The following describes the process and development for this image. A long time ago and I hate to admit this but in 2001 I created the layout for this image. In fact this was one of the first images I sent to Andrew Crompton for his website People Doing Tessellations. So I dated it and drew this on tracing paper and then put it away in one of my portfolio notebooks. Well I had always wanted to make this a color drawing. I finally decided that I would finish it. Why it took me so long I do not know. Its possible that I remembered the image of the barn and had just completed Almost Extinct earlier this month. So there are two images and tessellations that include barns! The Figure 1 depicts the original image from 2001. Figure 2 depicts the colorized version with a few changes or edits.
I have many unfinished projects. I hope to be able to continue to complete the old ones and also generate some new tessellations to incorporate into my artwork. This blog gives me a way to convey my ideas and hopefully inspire others into trying their hand at creating tessellation patterns. I know that my work normally tells a picture story. That's not to say that the pure form of creating tessellations is not valuable. It is very valuable and very interesting especially the beautiful work we can see from many websites dedicated to this artform.
The tessellation and drawing in the figure below depicts two types of dinosaurs and a small farm. Just as the dinosaurs are extinct the small family owned farm is slowly becoming extinct. The tessellations are of a tyrannosaurus and a triceratops meeting each other on the page. I believe they are both C1 types of tessellations. The barn is similar to many barns I saw growing up in the Midwest. Many of them are now falling down or need serious repair. When you see these barns many times their roofs are collapsing or they are leaning and you can see the purlins or other parts of the structural "bones" that have been exposed by time. They remind me of the dinosaur bones unearthed by archeologists. The sun is setting in the background and shadows are forming. Hopefully time will not set on the small family farm.
Michael Wilson has been creating tessellation art for over 40 years and is preparing this blog to share thoughts on the subject.