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Journey – Cheyenne Bottoms & Geographic Center

  • 07/18/2017

A Wiley Prayer Journey and Adventure... This past winter, we were discussing where we wanted to visit on our next journey. At that time, the election was just around the corner. During the conversation we wondered where the Geographic Center of the United States was located. Upon searching the internet, we discovered there was a historical marker near Lebanon, Kansas for the geographic center of the contiguous United States. The center of the lower 48 states. This turned out to be about a 2 1/2 hour drive from Cheyenne Bottoms. Which is the largest wetland in the interior United States. Where...

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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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Animals and Essential Oils

  • 03/23/2017
Animals and Essential Oils

So happy that Spring has arrived...except it is only 35º here in Virginia today. According to the 15 day forecast temperatures should be in the 60's  and low 70's.  Yippee!!! I started loving essential oils years ago when I purchased a blend of oils for migraines. The little vial had essential oils of Lavender, Peppermint, plus a carrier oil. At that time I didn't know what to do with it except to hold it under my nose. Years later I learned about diffusing essential oils which also helped tremendously. Since then I have been on a quest to learn more about essential oils and use them...

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How Buffalo Soldiers Got Named

  • 02/04/2017
How Buffalo Soldiers Got Named

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 2 (Multi-Part Series):  How Buffalo Soldiers Got Named Read Part 1: New Tank Crew Member for Buffalo Soldiers 18 Kilometers From Cambodia / Just Off HWY (DT)788 / West of Tay Ninh/ South Vietnam / September 1971 /  G Troop – 2nd Squadron – 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment Characters:  * Sarge (TC; Tank Commander) +H Hazy (Gunner) +B Bill (Driver) = Loader   By late afternoon G Troop...

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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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For the Traveler – Gifts She Will Love

  • 01/29/2017
For the Traveler – Gifts She Will Love

15 days to Valentine's Day 2017! Need a little inspiration for a practical gift? Thought it would be fun sharing items that would make excellent gifts for the female traveler. Finding the perfect destination is the first step, then discovering what the weather will be like once you have arrived. Then deciding what to take and the best luggage to use. I love to travel...so this is exciting for me to share these items I have picked out for the gals. Fitbit Charge 2 Heart Rate + Fitness Wristband A watch is perfect so she can be on time for your flight, train or cruise. The Charge...

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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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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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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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Use Essential Oils and Free Your Home from Harmful Ingredients.

  • 07/10/2016
Use Essential Oils and Free Your Home from Harmful Ingredients.

I began using essential oils several years ago when I discovered that Lavender and Peppermint helped bring relieve for my migraines.   Then slowly I have discovered more uses for essential oils and January I found Young Living Essential Oils.   Young Living has a Seed to Seal(r) promise which you can read more about on the SeedtoSeal website. I love essential oils for... Cleaning our home with Thieves Household cleaner...smells of cinnamon and cloves Peppermint and Lavender for migraines along with Lemon for allergies Thieves and RC and more for colds and flu Diffusing essential oils in our home...

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Pelicans, Paragliders, Lighthouse and a Beautiful Sunset in South Carolina

  • 06/20/2016
Pelicans, Paragliders, Lighthouse and a Beautiful Sunset in South Carolina

Our South Carolina Adventure Continues... A God Thing... We appreciate America in all Her Glory -  and wanted to Experience Our Southeastern Coastline.  Truly, SC is to be joined into your memories.  Birds, foliage, animals, reptiles, and history.  "Oh" - that we could ALL spend Time there. Live, Laugh, LOVE Within and on the Perimeters of this Southern Adventure! We camped at the Edisto Beach State Park...which was a very nice treed campground on Edisto Island.  The Atlantic Coast and the proximity to Charleston were the main reasons for using it as our base camp.  Then, we drove...

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Adventure – Alligators at the Ernest F. Hollings ACE Basin National Wildlife Refuge

  • 06/03/2016
Adventure – Alligators at the Ernest F. Hollings ACE Basin National Wildlife Refuge

South Carolina Adventure Our visit to the  Ernest F. Hollings Ace Basin National Wildlife Refuge Dixie "Had The Eye" as per usual... noticing what I had not seen. Two Nested Juveniles which to most would have stood out...but, not me today.   HOW did She DO this... picking out the reptiles from out of All This? From out of acres and acres of vastness... I must have been distracted by whatever...   Agitators...Well, Of COURSE... The American Alligator... this 8-Footer. 8 Feet Below... In a old rice field with moss-stagnant water Unmoving...Sunning...so,...

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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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TOGETHER 2016 on the National Mall 7.16.16

  • 04/17/2016
TOGETHER 2016 on the National Mall 7.16.16

Join TOGETHER 2016 on the National Mall, Saturday 7.16.16 9am-9pm Click for details reset2016.

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Denver – Best Pizza, Aloft Hotel, Family & More

  • 01/04/2016
Denver – Best Pizza, Aloft Hotel, Family & More

Another Wiley Adventure We returned from a visit to meet our 7-week old granddaughter in Denver, Colorado.  The weather was perfect on a Friday when we landed; but we knew Denver was expecting a few inches of snow on Saturday.  Virginia was experiencing temperatures in the upper 60's...and still are Monday when I started this post. Yay!  BUT, I'm finishing this 3 weeks later due to both of us catching the flu, and then celebrating Christmas and New Years. Meeting Blake for the first time was super special for us...holding a precious life that will bring much joy to everyone she meets...is...

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Coastal Centerpiece IV

  • 11/22/2015
Coastal Centerpiece IV

As I am typing this post I look out the window and most of the leaves have fallen off the trees. Last night we experienced below freezing temperatures, but one of our Hibiscus plants on the back deck has 3 new blooms.  Of course, my Hubby tells me that I need to snap pics today...before their gone.  The sun shining so I'll wait until the blooms are bathed in sunshine! Now for the 4th Coastal Centerpiece. If you've seen my previous centerpieces then you see some common elements...coconut candles, flowers, black and white color theme, and shells.  The lantern is by Yankee Candle...the vase...

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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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