Friday, July 03, 2009

The Pitch



This was a moment that turned into a confrontation. While taking pictures in NY with pal Tony Peter's I was about to take a picture of a cop leaning on a lamppost when this kid leaned into the shot to pitch his Rap CD to a grandmother. I held my position hoping he would back up, but he stayed there then noticed me. He confronted me and demanded I not take his picture. I said I'm taking a picture of the cop, not him. He ratted me out to the cop who hassled poor Tony. Filled with bravura that he had used the system to game the man, I asked to see his business license for selling his CD's and that when things got really ugly. The cop was really embarrassed he that to protect this young thugs rights. Now he got what he feared, his picture for everyone to see. The picture is called the pitch, but I was temped to call it the asshole.




On the easel ( cropped)... first warning this painting when finished is going to disturb some viewers.


artist I like Euan Uglow




21 Comments:

Blogger Teresa said...

Never a dull moment Bill! I enjoyed reading the story behind the work - Awesome painting!!

12:17 PM  
Blogger LuisNCT said...

the asshole could been a better title...
Ey, thanks for discovering to me another great painter! I really like Euan Uglow

6:04 PM  
Blogger Brothergrimm said...

Cool shapes!

7:01 AM  
Blogger Cafe Pasadena said...

I wish I could say, "Only in ny!" Some "people" are so messed up they are just looking for any xxcuse to get on others cases.

Your blogsite needs to be seen by more people in the SGV.

7:56 AM  
Blogger Uncle Phil said...

man. I love Uglow.

8:32 AM  
Blogger W. K. Moore said...

CD guy /w mom is one of my favorite people works of yours Will. At least it's a theme I resonate with. Getting out on the streets with camera and capturing the grit is exciting, a little dangerous, but almost always rewarding. Bring the Olympus to the back alleys of Bogota with me sometime... that will get the adrenals working.

8:33 AM  
Blogger Jeanette said...

Your adventures and the resulting paintings are always interesting.

Uglow's paintings are wonderful.

3:01 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

Thanks T--

3:49 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Luis-- I know mabye I will. Uglow is great, huge influnce on several painters out there.

3:50 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks BG

3:50 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

cafe P--

I know! but it does take two to Tango--

One day the SGV

3:51 PM  
Blogger Lucas Ferreyra said...

WOW! Incredible volume! EXELENTE!

6:10 PM  
Blogger Celeste Bergin said...

CD guy certainly put the grit in gritty. I love that you painted him to show him up.

11:33 PM  
Blogger Thorsten Hasenkamm said...

Great stuff, always nice to visit your blog!

2:46 PM  
Blogger Vicente Herrero said...

Hello,William, I like much the painting's california. Me her be absent simplicity of the topic.
You are a few teachers in it.
In the economy of means and shortage of superfluous things
Do not be if he will understand anything, the same thing happen to me with the translator.
A greeting.

12:54 AM  
Blogger Mick Carney said...

The portrait is stunning, rendition of camo clothing and light on seller's lips and grandmother's coat give the whole piece a lift. This is a great addition to your depictions of the urban environment and could provide a rich theme for an additional dimension to that work.

2:24 AM  
Blogger Larry Brooks said...

I always loved Euan Uglow's work. At first I didn't see his name and thought you were now painting like him (thinking they were yours) and thought, "Hey, wait, that's Eu....

My eye always goes to pictures before words. Uh, doesn't everyone's?

12:33 PM  
Blogger Joe Santos said...

Way to hold your ground. I have had Store owners freak when I snap a pic of their public signage. The damn sign is designed to draw attention, yet when I take a photo of it, many owners act as if the sign is tucked away on their private land and I have invaded their privacy.

Keep up what your doing.

12:15 AM  
Blogger Aaron said...

Incredibly great!

5:53 PM  
Blogger adebanji said...

Thanks for this post and the painters you like! Very inspiring!

2:56 AM  
Blogger Paul Harmon said...

great blog! great work and I love your taste in painters a lot of the same qualities I like most in illustrators and painters. Just picked up the Uglow book I love the way almost each plane is defined by a slightly different value/hue and it's amazingly graphic.

3:53 PM  

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