Saturday, March 11, 2006

Dusty Train

Train parked at the Monrovia train station 22x39 oil on wood. Tried to go simple and modern with this one. It will be featured in the Eminent Domain art show at M J Higgins, scroll down my blog for details. It will also be at the Wisteria Festival in Sierra Madre this Sunday behind restaurant Lozano.


Blogger tonypetersart said...

That's cool dude, it has a 1960's like feel. I really like it. You might be on to something there.
A limited pallette like that (or variations) might work well for you. Plus it kind of gives a nod to your illustration background. I like it alot.

1:45 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Thanks T.
I'm a bit disappointed on how it looks small, a lot of this painting has textures and subtleties you can't see. This is truly a case where you need to see the original.

3:05 PM  
Blogger aw said...

Nice composition. I like seeing you branching out with your color palettes as well. It has the feeling of an abstract also, if you blur your eyes on it. Excellent work!

7:39 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Thanks AW. I was trying to be as modern as possible (for me) with this one by keeping it really simple. As you say this is beginning to head toward abstraction. I get the feeling this won't fly as well with the traditionalist oriented person.

8:59 PM  
Blogger BoneDaddy said...

Nice lighting on the train, I love how you did the snow.

12:37 AM  
Blogger Mitch said...

Nice, I almost feel like the ground is flying past the train. I agree with everyone that the pallete is successful. Great aesthetic!

2:31 AM  
Blogger Kelsey said...

Great work! I like this one a lot.

1:25 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

BG. Snow? ;-) Rocks darling.

8:44 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Thanks Mitchl. Had it on display today At the Wisteria Vine festival in Sierra Madre and a train conductor liked it so I feel good about that. This was the first time I had a fairly good amount of my paintings on display publicly and (locally) and even though I only sold one painting (festival goers are mostly average Joe's used to low print prices) It was nice to see people reactions. The majority walked by and were just confused or didn't care, but a nice solid minority liked the work and were really positive with how different it was. At least 20 people said they had never seen work like mine and I think they liked the idea of relating to something they never even realized they could like as a subject of a pretty picture.

They were tickled once they realized how many of the places they actually knew when they really looked at the picture. That of course is the whole manta, painting places people don't look twice at.

12:34 AM  
Blogger John Sanchez said...

Hey I dig your work too! Who are you studying with at the League? I studied with Peter Cox, Sherry Cahmy and Mary Beth McKenzie.

5:54 PM  
Blogger Urban Barbarian said...

My new favorite. How big is the painting? Something about the yellow underpaint that really works. The composition also is very striking. Almost like a Russian or German grafix...

4:48 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Hey John,

Haven't gone to the League in years, I'm in (Southern California,) but my old teacher is still there: Jack Faragasso. I recommended him highly.

12:53 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

Thanks Dan, Ego boy likes it too.

12:54 AM  

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