Thursday, June 22, 2006


Here is a carport in my little town of Sierra Madre one of the few spots left that hasn't be re- developed. Give them time. ;-)

I was trying to see how far I could push the color. Oil on wood 16x 24. I'm not totally happy with the shadow on the right forground. I think all the texture keeps it from working as well as it should.


Blogger chia said...

Either this is a beautiful painting or that is the most amazing carport I've ever seen. And I've seen some amazing carports, I've been to Kansas City.

1:30 AM  
Blogger Urban Barbarian said...

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2:11 AM  
Blogger Urban Barbarian said...

Whoops! Horrible mis-spelling error!

I meant to say: This IS frigg'n nice and I dig orange. Luckily only you, me and Blogger will ever know the terrible error I made just moments ago.

I'm worn out now...

2:13 AM  
Blogger Josh Parpan said...

This is Beautiful Bill!
There something about that roof that makes me think of Van Gogh's Cafe At Arles. maybe it's just the bright color..
Very nice sir!

3:50 AM  
Blogger Chris Sterritt said...

(A) I think you're right about the shadow, (B) the perspective isn't quite right on the carport and (C) overall a GREAT painting, really great color, an excellent choice to push it so far.

4:18 AM  
Blogger glamaFez said...

That shadow does flatten things out, but it still looks good. Perhaps you will become hooked on the effect, and go all cubist on us.

7:19 AM  
Blogger Uli Meyer said...

Brave colours! You wouldn't see these in Camden Town.

8:56 AM  
Blogger Jesse said...

Lovely. I think I agree about that shadow. It seems the bottom 1/6 of the painting doesn't quite hold. Otherwise I think it is golden.

9:28 AM  
Blogger Ryan Khatam said...

these are neat, but you know.. youre a master at awesome cartoon/golden book style paintings. will you ever go back??

i hope you do. the paintings you did on R&S were beautiful. keep paintin

10:17 AM  
Blogger tonypetersart said...

Dang, you REALLY did a nice job on this one, those cars are a nice touch. This is one of those views that I wouldn't have ever chosen, but you really pulled it off tremendously. Nice color too, that sky color works well with the orange carport.

1:54 PM  
Blogger Ryan G. said...

Wow Bill, Great paintings.. loved your work on R&S.. You still in the animation industry or just painting?

3:47 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Hey Erich,

Maybe I'll change the name to the Amazing Carport.

4:10 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Get better Dan. Have a nap.

4:11 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Hey J.

Yeah old VG like ornageand blue. Me too.

4:12 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Yea Chris the perspective is of in real life is off to it's so old and warped. But to be honest I don't worry about that stuff so much when I'm going expressionistic. It a trade off for painting enerrgy.

4:16 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Hey Glam, the simplicty of the shadow is starting to grow on me. It's makes a nice contrast to the rest of the jutting perspective.

4:26 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Hey UM,

Yeah everthing in The UK is in black and white right?

4:32 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Jessie, that's becasue it a downward slope and everthing slides off.

4:33 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Ryan, I go back once and awhile... when I get paid ! ;-) Just did some special project suff for DC comics that was in a Mary Blair style. and looks like I will be doing some more.

4:36 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Thanks for saving these views for me. I love 'em.

4:37 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Hey Ryan, A little of both. It ebbs and flows. I'm doing more of what I want to do that's for sure.

4:38 PM  
Blogger Josh Parpan said...

ahah! It’s the orange on Blue.. That’s what made me think of VG..
-A mystery solved!

6:24 PM  
Blogger Jesse Oliver said...

Hey Bill Wray

"Cool painting!" I have a question for ya. What was the name of that outer space crab cartoon you made? I really loved that cartoon but I only saw it once.


10:27 PM  
Blogger Jamar said...

MAN, Bill you're rocking the free world these days.

3:58 PM  
Blogger Clive said...

Whew. Fantastic painting. Scorcher. Very naturalistic but great abstract aspects too.

10:26 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

J O. King Crab-- the toy is for sale on on my old websight.

6:39 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Jamar, great you stopped by.

6:41 PM  
Blogger william wray said...


Thanks, I worked hard on the shapes and eye directing.

6:49 PM  
Blogger Lesley Todd said...

Wow! I love the strong colour. The orange really packs a punch. The shadow looks fine to me, it doesn't look out of place.

4:19 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

Lesley-- Yhea I'm learning to live with it... honeing my rational... ;-)

5:56 PM  
Blogger blabla said...

Impressive! Love your use of colors and awesome BG's in your blog! Great

2:36 AM  
Blogger Jesse Oliver said...

Hey Bill

Did you have anything to do with the cartoon short "Buy One Get One Free"?

1:24 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Go- You have a round cartton head.

10:03 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Sorry Jessie no.

10:04 PM  
Blogger aw said...

I love the color and the jutting roof on the carport, as well as the cars and the building and sky. I think the cement is trying to hard to be the star of the show. It might be interesting to try a crop in Photoshop to reduce some of that area. If you were to ever do another version, I might include more building and sky and less seems worth's a great piece!

1:12 PM  
Blogger Alicia said...

Oh my goodness! Is this the alley behind E. Montecito off of Mountain Trail? I live in a house across from these apartments! My friend forwarded this to me and I about died! Love the painting, by the way!

1:01 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

alicia-- yes it is I've done two paintings there.

9:21 AM  
Blogger Alicia said...

My house is the one with the old trailer from the 1950's in the driveway- you should paint that! Ha ha ha!

1:34 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

I'm surprised I haven't.

2:42 PM  

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