imma fan.

3:54 PM  
Blogger Edward Cooper said...

Hi William,

I have had a great couple of days looking over your work. I have been working mainly figurativly and want to do some landscape. There is so much good stuff here and inspiration. Best stuff ive stumbled across since Nathan Fowkes blog!! You have a great eye for a painting...suddenly I feel surrounded by potential subjects, which is a great thing....many thanks!

5:44 PM  
Blogger VanDerHoekArt said...

I like the understated way you rendered this one, it doesn't have an overworked feel (which I struggle with in my work). I'm not sure if I like how the top of the foundry kisses the edge of the painting though. I can see why you did it however, it does create interesting negative sky shapes.

7:57 PM  
Blogger Sheila Vaughan said...

Bill, Although I check it out frequently, I don't comment much on your work because you have the world and his wife to comment instead! I think this is because your work is so "confident". It's confident in terms of composition, colour and values - everything we ought to be paying attention to. I am always awestruck by your paintings. Furthermore I think you would still paint like this if you lived in a shack on the edge of the world without anyone else ever seeing your work. Thanks for sharing though!

4:28 AM  
Blogger Brothergrimm said...

Bill I just caught an article about you in Artist's Magazine! I wasn't expecting it so that was a cool surprise. I even recognized most of the paintings.

11:08 PM  
Blogger Urban Barbarian said...

Interesting. At first I thought it was a prison. Maybe it's the foreboding red. Very nice!

1:17 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Bill yopu noticed! I live little marks like that when done right.

8:33 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

Great painting. I love seeing your work, from areas I can just drive to and witness first hand.

I'm in Pomona a lot going to thrift stores looking for buried treasures.

sandy

1:02 PM  
Blogger Mary Sheehan Winn said...

I'm a fool for a factory painting. Nice mood.

8:46 PM  

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