Friday, June 16, 2006

Green Train

Here is a studio painting of a old train that is parked in Monrovia on a section of track destined to be renovated when they extend the metro. I'm not sure who uses the little grill, homeless or local workers. 24x25 on wood. Drawing is a little off on the top part of the car, I have to get to fixing that. My nocturnal reference photo had a greenish tinge to it so I pushed that aspect, turning it into a green train.


Blogger Miles Thompson said...

i totally dig the spidery web of light/dark on the foreground side of the cast lighting... it loose and this is an awesome one dude - night is bad - day is good

10:10 PM  
Blogger Urban Barbarian said...

We've all bought a ticket on the Green Train at least once in our lives...

Somber, Sullen and Sassy! You've achieved the Fabled Three "S's" of Painting! 3 Kudos to you, Bill!

What the "H", have two more!

12:02 AM  
Blogger justinpatrickparpan said...

A very moody piece of work. It’s kind of reminiscent of a terrible dream I once had. Great painting man.

11:25 AM  
Blogger Shawn Dickinson said...

Wow! This painting is great!!!! I love the green lighting effects!

Hey, Bill, when you paint those green and blue lighting effects on the side of someone's face, what color do you put down first, the flesh tones or the cool colors?

11:28 AM  
Blogger tonypetersart said...

This is one of my favorite paintings of yours... plus, I'm a huge fan of nocturnes. Color is fantastic, very contemporary, yet very classic feel.

Glad you can make it to my Tirage Gallery show in Pasadena next Saturday. Bring your rich art buying friends :-)

10:29 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Miles I thought it was to sweet. Glad you find it a bit Dark.

11:55 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Dan,

I'm not a 100% on this one, but I'm glad you like.

11:56 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Justin, Did the train take you to hell?

11:56 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Hey Shawn,

I don't have a formula, but I used to start light and do darker with the old stuff now I do the Reverse.

11:59 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Tony ,

Congrats about your show, yes I have so many rich collectors friends I hope they all can fit into the gallery. So many have blogs to-- God knows how many will see this. 200-- 300?

12:01 AM  
Blogger chia said...

wow!!!! the colors in this just blow me away! yes it's a green train, but the everything else! wow!

2:51 AM  
Blogger glamaFez said...

This is a scary painting. When the guy minding that grill comes back, I'm scared of what he's going to look like.

Have you ever gone out with your easel at night to some of these places? I would imagine that painting in the dark is pretty much impossible, though.

7:08 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

Hey Erich,
I'm glad you posted some of the studies you did at class on your blog they have a great abstract quality that might play well big. You might want to try one in studio.

4:02 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Glam I tried going out at night but the hot wax of my candle hat kept dripping down my neck.

4:03 PM  
Blogger Jo Bling said...

Lovely palette Bill- reminds me of some of Glenn Barrs lowlife oil paintings. I'm a fan of Glenn's so that's a good thing! :-D

Love the Hellboy collabs sir, longtime admirer of Mike M's stuff. If you want to pop by my blog please do, Bill- I have an art show that's selling in pop art galleries in the UK and NY/NJ but am looking for a Cali gallery to debut the show (BITENECK BEATNIKS)- any suggestions greatly appreciated. Anyone else is welcome to call by too- I'll put the kettle on and get the digestive biscuits out...

2:21 AM  
Blogger roque said...

Beautiful. Haunting. I love it.

11:59 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

Hey Jo.

My Gallery conections are tenious. Lowbrow is where you want to go and I'm more triditional. The palce to go is Billy Shire fine art. I however have no "in" with them.

6:37 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Roque-- thanks Bro'

6:40 PM  
Blogger BoneDaddy said...

I love the green tint, I love the inclusion of the little grill, and as usual, I love the fact that it's done at night. I don't care much for the face of the car, though. I don't know, it's kind of how the surface looks broadly done. Maybe I'm comparing it too much to the red train pic--the one you did a few posts back and showed us a little step-by-step.

12:58 AM  
Blogger Jo Bling said...

Cheers Bill= shall check that out, and shall keep calling by in the meantime :-)

6:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow I love the pink poking through in this one .

8:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

did you teach Glen barr how to paint or does he just emulate you?
I am not knocking him , I like both your work , but you've definately had an effect on him.

8:11 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

Hey BG,
I've been a bit back an fourth on this one with the treatment of the paint on the front. I think it does look a little like storybook painting rather than metal. It a bit organic, might need a little harder approach.

1:18 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Glen was an accomplished painter when I hired him on Ren and Stimpy. I may have art directed him a bit, he did often have to blow up my sloppy keys, but the reason I hired him was I wanted a guy who could paint like me or better. We both tried to please John K. and we both filtered the same influences. Definitely a kinship and mutual respect, but more and more I think we are taking divergent paths. the funny think is in a way he's the reason I'm not doing the Lowborw thing. I don't want to copy him. And Wilma as a hot rod slut is just the kind of thing I would do back in the day.

1:26 PM  
Blogger alberto mielgo said...

God! How many canvases do you have?
Great painting as usuall. Iove to check your art

3:17 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

He Alberto,
I'm committed to paint, just need to find committed buyers.

5:54 PM  
Blogger Jesse Oliver said...

Hi Bill Wray

This is the first time I have seen your blog. Your paintings on your blog are cool looking. Some of them reminde me of B G paintings from the 1940's WB cartoons. I love the work you did for Ren & Stimpy. I asked you this question on John K's blog but here it is again. What are you doing these days?


10:21 PM  
Blogger william wray said...


Mostly the stuff you see on this blog, but I supplement with commissions, freelance character design or background painting and have a iron or two in the animation development fire.

11:20 PM  

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