Sunday, January 07, 2007

Excvavator Warm

9x12 oil on STLB

This is a local demolition of a Fuddruckers at the corner of Mitchilinda and Foothill in Pasadena, not all buildings being torn down makes me sad. this one makes me happy. ;-)
It actually was a dull day so I made up the colors out of my head and highly stylized the background. Actually pretty much everything in this one is faked.


Blogger Jeanie LeCompte said...

I see the blight! There's something beyond Thomas Kinkaid's sugary sentimentality that appeals to many of us.

7:37 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

I never liked TK until I heard about him reliving himself at a Disney signing on a Snow White Statue. The rumor that he frightened the tiger that mauled Roy is my favorite of all time.

7:40 PM  
Blogger Don Shank said...

love it!

8:38 PM  
Blogger BoneDaddy said...

Great complements, and "made up" atmosphere turned out nice.
I guess I never minded the sentimenality in Kinkaid's stuff (though it sometimes felt manufactured), but then again, I like the Coca-Cola Santa, too.

9:47 PM  
Blogger William K. Moore said...

T-REX feasting on earth. Creates a very cool aggressive feel for me.

11:01 PM  
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11:02 PM  
Blogger glamaFez said...


My mom got food poisoning at Fuddruckers, so your painting has extra significance for me. The excavator looks like its jaws are dripping with the ground beef they use in their burgers.

7:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is about time for that one. Yet... was that part faked too?

8:34 AM  
Blogger Urban Barbarian said...

Hate to see a Fuddruckers go, cuz I love those burgers, but if it paves the way for William Wray then I'm all for it.

Love the perspective of the shovel arm. Menacing!

9:02 AM  
Blogger Leslie Sealey said...

If this is faking it, then keep on, my bruthah! It has a sense of motion to it that I like.

9:16 AM  
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11:02 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Don!

11:55 AM  
Blogger Jesse said...

I ate at fudruckers once. I think I had chicken.

That painting is nice. You fake things well.

1:56 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

BG I love the Coke Santa, the main guy who painted him was great, trying his best. Rockwell and JCL were commercial artists, but tried hard to be the best. Where as TK is a (possibly) great artist pandering carp and working at 20% of his technical powers. He can't get any richer, now is the time to start doing some good work.

3:57 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

WK you are so male. I love you man.

3:57 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Glam-- Excuse me for the LOL!! One time was eonugh for me. I lucked out and didn't get sick.

3:59 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Robin-- ??

3:59 PM  
Blogger Mike Thompson said...

Super lovely. Glad I found your blog.

4:59 PM  
Blogger Chris Ousley said...

I have always wanted to drive heavy backhoes and bulldozers like this! Those guys have it made. I missed my calling and became an artist instead. Add maple syrup to you medium and you be like TK and make millions.
Haddon Sundblum did some awesome work along with his Coke Santa. I remember going to an exhibit with all the old Cream of Wheat illustrations.
Will, you are getting me inspired to paint some heavy equipment and trains.
They will probably put a Walgreen's there.

7:00 PM  
Blogger Jennifer McChristian said...

The design and composition on this one is fantastic. You've made this unusual subject alive with beautiful color harmony, juicy texture and sensuous atmosphere.

12:32 AM  
Blogger Cooper Dragonette said...

William, Great, great, great. I always love your choice of subject matter. I'm working on a larger version of my tug painting I'll send along when I get closer to the end--always amazing how much changes from one to the other (the original is horrible now that I have something to compare it too!)

7:38 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Dan-- You love their burgers? Shiver... As far as the menacing shovel arm, I never got over those Kirby stories.

11:50 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Leslie,

Will do. I'm doing it more and more and I think it's helping me find myself/ style.

11:59 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Jessie I ate there to , I think I had crap and need to take one pretty quicky after.

12:00 AM  
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10:38 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

Thanks Mike, I'm gald to, I like regular posters.

10:51 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

Hey C.

Got it made? well it's better than digging holes by hand that's for sure. CVS is going there, why I don't know as there is a crappy Rite -Aid near by. Drugs make so much money they seem to flourish despite Target and wall mart. It must not be to make money as much as it's designed to destroy competition. I wonder once CVS drives out Rite Aid if they will close and we will have to use the big box stores. Who owns them? I miss Save- On.

10:59 AM  
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3:16 PM  
Blogger Chris Ousley said...

I guess as a kid I enjoyed my time in the sand box with my tonkas too much! I was watching a guy with a wrecking ball once several years ago. He had this big smile on his face swinging that ball with his crane.

3:36 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Thanks Jen you swing some mean adjectives. Right back at you. ;-)

10:21 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

Hey Cooper,
I have tough time getting the freshness of the little ones translated to the bigger, I wish you luck.

10:23 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Neil!

10:23 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

Hey C,

Aren't all men happy swinging the bals from their crane?

10:26 AM  
Blogger Chris Ousley said...

I knew there would be a comment like that! ;-)

2:21 PM  
Blogger murrayb said...

wow I love the colours you used, and more importantly the colours you put them beside. I guess sometimes your brain is better than real life.

8:39 PM  
Blogger aw said...

Great color and balance. Love this one...

1:50 PM  

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