Status Update

I’m working on rehabbing my art website (
Version 3.0 will be WordPress with eCommerce and requires complete rebuilding, which is probably a good thing.

New Home Page,
Ahhhhh. All fresh and clean.

I’ve migrated all most of my posts over, though it seems that links composed here return here. I don’t think I’ll bother repairing them (unless I’m really bored, like waiting at the airport or something).

Hoping to launch the revision by April Fool’s Day (as good a day as any), so that my 2018 A-Z Challenge posts will post there. The beta version IS live, at a secret URL. I’d love to have you help me test it for anything that’s confusing, weird, etc. If interested, fill out this form and I’ll email you the link. Thanks in advance!


A to Z Trucks on the Horizon

A-Z Trucks, Digital watercolor compilation printed on aluminum, 40 x 20″, 2017

The image above shows my A-Z trucks from last year.
I had it printed on metal for my 2017 art exhibition at TAG Gallery in Los Angeles.

It’s February and my thoughts are turning towards the 2018 A to Z Challenge.
I’ll be posting images from my #dailytruck series again. I have most of the letters already, there are a few that I’m still hunting (would you believe that I still need to find J and T?).

The A-Z Challenge is a lot of fun. It happens in April, and the challenge is to blog through the alphabet every Monday through Saturday. This will be my fourth year participating!
Read more about my past experiences here.


How I spent the 2017 eclipse:

Building box viewer 1.0.
Cutting off old overexposed film leader — two rolls had gone liquid (eew).
Severo and I look through multi-layers of the film leader.
It was partly cloudy at first, I was able to take some good photos.


Severo experiments with box viewer 2.0
By our 62% maximum totality, the sky had cleared so we only used the box viewers.
It took us a while to figure out the box plus glasses positioning.
Here’s box viewer 1.0 that I had misplaced during most of the event.

Post inspired by the Daily Post’s weekly Photo Challenge, this week’s challenge is Ooh Shiny!

Howard Russell Butler and Me

A very satisfying moment on my Facebook Profile (with the clutter blurred).
I see a lot of synergy between my “I-10W x 110” and Howard Russell Butler’s Eclipse painting.

Howard Russell Butler is my Great Great Uncle. I never met him, but he is a huge influence on my art.

[I wish I could add images of the two paintings mentioned below but I can’t find them]
I grew up with this painting. It still hangs in my mom’s living room, many houses later.
This is one of my favorites, it hangs in the family cottage on Martha’s Vineyard.
[Will add whenever I do].

My great uncle (his son) gave me this pastel in the early 80s

Howard Russell Butler, Desert Landscape [not officially titled, not dated], Pastel on paper, 6×9″
With it, came the story of Howard Russell Butler taking the train from New York to Santa Barbara and sketching live from the train window. The story goes that he would work from the sky down, filling in the foreground details when good ones appeared.

I tried this method from a car. It did not go well, I got car sick.
The chalk pastel was awfully messy as well.

Anne M Bray, I-5, CA, 1982, Pastel on paper, 11×14″

It just so happens I’m accompanying a friend on a road trip up I-5 in one week.
I had already been thinking about the possibility of doing some sketching, since I won’t be driving (unless he gets a migraine). My Instagram @annembray will tell what transpires!

This post inspired by:
1) a Facebook post by a friend showing some solar eclipse art
2) remembering seeing HRB’s eclipse painting the same visit that my great uncle gifted me the Desert Landscape pastel
3) finding an article via Google about a current exhibit of HRB’s eclipse paintings!
4) the Daily Post’s weekly Photo Challenge, this week’s challenge is Satisfaction

Collage of Collages

Collage is this week’s Daily Post’s weekly Photo Challenge.​

I decided to show a collection of posts from my other blogs.
Following are what I found when I typed “collage” in each blog’s search bar.

Dessert Safari — Cupcake Clock

Sketches and Impressions — Paint Tubes Color Wheel

Pattern Recognition — Detail of Collage from 1976

The Glutton’s Progress — Map Art

On the Edge — Map Collage Business Card

SpyGirl — What to Wear to an Art Show

Linking up with Catherine’s #SaturdayShareLinkUp

Under and Overpasses

Bridge” is this week’s Daily Post’s weekly Photo Challenge.​
I was working on titles for my current show at TAG and realized I couldn’t pinpoint exactly where in the grand confluence of the 60W x 101 x 5 x 10 this image fell.6_Bray_AnneM_beautiful-commute_IMG_7018

I shot video. It was a rare evening when I got through it in one minute.

​Is it the 10W? Not sure.

Time to try Google Street View:60_GoogleStreet
No help. It kept jumping me onto the 10 at the critical point.
Maybe therein lay my answer?

I gave up and titled it “60W“.

The exhibition, #mycommute, is at
TAG Gallery, 5458 Wilshire Blvd, LA, CA 90036
7/11 – 8/5, 2017
Opening Reception: Saturday, 7/15, 5-8pm
Artist Panel: Saturday, 8/5, 4pm
Closing Reception: Saturday, 8/5, 6-9pm

Happy 4th!

Yesterday, I was doing a massive edit of 313+ #dailytruck images… wall-tapestry_redbubble-grabIn order to create the above wall hanging for my upcoming art exhibition at TAG Gallery.

During the process I came across a multitude of “Red, White, and Blue” compositions.
Here are two especially patriotic trucks [click to see bigger]:

They are the same truck on different days [April 5, 2016 // May 23, 2016],
captured in almost exactly the same location!
I can’t seem to stop my truck obsession, but repeat trucks? Yikes.

The exhibition, #mycommute, is at
TAG Gallery, 5458 Wilshire Blvd, LA, CA 90036
7/11 – 8/5, 2017
Opening Reception: Saturday, 7/15, 5-8pm
Artist Panel: Saturday, 8/5, 3pm