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hurstmetals:

With a new start this semester I am deciding to finish the thread I started last spring with this body of work. I have settled on using two or three metalsmithing techniques to use in these pieces which include enameling, casting, and possibly stone setting. I feel like enameling can create extraordinary colors and add character to a piece that is not normally obtained through other traditional practices in metalsmithing.

The theme of my work remains largely the same. I am creating symbolic “badges of honor” to commemorate various accomplishments in my life. A lot of influence stems from traditional military medals. These medals are usually awarded to soldiers who have proven their heroism with some act of valor. With this work I want to commemorate the otherwise mundane with a stunning piece of art.

The first assignment for this course again involves creating 80 miniature projects. The goal of this is to foster creativity and get your mind going and creating after a long period of dormancy. I like to consider these pieces ‘sketches’ of a more important body of work. For the first round of projects I have been experimenting with enamel. I’ve worked with various surfaces including steel and copper mostly. My next step is to develop different color combinations that work well together. I’ve never enameled on steel before so this is a good opportunity to grow. I have found a liking with steel bottle caps in particular. Bottle caps have a distinct ‘Americana’ character to them that I wish to transcribe into my larger body of work somehow. The remind me of the badges you would get as a boy or girl scout for doing various tasks. While I was never directly associated with either organization as a child I can appreciate their mode of honor and fostering good morals with the youth.

All in all I look forward to a creative and productive semester. Stay tuned for more entries in the future. Happy making!

-Will

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"Lazy Sunday at the beach," mixed media on chipboard. 40" x 30". 2014

"Lazy Sunday at the beach," mixed media on chipboard. 40" x 30". 2014

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"I am so often reminded that I am, in fact, not in control." Mixed media on chipboard. 40" x 30". 2014

"I am so often reminded that I am, in fact, not in control." Mixed media on chipboard. 40" x 30". 2014

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"Grotto Study 2," Acrylic and oil on canvas, 2012.

"Grotto Study 2," Acrylic and oil on canvas, 2012.

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"Chuck Liddell vs. Rich Franklin," Acrylic and oil on canvas, 2012.
In the manner of George Bellows

"Chuck Liddell vs. Rich Franklin," Acrylic and oil on canvas, 2012.

In the manner of George Bellows

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"Face of David" -My fourth and final piece for this semester. By now I have greatly improved my handle of egg tempera as a medium. I loved this piece because it is vastly different from my usual controlled, neat, style. I am quite happy with the outcome and can’t wait to start on my next egg tempera painting.

"Face of David" -My fourth and final piece for this semester. By now I have greatly improved my handle of egg tempera as a medium. I loved this piece because it is vastly different from my usual controlled, neat, style. I am quite happy with the outcome and can’t wait to start on my next egg tempera painting.

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"Vader Pantocrator" -This would make my third painting during my tenure in Italy. I am quite happy with the results. The application of Silver leaf looks fantastic against the artificial color palette of the Sith Lord. 

"Vader Pantocrator" -This would make my third painting during my tenure in Italy. I am quite happy with the results. The application of Silver leaf looks fantastic against the artificial color palette of the Sith Lord. 

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My second historical copy. Giotto’s “Lamentation of Christ.” Starting to get a grasp of the technique here. First time applying gold leaf as well. Tricky stuff!

My second historical copy. Giotto’s “Lamentation of Christ.” Starting to get a grasp of the technique here. First time applying gold leaf as well. Tricky stuff!

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My first venture into the art of egg tempera painting. This is my historical copy of Masaccio’s “Expulsion From the Garden of Eden.” You can definitely tell this is my first piece. Not too happy with it but you have start somewhere.

My first venture into the art of egg tempera painting. This is my historical copy of Masaccio’s “Expulsion From the Garden of Eden.” You can definitely tell this is my first piece. Not too happy with it but you have start somewhere.

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First Steps

Hello world,

I plan to use this blog to archive my art works and show them to the public. I’m new to this whole Tumblr thing so bear with me. I’m studying Drawing and Painting at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. As of right now I am studying the art of tempera painting and hands on art history in Florence, Italy. I’m having the time of my life here and I hope to share my works I’ve done here soon. 

Caio!

WRH