In the works

I have been working on some new images, three of which are going along with my urban landscape series, and the fourth is one I have been toying with for a while. I have decided to do all four in linoleum, and to make them reduction prints. Why all four? Mainly because I have been wanting to play with the reduction method of color printing recently, and I plan to use similar colors in several of them.

Since most of the time I have to work in the studio comes in chunks I find it easier to work on several prints at once, trying to keep them all at similar stages in the process. I will spend time creating images from my ideas, determining what size, shape, and material the plate should be. After making those decisions (sometimes they are made by what scrapes I have ready) I will start transferring my designs to the plate.

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Cylinder Seals 2 – the images

Below are images from my first attempt at making a cylinder print block.

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This is a dowel rod that I have cut into three 12 inch pieces, sanded, then marked 8 inches in the middle of the rod.  I then applied gesso and re-sanded the wood block.  For those wondering the dowel rod is made from poplar, and the grain is fairly straight.  The circumference of the cylinder is approximately 4 inches, making an image that is 4 in x 8 in.

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Cylinder Seals


Image from Met Museum.

I took a trip with my parents and wife in September 2009 to North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. During the trip we visited the Biltmore Masion, which is a huge estate, built in the French chateau style. The views are amazing, the interior and exterior are full of inspirational moments.   Even though the estate was not built that long ago, the shear amount of old-world imagery there still has a lasting effect on me.  I would like to note that while I took a lot of reference shots there, I have yet to use any of them.  I love the architecture, but it is so far removed from my normal themes I am not sure what to do with them.

Also during that trip we visited the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia.  Kathy and myself love to visit art museums when we travel, and have been known to make trips around current exhibitions. Luckily my parents love to tag along with us, which is always exciting. During this trip to the High, there was a traveling show from the Louvre. While the show was not all that we thought it would be, there was several examples of how scribes made notes, and how they sealed the documents.

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Painting Gallery

Along with all the other updates on the site, I now have most of my paintings on the gallery page. Be sure to check it out!

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Print Gallery Update

I have been continually adding images to the print gallery the past few days.  I have think I have all up that I have images for, be sure to check out the new gallery!

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Changes, Improvements and more…

designbywills.com | Richard Wills | Tulsa, OK

Thanks for stopping by, I am currently re-vamping my web site and changing it over to a Word Press platform.  I have content on some pages, but not on all.  I plan on adding more over the next few weeks, so please come back often.  Here are the pages that I have uploaded information to so far.

Fine Art
Print Gallery
Painting Gallery
Design Portfolio
Resources
Contact

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