Sunday, March 15, 2009




9x12 oil on linen

Here is a truck loaded with Rebar parked next to a bunch of boxcars on the Lincoln Heights side of the LA River. The reference was over exposed and I played that up in the painting. I’m not sure how often they move the train cars in and out, they have a look of temporary storage gone long term. I've ben remiss on answering notes and visiting fellow blogers. That's going to change as I'm not going to spend any more time at a certain art website.

a new feature-

Artists I like this week:

Ann Gale


Blogger Mark Bridges said...

You really got a good strong contrast in this on. It reads great, too blinded to see under the truck.

7:16 PM  
Blogger Ed Terpening said...

Love Ann Gale's work. Almost bought one years ago. She showed at Hacket-Freeman Gallery here in San Francisco, which just last week announced it was closing.

Her work is so identifiable, unique, contemporary.

10:53 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I like looking at your pictures, but I wonder why I never comment here! How did you teacher yourself this!

11:05 PM  
Blogger Billy Guffey said...

The rebar reads perfectly, Bill. Identifiable at first glance.

I hadn't seen Gale's work before. Thanks.

4:17 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I 've been lurking around awhile and I just thought I'd drop a note saying how much I enjoy seeing your work. Especially a post where you were painting with Ray Roberts.

8:32 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Mark nice to hear from you. I try and find any way I can to mass areas together shadows work the best, blown out light of course.

8:49 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

Hey Ed, I discovered her by accident visiting H/F. What a revelation. Couldn't afford her at that point. I think most artists are overwhelemd and what to almost be her. She has her copiers already.

8:51 AM  
Blogger William K. Moore said...

I'm sure WC will miss you Will. Excellent painting and brings back fond memories of stomping the L.A. dirty beauty venues. Stock markets up over the past few days.. hope that filters into the arts and pockets of artists.

9:40 AM  
Blogger Patrice said...

Wow.. great work.. I'll look her up.

Love the small landscape above, too. Ain't paint great!!?

11:03 AM  
Blogger tonypetersart said...

Looks cool, dude. The shadows on that truck are beautiful, I like the simplification.

Those Ann Gale paintings are great, very gratifying to see in person.

4:27 PM  
Blogger Sherm said...

Love the texture on the rebar, and I'm in love with the unlikely colors of the sky. Super beautiful.

4:49 PM  
Blogger Jesse said...

As always, fantastic visceral work.

Also, I like the idea of sharing artists.

6:44 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Niki-- Practice, practice, practice. and living life- glad you decided to comment.

9:28 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Bill!

9:30 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Frank more about Ray Roberts very soon.

9:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You have captured so well that overexposed glowering light so typical of SoCal, besides placing your viewer close enough to smell and taste the tang of lubricating oil on the rebar as it heats in the sun: visceral effect. I like--strong--reads well.

10:54 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

Hey Wk-- I sold a painting today so perhaps you are correct!

9:41 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Pat it is if only on the weekends right now...

9:53 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Tony-- getting excited about NY!!!

9:54 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Sherm. blue skies are out the window for me.

9:59 PM  
Blogger Anna Luther said...

Agreement with Sherm! Haven't touched oil in so long. Is it still messy?

12:18 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Jessie , will do.

1:22 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Vicki - you do have a way with observational descriptions!

1:27 PM  
Blogger Bill Sharp said...

I'm a long time admirer of your work and this is a beauty.

7:02 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

yes a- it is.

8:59 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Bill keep painting in your pocket.

9:01 AM  
Blogger Dave 'Diamond' Merritt said...

Hi Bill. A stupid question. Do you use a pallet knife to achieve those lovely clean lines? Great blog.

5:48 PM  
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