Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Crazy Train



I'm riding the crazy abstract train and I can't get off. Guess which one sold to a collector immediately? Gave me a big boost of confidence to explore further.

34 Comments:

Blogger Bill Guffey said...

Hey Bill. If I was buying, I'd probably go with the top one if I had first pick. Although, I'd take all three if I had the cash.

7:54 PM  
Blogger jesse winchester said...

Fantastic work.

8:06 PM  
Blogger Nacho Frades said...

You are a growing inspiration for me...

You are in a very interesting path from impressionism to abstract.

It would be a pleasure for me if you see my work and tell me some words.

Please give me a chance:

http://nachofrades.deviantart.com/gallery/#_browse

My email is: nachofrades@gmail.com

Warm Regards...

Nacho Frades.

9:26 PM  
Blogger pumml said...

I really like where you're going with these. To me it seems like some of your cartoon painting sensibilities creeping in, and that's exciting to see. My guess is top as well, but they're all superb.

10:27 PM  
Blogger John Brunnick said...

Great Stuff!
I'm thinking the bottom piece sold right away. That one really pushes it.

11:05 PM  
Blogger steve strode said...

Great work again William, personal favourite...the middle piece. All the best, Steve.

12:21 AM  
Blogger Takeyce said...

They are all stunning, William! I especially love the last one. That orange just really pops in that one. Congrats! Stay on that train!

4:32 AM  
Blogger Bill Cramer said...

Well, you do like trains... They have an authenticity I find lacking in a lot of abstract work. Wish I could see them in person. Good painting! How large are these?

6:06 AM  
Blogger Laurence John said...

William, i found your work via your comments in illustration art blog. i really like your paintings. i'm surprised you think of these as having an 'abstract' quality though. to me they're still representational.

excellent stuff.

7:44 AM  
Blogger W. K. Moore said...

Bottom painting? All have the Wray signature color flourish which is quite unique. You do abstract well - no doubt the formal underpinnings have served well for any format you do. Cheers all the way!

8:43 AM  
Blogger Sketchguy said...

I'd say the bottom one! Awesome paintings man.

8:48 AM  
Blogger Don Shank said...

Damn! These are awesome Bill!

9:40 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

I'm guessing the third one also, I like the bright green underpainting--it really catches the that sodium-glow feeling of neon and street lamps.

10:29 AM  
Blogger Rich Moyers said...

Nice work William......Nice to see that you're using your impressionistic and cartoon styles to REALLY loosen up in this semi-abstract way.

I'd say the Bottom One is the most advanced and more developed of the 3 pieces...that's where I'd put my money...IF I had any...LOL

Keep Exploring, you're on the right TRACK for sure!

10:59 AM  
Blogger SamArtDog said...

By the time I scrolled down to the third one, I was thinking how abstract you're getting. You're making a good case for everyone to loosen up.

You seem to have sold all three to this crowd, but I'll go with #3. You should go further. Can't wait to see where this train runs!

11:06 AM  
Blogger Vicki Sergent said...

LOVE all of these, but my very fave is the top in terms of both color palette and compositional dynamics. Congrats on the sale (I take it that these are relatively big pieces?) makes my 'widdle' heart glad to see you doing good!

1:58 PM  
Blogger billspaintingmn said...

I will say #3 Wow!

3:44 PM  
Blogger bloomingdeals said...

My guess would be the third one as well. I'd love to know how big they are. Good stuff.

5:20 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

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8:41 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Everybody loves a quiz, a lot of you are right!

The paintings are mid-sized about 24x24 on the average.

My theory is really good abstraction comes from evolving design to pure expression. If you don't see abstract at least in corners of these works, your definition is a little rigid...

8:48 PM  
Blogger Michael Manley said...

Congrats on the sale--and cool paintings! Guess you've been busy....

3:44 AM  
Blogger Michael Chesley Johnson said...

Love these colors, Bill!

4:44 AM  
Blogger S Korbich said...

I have always enjoyed the abstract nuances of your work. I think these are a breakthrough for you.
You are definitely on the right track...

1:02 PM  
Blogger Daniel Peci said...

I like all of them, but I think the third's got the most interesting abstract result.

6:31 PM  
Blogger Harper said...

I'll guess the last one as well-- that's the one I'd buy first. Love this direction... very cool.

8:57 PM  
Blogger Marian Fortunati said...

All of 'em...
but I liked the middle one!!!

Wonderful!!

9:37 PM  
Blogger vivien said...

I really like these

6:26 AM  
Blogger SEILER said...

Continuing to evolve I see? Looking great, I like this new direction!

8:38 AM  
Blogger Shawn Dickinson said...

Love the purples. I just realized a little while ago that it's sometimes cool to use purple or blue for shading instead of gray.

4:42 PM  
Blogger Joe VDB said...

All a big wow. WOW!

5:14 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Thanks to everyone who commented. You guys and the collector have given me new creative fuel.
The top one is the one the collector snatched up. She thought the bottom one was to dark. The middle she didn't see... I shows that art is subjective as my favorite is the middle. ;-)

2:10 PM  
Blogger Jala Pfaff said...

Those last two knock my socks off.

2:15 PM  
Blogger Lynne E. Windsor said...

I absolutely love these.

8:39 PM  
Blogger Dean Grey said...

I love the top one the best!

-Dean

1:31 PM  

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