Tuesday, March 07, 2006

On Ramp

Here is an on ramp that is right off of Riverside drive near the LA Zoo. For a year or two every time I drove by this spot I wanted to paint it. I finally pulled the trigger with J- Mac and my tiny class about two weeks ago. It's a shame people think it cool to honk at you in encouragement when they drive by. It just startles you out of your concentration and pisses you off. Oh well, I'm an old crab, soon I'll be deaf enough not to care. Thumbs up! Everything is a Super bowl party, even painting!


Blogger tonypetersart said...

Hey Bill, This is over by the LA river, right? I like the color choices you made on this one. Even the reds are bluish and cool. The forlorn car is a nice addition too.

9:00 PM  
Blogger belindadelpesco.com said...

Nice, painterly texture, subtle color, great composition, and very familiar ramp! Great job!

9:46 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Hey Tony,
Yeah the LA river is just to the left, the Autry and zoo straight on. Thanks the color was all there I just let the pavement/ diesel smell gods guide my hand...

11:13 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Belinda, thanks... I think all Californians have driven this ramp. ;-)

11:16 PM  
Blogger Urban Barbarian said...


11:42 PM  
Blogger clarke said...

I ride around my part of the world looking through the frame of my windshield thinking for some time how utterly beautiful and unintentional that prosaic landscape appears.

4:45 AM  
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4:46 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

Not as beautiful as you Dan.

9:38 PM  
Blogger william wray said...


and here it is. Who knew?

9:39 PM  
Blogger Trevour said...

Bill, I've been checking out your blog for a while now but finally decided to post a comment. GREAT WORK ON EVERYTHING SO FAR! You've got such a versatile range of talent as a painter. I've never done much painting in my life (besides a few sloppy acrylics and watercolors) but you display fortitude and commitment to improve as an artist, even as amazingly talented as a guy you are now! This coming from a guy who also mostly draws silly cartoony stuff. But if you can do stuff as real and beautiful as this, it gives me inspiration. I hope to get more into painting soon. Thanks!

Trevour Meyer

6:13 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

Glad you like the work. I'm a late bloomer.

11:43 PM  
Blogger Lesley Todd said...

Beautiful colours! Great subject too.

2:41 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

Ah Lesley... the great painter who won't paint. Thank you so much, and please post a new painting on your blog.

6:53 PM  
Blogger aw said...

I think you have captured the quality of light very well. I'm enjoying seeing how you are so able to see these nice compositions in such seemingly overlooked places.

7:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's been some time since I visited your blog...nice nice new works!

1:29 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Thanks AW,

I'll keep on lookin' for the overlooked.

12:55 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Thor and congrats on your longest post yet.

12:56 AM  

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