Friday, September 11, 2009


This one came off just a little bit to normal for me, but you can't hit a homerun every time and the blog must be fed. A Coffee shop on Colorado in Pasadena.
12x16 oil on wood

Got lazy and just picked out a grab bag of random artist scans I like


Blogger William K. Moore said...

Has a late afternoon feel for me. The mood perhaps melancholy because of the purple.. but that is a plus and gives this painting a Hopper style ringing in my eyes. The value shifts and complements really pop the shapes in an enjoyable way. No doubt the coffee shop is the main attraction.

8:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, it's a little less abstract than your pieces usually are, but probably necessary to get it to read as Andy's from that angle.

I am especially impressed by the Airstream in the alley painting. The drawing reads very realistic but the application of paint to the canvas is utterly abstract! Wow!

12:23 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

WK well thatnks Wm, but I think it's a frog prince.

12:31 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Thanks V-- thats Randall Sexton if I remember correctly- He's really good.

12:32 PM  
Blogger tonypetersart said...

I photographed Andy's Coffe Shop a few years back, just couldn't find that "something" about it that captured my interest enough to paint it. But considering the subject, you did pretty darn well with it.

I love that Degas pic of the seated woman by the window, I saw it in London at the Courtauld Gallery. They've also got that self-portrait of Van Gogh with the bandaged ear.

2:25 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

I was seduced by the great gold light that's on there often. Perhaps light is not enough.

3:15 PM  
Blogger BoneDaddy said...

You'r being too hard on yourself, dude!
I agree with Bill Moore's official time-of-day assessment, although I don't catch a melancholy vibe, but that's just me. The whole dying sunlight thing does it for me.

5:08 PM  
Blogger sponie said...

Hey, I really enjoy your work. It's always cool to see an artist's take on the everyday images that suround us. I think your painting adds some magic to what we might otherwise miss.

9:36 PM  
Blogger Cafe Pasadena said...

Agree, you caught Andy's in a nothing special moment. I don't really see the gold but I know I've seen it appear many times.

Still, a special coffee shoppe from de 50s.

9:36 PM  
Blogger Patrice said...

Too normal, eh? I can so relate.

It's a very good painting, regardless, perhaps just not as "energetic" as some of your others...

I find the sky particularly wonderful.

9:58 PM  
Blogger Ginger Mayerson said...

You might be too big for this, but I was wondering if you'd consider having two of your paintings on the cover of the next J Bloglandia.

No hard feelings if not. I'll still love your work.

editor AT

10:24 PM  
Blogger Eric Merrell said...

I like it, it shows a grittier side of Pasadena, not the polished face of the city.

8:39 AM  
Blogger Don Coker said...

It's just a little tighter than your usual, Bill, but the Wray flare is there! Good stuff.

5:38 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I think really good artists sometimes push their work to places where they are unhappy with the end result. I always enjoy seeing where you are going with your work.

8:30 AM  
Blogger Vicente Herrero said...

Good artists, all of the first one to the last
You choose always a few very interesting hours to do paint
A picture is an adventure, I think that the final result almost the painter never chooses it.
You do I injure the arm?

10:30 AM  
Blogger joan coch said...

fantasticas obras, me gusta ...

12:23 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

Hey Ginger feel free to use any painting you like.

10:11 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Bg the good news is I like some of the one's coming up.

10:12 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Sponie and nice work yourself!

10:14 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

Cafe your too honest ;-)

No it's true.

10:14 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

Thanks pat to much time spent trying to fix it. the best one come out fairly easy.

10:16 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

Eric-- you're to nice. but I'll make a comeback.

10:17 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Don.

10:17 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

Todd good because I am! ;-)

10:18 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

Vicente! very funny! ;-)

10:19 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

Joan :-0

10:20 AM  
Blogger Ginger Mayerson said...

Thanks, William. I went with two paintings from Raoul de la Sota for this issue, but I'll definitely be back for future issues, if you don't mind.

10:50 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

Sure sorry I took to long to reply.You don't have to ask again, just let me know

10:58 AM  
Blogger Marian Fortunati said...

I enjoyed yours even if you didn't AND all of the others you posted (being "lazy" has its benefits..)!!

1:26 PM  
Blogger Bob Fingerman said...

Too "normal"? Well, let's disagree. I think it's beautiful.

2:07 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Marian-- Accully I wasn't lazy i spent to much time fussing on it.;-) but thank you!

2:46 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Bob just a bit to tight for what I had in my inner mind.

2:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey Bill, retina burner piece is fine fine fine, love to see it in's great to see such original work. I don't like seeing all the pics you post of other artists stuff though, i only come here to see your work, don't care about the rest. word!

7:54 PM  
Blogger amparoc said...

Very, very nice your pintures.
I like very much.

10:13 AM  
Blogger Michael Pieczonka said...

Wow... get lazy anytime Bill! I love the Fechin wannabee.. nice atmosphere.. and the gouache watercolour jobbie that looks reminiscent of T. Chamberlain? (is it his?!)

12:35 AM  

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