This is a colored pencil painting based on a photograph that I took fall, 2016, on the Cornell College campus, located in Mount Vernon, Iowa. I earned my B.A. in biology from Cornell in 1966 and was back to celebrate my 50th reunion with classmates. One of the most recognizable buildings on campus is King Chapel, which was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976. All Cornellians have memories based around King Chapel, perhaps most of them involve our required attendance of "chapel" there. I have become very interested in how looking through rain streaked windows can distort the image we see because of the refraction of light. This painting, entitled "Shelter", is the seventh in a series of paintings that demonstrate this. My intent with this painting was to also demonstrate how iconic the image of King Chapel is to all who have seen it, and that even distortions through rain cannot render it unrecognizable. It will live on in memories no matter how many years and reunion visits are experienced. This painting is done on museum quality Grafix drafting film using Farber-Castell Polychromos and Marshall pencils. The size of the artwork is 11 X 14 inches.

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marie-claire gallet 9 days ago

EXTRADORDINARY !!! OUTSTANDING !!! YOUR SERIES WITH WATERDROPS IS ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS, WILL !!!!!! MY FAV OF COURSE !!!!!!!!!

Artist Reply: Marie-Claire: Thank you so much for your very lovely comments. You are too kind. I do enjoy doing these rain pieces and I am pleased that you find them interesting as well. Enjoy the fall weather while it lasts. Best regards, Will

Joanie Holliday 9 days ago

LOOKS LIKE A DOWNPOUR. GREAT JOB.

Artist Reply: Joanie: thanks so much. The nice thing about these pieces is that I get to control the rain! That doesn't happen in reality, but in the world of "art", it is possible. This makes it fun and interesting. Thanks again and have a good day. Best regards, Will

Vernonette Gaddy 10 days ago

Brilliantly created colored pencils artwork Will. :)

Artist Reply: Vernonette: Thank you so very much for your kind words. They are greatly appreciated. Best regards, Will

Sharon De Vore 10 days ago

VERY STUNNING EFFECT IN THIS BEAUTY, WILL.

Artist Reply: Sharon: Thank you for these very kind words. They are greatly appreciated. Have a good day. Best regards, Will

Marie josé LAURIER 10 days ago

another very beautiful pencil painting ; i like the distorded tower , well done WILL i wish you all the best !!

Artist Reply: Marie: Your kind words are very much appreciated. It is always good to hear from you. Have a very good day. Best regards, Will