Friday, August 28, 2009

The Choice





When I was in Santa Monica awhile back I saw this guy cuffed near the off ramp of the SM freeway. I'm not sure what the discussion was but the cops really seemed like they were trying to convince him of something... He wasn't to to happy about any of it. I imagine the very public nature of the talk might have been a not so subtle form of pressure.
Oil on Wood 16x20


On another note, I keep being solicited to enter a contest called: Painting America. The kind of contest were they pick paintings like a old time fiddle player as the winning entry. I think I'll enter this one just for a hoot.


I posted some atypical Nikolai Fechin last week trying to hide it was him, this week no hiding. From a 2007 Russian book ISBN 9785342001052









19 Comments:

Blogger LuisNCT said...

It's great how you did the figures, with only a few brushtrokes, and the definition of the heads of the two bald guys. By the other hand I see something weird on the position of the cop's left leg in the right of the image.

4:42 AM  
Blogger Bill Guffey said...

Hey Bill. The thin paint application is intriquing for your work. I like it. I also like the figures, particularly the cop's shadow and reflected light from the wall. Nice.

7:08 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

Luis you will have to be more concise. Weird is not helpful.

9:51 AM  
Blogger LuisNCT said...

I mean his leg looks like lean against a wall, but at the same time the distance between the figure and the wall seems to be bigger than this, and in the wrong angle.

2:14 PM  
Blogger tonypetersart said...

Nice, Bill, it seems rather thinly painted for you. You're using the surface of the board rather than the tactile quality of paint itself (difficult to control or plan). Figures look pretty simple, I especially like that highlight on the black guy's head. Everything about him... the composition, lighting, and putting him between the uniformed cops, makes him the perfect center of interest.

I just noticed that you seem to paint a lot of cops. Is it intentional, or are we getting a glimpse into your unconscious agitation toward authority?

3:56 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Luis I think I see what you mean, now the shadow bugs me too.

4:14 PM  
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4:15 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Luis I think I see what you mean, now the shadow bugs me too. It belongs to the black guy, but looks like it's the cops because it's the same size as his leg, creating a trick of the eye.

4:17 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Tony, yes it's a love hate relationship with Johnny Law.

4:19 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Bill!

4:19 PM  
Blogger Caio Fernandes said...

they pictoric values you reach constructing the images are really exellent . it makes me feel like to paint .
thanks !!!

10:51 AM  
Blogger W. K. Moore said...

Contrast rhythm exciting. The story is told a la Wray.. a la excellent.

8:50 AM  
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4:07 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

get out there Caio!

5:10 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

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5:11 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

cafe I should go, but I came home sick today.

5:12 PM  
Blogger Todd said...

I really like this painting very much. It seems so emotionally stark, like the cityscape around the figures.

9:00 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

Thanks Todd that was just the kind of emotional reaction I was going for. I was hoping someone would notice this one was a bit more serious.

9:15 AM  
Blogger Bob Fingerman said...

really nice figure work here. And again, you're a master of composition.

2:09 PM  

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