Completing stone lithographs is a very tedious process. It takes patience; normally more patience than I can muster. I'm probably the only person on the planet that draws tessellations on stone and creates picture stories as another colleague once told me. Of course my inspiration was from a colleague that I never met. Maurits Cornelis Escher (1898-1972) was a brilliantly talented graphic artist and constantly innovating his craft. He created about 450 prints in his lifetime. Many woodcuts and lithographs and a few linocuts and mezzotints.
I've created ten stone lithographs, one woodcut, three etchings, several monotypes and about twenty linocuts. Many of my tessellations never get to stone or to print status. I sometimes take the easy way out and make a drawing. I have many drawings and watercolors with just the pure tessellations and many more sketches with picture story ideas that are unfinished. At least one of the picture story ideas goes back to 1988 (Maybe someday). I would guess about 40-45 sketches have never been developed beyond a rough sketch.
Its interesting to me that my great uncle Fred was born in 1896 and died in 1974. He would have been a contemporary of Escher's. I remember our visits; sitting quietly next to him in his arm chair while we talked. He was a WWI veteran and a barber.
So why a tyrannosaurs? Well they are extinct (at least I've been told...) and maybe I am trying to keep the "nearly extinct" stone lithography breathing. The figures below are of a sketch, stone transfer and what the print will look like when finally printed in color. Hope you like it. Drop me a note if you do.
Michael Wilson has been creating tessellation art for over 40 years and is preparing this blog to share thoughts on the subject.