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Day of the Dead 2013

I have been working with an amazing team at McClure Elementary creating our school’s first Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) altar. My students have been studying, making and designing all the elements for this project. They also designed the altar, painted it and made the arch. We set it up in my …

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New Print, and Oh, Tulsa! Show

Richard has been working hard on a new print, this time focusing on the technique of a reduction woodcut. The image is of the old Rose Bowl building and sign on Route 66/11th street in Tulsa. The block consists of 4 colors, which means that all colors were done on the same block, removing part of …

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Richard’s Teaching Resume

Dear Principals. I want to thank you for visiting my website, along with your consideration of me for your open Art Teacher position.  I have a pdf version of my resume that has been made Internet safe, in doing so I have removed my phone number, address, and the contact information for all of my …

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Print Gallery | Update

Just wanted to make sure everyone saw the new prints that have been added to the print gallery.  I printed Box Truck and the portrait of my late grandfather Elmo Wills, In Loving Memory. You find out about both in these previous posts, In the works along with Carving & Thinking. I am excited to …

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Jigsaw Linocut

This is a technique I read about in college and played around with at that time. I think at one time I had 3 or 4 blocks going using the theme of a jigsaw plate. Although I have only finished one of those plates, and you can see that successful work in my Print Gallery, …

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Drawing Camp – Student Work

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Here are some images of my students’ art work from my recent 2012 Drawing and Cartooning Day Camp at Tulsa Community College for 10 – 13 year olds.

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Carving and thinking

My last update featured four plates that I had designed, and soon after started carving. Two of the four I have printed, although the color registration left much to ponder.  The two I have printed are the road scenes. What I have not posted is that while working on the other two plates my grandfather died. …

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In the works

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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 …

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Cylinder Seals 2 – the images

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Below are images from my first attempt at making a cylinder print block. Click here to go back to my first post on Cylinder seals. 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 …

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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 …

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