Saturday, April 26, 2008

The Big Blue and Fire-Fire- Fire!




oil on wood 18x24

Here is a view we see all the time but rarely paint. I was driving riding shotgun with painting pal Tony Peters when this gentleman drove by this big old blue car. With his matching outfit and his striking older face the image formed in my mind as a painting so I made Tony catch up to him and got a shot I turned into this painting.


Fire in the hills of our town.
It was scary as the mountains just above us burned badly. But we are just low/ far enough away not to be evacuated. Do to ideal weather conditions( for us) we could hardly smell the smoke is it funneled strait up and away. Don't know how bad it got in the canyons. The rumor is the Fire department concentrated on protecting the million dollor homes, letting the " hippy house" canyon fend for itself. Just a rumor at this point.




view from my front porch



Midnight reflections of fire light on my studio


The second night from my studio looking over my house... During the day it looked contained...

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22 Comments:

Blogger van said...

I'm really loving seeing the figure in more of your work lately. Took me a minute to figure out why the T-Bird looked so familiar but so different... nice editing!

6:14 PM  
Blogger Fabi├ín Fucci said...

It's the first time I see a painting like this. Good job!

8:08 PM  
Blogger Thorsten Hasenkamm said...

Hey, this is great! I think it's one of my faves you did!

2:11 AM  
Blogger Brothergrimm said...

The light blue strokes toward the top of the car's side give the car an added sense of motion. I love looking at the old guy's profile--your paintiness gives him a sense of motion, too.

9:14 AM  
Blogger Leslie Sealey said...

What a cool idea for a painting; I don't think I've ever seen anyone do this subject, either. *I hope you are safe; that would be pretty terrifying to have the fire so near!

4:09 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

Oddly, I like that the action is going right to left. The blue is particularly deep.- mh
PS - hope you post the crow painting.

5:24 PM  
Blogger Michael Chesley Johnson, PSA, PSNM said...

Nice painting, Bill.

I hope those fires have been put out by now!

5:51 AM  
Blogger Urban Barbarian said...

Love that background effect, Bill!

11:59 AM  
Blogger Rich Pellegrino said...

i enjoy your use of impasto brush strokes immensely! there is a great sense of motion in this one. thanks for the inspiration. i'll be sure to stop by again!
-rich

3:45 PM  
Blogger pumml said...

Cool painting, Bill. Diggin' the stripes of color on that car. Glad you didn't have to evacuate!

7:52 PM  
Blogger Bob Fingerman said...

Jesus, those fires are scary.

8:39 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Thanks Van, yeah I faked it. ;-)

12:08 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

thnaks FF!

12:12 AM  
Blogger Dean H. said...

Love the painting...hope the fire is history now.
How did you get those neat,straight, accurate lines of paint on the car...painting knife??

11:26 AM  
Blogger Ambera said...

Wow, that's really scary. Did you do any paintings of it? It'd be an incredible subject to paint.

3:34 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks thor!

8:38 PM  
Blogger Ron Guthrie said...

Hi Bill,
Bruce just talked to me about the fire that I didn't know about...
That baby got pretty low if you could see the reflection from your house windows. Man, that was close. I'd believe it about the homes of value vs the canyon...they always get the shaft over there. Of course, the canyon is awesome but the city doesn't feel the same way. Hope all if fine and you don't get rain in the near future.
Later gator. Ron

8:59 PM  
Blogger rob ijbema said...

auw those fires are close
i promise i wont complain about our rains anymore...are you going to paint those fires?

the car is great but you know that!

6:53 AM  
Blogger W. K. Moore said...

Will... guy with belt line to the arm pits driving painting is lots of fun to check out. And there is so much going on in the paint application and construction. I'm glad you escaped the fire.. but I bet you didn't escape the smell of smoke and the sight of floating ash. I saw something just like that last year when some bozo set fire to Griffith park with a cigarette as he nodded off under a dry tree .. I'm happy your studio is standing and will continue to be the engine room of creativity.

1:07 AM  
Blogger Brothergrimm said...

I remember hearing about the cigarette forest fire, too!

7:57 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks BG a good eye as aways...

1:25 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thaks Les-- yes no houses burned , even in the canyon.

1:25 PM  

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