Thursday, June 08, 2006

DIRTY Beauty

I've been trying to capture the dreamy dirty beauty of the hazy California light in some industrial areas.
Here is a big one of Azusa at the train crossing at Azusa Blvd. in Azusa. 24x 36 Oil on wood.


Blogger Urban Barbarian said...

Really nice. Dreamlike and special. Just like the painter himself. Truth to be told, I actually like this painting slightly more than I like you.

Forgive me.

1:01 AM  
Blogger Urban Barbarian said...

All kidding aside, this one has great depth. A real 3D effect. Great job as usual, Bill!

1:03 AM  
Blogger aw said...

Truly great. I love the detail and texture you conveyed. The forground earth looks almost photographic and the sky reminds me of brushed metal. Very nice.

2:10 AM  
Blogger aw said...

Love your siggie, as well...a fantastic leap forward, batman!

2:12 AM  
Blogger aw said...

Dude, this one belongs in a museum...seriously.

2:18 AM  
Blogger tonypetersart said...

Really love the color in this one. The way you used your limited palette somehow makes it seem that there's more color than there really is. The variety of layering brushwork gives it a nice looking surface. This seems like "you" too. Perhaps you've hit a homerun?

4:45 AM  
Blogger Jesse said...

Oooooh, that sky is very enticing.

I want to touch it.

5:13 AM  
Blogger glamaFez said...

The foreground is very strange, in a good way. I keep covering up the foreground with a piece of paper, thinking that it would look better without it, but it doesn't. All parts of this are essential. And the whole thing seems to be firmly stitched together by those eerie palm trees and power poles.

12:42 PM  
Blogger Don Shank said...

Wow, this one is amazing!

7:12 PM  
Blogger Miles Thompson said...

nice nice nice one brother! very beautiful!

10:44 PM  
Blogger Shawn Dickinson said...

I like that sky! All the brush strokes look cool, and the colors are nice!

"Pound my balls!"

12:55 AM  
Blogger chia said...

You've just turned having a dirty mind into a great compliment.

1:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beautiful stuff Mr.Wray.

For what it's worth to you I Idolized your work as a kid and LIVED for any issue of Cracked that had anything drawn by you, even if it was only those back cover portaits.

My favorite cartoon of ever is: "my shiny freind"
The paintings are great !

4:37 AM  
Blogger Ryan Kramer said...

I really, really like this one! that sky is perfect.

BTW- saw Korgoth last night for the first time...i fell in love with TV again.

12:46 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

I like you a lot more than the painting. The painting has a price, where as our bond is invaluable.

2:34 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Thanks AW,

Azusa feels like it has a fine coating of metal everywhere because of it's steel plant.

2:41 PM  
Blogger Mitchel Kennedy said...

Wow, the scale and contrasts! Lovely!

2:45 PM  
Blogger justinpatrickparpan said...

This one really brings me back to my home town. Those grimy chemical sky's fill every memory I have of the small cow town of San Jacinto California. Congrats on another inspiring landscape sir.

6:26 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Tony - I hope so I've got a ton of strike outs waiting for the belt sander.

8:25 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Jessie--please do.

8:26 PM  
Blogger william wray said...


To be honest I wanted to do the train station at first, but the weird sloppy poles are what sold me. When I found the view I though it looked like a sixties Dali influenced science fiction book cover.

8:29 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Thanks Don,

It's been to long.

9:56 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Thanks Miles. I didn't adjust it, but there was something about it being scanned that enhanced it digitally.

9:58 PM  
Blogger Miles Thompson said...

i really like how loose the sky is - you worked this one out really well ...your paintings are totally amazing be they illustrative or purely artistic - great to see you loving life on canvas and paper alike!!!

10:08 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Shawn , anytime hammer at the ready.

10:39 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Erich- Yes I think I understand.

10:40 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks SAG, So long ago, like another guy did that stuff.

10:44 PM  
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10:45 PM  
Blogger BoneDaddy said...

Dirty Beauty: I don't think there could be a better title. Great job!

11:45 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Hey Ryan, Glad you like it. I hope to convince Aaron to let me write on it. I've always loved barbarians.

1:28 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

Hey Miles,

Painting is life isn't it? Please tell me it's living of some kind. I have to say I often enjoy it more than the real thing.

1:31 AM  
Blogger Kevin Langley said...

Beautiful painting Bill. I'm not one for analyzing paintings, I just know that I've stared at this for about 15 minutes in awe, like I am of all of your work, there's something about the way you paint skies that just puts me in a happy place. Thanks.

You must be the only person who has people exclaming "pound my balls!" Now that's a man who's left his mark on the world... or someone's sack. :)

10:00 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Hey BG , thaks I like play's on words.

10:56 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Shhh Kaln, I'm a "fine artist " now that was my misspent youth.

10:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are one talented guy. I am one lucky student.

11:14 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

I'm a lucky teacher to have nice students.

11:15 AM  

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