Thursday, December 17, 2009

Slate Grey

A train Engine in Williams Az where they keep the Grand Canyon Railroad. This doesn’t look much like the reference as I extrapolated by simplifying everything. Going for that Russian vigor I like so much.

12x16 oil on linen panel


Blogger Ágreda said...

Amazing, love it.

12:28 PM  
Blogger Connie said...

My favorite. I love the color and the surface energy. Wonderful work.

12:41 PM  
Blogger Marcos Mateu said...

Beautiful color, light and atmosphere

5:56 PM  
Blogger fazrul arhan said...

I wouldn't watch this painting without having a cup of hot coffee on my's really enjoy to cheers this momment..the softness of the colors..the spontanous stroke..
there's a less word to describe how beautiful my life is while having my favourite drink,i can refress my both eyes in viewing a great and beautiful painting from a true master.Fantastic!!

1:57 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Your control of subtle shifts in tone and colour is admirable.

3:10 AM  
Blogger Perry Brown said...

The overall shape and mood-fantastic. Your marks applied to the finishing phase are so controlled and methodically placed.

4:09 AM  
Blogger billspaintingmn said...

I think this is symbolic of you and your artistry.
Strong with direction.
(but where's the freights?)
I guess that would be us.
Merry Christmas to all! Ho-ho-ho!

4:58 AM  
Blogger tonypetersart said...

It definitely has a Russian feel to it... like that train is loading up a new shipment of soviet prisoners for the gulag. This one is a gem!

10:24 AM  
Blogger michael mikolon said...

Powerful image, this one just grabbed a hold of my interest right away. Masterful!

11:51 AM  
Blogger Don Coker said...

This is a great piece, Bill. Railroads continue to be a source of inspiration for me as well.

12:28 PM  
Blogger DDHarman said...

Beautiful color palette and strong simple composition to match the subject. Love your work and thanks for the blog comments as you go. Free lessons for the rest of us. Are your oil paintings done in the studio while using acrylic outside? This is Williams, Arizona right?

3:58 PM  
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3:59 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Hey Jose, I can't get into your blog.

5:07 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Connie and Marcos!

5:08 PM  
Blogger PleinEric said...

This is tremendous color! This piece says POWER... in form and application.


6:54 PM  
Blogger Edcooper_art said...

Hi William, havent stopped by in a while...this is great...I like the stong tones and subdued colour!

10:55 AM  
Blogger BoneDaddy said...

I always love how even the subtlest hints of sunlight glinting off the metal can enhance the realistic nature of a piece. Way to nail that while keeping the minimalist thing.

10:59 PM  
Blogger Dennis Dame said...

Wow! Wow! Wow! Love it!! I Feel like hopping on a train now - even if it's not going anywhere.

11:00 PM  
Blogger Concha Signes said...

Hello William, brave, bravismo, I like color and texture, more acrylic texture.
Always it is interesting test with other techniques.
Englis sorry,

3:37 AM  
Blogger David Lobenberg said...

Great color and abstraction/impression of your subject. Your paint marks are fab. as usual. I always visit you for inspiration.

9:55 PM  
Blogger Bill Cramer said...

William, you know I visit often (happily) but comment little (lazy?). This old lyric sprang to mind -
"He feels the piston scraping --
steam breaking on his brow --
old Charlie stole the handle and
the train won't stop going --
no way to slow down."
Locomotive Breath indeed. Just great William, beautiful.

7:23 AM  
Blogger al mcluckie said...

Followed your blog for awhile . I recall as a kid looking at an old Ditko 5 page story '59 '60 , and being facinated by the way he drew a crompled old book of matches- he imbued a simple mundane thing with a sense of mystery and wonder . Since then , that ability of an artist is something I appreciate whether in a Hopper Wyeth or film by David Lynch or your own work . Two favorites would be the two shopping cart oils.

I think it's also rare when an artist who is perfectly competent and regarded in one area steps out of a box and tries and excells at something completly different . If you'd care to check out my own site - , i'd be horored and hope to see your work in a show sometime . Best , Al McLuckie

11:57 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

A very pleasing little scenario for you to relate. thank you.

5:08 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Mike.

5:09 PM  
Blogger william wray said...


Controlled and methodically placed? And I thought they were loose and spontaneous. Perhaps my methods are ingrained enough to come out quickly and you're feeling the years it took for the skills to become innate...

5:13 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Bill you have to be as patient as a train going up a mountain in this business.

5:16 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks you Tony a the Russian painters

5:17 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Michael! Happy to grab you.

5:20 PM  
Blogger Dean Grey said...


I just adore the muted colors in this one!

Gritty and cool looking!


10:17 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks don!

6:38 PM  
Blogger UBER said...

I like very much your works.
All my congrats

3:24 AM  

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