The following is a horse tessellation as a P4. The pencil study is below as is the final drawing in watercolor and pen and ink. This is a new motif that transforms or rather replaces a running horse with a flying motif.
The angel motif was created in November 2019. I haven't used it in a drawing to date but the watercolor of the pure tessellation is below. While faith, hope and love eternally reigns, Easter this year, reminds me of the poem by W. B. Yeats, "Easter 1916". There's something palpable about the words to the poem this year and several stanzas seem relevant even if written with totally different intention and meaning then.
"He too has been changed in his turn,
A terrible beauty is born."
Just as the words terrible beauty do not seem to go together in one phrase the words social distancing are an oxymoron.
The Minotaur has been a mythological creature for centuries. I remember reading about Theseus and the Minotaur many years ago during a class in literature. I made an attempt to create a small development design with the Minotaur motif. The motif grew out of my interest in mythological creatures (Icarus, centaurs and griffins etc.). I had always been a fan of the movie "The Labyrinth" since the movie used a set configured like MC Escher's "Relativity". The motif is very recent from November 2019. I decided to make a pen and ink drawing of it.
The basic design Idea was from one of the Figures in Structural Topology No. 15. The Journal was given to me by Jeffery Price from Artists Market in 2016. The paper "Super and Superb Colourings of Tilings" by Geoffrey Shepard discussed isohedral tiling and multiple coloring schemes. The mapping and mathematics in this paper is beyond my understanding but I used the IH28 tiling in black, white and gray for this motif.
Below i am attaching a pencil drawing of the development and a pen and ink drawing. I've been able to spend some quality time in my studio over the last month. Its been good to be able to reduce my back log of ideas and draw and paint much more than i have over the last year.
The figure below is a metamorphosis that was developed over several months. It includes eight (8) tessellations. Rotation (P3 Greek Soldier)-->Rotation (P3 Turtles)-->Rotation (P3 Cardinals)--> Rotation (P3 Frogs)--> Translation (L1 Butterflies)--> Glide Reflection (L2 Flying Horses)--> Translation (L1 Achilles, Tortise)--> Rotation (P3 Icarus). This image is 7-1/4 inches wide by 28-3/4 inches long. It was big enough I couldn't do it as a stone lithograph so I drew it with pen, ink, and watercolor on paper. Its dedicated to my colleague M.C. Escher. Even though we never met- I enjoy walking into and exploring the garden. Those of you that read any of Escher's writing will understand what that means. I have an immense amount of respect for his intellect, creativity and graphic design.
Michael Wilson has been creating tessellation art for over 40 years and is preparing this blog to share thoughts on the subject.