Friday, June 26, 2009

Zeppelin Over Burbank


Oil on Wood 38x22

When I was out painting Pa in Burbank recently to my wonderment a zeppelin went over the valley. It was Just before memorial day and they were giving rides from Long Beach. I took this as a good omen as I like zeppelins and was so happy I wasn't "adding" a local one to my picture. It was a real moment of wonderment for me, however the world-weary homeless guy I just photographed scoffed at my enthusiasm. "When you look up as much as I do you see everything." he said sagely. I'll add more to this blog post soon, I'm having some connective issues.



artists I like:
WU GUANZHONG his abstraction astonishes me




16 Comments:

Blogger Liquidmethod said...

That's awesome! I wish we had zeppelins in the sky here in VA. Only thing we have is F-18s and Raptors with the occasional Blackhawk to hover around.

6:14 PM  
Blogger Bill Guffey said...

Wow Bill! Congrats! I love this painting. Got some kinda McCaw look going on. Oh, to someday simplify like you do...

9:05 PM  
Blogger pumml said...

The implied details, composition and overall richness of this piece are really great, Bill. What a lucky blimp sighting, too! Lovely.

12:25 AM  
Blogger W. K. Moore said...

Strong work Will. Congrats on the SW Arts coverage (bout time). Zeppelins (Led or aluminum) always an eye treat. Love the way you worked the knocked down purple into the the complemetary sky. The drawing is boss!

8:00 AM  
Blogger Vicente Herrero said...

Clearly you have directed the look to the zepelin, up to retaining it in front of the post, I think that the placement of the van will have also your intention, since it has obtained.

Are measures in centimeters? or inches?
I have placed some things in my blog.
A greeting.

9:32 AM  
Blogger Mike Manley said...

Nice one Bill, you should have a Zeppelin show.
Gald to see the process on this as well.

12:16 PM  
Blogger Brothergrimm said...

How much more can you see when you look up as muh as that guy? Rain clouds? Power lines? An annoyed cop who's sick of dealing with you? I'd be pretty jazzed to see a freakin zeppelin floating by.
I know you're seasoned and all, but I'm still thrilled to see the accurate perspective of simpler elements, like the switching train tracks and the building (wall?) to the right.

6:37 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

Hey Liquid-- Blackhawks are cool.

9:22 PM  
Blogger Vincent Waller said...

Gotta love Zeppelin Over B-Town

6:39 PM  
Blogger Mick Carney said...

Love the colour, composition but most of all the homeless guy's philosophy.

1:18 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Bill he's a hero of mine, hoping to visit his studio soon.

6:01 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Pumml-- HIs a bit of impact in person.

6:02 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Wk-- A lot of this painting was made up despite a reference photo it's all got painted over.

6:04 PM  
Blogger Leslie Sealey said...

What a cool painting! The zeppelin is pure eye-candy; you must have been pretty thrilled when it floated into view!

12:40 PM  
Blogger Katherine van Schoonhoven said...

This painting took me right back to my childhood and memories of seeing the Goodyear blimp over the Valley. Beautiful! It is rare to find beauty in Burbank, but you've done it.

4:42 PM  
Blogger Mary Sheehan Winn said...

I just love this blimp painting among many other of your paintings. I am looking for the one with the Freeway sign and the blimp shadow that Carol Marine judged in the August 2009 RayMar contest. I'm not sure she mentioned the blimp in her comment but I noticed it right away.
Very cool.
Love your brushwork and your gritty urban scenes!

6:28 PM  

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