Tuesday, December 13, 2005


Here is a golden oldie from about 6 months ago. This is the inside of a used car parts place, a little more organized that the usual junkyard. This place is near the LA river just north of Chinatown. The guy turning away was doing just that because he saw I had a camera and didn't want to be photographed. Robert Williams has more that one title for his paintings, maybe the second title for this one would be: Lemmie out of here! This painting is in the running for the ray mar painting contest. I don't expect it to win, but I'm hoping to place.


Blogger Urban Barbarian said...

Always liked this one.

4:26 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Thanks-- Is that Dan?

6:39 PM  
Blogger JasonMoore said...

Hi Bill,

You probably don't remember me from a few years ago on the comic pros e-mail discussion list, but you did a Frazetta Girl' tribute piece for our collection and at the time I was inking Kelley Jones on The Crusades for Vertigo comics. We had a few e-mail exchanges back then.

Anyway, I've always been such a huge fan of your comic book work and I am very glad to see that you're learning a new and exciting for of expression in these paintings.

I am in love with all of them and this is such a wonderful style and you're definitly mastering it with each and every piece you're doing.

I just wanted to stop by and tell you that you're doing a wonderful job and congratulations on finding a new spark of interest in your art :)

Best wishes,
Jason Moore

9:16 PM  
Blogger Urban Barbarian said...

Of course it's me! Are you on for the figure drawing thingy and drinks after? Will you be painting or using a pencil...?

10:37 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

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11:09 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

I think I remember, but old commissions run together. Thanks for the encouragement! It's a long way form comic books to fine art. Can I talk you into becoming a landscape collector?


11:10 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Urban Dan,

Bring whaever you want, I'll be doing oil. I Edited/ posted the info on this entry

11:15 PM  
Blogger bustedacres said...


Another longtime fan of your comics work here, and I love these paintings. I lived in Van Nuys for five years (now in Seattle for four), and these paintings really do a great job of taking me back there.

I think a photo of the LA River would be an accurate visual representation, but there's something about the texture and color you're using that brings back the mystery of Van Nuys' air to me. It was always a little toxic and always a little glistening with light. . .which might just be a description of oil paints themselves.

Keep up the good work!


9:59 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

Matt: Thanks for you insightful and clever comments. I know I'm doing something right when I can invoke feelings of smog nostalgia from someone who his lived the life.

1:32 PM  
Blogger Schmiddy said...

Wow, thats another great painting..
I wish I lived in your area to take some of your classes. Nothing beats oils...

5:40 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

That's right , you can't beat them, and they kill you.

5:59 PM  
Blogger Ironic Moose said...

Something in the way you paint manages to evoke happy feelings and
memories from my childhood. I don't intend to try to analyze it, I'm
just content to enjoy it.

Thank you very much for sharing your work via the web.


1:43 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

That’s a frequent comment I’ve been lucky enough to get recently. The teacher in me an interested in analysis of the ways and how comes of this nostalgic feeling, but understand how its hard to put into words. For me it’s a process of learning enough craft to depict the moment technically, having enough confidence and focus to work fast to give it energy and finally, loving the subject honestly to give it feeling. I have to have all of those things going, not ways easy, but when they merge it’s very gratifying. Hope that makes sense and doesn't sound to pompous.

1:59 PM  
Blogger Kristen McCabe said...

Wow! I'm going crazy over the way you handled the Reflection! Wow! Wow! I'm awestruck!

2:10 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

I can tell from your photo!

12:01 PM  

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