Thursday, February 02, 2006

Palm Lot

Here's a little plein Air done in a closed off parking lot across from the Target on Colorado in Pasadena. Could be a lot in many places in Southern California I suppose. It 6x8 oil, a mystery canvas that was too smooth for my taste. I got a grab bag from an online store I've since forgotten. I made the mistake of using a little bit of linseed oil on the block- in before I really accepted how slick everything already was. Give me tooth and nothing, but the landscape gage linen TOOTH.


Blogger none said...

Looks nice

7:40 PM  
Blogger marco's blog said...

It's amazing how you've composed such great pieces out of places we see on a regular basis. inspiring work!

7:58 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

Thanks MN.

11:20 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

Thanks Marco, The beauty in the ordinary. Just stop and look at it.

11:21 AM  
Blogger Urban Barbarian said...

FANTASTIC. The brush work on the ground is very spontaneous and has a life all to it's own. Bold strokes, interesting shapes all coming together very harmoniously. One of your best, IMO [ which means you'll probably read this and burn the canvas... ]

11:59 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Love your paintings!! very free and nice atmospheric feel!

12:16 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Dan,
No bonfire of my vanity. You can like something and I'll still like it, except for some of the cats you dragged in in the old days. ;-)

6:56 PM  
Blogger aw said...

I think the smooth quality works looks quite nice, but I imagine painting this way must be like trying to walk on ice with tennis shoes. Nevertheless, you do it with aplomb.

2:57 AM  
Blogger aw said...

I could benefit from being able to edit my own typos after the fact. Ah well.

2:58 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Alina, I'm working everyday at it!

11:34 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

Hey AW, good analogy. As far as editing I'm not sure how to do that... I faked my way thru putting this together.

11:37 AM  
Blogger danielcox said...

wow Bill -- i haven't checked in here for a while and you are really making some progress. the shapes, colours and textures of these (and this painitng in particular) are really inspiring. i've got to admit that the few half dozen you did were good, but nothing that i hadn't seen before. but yeah, i can smell progress. how are you feeling about things (if i can ask)?

5:57 AM  
Blogger william wray said...


Talk about me? Well it’s a tough subject, but I’ll try. ;-). I’ve been working over the past few years to try and find myself. My Big Idea, my style , the lot. The more I veer away for the traditional subject and panting styles, the more comfortable I feel. My work will continue to head away from realism to abstraction and expressionism, but work will be stronger for having a pretty good basic foundation in traditional painting. You have to learn it to understand what and how to pair away the excessiveness of realism in a meaningful way. That’s why I have no respect for abstract artists who can’t draw. That’s also why the destruction and abstracting on traditional art was so great just after the turn of the century for a generation or so. Then the baby got thrown out with the bath water and subsequent generations thought you could skip the foundation, stripping art down to lazy conceptual art. Every other generation you have to build art foundation up so you can tear it down again. It’s time for that re- birth of good foundation. Conceptual art is the stogy old corporate guy that need to be rebelled against now. Up with the drawing generation. Great art has a educated combination of all great periods of art.

12:49 PM  

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