Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Blue Fence

Avenue 16 near the Glendale junction area below Chinatown. 32x48 oil on wood. I was walking this industrial area when I saw it's guy just about in this spot and luckily I didn't think, I just snapped a picture. He was about to do something in the street, but when he saw me, he hesitated and then he walked on behind the fence and coughed out a wad of phlegm and blew his nose with what I assumed was his fingers to the ground. Thank god for civility. He popped back out and then ducked back inside a nearby manufacturing business. It was a grayish day so I pushed the lighting and color for effect. I just delivered this painting and 5 other mostly big ones to MJ Higgins for our "Eminent Domain" group show on the 18th. I hope folks can make it down, I'll have over a dozen paintings there. beautifully framed and priced as reasonable as possible.

Here I am at the Wisteria Festival with Abe Lincoln who nicely agreed to pose and autograph a penny for me.


Blogger tonypetersart said...

Fantastic sky, brilliant color. Nice car too. If I didn't know any better... I'd say the figure's downward gaze might be symbolic to you, as the artist, trying to get people to look around and see the prevalent beauty around them.

You should do well with your show, I look forward to seeing the new paintings in person.

1:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

love the textures in your work!

6:29 AM  
Blogger Urban Barbarian said...

For two penny's you might be surprised what I'll sign...! Like this one too!

10:55 AM  
Blogger Jesse said...

That is one fantastic beard.

11:55 AM  
Blogger aw said...

Ok, so Abe looks a bit pinched. Where is your other hand?

2:02 PM  
Blogger aw said...

Fab sky on the top painting! The whole thing is very well done. And that's a hang-dog gaze if I ever saw one...

2:04 PM  
Blogger Kevin Langley said...

Another beauty. I wish I could see these in person. Any chance of your work finding it's way to New York someday?

6:56 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Thanks Tony, I really like your new posts on your site.

8:01 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Thanks Lorraine, Textures are my business.

10:46 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

I rub them together for you Dan.

10:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a very interesting pic of yourself with Abraham ! I look at your blog often as I love your works ! Thanks & best wishes.

4:46 PM  
Blogger william wray said...


Him or me?

9:17 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

"AW:Ok, so Abe looks a bit pinched. Where is your other hand?"

On the Gettysburg Address.

9:21 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Dear Klan,

I hope it's not to unrealistic to think that me and Abe will be in a NY gallery by 2007. Find a gallery, get a painting.

9:25 PM  
Blogger william wray said...


Thanks for coming by and I returned the favor. You have a nice expressionist thing beginning to work, keep drawing more, it will help the painting.

11:14 PM  
Blogger Jesse said...

"Him or me?"


Also, I was curious, how long do most of your landscape take you? And do you usually paint on location or do you go about it by some other means?

7:38 AM  
Blogger SteveLambe said...

Fantastic painting, Bill. Love the color palette especially.

That's a cool pic of you and Abe. You're much less angry looking than I had pictured you. You almost look canadian ;)

3:40 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Hey Jessie,

The big ones are in studio and take from one to three days of intense work when it goes well. The small ones on location are usually done in about 3 hours.

5:30 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Hey Steve,

How can you be angry with Abraham next to you for 12 hours?

5:32 PM  
Blogger Miles Thompson said...

bill - that is one weird picture man - i can't tell if you are both real or if he is fake or if you airbrushed or photoshopped his lips or lack there of or what - weird pic but i dig - let's go hit the beach and paint a sunset man!!! summer is on it's way!

8:36 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

It's all real fake man.

1:01 AM  

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