Thursday, April 03, 2008

Sunland and San Fernando



San Fernando Blvd 12x 16 oil on wood
Here are two paintings near the corner of Sunland and San Fernando Road. Can you tell me what they have in common besides location?
Sunland is a pretty rough area; old industry, junkyards; gravel pits Garbage dumps and junkies along with hard working immigrants. A lot of Burbank and LA were built out of tearing the resources out of this area. After all these years they finally got their first health clinic this year.
I wanted to go into a nearby huge wild looking “pull your own” junkyard, but the feisty little Pilipino Barney Fife security guard wouldn’t let me take in the camera. Apparently I would make the thieves and EX- cons uncomfortable. It’s funny there’s still places were middle class whites can’t go.



Sunland and San Fernando 12x16 oil on wood

29 Comments:

Blogger Fabián Fucci said...

I love the lighting, as always, specially in the McD.

7:40 PM  
Blogger Justin Clayton said...

You crack me up Bill. Always a good read.

I don't think I've wandered in to them those parts before but I sure enjoy seeing your take on them.

Justin

8:26 AM  
Blogger David Lobenberg said...

"Sunland and San Fernando" is very appealing, particularly the detailing at the top of the foreground power pole, and I like the part of the pole that's smeared slightly at the base. Your overall color and "messy" brush work captures the rawness of the scene.

8:42 AM  
Blogger KEITH LEWIS said...

Great Work. Love the scenes. I am suddenly hungry for McDonalds. Look forward to seeing more of your paintings. I added a link to your page on mine.

8:49 AM  
Blogger Shawn Escott said...

Great lighting on these pieces. I like your edges on the telephone pole and wonderful neutral tones as well.

11:49 AM  
Blogger Jason Seiler said...

Really love that top piece, outstanding . . . . . .

1:25 PM  
Blogger Hattermad said...

does "middle class white" really describe you?


a paintbrush wielding grubby superhero of the lower caste lanscape...*



*no offense intended with the grubby part i usu. take it as a compliment even when intended otherwise, just "middle class white" is so not befitting outside in view of you...at least the view seen through this blog...

the latest work is "avoiding getting the fix" worthy....

1:36 PM  
Blogger Shannon Reynolds said...

Bill, I enjoy your paintings. I'd like to subscribe to your blog in Google reader. Any chance you'll include an RSS feed widget?

3:28 PM  
Blogger Sorrentino said...

you paintings always inspire!
truly beautiful, the the textures especially in the Olive and Victory post!

4:58 PM  
Blogger Jerry Hardesty said...

They're both backlit. You must have balls of steel to go into some of the places you do. I like the sense of adventure in your paintings as well as your writings.

5:32 PM  
Blogger Ambera said...

The top piece has a very old quality. for some reason it's reminding me of 19th century Dutch paintings?!
Something about the light hitting the telephone pole and the sky, I've seen paintings similar, only with windmills. Beautiful.

7:26 PM  
Blogger craigstephens said...

Those are both very beautiful. You managed to make McDonald's look apocalyptic.

9:20 AM  
Blogger W. K. Moore said...

I like the way the warm foreground draws the eye into the complementary middle. Edges have a terrific variety - lost and found. Thank god the junkies have a place to eat!

9:32 AM  
Blogger Sharon said...

I'd say the sky but remember that's coming from a non-artist.

We've been on a lot of bike rides to a lot of questionable places but I vote Burbank the ugliest.

12:20 PM  
Blogger Stefan Nuetzel said...

William, your paintings are becoming stronger and better all the time. Your work is so thrilling and your painterly approach is stunning.
Cheers from Vienna.
Nue

1:52 PM  
Blogger Jesse said...

That McD's painting triggers the taste of a cheeseburger in me.

12:21 PM  
Blogger Rubin Hirschbeck said...

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3:13 PM  
Blogger Rubin Hirschbeck said...

I like your McDonalds painting, it' romantic, but I am not hungry, 'caurse I worked there for a while.

3:17 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Fabian!

1:28 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Thats why your still with us Justin!

1:28 PM  
Blogger Joern said...

These two are so great, i love this melancholic style. Really nice blog! happy to find you.

11:38 AM  
Blogger Michael Pieczonka said...

Bill, I really like the quietness of the top one of San Fernando Blvd. Simple and very effective composition... and the telephone pole with the little touches of light on the wires at the top really sings.

kudos Mike

7:19 PM  
Blogger Paintopolis said...

nice mood you created here Bill!

7:56 AM  
Blogger Bob Fingerman said...

Fantastic. I might ask you to put this one on hold.

4:15 PM  
Blogger Ilse T.Hable said...

William,
Besides being both good paintings, both 16x12 and both on wood, they have in common that they are done on yellow tinted surface. Was that it?
Do you always stain your canvas or did I only see paintings where you did? It definitely works - I like to do it too, but most of the time I forget to prepare them ahead of time. Now, since you reminded me, I´ll do a few tomorrow.
Ilse

8:30 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks David I'm so late in answering this I better vist your blog!

9:43 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Keith! eat hardy!

9:49 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks shawn.

9:51 PM  
Blogger Alan said...

Great atmosphere in both of these!

3:49 PM  

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