Saturday, November 07, 2009


John McCain Says he lives in Sedona, but he really lives in Cornville a little hick town outside of Sedona Az. come back and visit as I'm going to post more on the contest I was in later.
oil on linen 8x10

Snowing in JeromeGold King Mine and Ghost Town... As cold as it looks.

You can see why I'd like this place...

Trying to hide from cold under a porch roof. Didn't work. I made a frozen cake frosting painting.

Josh Been and Bill Cramer cursing the weather Gods.

All the artists.

With Scott Prior who won the best of show. Awarded by Scott Jennings who did his best to pretend I didn't exist by handing out 4 extra unscheduled merit awards that I didn't qualify for apparently.


Blogger Unknown said...

Wow! this photo with all the trucks looks like heaven to me!

9:43 PM  
Blogger billspaintingmn said...

What's with all these "Scotts"?
They're either winning or running
the show.
We got a few in Minnesota too!
(Think it's a conspirecy?)
Seriously though, those old trucks
look mighty fun!

2:06 AM  
Blogger Michael Chesley Johnson, Artist / Writer said...

That's a great photo of all those trucks! Truly is a "gold mine" for some paintings. By the way, how'd you get that group photo? I want mine!

2:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

a wonderfully atmospheric painting... looks like you all recovered well from the painting experience:)r.

3:07 AM  
Blogger Billy Guffey said...

Looks like some fun painting in that location, Bill. Nice ball and chain. You seem happy to be free of that one. ;)

4:58 AM  
Blogger Concha Signes said...

Hello William, congratulations for your blog, is a magnificent painter. Much likes to follow your work.
I do not paint, my I like to contemplate the art.

10:42 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

You must have been in heaven - abandoned truck graveyard. Years of subject material. Which of the many reported homes of Mr. McCain is the one referred to and is your picture of it?

10:58 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

Hey Steph, You ever want to take a few days off and drive to Jerome photographing on the way, let me know.

12:32 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Scotts rule the world Bill--

12:34 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

MCG-- My girl Friend took it...

12:35 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Rahina-- I was good time except you that desert sun wore me down.

12:41 PM  
Blogger Shane White said...

Were you painting with your sunglasses on?

Cool lookin' place. I have fingerless gloves for times like that...or just mittens when it gets below 0.


2:32 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Bill were never fre of the ball and chain in this world.

3:05 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

concha-- we need you contemplaters to educate rich friends and make them collectors... ;-)

3:07 PM  
Blogger DIANE TASSELMYER said...

Wow...would you ever like painting in southeast Michigan. Ya better get here before everything is changed...lots of interesting urban deterioration. All these towns have budgets to tear it all down for future revitalization.
you would like it here.

12:56 PM  
Blogger David Lobenberg said...

Are you kidding me!!! That hillside is Shangri-la!!!

1:28 PM  
Blogger BoneDaddy said...

I like the stillness (I know it's a painting, there's still "stillness" within it) and the natural light, it's like putting on paint-textured glasses...

6:29 PM  
Blogger William K. Moore said...

I remember Jerome in to 70s. Hippies ran the town and they used to ride the firetruck around the streets high as kites. We used to have fun all over the Verde Valley. In Sedona there were old indian sites built completely out of red sandstone just outside of town... I imagine some new age shit taking them down to create those rediculous harmonic convergence crosses all over the place. BTW Will .. house painting is killer - let's hear it for Cornville!

10:26 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

shane-- those are my glasses, they have the uv blockers. I got the gloves, but didn't bring them.

11:50 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

Hey Diane if you know an art school that wants a lecture or workshop from me I'd love to go Michigan.

4:15 PM  
Blogger Celeste Bergin said...

ok...what did you do to piss the ribbon guy off? Let's see the frosting painting--it is probably better than 95% of stuff in everyone else's blog/website/gallery. Ribbon guy must be blind. Just sayin!
p.s. I admire your painting but, I also very much appreciate your honesty and verve. So refreshing.

9:04 AM  
Blogger Kim VanDerHoek said...

Perfect location, I bet it's stunning at sunset. Did you take a lot of photos? I like the directional lines in your painting. Too bad you weren't happy with the junkyard one. It looks like Josh had a good one cookin with the motorcycle.

Thanks for the compliment on my oil derrick! It's nice to read that you see improvement in my work.

10:05 AM  
Blogger Don Coker said...

Looks like a good trip, Bill! Nothing like painting out of doors in freezing weather and flurries to fire the artist's soul! Love the painting at the top! Looks like a winner to me!

3:09 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

David and BG thank you!

5:51 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Wk sounds like you were there at the best time you could be... It's getting commerical these days but still a cute little town...

5:52 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

CB I kind of saved the morning painting in studio but the afternoon will never see the light of day...

I bought SJ book too and asked him to sign it. He didn't bother. Don't know what his problem is.

5:54 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Kim I don't know if he finsihed it, he and bill cracked and left a few minutes after this photo.

5:56 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

I don't know whats wrong with me, but the cold killed my soul that day.

5:58 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Really like the pushed contrasts in this.

8:40 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks CV but it did look a lot like this.

5:13 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I will William! :) Thanks

3:19 PM  
Blogger Jesse Hamm said...

Jerome! I visited there years ago, when I lived in Sedona. What a wonderfully junky time warp it is -- you could paint there for years and never run out of cool vistas. I'm glad you took the opportunity. Next time, nail some old buildings!

2:52 AM  
Blogger Dean Grey said...




1:31 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Jh Its a fun little town I'd almost like to live there.

8:01 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Den It didn't stick and was warm the next day---

8:02 PM  
Blogger Leslie Sealey said...

You have a unique artistic vision. What you should be proud of is that your images stand out; I could easily list 10-20 of your paintings just from memory, without referencing your blog. On the other hand, sunsets and the Grand Canyon are a dime a dozen.
zzzz...just thinking about it makes me sleepy.

7:28 PM  

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