Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Train, Norwalk

16x20 oil on linen

On one of our bike trips thru some of Norwalk’s industrial back alleys, we came across this group of pullers just quitting for the night. The engineer jumped down and drove off in a nearby car and I walked around it while the last of the sun faded out. My hair on end a little from all the electricity pops and escaping gasses coming from it. We hadn’t seen much that was interesting that day so it was a nice last minute treat.This is one I sent into the Greenhouse Gallery contest, lets hope they accept it.


Blogger BoneDaddy said...

I love the bleakness contrasted with the little oranges and purples.
I also like how the building next to the train fades right into the sky.

7:25 PM  
Blogger Drake Brodahl (pumml) said...

This one has beautiful grit and mood to it. The foreground especially has a nice looseness.

8:14 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Nice gritty train and surrounding scenery. Bravo!

5:44 AM  
Blogger Ambera said...

I love it. Dark and smoldering, how could they not accept it?

11:22 AM  
Blogger Kent B said...

Hey, Bill, you talented guy!

I ran into Jim G a couple weeks ago @ Carter Sexton & now I lost his email. Wanted to send him a copy of my DVD.

can you email me or ask Jim to email again & I promise not to lose it this time!


11:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very nice, they MUST accept it! ;)

2:15 PM  
Blogger Joe Karg said...

Wow Bill. It gives me the chills.


10:42 AM  
Blogger Barbara Pask said...

Love the glow I see in the background. Very interesting painting.

5:55 PM  
Blogger rob ijbema said...

like this a lot bill
such power in both subject and strokes!

thanks for the Timothy Horn link!

5:35 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks BG-- this was a kill the color one.

11:36 PM  
Blogger A Reason to Paint said...

I love this; a moody story teller!

3:09 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

Pummi -- Yeah I went nuts with the knife.

12:54 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Thanks John, Keep on Travelin'!

5:51 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

ambera-- I think they will, but who knows they seem to like pretty, realistic work.

8:10 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Kent-- Done off line.

8:11 PM  
Blogger tonypetersart said...

Who'd have thought that Norwalk could ever look so good.

10:10 PM  
Blogger Danny Griego said...

It's a beautiful painting William. I really hope it makes it in the show, no doubt it would stand out.

9:01 PM  
Blogger bvpainter said...

This is great. So many paintings of trains are more concerned with getting all the detail right and lack atmosphere, but this one really captures the atmosphere of a working railroad

5:26 AM  
Blogger Liza Hirst said...

Hi William
Most of all I want to tell you how much I enjoy your work. Secondly I'm afraid to say You've been tagged! (see my blog for the rules)
Looking forward to your answers.
I wish you lots of fun and all the best for 2008!!!

8:39 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Thor, I'll tell them!

8:32 PM  
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8:33 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Barb!

8:34 PM  
Blogger Jesse said...

I think it is interesting how the vast majority of the detail is contained in the upper right hand corner of the painting, and the rest of the piece nearly turns into pure abstraction.

Or in simpler terms, jolly good painting.

11:32 AM  
Blogger Clive said...

All stunning, and you're keeping them coming. It was no surprise to see that your drawing is superb, but the skeches from the class were still a pleasant surprise. What a great medium charcoal is.

2:33 PM  
Blogger Deborah Paris said...

really like the play of transparent and opaque passages.

7:58 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Rob!

8:17 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks ARP! I like a story.

6:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow!! very good!!

10:09 AM  

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