Thursday, May 18, 2006

Springtime at Levitz

I just finished a fairly big studio painting today of the railroad tracks at Azusa, but will have to wait to post intil it's been photographed. In the meantime, here is a typical little Plein Air done on the side of the Levitz showroom in Glendale off of San Fernando road near the LA River and the 134. It was a hot hazy day. I was trying for a little bit of a tighter view than I usually go for. Note the old bumper cars stacked up at the business next door that must have been there for many years. 6x8 oil on linen panel.


Blogger Jesse said...

This one is very rad.

Might I inquire as to what 'plein air' is?

Is that painting straight onto an unprepped surface or something like that?

8:16 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Naaa just is a trendy French way to say painting outside.

10:18 PM  
Blogger Urban Barbarian said...

Great painting! The perfect amount of detail! Gutsy brush strokes harmonized with fine attention in all the right places.

Also, my word verification below reads: "volut" and I think that says a mouthful in it of itself!

11:33 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Exactly! thanks Dan.

11:54 PM  
Blogger A. Riabovitchev said...

Beautiful painting!I love it!:O)

4:05 AM  
Blogger glamaFez said...

A fine painting. I always love seeing untrimmed palms.

If you run out of stuff to paint in California, or if they clean everything up so that there's nothing left to paint, try Florida. It's a goldmine, if you can stand the horrible heat.

9:00 AM  
Blogger Tracy Helgeson said...

The weather and mood in this piece exactly matches what I see outside here in upstate NY, right at this very minute. The trees are different though:-) How very universal of you, Bill!

1:03 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Andri-- Thaks you so much.

5:15 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Thanks GF. Florida it is.. Can I stay at your house? In the winter I mean.

12:24 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

Don't try and steal our weather Tracy. This is unique California light! You can't have it.

12:26 AM  
Blogger limbolo said...

This is all good, manly painting. And getting stronger.

4:01 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

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4:49 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Thanks Neil,

One day I hope I'll be fit to trim your sable hairs.

4:51 PM  
Blogger justinpatrickparpan said...

You capture the land in quite a wonderful way. I love yur work.

2:49 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

Thanks Justin,

Sometinmes I capture it, but I need to work on owning it.

11:46 AM  
Blogger ~DdK~ said...

Nice work, I like your bold, course brush style. I think they call that 'bravado', anyhoo, me likes.

2:19 PM  
Blogger alberto mielgo said...

What a beautiful discover!
Your blog is full of light and color.
I'm looking to see much more.

5:33 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Bravado. I'll take that. I try hard to painting with balls. It's hard to stay lose...Must ...not... paint with fear.

8:27 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Alberto-- thanks so much. Feels good coming from someone with all your talent.

8:28 PM  
Blogger Shawn Dickinson said...

Hey Bill!
I just came across your blog. I didn't even know you had one, but I'm glad you do. I gotta say, you are my most favorite painter EVER! I always look at and stare at your paintings with utter amazement. I'm normally a comic book artist, but I'm doing some paintings for some galleries recently, and I gotta say, you're my biggest inspiration. But my use of colors don't even come anywhere near yours. You are the king of warm and cold colors. Damn, I wish you could teach me how to paint. Can you give me some pointers some time?
See ya later.

10:59 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Hey Shawn,

If your in Los Angles I can help you. I teach a Saturday morning urban landscape class. If your not to busy watching cartoons you can pick up some things. Even if your not into traditional landscape, all painting principles are the same other that the difference in medium application. Fundamentals of color/ design never change.

11:11 AM  
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4:27 PM  
Blogger Shawn Dickinson said...

Thanks Bill!
I wouldn't mind painting landscapes. The techniques are the same. I would just love to learn how to paint as well as you.
I live about an hour from LA. If you have time, maybe you can send me the info about your class, and I'll see if I have time to drive that far. Here's my email address:


5:37 PM  
Blogger glamaFez said...

>Thanks GF. Florida it is.. Can I stay at your house? In the winter I mean.

Sorry, my current house is in the Kansas City area. I fear the scenery here wouldn't inspire you. I used to live in Tampa and your paintings remind me of it. Tampa has tons of creepy vacant lots and random subtropical vegetation.

7:16 AM  

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