Saturday, October 14, 2006

Prop Storage and Horse Trailer

Now that I've recovered from the SLO thing (and writing about it,) here are a few PA's I did before I left. I've been panting pretty steady since I got back, but those paintings still have to dry. No stories to tell on these, they are both done in a little equestrian area just off Los Feliz near Chevy Chase. both are 9x12 oil on linenboard. I usually work small in PA , but was warming up for the SLO deal.


Blogger Nicole and Adam said...

Ya that trailer looks great. I really get a lot of warmth from this painting. Looking really nice. Do you ever sell your work online?

1:37 AM  
Blogger Jesse said...

Good stuff. THe horse trailer brings back memories of stables as a kid.

2:13 AM  
Blogger Dean H. said...

Really like both paintings. Great division of darks versus light. Also admire to tonal range.


6:51 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

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10:40 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Quin,

You can buy any painting from me if it hasen't gone out to a gallery.

10:41 AM  
Blogger william wray said...


They have there own little world, kind of like clowns and Gypsies. Restricted membership.

10:43 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

Thanks Dean,

Two things I'm working on to improve.

10:47 AM  
Blogger Shawn Dickinson said...

Looks nice! I love the contrasting colors in the second painting. The yellow lighting against the blue and purple shadows is great. I love your lighting in most of your paintings.

3:56 PM  
Blogger VH McKenzie said...

I've been enjoying your landscapes -- not just for your way with paint, but with your subject matter. So interesting, and unexpected. After all, it's not just how we paint, but what we paint. I enjoy your work very much, william.

5:37 PM  
Blogger r. chunn said...

I really like the one on top, William. Just the right notes of color and value.

6:50 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Hey Shawn,

Light is one of the most important things in a painting to me. Even when I'm trying to go more abstract, I like the light to be strong.

6:51 PM  
Blogger william wray said...


I think it's both, but your right the subject in itself is not enough to be interesting for me. A horse trailer isn't that interesting, but solving a graphic problem with composition is... the shapes of the shadows leading us into the painting, the dumpsters pointing to the trailer and the stable behind form a kind of "s" shape the eye likes to follow. Everyone like strong sunlight and shadows and if you happen to like horses it can have a added touch of nostalgia for you.

7:13 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Thanks R. C.

That one accually made it to the living room wall.

11:21 PM  
Blogger BoneDaddy said...

I agree totally about lighting. I usually go for drastic changes in light/shadow myself (though lately I've been hitting midtones like friggin crazy).
Were these done in morning or afternoon?

11:41 PM  
Blogger BoneDaddy said...

Oh yeah, two more things--I like the detail of the broken windows, and what the hell is that red thing in the corner of the first one by the trees?

11:44 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

BG-- Morning on the first, afternoon on the second.

that red blob is a roughed in flatbed that I ran out of room to define.

11:52 PM  
Blogger Brian said...

These are super sweet. the sense of light, place and mood come across very well.

5:46 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Brian,

You have a pretty good sense of light yourself.

8:59 AM  
Blogger Louis Boileau said...

Love your work.

9:45 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

Thanks Louis,

Your doing some nice work too.

11:35 AM  
Blogger Miles Thompson said...

nice man - very nice

12:35 PM  
Blogger Mike Thompson said...

Lovely use of color. Great job.

1:37 PM  
Blogger tonypetersart said...

I like the variety of browns on the top one, and that foreground shadow on the bottom one really pulls the viewer in.

9:44 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Miles , I was to tired to make the trip , but will one day.

10:00 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Hey Tony,

I'm impressed you found time to visit despite hanging your show today-- good luck to you and Aaron next Saturday.

10:02 PM  

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