illustration by doc wiley

NoWhere To Hide Illustration Giveaway

  • 05/23/2017
NoWhere To Hide Illustration Giveaway

MEMORIAL DAY GIVEAWAY In honor of Memorial Day, May 29, 2017; we are giving away a print of one of Doc's illustrations. NoWhere To Hide   Doc created "NoWhere To Hide" to commemorate all the faithful military and civilian personnel who have served, are serving now, and will serve in the Defense of the United States; and, as thanks to our Allies and recognition of our Foes. Many generations of Doc and Dixie's families have served or are now serving in several branches of the U.S. military; Doc 22 years in the Army and Army Reserve. "NoWhere To Hide" is on display in homes, places...

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Our Recommended Reading for 2017

  • 01/10/2017
Our Recommended Reading for 2017

REVISED I reworked the post since the images didn't show up in the eNewsletter. 2016 didn't fly by fast enough... but YAY!... New Years Day 2017 is FINALLY Here!!! 4 books worth reading: Highlighted; Jeff Olson's book; "The Slight Edge". Jeff is the founder of Nerium International, which offers age-defying skincare products through "relationship marketing".  I investigated Jeff's message and products, was convinced, and became a 2016 "brand partner" as a result of the outcomes achieved.  Since high school graduation, I've worked in more than one "relationship marketing" business,...

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What is a Magi Quest?

  • 12/13/2016
What is a Magi Quest?

  An explaination... It was done to fulfill a request by my wife Dixie, who wanted me to do something Christmas-related. So, why not recreate a simple iconic Christmas scene - the Magi heading into Bethlehem - but with “twists” to evoke greater interest and avoid boring stereotypes. This led to producing “Magi Quest”.  After a little research “twists” were incorporated by placing the image title directly in the work to draw attention to what the event really was; an epic journey by the Wise Men, and by silhouetting them with the Milky Way - to give them and the Guiding...

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Custer’s Resolve

  • 12/07/2016
Custer’s Resolve

Custer's Resolve Resolved to fight against a much larger cavalry force, Custer thwarted Stuart at Gettysburg on 3 July, 1863 with a magnificent plan - and stopped the Confederate Cavalry from penetrating the back of the Union Fishhook while Picket simultaneously charged from the front.  Lee's grand pincer strategy failed and Custer was part of the reason why. Custer and the Union Cavalry knew Stuart was coming, but what many don't realize is that Custer was outnumbered 10 to 1.  As was his custom, Custer had prepared by reconnoitering the battlefield well ahead of time - with a view to charging...

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“Heart Connections” – Doc Wiley’s Illustrations

  • 12/01/2016
“Heart Connections” – Doc Wiley’s Illustrations

Viewers and clients have suggested that Doc's Wiley's illustrations have "heart connections" and cite an emphasis on history, research, image creativity, accuracy, and detail...and, maybe even the "elevation" of the lowly pencil. It's the strong "heart connection" thing that's the draw though. We like that, and think that plays into what makes Doc's images compelling and meaningful. To showcase this the following illustrations are provided with viewer / client comments:   DECATUR TRANSFER HOUSE Done for a family member as a gift for her sister who is from Decatur, Illinois... Comments: "That...

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Illustration – Holy Cow !

  • 11/13/2016
Illustration – Holy Cow !

HOLY COW !!!   CUBS WIN !!!   CUBS WIN !!!   CUBS WIN !!! The 2016 Cubs World Series WIN prompted the "HOLY COW !" Revision! Because of the Chicago Cubs 2016 World Series Victory the original 2015 "Holy Cow !" was immediately revised to honor the Chicago Cubs for Our Family which is FULL of Cubs Fans... ...Dixie and I were both born in Illinois; Dixie in Chicago - so the Cubs Fan Thing Runs DEEP with us! The original 2015 "Holy Cow !" was completed on 25 October, 2015 - and space was left for revisions that would commemorate an anticipated future Cubs World Series Win... ...and 25 Oct 2015...

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Illustration – Glass Aftermath

  • 08/07/2016
Illustration – Glass Aftermath

  150th Gettysburg Reenactment Illustration This one took way too long to produce; only 40 hours production time but a myriad of things got in the way; work trips, daughter's marriage, son into U.S. Army, visiting grandchildren, photography trips, other illustrations, life in general, etc. The Gettysburg Series is being carried on throughout all other life pursuits.  Why?  Because it is about Gettysburg - the Civil War Battle that rivets mankind.  I have been focused on Gettysburg since small childhood.  That is why I became a Battlefield Illustrator-Reenactor for the 150th Gettysburg...

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Summer Roses

  • 07/27/2016
Summer Roses

These Two Blooms represent Our Nation in the Heart of Summer - completed on the 4th Of July. Exploding stamens, simple, powerful, mixed media white on black; acrylic, gouache,  oil pastel, prismacolor, pencil and ink; captured by sun and rain.  The subdued patriotic color scheme; appropriate to the time of completion, subtly reminds of our National History, and the bonds that hold us ever together. "Summer Roses" can be purchased on Wiley Studio. We love to read your comments! Enjoy, Doc Save Save Save Save Save

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100th Running of the Indy 500

  • 05/25/2016
100th Running of the Indy 500

WOW The 100th Running of the Indy 500; Sunday May 30, 2016! In 1911 the cars averaged roughly 75 miles an hour, 125 in 1951 my birth year, and now about 235!  Innovation in racing is an ongoing hallmark of Indy Cars, and every running of the 500 has had its drama.  But it all began with the 1911 Marmon Wasp... I've been to the race a half dozen times, enjoyed it from both infield and stands, and loved every aspect of it.  This year, however, work and ticket availability mean watching it on TV - but no matter; any way you can experience the Indy 500 is good! But, I have also enjoyed the Indy...

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A Drawing That Inspires

  • 05/02/2016
A Drawing That Inspires

"NoWhere To Hide" Have you ever glanced at artwork that snagged your attention and made you look more closely? Did it bring memories, inform, and make you feel a part of something bigger than yourself? Did it make you want to share it with others and create something meaningful yourself? Among the many definitions, to inspire means: “to spur on and to breath life into”.  It also refers to “the action necessary to move, motivate, empower, and expand the intellect or emotions”.  And, it means “to draw in then guide”. The illustration “NoWhere To Hide” is just such a work.   “NoWhere...

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Coastal Triptych – Sand Dollars, Pelican Moon, & Happy Hibiscus

  • 11/10/2015
Coastal Triptych – Sand Dollars, Pelican Moon, & Happy Hibiscus

The Coastal Triptych is up! Scott finished the Hibiscus a little over a year ago.  Then he decided he wanted to draw 2 more coastal illustrations for a triptych.  The Sand Dollars he finished earlier this year.  And Pelican Moon was just recently competed.   I  love having a shelf under pictures...it just creates a complete look by allowing other coastal elements to sit on top. Tying everything together. Scott chose the bulkhead and lamps from Ikea...since we had the same combination in our guest bedroom. Happy Hibiscus   Here are a few coastal elements I pulled from other...

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Holy Cow Cubs Fans Cartoon

  • 10/29/2015
Holy Cow Cubs Fans Cartoon

Oh the Things that Families Inspire... Holy Cow ! was produced in honor of the Chicago Cubs and Our Family which is FULL of Cubs Fans... ...Why, you may ask? Well, like all Cubs Fans we'll just tell you - "It's A Thing" about perseverance, staying power, tradition and the like... "Holy Cow !" was finished on the day (25 Oct 2015) that our 7th Granddaughter - Blake - was Born to Son Jason and Wife Brittany... ...AND OH THAT JOY! Wow... ...the Baby Pics !!! ----- About "Holy Cow !"... Holy Cow has a Halo, Harry Caray's Glasses and Eyes, an "HC" Medallion around his neck, and his oft said...

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Sand Dollars Illustration

  • 08/14/2015
Sand Dollars Illustration

More Than "Sand Dollars" "Sand Dollars" (shown below) is the second in a series of three "coastal" themed illustrations in work for Dixie; my wife.  The completed triptych will include "Pelican Moon", "Sand Dollars" and "Happy Hibiscus" (further below) with Dixie-preferred white-on-black familiar beach subjects. These coastal illustrations will be hanging in our living room. "Sand Dollars" In Explanation: The "Sand Dollars" are three "dollars in the sand"; a natural sand dollar flanked by two 1921 Morgan Silver Dollars; showing the front and back sides of what some hold to be the most...

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NoWhere to Hide Illustration

  • 05/11/2015
NoWhere to Hide Illustration

“NoWhere To Hide”:  Significance / Content / Development / Thanks Completed in time for Memorial Day, 2015 “NoWhere To Hide” is an illustration created to commemorate all the faithful military and civilian personnel who have served, are serving now, and will serve in the Defense of the United States; and, as thanks to our Allies, and recognition of our Foes. “NoWhere To Hide” has been called a “Tapestry Of American History”, a “Collage Of International Military Hardware”, a “Record Of U.S. National Treasures”, and a “Composition Of The Heart”. The Central...

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Happy Hibiscus

  • 10/12/2014
Happy Hibiscus

Happy Hibiscus Done as a gift for my truly wonderful Wife, the white "Happy Hibiscus" was her choice... The single wet white bloom is played against the rain and wind remnants of a passing storm - and is a symbol of the life-challenges we have traversed. We have made it through much!!! This Dramatic Mixed Media Illustration is PERFECT for Tropical/Coastal Decor - and will certainly be hanging in our living room!  Prints are available on Wiley Studio Time Of Execution: 35 Hours Technique / Media: Mixed Media - Graphite, Prismacolor, Gouache, Ink on Charcoal Illustration Board Size:...

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Prophet’s Rock Illustration

  • 10/03/2014
Prophet’s Rock Illustration

Novel:  “Fine Line” – Illustration: "Prophet's Rock" "Prophet's Rock" is another illustration for Jerry Slauter's Christian Novel entitled "Fine Line" and shows Daryl with Kodak Camera and Richard in the background atop Prophet's Rock of the Tippecanoe Battlefield. The rock was altered to convey Shawnee Medicine Man Tenskwatawa, Chief Tecumseh's  brother, who spoke from the rock to inspire neighboring tribes to fight William Henry Harrison's U.S. Army on November 7, 1811near present day Lafayette, Indiana.  Tenskwatawa rose to prominence after predicting a full solar eclipse in response...

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Fine Line Illustration

  • 10/01/2014
Fine Line Illustration

Novel:  “Fine Line” – Illustration: "Fine Line" Cover Fine Line "Fine Line" is the title of Jerry Slaughter's 2nd Book and this illustration. Precarious... This is ALL of us... ...as we "Walk the Fine Line" throughout our lives... ...just like Daryl - and his cameras - shown in every illustration of this book... Niagara and Tightrope Walker... Enough said... Enjoy! Doc Time of Execution: 65 hours Technique / Media: Fine Line Prismacolor and Graphite Size: 11" x 14"

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