Wiley Studio

Christmas, Survival, and “The True Story of The Patton Prayer”

  • 12/15/2016
Christmas, Survival, and “The True Story of The Patton Prayer”

Some think the background story behind some of my illustrations adds to their meaningfulness, and such may be the case with “The True Story Of The Patton Prayer”. At a difficult point in my personal life I was commissioned by the Indiana National Guard’s 38th Infantry Division’s Chaplains Association to complete an illustration commemorating “Patton’s Prayer”.  I was SFC Wiley then; a platoon sergeant. Due to circumstances I had limited resources and had to carve out a work space in my mother’s unheated backyard tool house to produce the work through Christmas of 1996...

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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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Wiley Studio Window: The Quest For “Good Enough”

  • 12/10/2016
Wiley Studio Window:  The Quest For “Good Enough”

Wiley Studio strives for perfection - but never gets it. Such is the “quest” for creators of anything. There are no perfect cars, cameras, books, buildings, appliances - or, people. So, because Dixie and I are “just people” what we create will also necessarily be imperfect. But we accept the challenge - continue to strive for perfection - and will role out our imperfect works one by one. We see all the flaws - as you may - but keep going - and in that “going” we get better at what we do. It is said that “Practice Makes Perfect”, but what that may really mean is that...

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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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Lighthouses on National Lighthouse Day

  • 08/07/2013
Lighthouses on National Lighthouse Day

Lighthouse: a tower or other structure displaying or flashing a very bright light for the guidance of ships in avoiding dangerous areas, in following certain routes, etc. On many of our adventures we enjoy stopping at lighthouses...each one is unique...each one has a different view...both from the ground...and up on the Lantern Gallery.  Some lighthouses are even for sale...several have been purchased by individuals that have turned them into private homes. Here are 8 lighthouses we have visited over the years...only ones we have digital photos.  We should revisit those we don't have photos...

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Maroon Bells Illustration Wedding Present

  • 06/18/2013
Maroon Bells Illustration Wedding Present

Maroon Bells Colorado; Wedding Present Landscape So, why does a seemingly common landscape belong in our Patriot Illustration Series?  Well, my Son Jason and his Bride Brittany love America - as do Dixie and I and all our family - and Jason and Brittany requested a Maroon Bells Landscape specifically - as it is a very special place for them.  A review of the Illustration Inventory below may help you better understand the connection to patriotism. On a personal note, I felt inspired to use my artistic gift to complete a unique wedding present illustration for Jason and Brittany - one that...

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