Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Urban Art Show!

Towalwmie 2 8x10 oil on linen.

Practice Building, Fresno 6x8 oil on linen

Towalwmie 9x12 oil on linen. A Corvair parked behind a trailer near the house I was staying in in Towalwmie. Looked like it had not been moved be moved in 20 years.It was blue at one time, but bleached almost white from the sun.

Hidden9x12oil on linen-- behind and abandoned grain silo in Bakersfield.

Sheep Ranch Road 6x8 oil on linen

Sunset Train 8x10 oil on linen

Keep returning to this post I'm going to put up new paintings for the show almost every day on this same thread.
Yes I am going be in an urban group show at:
The Vault Gallery of Fine Art
42 South Washington Street Sonora,
California 95370
on September 1st thru 28th
with a reception on September 9th at 6 to 9 pm.
see link to gallery-------------------------->>>>>>>>>>>>>>

I will have 20 paintings in the show including this one.8x10 oil. 20 paintings is almost a solo show so if you like my work this would be the one to come to. I don't have another big show on the roster until October of 2007 and the prices are really reasonable. This is another view of the expressionest train.

Admittatedly, It is haul other to Sonora, but it is a great gallery (huge) it is literally an old bank with vault door still intact. The town itself is a cute tourist country town, so if you come out I would make a day or weekend of it. The Rattlesnake grille is not to be missed, lakes and Yosemite are fairly close with plenty of tourist stuff to do or creepy old hamlets to explore. I am amazed that I am in the same show as Ray Roberts. The show will be a mix of recent paintings I have posted and a bunch of new paintings of the area of Tuolumne County, Fresno and Bakersfield represented. If you drop me an E- mail I will send you both my and Ray Roberts show cards. Oh and here is another great Ray Roberts painting.


Blogger Bill Alger said...

But what about the people who live too far away to see your urban art show?!?

I think it should tour the country (world?) to give everybody a chance to view it...

8:33 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

I guess I could do a bolg with most of it. But all you really have to do is look back though the blog entries...

8:40 PM  
Blogger rick reese said...

Holy Crap you have a blog! I'm such a fan, love your work, I'm so impressed with plein air work its really inspiring to see the range in your work. As you were.

10:30 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Rick-- I'm gald the militarty has not closed your mind.

10:36 PM  
Blogger Dominic Bugatto said...

Really nice pieces.

Real 'moments in time' quality to them.

6:22 AM  
Blogger John Haynes said...

Hi Bill,

I recently discovered your site surfing painting blogs and I really love your work. It's really nice to see fresh treatments of these kind of subjects, especially plein air.

Best of luck with the show!

7:34 AM  
Blogger Clive said...

Haven't been browsing for weeks. Great to swing by and see new work. Best of luck with the show; new peices, like this train at dusk, are great additions to your body of work.

8:09 AM  
Blogger Karen Jacobs said...

I don't know more than a few glances at this 'Ray Roberts' guy you seem so impressed by... but from my take, you've got no competition there. It's so refreshingly earthy to see plein air portraying something other than trees, hills and streams!

9:49 AM  
Blogger Justin Clayton said...

I really wish I could go to your show to see these paintings. Perhaps you could have a tea party here in SoCal and we could all come over before you head out to Sonora. I'll bring the crumpets!

11:00 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Dominic, I am happy to take moments in time. ;-)

11:26 AM  
Blogger glamaFez said...

Another fine one Bill.

The power line tower in the back is just sort of scratched in with a few purple lines, but I can almost feel the presence of high voltage coming from it. Have I had too much coffee? No. Those few scratchy lines are right where they should be.

12:05 PM  
Blogger Casey Jones said...

I wish I lived closer so I could see this show. If I ever make time to start painting more regularly.... your art will be a big reason why.

12:48 PM  
Blogger Howard Shum said...

Good luck, Bill! Have a good show!

1:31 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

You are my hero, now where's my five bucks?

All kidding aside, I hope you do really well at the show. I always love your work; I check in weekly and study.

1:35 PM  
Blogger Mike Manley said...

very nice and moody Bill. Another strong composition! Good luck with the show, too bad I live too far to attend.

1:50 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks John your doing some nice work yourself.

6:00 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Thanks Cilve. And I know you get it from your own work;-)

6:02 PM  
Blogger Jeffrey Hayes said...

Another great train.

8:24 PM  
Blogger Miles Thompson said...

fan fucking tastic dude - gone to SD for the weekend to surf - want to sit in on a private sitting next week? awesome? you could drop off and pick up your bling bud! possible wednesday sitting in the mix - then to B&J for another 3 hours?

i hear there is going to be a Griffin show in Laguna!

10:56 PM  
Blogger Rich Faber said...


The lighting on the roof of the barn in the first one is gorgeous! Your sense of color and light is incredible. I've learned so much about color theory and color harmony just by looking at your paintings.

Good luck with the show. I wish I could be there!


6:29 AM  
Blogger LPederson said...

The railroad painting is a favorite, for much the same reason as your "woodchopper"painting earlier.Massive forms set against twilight have an epic quality to them.
It's always a pleasure to visit your site.

8:05 AM  
Blogger BoneDaddy said...

Love that big black car!

7:16 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

KJ You don't like has car painting?

He does a little urban painting, but mostly western oriented. That's his bread and butter, I still admire artists for their ability, not just the subject matter.

8:32 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Justin, Sorry but all the paintings have left the building. Maybe we could rent a van to the show?

8:34 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Hey Glam, It's funny, but I was worried the lines were to sloppy, but it seems the sloppier the better.

8:36 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Casey, I put a few things in the mail for you tonight.

8:37 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thatks Howrd,

Keeep fighting Hollywood!

8:38 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Hey Mike P. Your the best golf artist ever. Now were even.

8:39 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Mr. Manley,

We will pour a drink on the floor for you.

8:43 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Jeff. I never tire of them... yet.

8:44 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Miles-- let me know. I just shipped my show so I have a little more time.

1:57 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

Hey Rich, the light on the roof is mostly the underpating of and old half snaded painting showing thru. I was lucky that the texture of the old painting worked.

1:59 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

Hey LP-- Nice of you to say... did you know your blog link is dead?

2:03 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

BG me too!

2:03 AM  
Blogger tonypetersart said...

Looks like you're getting alot done, lookin' good. Good luck with your show.

I can appreciate the difficulty of putting a car into a painting. They almost never look right. Yet your "Carport" painting from a couple months ago had a nice stylized and painterly quality. It really hits. Strength in numbers... keep painting em'. I liked yours even better than Ray's.

12:23 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

I really enjoy cars, I find them easy to do campaired to people.

1:04 AM  
Blogger Urban Barbarian said...

You're really coming into your own. Warp speed ahead Captain! These are terrific. Particulary the compositions. The angles really turn these settings into dramatic scenes.

Damn you.

5:48 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Dan much creative love back!!

4:39 PM  
Blogger glamaFez said...

Love that Corvair!!!

Reminds me of the time I saw a pigsty outside of Wichita, which had a junked Sunbeam Tiger parked right in the middle of it for several years.

9:51 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

The sky in the that practice building, fresno, just smacked me hard in the chops. Nice.

9:57 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

Hey Glam,
Now that is a way to pretty up a pigsty. the question to ponder is did they drive it in there or build the pigsty around it?

11:56 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

Happy to goob smack you anytime.

11:56 AM  
Blogger Leslie Sealey said...

Your paintings are amazing! I check in every day to see what you're doing. Thanks so much for your help and encouragement with my own blog, I appreciate it!

12:39 PM  
Blogger chia said...

i just recieved the postcard for the show today, it looks like it's going to be quite the event. If it had started a week ago, I probably could have made it by since it was on my way home from my trip. but as of right now I don't know if I can fit any 355 mile trips in.

12:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well for some reason Bloglines hasn't indicated any new posts from you in a coon's age .... but I see that you have loads of great stuff here!!!

Love your 'urban art show' paintings .... I must do a link to say so! They are just terrific.

12:25 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Leslie, thanks so much remember to post on other s blogs if you take an intrest in they they usuaaly retun the favor.

12:13 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

Eric, I can't balme you, it's a haul. Lucky for me i get referance on the way and back.

12:14 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

Thanks Lesly,

I don't even know what bloglines is maybe I'm not doing someting I'm sopposed to do...

12:16 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

OK, so now I actually took the time to look at these. ;-) "Sunset Train" totally rocks! One of my favorites.

4:07 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Mike mine too, tuff to put it up for sale.

7:49 PM  
Blogger Michael Pieczonka said...

Bill.. a few great ones here. I didn't see Hidden and Sunset Train on Wetcanvas... BTW.. how many times do you show a year usually?

9:19 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Michael, Yeah I may put up them up later... As far as how often do I show... I just started in galleries so I'm not at the point of knowing... ;-) I think this will my last large group for the year.

12:31 PM  
Blogger Andrew Glazebrook said...

Incredibly fabulous work !! 12 out of 10 is my score ! :)

4:58 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

That's a good score.

8:25 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Wow. I just discovered you via Lines and Colors. I love your work! I am a native Californian and I've never seen better representations of our state. Love all of them! I'll try emailing you to get your show card. Do you maintain a virtual gallery?

11:19 AM  

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