Monday, January 30, 2006

Night Crossing.

The old railroad tracks in Monrovia. Oil 16x20. About a block from the Monrovia Morning panting in my November archives. The crossing isn't active, but so will be reinstated as part of our new Metro. I took a trespassing night stroll taking photos that will be part of a series of Nocturnes I'm doing of the area about to be cleaned up. Took a big umbrella so when It rained I didn't mind. I'm a fan of Frank Tenny Johnson's Nocturnes. He is the best western artist if you ask me.


Blogger BoneDaddy said...

Wow, you're right. His sense of realism is amazingly focused.
As for your railroad paintings, I love them all! I used to take walks by the tracks at night, and I always loved the symmetry & perspective of it.

11:26 PM  
Blogger Jeffrey Hayes said...

That's a really good one. I like the strong, almost abstract quality of the big shapes... I'd love to be able to get IN a railyard and spend a day painting. The one time I tried, the guard would only let me work in a parking lot next door... have you ever figured out the intricacies of getting permission for this sort of thing?

8:23 AM  
Blogger Mike Manley said...

Cool Bill! I have a book on Johnson I bought back in the early 80's and I had never heard of him before.

11:02 AM  
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4:48 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks BG. Something peacefull about them.

6:51 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Hey Jeff,

No, permission takes the fun out of it for me. Besides, if they say no it makes me really angry. And ruins my day. I think art transcends trespassing laws and security guards have to say no or it's there ass. I figure out when security is low like on weekends. Poor weather is good and vault fences and hope they will let me go if caught. So far they have.

6:57 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Mike he's a big hero of mine. And you to of course.

7:20 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Thatks VG.. Nice of you to stop by.

7:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love this one. It's as good as any Remington or McGinnis I've ever seen.

12:50 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Yeah he's up there.

3:12 PM  
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Blogger danielcox said...

that's great bill -- really enjoy the tones and colours in this one.

i also like frank's art, but for me -- if you are talking western art -- then there is only one James Reynolds (

great work:)

6:07 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

Renyolds is great, I wonder why he's not in the Aurty western show right now? I like Bill Anton to, but his figures are not on JR level.

8:30 PM  
Blogger Christopher said...

Your work reminds me of Sargents. I remember a quote, 'The thicker the paint, the more your colours flow,' which seems to fit quite well with your paintins, I think. Keep up the great work (:

8:27 PM  

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