Sunday, June 11, 2006

Two Tree Stand's

The Eucalyptus stand was done in San Juan Capistrano relaxed with my old friend Mark and the other behind the Autry Museum next to the 5 freeway with my class. The Evergreen stand acts as a screen for the golf course there. I'm so oblivious to the world that I didn't even realize that the noise of the freeway might bother some of my students. A few complained about not being able to concentrate, I feel bad about that, I forget I can zone out anywhere. I did have the paranoid thought that I might get hit by a stray golf ball.


Blogger BoneDaddy said...

The bottom one looks like a perfect example for instruction in perspective.

11:43 PM  
Blogger Jesse said...

I've been totally digging trees lately.

6:49 AM  
Blogger tonypetersart said...

Being able to zone out distractions while painting... they should teach a class on that in art school. It's gotta be one of the key components to get anything done.

These paintings look good, I especially like the clouds.

12:33 PM  
Blogger Clive said...

Next time have your students wear bike helmets and earplugs, as it looks like a great location judging from these beautiful fresh paintings. Also absulutely love all your edgy urban stuff by the way, makes for great compositions that show up your wonderful brushwork.

9:43 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

BG did I pass?

10:22 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Jesse-- Trees are hard.

10:22 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

beautiful paintings!

10:25 PM  
Blogger BoneDaddy said...

Pass? I think, based on a lot fo your works, both nature & urban, that you could teach a class almost entirely on perspective.

1:11 AM  
Blogger Miles Thompson said...


1:43 PM  
Blogger Anita said...

I love the vertical on the second image - drags the viewer down the road. Perfect!


5:58 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Hey Tony,

I can zone out to droning things like cars . Baseball games bug me.

8:57 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Hey Clive,

Yeah I'll toughen them up. But seriously, I do need to be open to their needs . The days of dictatorial teachers are long gone. Especially since they can walk out anytime.

12:09 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Alina

12:10 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

it's all slight of brush. I'm the David Blaine of perspective.

12:11 AM  
Blogger Miles Thompson said...

teachers can only walk out if they decide to show up for class

man i am digging your smacks bill - like a good bowl of cereal first thing in the morning!

9:39 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

AM--It's n ot the first time I've dragged someone down to the road, but that's another story.

11:01 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

Miles- soon I'll be feeding you a healthy lunch. You know empty sugar calories spike your ADD.

11:04 AM  
Blogger Marlo said...

I like your paintings. i mean who doesn't?

I also take note and enjoy of your double persona. i know you are a wacky cartoony type big blown baby style and all.

and then you have this serious fancy shmance stuff here too.

i enjoy both, you see.


8:55 PM  
Blogger Scott Wright said...

Beautiful. Great work

10:59 AM  
Blogger aw said...

Really nice! Second is my fav!

1:04 PM  
Blogger the doodlers said...

Both are cool, but I like the first one of these best for the textures in it. Kudos.

7:33 PM  
Blogger william wray said...


I think you have the potential to be a Super hero yourself. The more you developed all sides of your artistic abilities, the more your main power is strengthened. Would you exercise just one body part?

12:30 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Scott.

12:31 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

AW I like the first, but to each his own.

12:32 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Arna-- I agree. thanks

12:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Haven't been catching up with my Blogroll for a while ... so it was a nice surprise to see these two new works. I love them both ... you seem to make every subject you choose believable without dotting all the "i's". And trees are so, so hard! Thanks for sharing your stuff.

4:09 PM  
Blogger Mitch said...

I agree with the perspective leading me down the road. The composition is really intriguing - but one thing catches me... the space on the back side of the line of trees feels like it's hiding something, and this is enhanced by the fence creating that square... it leads me back there as well. I loves it.

7:50 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Lesley -- Yes trees are really hard. Evergreens being the "easy" ones for me as they are a simple shape.

8:43 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thinks Michil,

Another painter friend went there the next day and was struck by the spot and painted the exact view without knowing what I had done.

8:46 PM  
Blogger Marlo said...

Mr. Wray,

great advice. Time to paint stuff. !

thanks for the super hero comment, it means a lot.


3:26 AM  
Blogger Marlo said...

transgender marlo

10:15 PM  

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