Sunday, October 22, 2006

Peck Pit Junkyard

This is about a abstract as I get at the moment. This is a spot that basically the intersection of Temple city, El Monte and Irwindale off Live Oak Road. Not a lot of live oaks on Live Oak, just industrial places and the occasional palm tree. I found this next to this huge Gavel pit lake where some one rents out fenced off sections of junk areas where the junkyard type store old cars, run little hauling/ construction/ demo business... Basically a place to park you excavator if your a freelancer. I wasn't supposed to be there but most folks let me be as they were probable illegal types in some way. Funny how reduced small it looks pretty real. The original is loose a melted Goose.

This is 10 x20 oil on an ancient "Blue Boy" Canvas board. My Dad was a painter for fun and old bought the cheapest of supplies, so knowing him it was old when he bought it. Anyone remember this brand?


Blogger chia said...

Wow! only you can goto a junkyard and come back with gold!
I really want to see the full size version of this, because like you said, at this reduced size it looks very real. I want to see how the abstraction comes together like that so well!
I love the composition as well.

12:35 AM  
Blogger Clive said...

Beauty. Lots of great paintings on the posts lately. Thanks for the process shots down below, very interesting to someone who doesn't paint oil but would like to, has me drooling. The anecdotes are very enjoyable too, the thousand year old man a fascinating relic. I've heard the california sun can act as a preservative.

8:35 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

Sometimes I teach myself a lesson. You really can't get to loose if the design and lighting is right, so get sloppy with the brush.

11:48 AM  
Blogger June Parrish Cookson said...

Wow Wowie William! You impress me everytime I visit. Have you a published book? If not, it's truly regretful. Although I would love to see your work in person, the next best thing would be a book.

6:47 PM  
Blogger Ryan Wood said...

I love the looseness with all of the color variations, impressive!

8:59 PM  
Blogger BoneDaddy said...

I like the storm clouds coming (at least they look to me like storm clouds)

11:21 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Hey Clive,

Since you can already paint oil won't be that hard for you. Consider my workshop, I can get you going. And yes, the California sun preserves Raisins very well.

12:04 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Absolutely beautiful William.

2:33 AM  
Blogger Dominic Bugatto said...

Love the drama.

6:55 AM  
Blogger Miles Thompson said...


10:00 AM  
Blogger tonypetersart said...

Painting looks great, nice comp.

You should save some of those vintage painting panels. You could do some "vintage" paintings and say they're from some amazing 1960's plein-air artist... except there WERE no amazing 1960's plein-air artists.

12:08 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

No book yet June, I was things about self- publishing a small one. but It's a matter of getting the money together. Anytime a painting really hits you and you want a bigger scan, just drop me a note and I'll send you a big copy.

12:55 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Hey Ryan,

I'm trying hard to keep it interesting. Learning to the point of getting pretty good is very hard, then there is the glory time where you painting and not hating want your doing for the first time, then you realize OK your doing alright but how do you get really better, keep it fresh and you have to buckle down even more, but the steps are less dramatic.

1:00 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

He BG,
Strom clouds they were, but they only pissed a trickle, lovely day though.

1:01 PM  
Blogger Urban Barbarian said...

Scary Good! Are you considering painting anything of the buildings in downtown LA before all the new construction erases the urban decay?

I'd love to see that. Do it for me.

do it for you.

Just do it.

2:31 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thank you Stef!

3:38 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

domomic! Thanks, I love drama too.

6:31 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Miles--

10:33 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

accually there were many of them, Bert Proctor for one... but point taken.

10:35 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Dan I will do it for you! Thaks for the comission. It's a smart investment.

10:36 PM  
Blogger Jimmy said...

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10:08 PM  

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