Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Williams Buffet

Golden Open Acrlics on Wood 24x19

Just picked up the photos of the latest paintings I'm so happy with these I'm putting one up early. Recently I was laid off of the Mighty B at Nickelodeon and while not having a job in a weak comedy of an economy is nerve racking I have been selling paintings and even better I have the time to paint paintings. With new energy to work and daily focus I haven't had in quite awhile. Painting everyday is truly the only way to get better. This image was of a Gas Station/ Buffet in the Town of Williams off the 40 on the way back from Arizona. Near by the have the grand Canyon railroad parked, but I didn't get much of a chance to look around.


Blogger Ed Terpening said...

Wow, wonderful painting. Light, composition--you rock!

4:47 PM  
Blogger billspaintingmn said...

O0H where have you been Charming

6:46 PM  
Blogger Shawn Dickinson said...

Hey Bill, Just stopping by to say hi. This painting is amazing...great colors and lighting.

Very sad news about the Mighty B. It was such a great show. I would have loved to see 10 seasons of it.

9:00 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Really nice piece Bill. How do you like Golden Open compared to regular acrylics?

9:27 PM  
Blogger Billy Guffey said...

Like the painting, Bill.

Too bad about the job. Bessie and Happy are always welcome in our house. I know my 8 year old daughter has seen every episode, and I'd be surprised if I've missed one. Hey, I'm only 45!

The good thing is your painting time has increased. Sales are being made. New doors will open.

Happy Thanksgiving, Bill.

6:14 AM  
Blogger William K. Moore said...

Love the sun-drenched feel. Seen the sight many times when hitchhiking across country was a common occurrence. Route 66 and the icons of a hopeful America.. icons that belie today's reality.

10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So sorry about Nick, but very glad about sales and especially the effect on your focus and productivity. May just be me, but am seeing light as a greater and greater player in your paintings: quality of light, edge light, shape creation with shadow, and as a major mechanism of abstraction. Chuckling about what you did with the flag...

11:30 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Ed and Bill-

11:35 AM  
Blogger william wray said...


I like them because they don't dry fast. Paint is of a good quality too.

11:41 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

Shawn-- very sad as they haven't even aired the new shows that are a big leap in quality from last year.

11:43 AM  
Blogger william wray said...


You might suggest your daughter start a U- tube campaign to save the show, something that Bessie might do. NIck dosen't know what they have.

11:43 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

WK-- I remember hitching but I only went as far as San Francisco, then I got a car.

11:44 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Vicki-- The Acrylics have a silighty easier ability to control the aspects you mentioned. they can be a little hard edged tho--

1:21 PM  
Blogger Dean Grey said...


I'm so sorry to hear you're laid off. I know how hard that is as I lost my job this past July.

I'm happy to hear that you've been painting more and that the drive and focus to keep up with it is still there. That IS a good thing!

Great painting too!

I love the color choices with the cool greens and yellows for the ground and the soft blues and purples for the sky.

Wishing the very best for you!


11:35 AM  
Blogger william wray said...


I'm lucky to still have the energy to hold down a job and pain on the weekends, but I sure like just painting!

12:30 PM  
Blogger paul sibley said...

Keep up the good work!
Like the painting of petrol pumps, as they can be tricky at that angle!

1:14 PM  
Blogger tonypetersart said...

Your "retina burners" are always a delight.

Glad you're back in the trenches with us painting full time.

4:13 PM  
Blogger Don Coker said...

Bill, I love the colors you chose to portray that light. Good stuff, Sir!

1:04 PM  
Blogger Don Coker said...

BTW, Bill, sorry to hear of your layoff. It happened to me back in March. I'm painting like a mad man trying to keep up! Enjoy the new time to paint.

1:06 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thaks Paul I jsut knid of did them without thought, sometimes the best way.l

1:45 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

me to T-- but how can I get you into Carloyn Anderson's trench?

4:37 PM  
Blogger tonypetersart said...

If it's your treat, I'll join you guys :-)

6:54 PM  
Blogger Cafe Observer said...

Lose money, gain time.

Time & Money.

I hope time is what you need most in 2010.

7:46 PM  
Blogger DALSING said...

Hello "painter of blight", I am loving these pieces and your palette. My friend, Al Frakes, said I should check your blog. Glad I did.

9:21 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Don,

I'm happy really, I'd rather be painting, but I used to just what to do great animation. But every great show, comic book, magazine I was ever on had it's plug pulled and my ideas used only part of the time due to politics. However, copies of what we did (like Sponge Bob) are giant successes. SO in the end I'm better of being my own creative boss.

11:57 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Cafe O, the same back at you.

11:58 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

Thanks Dal-- I like you painterly work. thank Al for me.

12:05 PM  
Blogger Fiona the Artist said...

Hi William, you're right, the only way to get better is to paint every day! I try, and am a master of organising time now. I love your work, and the way you incorporate large spaces into the composition, it gives a sense of calm and great beauty. I've been to the USA once, and felt that my relation to the hugeness of the space around me was quite different to how I relate to space here in the UK. So perhaps this inspires a different way of looking and feeling.
I'm following your blog with interest.

12:43 AM  
Blogger Drake Brodahl (pumml) said...

Lovely, blown-out lighting.

That's terrible news about Mighty B! I loved what you were bringing to the show. Nick doesn't seem to know how to hold on to great, award-winning cartoons. Glad you've got free time to paint now, though!

10:16 AM  
Blogger Michael Pieczonka said...

beautiful painting Bill. Sorry to hear about you and Nick, but with you producing works like this.. maybe it could be a blessing in disguise in the long run? Your work is surely "fine art" and relevant as such if I have ever seen it. Best for 2010 and hope to see lots more man!!

12:20 AM  

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