Saturday, December 01, 2007

Santa Anita Village

Santa Anita Village is a condemned trailer park on Lower Azuza on the western edge of El Monte. It was supposed to be leveled this year, but as these things drag out sometimes. I’ve done at lest 5 paintings based on the old trailers there. The unique thing about is half the trailers are gone, so there is room to see some standing alone.
When ever I’m taking pictures there is always a busy-body old lady type with nothing to do, but cash a social secrurity check and gossip who starts to follow me around as I’m a subject of interest to the paranoid. To help them keep busy, I often let them follow me, then double back behind them then back around again until they “get it” and give up. Sometimes I explain what I’m doing, but they usually back away nodding and muttering when I rhapsodize about fifties design of trailers. Dudes get it more often as they can relate my talk to old car deign or they’re too lonely and high to judge anyone. Bit of glare on this scan, lots of subtley lost adjusting the values, sorry about that. for some reason the iomge isn't opening, but downloading when you clik on it, I don't know why.
24x 16 oil on wood

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Blogger PleinEric said...

Man Bill...

I really like where you pushed the color to in this one. A very stong piece!

take care.

7:22 PM  
Blogger A Reason to Paint said...

What fun! Do you ever consider incorporating some of these characters into your work?
Another fascinating painting.

8:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great lighting, very nice!

4:11 AM  
Blogger Dean H. said...

Nice comp....division of space. Really drawn to the sky colors. Tried to click on image for larger's ot working.


4:55 AM  
Blogger Jesse said...

All your stories about the crazy people you meet doing your art are kind of amazing.

I'm also curious to see what detail in this painting disappeared in the scanning...

5:28 AM  
Blogger Ed Terpening said...

I wonder how you paint this size at what is clearly very late afternoon late. The effect didn't last long right? I image you layed in the drawing design, then worked it up? Beautiful work.

10:43 AM  
Blogger Francis Vallejo said...

great update, im really liking what you are doing with color!

11:15 AM  
Blogger Steven Vandervate said...

Beautiful, as always, Bill.

The issue with the picture downloading is a new (like yesterday) bug in the Blogger software, and seems to be universal. You can find the solution - which involves matching the locoations of the thumbnail and full size image in the code - here:

3:49 PM  
Blogger TJ said...

Love that billboard and the orange bits in the sky.... another beauty.

8:20 PM  
Blogger Michael Dooney said...

NIce, I've noticed that you mention taking photos in several of these posts...just curious, when you paint from photos, are you using slides or digital or what?

12:27 PM  
Blogger Joe Karg said...

Holy cow William. I can only visit your blog like once every two weeks now because of the impact your pieces are having on me. It's like looking into the sun.


6:43 PM  
Blogger Ambera said...

Gorgeous, the underpainting sienna colour coming through in the sky really makes it move. Lovely.

5:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your paintings are full of life! I am looking for the best 50th anniversary gifts for mom-dad. My sisters persist they wanna turn a photo into a painting. My sister got proposed by her boyfriend with a ring and a great painting by these guys. Comments?

4:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seems like a 50's palette... very nice William

10:44 AM  
Blogger Mike Manley said...

Another nice piece Bill. It's been great to see your growth as a painter in just the last 2 years.

That's inspiration.

8:39 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Thanks Eric!

6:43 PM  
Blogger william wray said...


I would do characters from the places I paint, but often they spot me before I can capture them in an unguarded moment. I don't what to do posed figures or make them up.

6:58 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks thor!

6:58 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Sorry about that Dean, but it should have downloaded it for you, you might find it on your desktop.

6:59 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Jessie, it's mosty a seperation of tones, something you won't see in person.

7:00 PM  
Blogger SEILER said...


6:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello William,
First, just a few words to say you that I like very much your works and the subjects you choose for painting.
Second, concerning the photo that you cannot enlarge.
I resolved the same problem for me in modifying the HTML code of the message. You must have the same codes for the photo.
For myself the last code before the name of the picture (on the first sentence is always s1600-h and in the second sentence s320. The codes before these numbers must be the same. If it is not I copied the second code to replace the first. When it is not running for me I checked and changed the codes and after it was ok.
Try to check. Sorry I do not know if you can understand me. I beleive it is not written in good english.

9:54 AM  
Blogger Clive said...

Three superb new recent pieces. Enjoyed the visit as usual.

3:04 PM  
Blogger Bob Fingerman said...

Beautiful, as always these days.

As for the download/image opening thing, try editing the post and re-insert the image. The same thing happened to me and then I was able to fix it. I thing Blogger/Blogspot was having a technical issue that's been resolved (famous last words).

2:37 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Ed I do a lot of studio paintings! Usually the big ones.

3:47 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thatnks Francis-- Your work continues to blossom!

7:38 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Thanks Van It's seems to be OK now. So often the best thing to do is to do nothing

7:39 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks TJ!

9:09 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Michael-- Your painting is looking great, cute girls well patinted. How can you go wrong? I usually work from a digital print out. I have to get around to moving my computer near my set up, so I can save on ink.

9:14 PM  

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