Thursday, December 13, 2007

Oil Can, Scraper & Show News

Scraper 5x7 oil on linen
Got looser with this one. This is my paint scraper for my my Palette which is an old window this is sitting on the edge of.

6x8 oil on linen

Hardly ever do the still life, but lately I've gotten interested in them. Here is the first of a couple. This is and old oil can I put on the edge of my Palette which is an old window. Went a bit tighter than I wanted to go, the others got looser.

Show news 2008
I excited to announce that Timothy Horn has agreed to do a show with me at Segil Fine Art in July. Tim's work features a lot of old cars juxtaposed with buildings painted with old school skill, but with a subtle modern edge I admire. I'm especially knocked out by his sense of economy in design, he's smart enough to leave out as much as he can, making his compositional ability a great strength in his simple subjects. While our themes aren't exactly alike, I think we have enough in common to complement each other in a show. His Website is under my links please visit and feel free drop him a note.-------->>>>>>>>>>

Below are three examples of his work.

Abandoned Dream

Bus Stopped

Up against the wall

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Blogger BoneDaddy said...

I like the rusty look of the can. I also like how convincing the metal on that guy's cars are.

4:10 AM  
Blogger Cooper Dragonette said...

Killah. All of these--killah. Knockouts. The auto theme is terrific. Each is well handled and is more than just a car-themed painting.

6:12 AM  
Blogger Sven said...

the cars are great. i like the minimalistic composition of the bottom piece. thanks for sharing

6:37 AM  
Blogger Chris Ousley said...

Tim's great. I sent him some fan mail a couple weeks ago. The light in his work is great.

11:31 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

up against the wall is a BEAUTY!!!

2:01 PM  
Blogger Kim VanDerHoek said...

I think you oil can is well done. For me the loose shadow adds just enough info. without being perfect. Now on to Tim's site...

6:50 PM  
Blogger Joe Karg said...

"Bus Stopped" makes me tense. Like a moment before the moment. I love it.

7:29 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

Tim's work convinced me!

8:59 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Yes Cooper, Tim's good, he's far more than a" car" painter, if you know what I mean.

9:19 PM  
Blogger Jürgen Weiß said...

Your work is great. i think you really have a relation to your subjects of interest and your pictures REALLY deal with your environment.

4:58 AM  
Blogger Michael Dooney said...

Love the rusted can. Rust seems to agree with you! I saw a profile on tv recently of a guy who is documenting old iron bridges before they are gone and I was reminded of your stuff.

7:00 AM  
Blogger Leslie Sealey said...

Wow, you guys are going to have an awesome show! I like your scraper painting; it looks abstract and realistic at the same time.

7:50 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

SK- Vist Tim's site when you can.

6:09 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

C. It's a small world.

6:13 PM  
Blogger Dustin d'Arnault said...

I really dig that bus stop painting. I am glade I stopped by I am a big fan of your stuff.

7:39 PM  
Blogger Sven said...

I did. Wow - there is some great stuff there. What strikes me most, is that he has a very good eye for composition. that's a pretty rare gift (or maybe the result of a lot of work?)

1:46 AM  
Blogger william wray said...


3:20 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Hey Vander- thanks thats the goal... to put just enough in for intrest.

3:23 PM  
Blogger Francis Vallejo said...

best of luck with the show

5:33 PM  
Blogger tonypetersart said...

Those are some nice little gems you painted, they look like they've got a very tactile quality to them.

Good luck with your show whith Tim.

2:53 PM  
Blogger Vince Fazio said...

Hello William,

I really enjoy your back alley plein air blog.

There is a tagging thing that goes on between blogs. ?? and as a result you have been tagged by me and are mentioned on my blog.

A refresh of the rules of engagement: 1. Link to your tagger and post these rules on your blog. 2. Share 5 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird. 3. Tag 5 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs. 4. Let them know they are tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

3:30 PM  

Hi. I was looking for painting blogs on Google and found you by chance. I'm very impressed! Your work reminds me Edward Hopper. It's like you decided to show the anti-climax of a scene and let to the viewer imagine the vacuum, co-creating the piece.
I live in Brazil and have visited USA a couple of times, but I never found what I was looking for, and I think that's the landscapes of your paintings. An America not for tourists.
I have a cabin in a place called Paranapiacaba, it's an old worker village used in the 19th century by the englishmen who builded up the railway connecting the ocean and São Paulo on top of a mountain range. It's a beautiful place, somehow out of time, decadent. Would be a pleasure send you pictures if you are interested.
Well, thanks, congrats and happy holiday.

2:47 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Joe, I'm a paintier of tension.

4:38 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Jurgen-- It's ben a busy few years ! I think I'm finding it!

11:44 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Michael--- Yeah a worthy endevor. Wish I had more time.

11:45 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Leslie, I was hoping!

11:45 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Hey dustin-- thanks and great work on your blog!

11:48 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Slk Ypou will have to ask him. ;-) However he does it, he's good!

11:50 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Francis-- I'll be talking abpout it more--

11:52 PM  
Blogger Kei Acedera said...

Wow those car paintings are gorgeous! really neat art.

10:54 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Tony,
I'm taking your advice and laying it on thick as paste.

1:04 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Hey Vince sorry I don't do the tag thing. No time.

1:05 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Luciano, Sounds intresting, how about you post some of the photo's on your blog?

1:08 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Kei-- thanks for dropping by, enjoyed your bolg, you are a great character designer. Ordered a book too.

1:09 PM  
Blogger Lori Witzel said...

DAMN. I love what you're doing, and the open composition. Suuhhhweeeet.

10:43 AM  
Blogger Lori Witzel said...

Well, foo.

My only excuse for not reading close enough to note these weren't your work is I just had a root canal and I guess the pain medication is working.


10:44 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

Lori-- You can see why I asked Tim to show with me. ;-)

12:18 PM  
Blogger shea holliman said...

Your blog rocks.

11:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another awesome painting, Bill! Such simplicity yet enough to say all it needs to say.

9:54 AM  

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