VIDA

Years ago I created textile designs. I no longer have the original paintings but I had color copies. I made them repeat in Photoshop for the various sizes on VIDA. I was not sure how they would turn out, sending them off and hoping for the best. I just received some scarves with my work on them. I’m really happy with the quality of product and the way the patterns look. Visit my shop on http://www.shopvida.com/collections/william-ulrich for more patterns and products.

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Flight

Trying to get simple movements down with animation before we try something more ambitious. I took an animation course in college, but I’m 51 and never used it til now. I’m starting to really get into it. I have a sketchbook project from 2012 that I want to animate in some way. This is the first one….. Flight.

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Skullbat

Trying out some animation and having a hard time getting it to work anywhere as a gif. Wondering if it works on here. Grant and I have the idea to try out some things. This was a test to see if I could make it work. More to come. I wanted to see if my sketching style worked for this.

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Rainy Night Shots

This really became a thing for me in 2016, where I find myself out on rainy nights and fall for the reflections. Mostly in San Francisco but the bus one is from Berkeley. We are going into a week of rain now – they say – so I should have more. Enjoy.

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The last thing I did this year.

I do paintings that stage homes for realtors, this helps pay for my studio. The owner always wants new work different work. So in trying to keep them happy I do a handful in one style, so they can mix and match. The last time I tried something different it bombed. In general they like my work. They have returned other artists work but have kept mine. So to redeem myself I did this today, incorporating stencils.

I went to the studio to try to clear some depression, seeing friends helps. It’s been a couple days before I could actually paint anything. At least with this – what they want is color, abstract and innocuous so it doesn’t offend anybody. I like this one and feel I can do a couple more to go with it.

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Santa Baby.

A week ago I left the house and ran into three black ladies passing out fliers. One said I looked like a painter. When I told them I was they got all excited. I did not get their names. The smallest one kept asking if I would walk her down the red carpet. They asked me if I could draw the photo they had (I think Frankie because she’s a singer). This is a benefit concert and toy drive at The Black Repertory Theater in the neighborhood. I told them I could draw it and they told me to be there at 12:30 on the 17th. They were cracking me up because the little one asked if I could draw her naked. I don’t think they actually thought I would draw this photo but they expect nothing which is why I wanted to give them something. I let this go all week. Tried tonight three times and wound up with this sketch. I framed it for them. So tomorrow I go to see if I can get this to them. I have not been in the holiday spirit, but I did the best I could considering a photo that was not the best to work from. I hope Frankie likes it.

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Green Man panel – installed

On a rainy day I went to the studio to finish soldering the back and get it into the wood frame I made. Got it home and up.

I had never used these gems before, so this was an experiment. I didn’t have enough of some colors, so I had to improvise. Today seeing it up with light coming through – I was happy with it. I like glass because it is always changing with the light over the course of the day.

The cobalt blue center has a story. I found antique amber and cobalt blue at a salvage yard many years ago. I have several sheets of each still. The blue is my signature – I use it sparingly. It’s probably 100 years old or so – the paper between the sheets of glass dissolved and left dust lines. This etched center piece was made for another art project years ago it was in sort of a tombstone shape – I cut it into more of a circle. I have not been able to find this shade of blue in modern stores.

This piece was made to use up scraps from other projects. So it uses most types of glass: streaky, textured, clear, etched, gems and bevels. Most would say not to use all these together but I was experimenting.

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Another Greenman panel

So I’ve always had a thing for the Greenman. In this panel I wanted to experiment and use scraps from other things I’ve done. There are warnings I’ve seen about using types of glass together. I threw caution to the wind and came up with this design using streakys, textures, bevels, etching and gems together. Usually I start out with a pattern that I’ve drawn, but with this one I made it up on the fly. Now I need to copper foil it and solder it together.

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