Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Stairway to Heaven

A corner of the same parking lot at Traget from my last post. 19x24
I was going to call it (She's Buying a) Stairway to Heaven, but couldn't bring myself to be THAT cheesy.

Please note a least one inch all the way around the painting edge was cropped due to scanning.


Blogger BoneDaddy said...

Haha, yeah, that would elicit some e-groans, wouldn't it? Seriously, though, I really like this one. It's got som kind of "redemption" feel to it, like if you can make to that stairway alive, you gain access to all the treasures above and behold the heavenly throng & angelic choir and such. Or what have you.
Personally I kind of like to look at the bottom area more.

3:46 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

The atmosphere in this is great. The colors that make up the light up that stairway are great. Truely inspirational Bill.

7:11 AM  
Blogger Leslie Sealey said...

This one is disturbing (in a good way). I thought the shopping carts were chairs at first; it was like looking into someone's extremely industrial living space.

9:32 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

BG I'm a grim and gritty guy myself, but I like pretty too... the most intresting I hope is to combine them just right.

10:46 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

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10:51 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

Thanks Tim,

Thats what I was going for... ;-)

10:54 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

Hey Leslie,

Thatks I think part of the visual problme in "seeing" the carts is I cropped the painting by an inch all the way around to be able to scan it in two peices.

10:56 AM  
Blogger Mitch said...

Were the carts actually positioned as such when you arrived?

That'd be strange.

There's something oddly remniscent of fertilization here. Both salmon and sperm. Struggles upstream and all.

I do say, I like it very much.

9:26 PM  
Blogger Mike Manley said...

This is like a haunted painting...it even looks like you can see somebody on the stairs due to the texture of the paint, like your mind wants to create a being there of some sort. Not as scary or demanding as Night Bus, but still very evocative.

I think the storyteller in you comes out most in this one.

9:37 PM  
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9:50 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Mitch, the carts may look posed, (they are not) but that's what caught my eye and made me see the possibilities for a painting. They are a great eye leading device.

9:52 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Thinks Mike I love it when artists take the time to really look at a painting and make thoughfull comments.

11:30 PM  
Blogger Urban Barbarian said...

What I find interesting is that exiting this parking lot really looks appealing. It could almost be a secret lair of evil beneath a serene setting on a summer day.
I'm sure this one will generate all sorts of bizarre feelings from the folks that take a "gander"!

7:31 AM  
Blogger Ryan Evans said...

You have managed to capture a real feeling of mood in this one wow! Very atmospheric and good title...


8:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am very much wanting to hurry up those stairs and into the light. Again, something quite spiritual about your latest work. I will never look at that parking lot in the same way, ever again.

10:53 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

Dan, It's all part of Target's evil plan...

11:38 AM  
Blogger william wray said...


What I find intresting is I don't know who it for... the store is in the other direction...

11:42 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

thatks Ryan and welcome to the BLOG-- You will be ONE with it.

11:43 AM  
Blogger Drazen said...

ooboy nice work
haven't commented in a while
Beautiful stuff

10:14 PM  
Blogger Shawn Dickinson said...

Not only are your paintings great, but you're also the king of finding great photo opprotunities!

This is beautiful!
Your paintings keep getting better!

11:06 PM  
Blogger Chloe Cumming said...

I really like looking at your stuff.

Nicey nice nice.

John K told me to paint more like you.

4:04 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Draz, we missed you.

5:51 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Thanks Shawn, Sometimes I think I like looking for photo's more than anyting else...

5:52 PM  
Blogger william wray said...


I think John means my cartoon stuff. ;-) He dosen't see the point of the fine art, his world is Cartoons. Not that there is anything wrong with that.

5:54 PM  
Blogger Ryan Khatam said...

Wow, another good one! I really like dirty looking city subject matter.. A LOT. I hope you do more like this.

Would you be able to find a super seedy (and scary looking) alley to paint?

7:59 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Hey Ryan, I've done alleys in my time, but there are always more to do. What on my easel right now is a huge painting of Halliburton's grain silo along highway 99 outside of Bakersfield..

8:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A very atmospheric painting! I love the way the light touches the stairs and the banisters, and the colour of the light itself. Look forward in seeing what you come up with next!

11:50 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Alex, I wish you luck with your WW 2 obsession.

12:35 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

This reminded me of an image from 911 after the towers fell. In that image the air was thick with floating particles, and the steps & ground were covered with the crushed white debris.

7:18 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Thanks Mr. Kull,
There is almost no way to comment about the 9 /11 context with some controversy, but I'll take your comment as a positive one. Thanks for coming down to earth to comment to a human ;-)

7:56 PM  

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