Thursday, October 15, 2009


When Tony and I went to NY we visited amazing artist Mike Manley in Philly. He and his pal Jamar took us around to the kind of areas I like subject wise. It was a in and out rainy day.
Don't know why it took me so long to do a painting for the referance, but here it is.
oil on Wood 16x20

Come see the show see info in lower post. Go the the Gallery site if you can't wait and a clik on buy it now to get a painting.

South Connector is one of the deluxe card sets available from Drawing Dreams Foundation, a charity for kids to promote art. It might not show it from the scan, but it's so a really good repro. I liked it enough to buy some myself. It's a very small print run that’s already half sold. You might want to order a set before they are gone... a good cause and a tax write off. Many other cool cards too. See the link under (links) or cut and paste:

Artists I like:
Raimonds Staprans


Blogger Mike Manley said...

Beautiful Bill! That was a fun day and you really captured that feeling perfectly.

I was told by a cop we were in one of the deadliest areas of the city, so next time you guys come the officer said he'd be glad to escort us.

5:44 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

I don't know we were 4 pretty big guys of deverse backgrounds, I bet they were confused just to what we were...

11:38 AM  
Blogger tonypetersart said...


I just started working on one of my Philly images too. That day turned out some good shots, plus we had fun.

Great painting, I like the sky. And the little truck in there looks exceptionally nice in person.

And the Staprans images are fantastic.

Michael Manley... I definitely got the "deadly" vibe around there. We should take you up on that police escort next time, then we can check out the really messed up areas!

8:28 PM  
Blogger Lucas Ferreyra said...


3:26 PM  
Blogger billspaintingmn said...

There is sense of danger in this
painting, as commented.
Does that highthen your awareness
to the subject?
I've never thought about painting
"danger", but...

2:37 PM  
Blogger Marian Fortunati said...

I really enjoyed seeing your work at the show reception last Saturday night. Great show!!

I wish I had come over to say hi in person, but you were pretty busy. (all a good thing)... think someone was buying one of your paintings.

Anyhow... I really love your work!!

8:55 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Tony!

That one street we turned down were they were roasting babies orver flaming manholes was enough for me.

8:07 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Lucas!

8:07 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Bill I try and do that all the time. Danger lonleyness, longing...

8:08 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Marian-- I wished ypou had spoken to me. that's what I was there for!

8:09 PM  
Blogger Shane White said...

Straprans looks as if he's from a similar school of thought as Wayne Thiebaud.


6:47 AM  
Blogger Dean Grey said...

Gritty, dark, and kind of depressing looking.

That's what makes this painting so unique!

You capture the feel of an area quite well, William! And that's not an easy thing to do!


1:08 PM  
Blogger BoneDaddy said...

Haven't been to Manley's blog in a while, I loved reading about his drink & draws!

2:08 PM  

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