Wednesday, May 10, 2006


This was a challenge to myself to do a cold modern painting. It was suggested I was making urban images to sentimental by seeing beauty in urban settings through my use color and technique. I'm not changing my style, but am always up for an experiment on the right subject.16x20 Oil on canvas.

Exciting news! A painter I've admired from afar for awhile now has hooked up with the Los Feliz to teach a portrait class. His name is Vadim Zanginian and he was trained in the Russian tradition. I'll be taking the class and expect some good painters to be there. I find his work to be a great combination of solid foundation drawing, but with a lush impressionistic painting approach. Please tell Ben or Jen I sent you.

If you want to see more of his masterful work please visit his site link in my links------->

The Glendale Symphony Orchestra Association, Segil Fine Art & Whites Gallery invites you to enjoy Music, Art and a beautiful day in the Friendship Gardens at Brand Park.

Bill Wray will be there, meet his mother.

Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Glendale at Historic Brand Park

Mother's Day, May 14, 2006 11-5 pm

Brand Park - 1601 West Mountain Street, Glendale, CA 91201

Free Admission [$10 suggested donation]

Bring the family and celebrate Mother's Day, surrounded by beauty. Experience an outdoor Japanese tea ceremony, tour the doctor's House Victorian Museum, sip champagne or tea with hors d'oeuvres, stroll the beautiful gardens and listen to classical music while viewing some of Southern California's finest plein air artists at work. Vibrant acrylics, dynamic oils, charming watercolors and other wonderful mediums will be on display in the teahouse art gallery. All art will be for sale! Win a piece of fine art in the raffle and opportunity drawing. Join us on Sunday, may 14. There will be a special treat for Mom and the whole family will enjoy the artful experience of Music & Art in the Park.

Proceeds benefit the Glendale Symphony Orchestra Association

Co-sponsored by the City of Glendale Parks, Recreation & Community Services with Freinds of Shoseian, Whispering Pine Teahouse, the Doctor's House Museum
and the Glendale Historical Society.

Glendale Symphony Orchestra
Tel. 818-500-8720


Blogger Tracy Helgeson said...

Pretty successful experiment, I'd say. It is very moody and again with the sky, I like it.

6:20 AM  
Blogger Christine Walker said...

"........ suggested I was making urban images to sentimental by seeing beauty in urban settings through my use color and technique. I'm not changing my style, but am always up for an experiment on the right subject." I just went through this with someone(a review commitee) telling me to "paint everything in gray", along with "get looser brushwork". People become artists by being themselves, not what others think they should be, or what the current fashion in painting(gray/angst) dictates. At least that is my very grumpy thought; your blog entry really hit a nerve, I guess. I personally enjoy your color use....but then I find the city quite beautiful at times, too. Your experiment did succeed and you did do a cold modern painting; glad you aren't changing your style, though.

8:03 AM  
Blogger tonypetersart said...

I like the way you handled the cars, always a difficult subject to pull off in a painting. This is a palette I always enjoy myself, you do it well. Your sky has a nice bravura. Personally, I still like your nature paintings with water and trees best.

1:18 PM  
Blogger rs said...

There's the world famous Wray skies I have come to enjoy. Great rakish angle - gives the feeling of speed. And the monochrome pallete is top notch.

See you Sunday in the park.

2:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What do I know... I like it all.

4:24 PM  
Blogger aw said...

Really nice. I could see swinging back just a wee bit with a hint of blush, just a hint....lovely!

4:40 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Thanks Tracy,

The shot fit the expermint. One of these days I have to try the pure color thing like you do.

8:49 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

I can see the point of the art dealers comment in my case. I have learned to take the traditional California style of painting pretty landscapes and merged it with the contemporary urban landscape. I think it's a strength, but some may see it as kitschy or a trick. I've always run into this problem. In the cartoon world my work was a combination of humor and realism. Not a good fit in either camp. Same with landscape, I don't think I fit into a traditional gallery or a modern one. That will make it harder for me to get established now, but I hope in the end it will make me stand out in the crowd.

8:55 PM  
Blogger Miles Thompson said...

a class at los feliz at last - people will love it i think - instruction is such an asset and vadim is amazing

i like your new painting - atmospheric as can be! feels just like june gloom to me as the past week has been ... foggy in the morning

9:05 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Hey Tony!

Water and trees! I'm urban now! I'll leave that pretty stuff to the dozen's of better PA painters.

10:11 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Hey Robert ,

Nice insightfull comment. thatks ! And yes I'll see you sunday.

10:13 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Robin--then you know much! ;-)

10:55 PM  
Blogger Papierflieger said...

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12:29 AM  
Blogger Papierflieger said...

Hi William,
bad spelling made me remove my post:). So again.. it`s a good painting and cities look like that.Paintings should be good not pretty. I think you are working on something that is worth to follow and I look forward to see which way you go.

12:36 AM  
Blogger A. Riabovitchev said...

Very interesting life you have there!:O)

4:44 AM  
Blogger glamaFez said...

"LA" is a big success. It has the subtle feel that I always try to find in your paintings, and which I also notice and enjoy in your cartoon work. It's indescribable, but I know it when I see it in your paintings and it makes them unique. It's there in "Power Box" and "Steel Plates", in the sail shop paintings, and in many others. Thank you for sharing your ideas and art so generously.

11:16 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks for making me blush AW. ;_)

11:50 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Miles ...that's LA.

1:59 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Hey Martin,
I think I'll go both ways. I'm going to try and have my artistic cake and eat it too.

2:01 PM  
Blogger Urban Barbarian said...

Another winner. The sky/cloud work is very impressive. Very strong/confident brush strokes. What's not to like?

4:09 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

AR-- Life as an artist is busy, but often is dull , so I try and make it intresting. How about Russia? You msut have seedy area's too.

10:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Bill - I really like this 'experiment'. Lovely feel to it .... could spend an awful lot of time just gazing!

2:49 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Glamafez---thanks for sharing you kind comments. Thank God I have some kind of knack for art that seems to reach some people. God knows I'm ill equipped for anything else.

11:25 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

Thanks Dan,
I'm trying another very urban muted painting today. I found some great stuff out in Azusa last week.

11:28 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

Thanks Lesley,

I'm trying another more ambitious one with this restrained color theme. Hopefully it will totally hypnotize you.

11:31 AM  

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