Illustrations, Photography, Bottle Art

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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New Tank Crew Member on Buffalo Soldiers

  • 02/03/2017
New Tank Crew Member on Buffalo Soldiers

In Honor of Tank Crews Everywhere A humorous and timeless window into how Soldiers live and think in the field. It could be any Service Branch or Any War; but this time Vietnam.   SITREP: Part 1 (Multi-Part Series):  New Loader In School Hot Zone Near Nui Ba Dinh (Black Virgin Mountain) / Iron Triangle / South Vietnam / August 1971 / G Troop - 2nd Squadron - 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment Nui Bah Dinh - Black Virgin Mountain The four-man crew is riding aboard “Buffalo Soldiers”… …a slow, loud, lumbering M551 Sheridan Light Tank in the back of a circular Recon In Force…...

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Man Cave Art

  • 01/23/2017
Man Cave Art

Illustrations, Photographs, and Decorative Art for the Guys! Valentine's Day is just around the corner...  so think about a gift for a Man Cave, Office, Bedroom,  or Workspace... anywhere a guy wants(or needs) to hang or display art. We've chosen a few pieces from Wiley Studio to feature here, with more to choose from on our sites. “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....

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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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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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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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Pelican Moon Illustration

  • 10/05/2015
Pelican Moon Illustration

"Pelican Moon" is one of three in a Coastal Triptych done for my wonderful wife. There are seven American White Pelicans silhouetted against the moon or waves; majestic in flight or in familiar poses.  All may bring back fond memories of beach and coastal river experiences with these most interesting birds.  Technique was to draw outline of subjects, etch into the illustration board to produce more detail, then add prismacolor, gouache, oil pastel, and ink as needed. Enjoy All! Doc Time Of Execution:  40 Hours Technique / Media:  Mixed Media - Graphite, Prismacolor, Gouache, Oil Pastel,...

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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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Faux Mercury Glass

  • 05/17/2015
Faux Mercury Glass

Just got home from an early morning picnic and photo shoot of Eagles, Osprey, and Blue Heron! We will be posting pics of them later. We love animal adventures! We witnessed a couple of Ospreys "dive bomb" an Eagle that landed in the Accotink Bay where they were fishing. The Ospreys would dive at the Eagle and then the Eagle would jump into the air and raise it's talons at the Osprey. Back to the reason for this post. For now I wanted to shoot and post my new Faux Mercury Glass bottles and Mason jars.  I have read several tutorials and decided I wanted to spray the bottles black first. I started...

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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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Coastal Centerpiece for February

  • 03/07/2015
Coastal Centerpiece for February

It's March already and I'm just now posting our Coastal Centerpiece for February! We sold our camera on Ebay before I took all the shots I needed for this post.  So...I had to wait until our new camera arrived in March. February is a special month for us! In February we celebrate our wedding anniversary, my dad's birthday, a granddaughter's birthday, and Valentine's Day!  So...here it is... Coastal Centerpiece for February Of course, the black, white, and red is carried over from January's Coastal Centerpiece.  Which can be seen here. The Live, Laugh & Love containers are tea tins...

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Coastal Centerpiece for January

  • 01/17/2015
Coastal Centerpiece for January

"2015" WILL be the year for 12 Centerpieces on our Dining Table...One New Each Month... It's January, so I decided this Month's Centerpiece had to have SNOW...to do this; Epsom Salt... WE Love Dining By Candlelight - so I selected 6 Candles; 3 on the Glass Block and 3 in the lower Snow. ~ LOVE ~ The Red-Ticking fabric liner in the Basket set the stage for Red Tulips. Aren't they beautiful? Behind the Black Flower Vase is the Longaberger Basket with the Red-Ticking Fabric Liner and then a White Fabric Napkin tucked inside. You can see the Basket better in the following Photos. I tried...

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Christmas Themed Black & White Painted Bottles and Mason Jar

  • 12/21/2014
Christmas Themed Black & White Painted Bottles and Mason Jar

This Christmas my themed bottles started with Scott suggesting that my bottles of Joy, Hope, and Peace needed Love added to the set.  So I took his suggestion and painted an extra bottle I had saved...the only one left. The three bottles and the Mason jar are painted in black acrylic paint then waxed with clear wax.  The bottles are then painted with white acrylic paint and distressed with sand paper to reveal the black paint.  I printed the word Love on waterslide decal paper using our inkjet printer. The Mason jar is dry brushed with white acrylic paint to create a weathered look. I stopped...

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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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Recon Dogfight Illustration

  • 08/27/2014
Recon Dogfight Illustration

Novel:  “Fine Line” – Illustration:  “Recon Dogfight" "Recon Dogfight" is the third illustration completed for Jerry Slauter's next book; "Fine Line".  The scene shows Daryl with a Graflex camera photographing German positions on the Western Front in June of 1917 - from the rear cockpit of a French Dorand AR A2; a reconnaissance biplane in use by Americans flying in the French Lafayette Escadrille prior to America entering the First World War. Dogfights frequently erupted as Allied and Axis fighter aircraft tried to prevent recon birds from gathering crucial intelligence about enemy...

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