Friday, October 2, 2020

The Historic Ellicott City Mural

 The mural is finally finished, for the second time. The original mural was made from a painting that was photographed and printed on aluminum panels. It was done that way so it could be easily replaced if it became damaged.

Unfortunately, the printer used dye based inks instead of pigment based inks and the image faded. So, I did the only thing that could be done, repainted the entire mural by hand on site. The mural is nine by eighteen feet. If you find yourself in Historic Ellicott City, MD., check it out.

Sunday, July 12, 2020

Historic Ellicott City Coloring Book

As always, many projects are ongoing. Back and forth between each of them as time allows and interest waxes or wanes. Summer has me outside most days tending the many gardens. 

When Fall does arrive, I’ll be once again working on finishing the Historic Ellicott City Coloring Book.
Here are three of the images from it. About twenty images are completed, with a dozen or so to go.

With any luck, it will be published before the end of this year.

Monday, April 20, 2020

Bad Snowman Book Progress

This last month has been spent illustrating one of my next books which is due out in the Fall  of 2020. "Bad Snowman" is something that I've been working on and off over the last two years between other projects, and now with so much time at home, it's getting worked on every day. Some of these drawings are taking ten to fourteen hours, with ongoing edits. Lots of local references as usual...
Here's a peek...

Sunday, December 29, 2019

Just One More Thing!

As we close in on the last few days of 2019, my mural in Historic Ellicott City was completed just two days ahead of the deadline. It's in a great location, where nearly every visitor walks by to shop in town.

The top section is a composite of views that is taken from a series of drawings done in 1974, and recently painted in acrylics.

The bottom section is based on an insurance map from the late 19th century. It was updated to include building changes made since then, using Google Earth View. Both were combined on an Apple Ipad, using “Procreate” a digital drawing program. Both the upper painting, and the map drawing were digitized and Adobe Photoshop was used to do the final sectional design.

The middle section is a business card holder, with 42 boxes.

All is framed with Cypress wood, which will age to a silvery gray.

Sunday, December 15, 2019

A few days remain to order these GREAT Christmas gifts... All richly illustrated.

The perfect gift for anyone that loves Historic Ellicott City.
All four are available on ETSY, and are ready for immediate shipping.

First, a book of art featuring Historic Ellicott City, and the fifty years that I've painted there.
Second, a new book, about growing up in Ellicott City, before it was famous.
Third, the first Zombie Snowmen of Ellicott City book.
Last, the newest Zombie Snowman book.

Both Zombie Snowmen books were written by Jerry Lee Harlowe, and illustrated by me.

Wiley Purkey - Painter of Ellicott City History available here

Madison Snow and Fraser Fir available here

The Legend of the Zombie Snowmen of Ellicott City #1 available here

Zombie Snowmen - The Return of the Icy Undead #2 available here