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Welcome to my art page.

I have put some of my art work here that I have done over the years for me to admire. I will continue to place pictures of my drawings and watercolor paintings as time allows. Enjoy. Mark.

The picture above is from the Willow Folk Festival held annually in Jo Daviess County near Stockton, IL. I have been attending the music festival since the 1980's.


Christmas Cards

2017 Christmas Card

This is a picture of my new winter Christmas card for 2017. The subject of this painting is a Sears catalog home known as the Riverside, built about 1937 and located in Geneva, IL.

The original artwork of my winter painting is a 9” X 12” on Aches Aquarelle hot pressed 140 lb watercolor paper. The medium is black ink line and watercolor wash.


2016 Christmas Card

Story here.


New Orleans Shotgun Houses

The New Orleans shotgun houses pictured here are located in Uptown near Carrollton Avenue in the Riverbend neighborhood on Birch Street. The shotgun house was popular in the United States from the end of the Civil War until the 1920s.

The name Shotgun was coined because it was said if you open the front and back doors you could fire a shotgun through the building without hitting anything because the doors lined up.


525 Hickory Street

This is a colored pencil drawing I did in 1998 of the house I owned in Galena IL.

I bought the property in 1981 and sold it in 2001. The house was solid stone and was built in 1855. The building sits on 9 city lots in the historic district.

I would spend as many as 100 nights a year in this magical place.



Sunset over Geneva.

This is the first landscape that I painted in watercolors.

I am standing on my front porch looking down my driveway in Geneva, IL during a cold and snowy February 2016. I took the photograph just after the driveway was plowed at sunset and painted the picture that April.



St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Galena, Illinois.

I titled the work "Timeless Truth"

St. Matthews Lutheran Church is a wonderful place to draw early on a Sunday morning before the service begins.

When developing the drawing I decided to use the tree in front of the parsonage to suggest the church has great roots and trunk but also an always refreshing congregation with new branches.

I originally drew this work using 12 different weight Bruynzeel pencils in black and white on a 24" X 18" piece of Stratford paper during a very cold February in 1999.

I redrew the work a few years later with the aid of my Macintosh G4 computer using an Adobe Photoshop program to color the work and sent it out as my Christmas cards in 2004.


The snowmam and my park bench

The snowman Chirstmas card was the first piece of original art work I ever did on a computer and it was lots of fun.

When I started learning how the computer drawing tools worked I could not stop. I am sure I spent 30 plus hours working on this. My best friend and wife Vivian said she felt completely invisible during those few days.

The program I used was Claris Works 4, on a Macintosh Dual Dock lap top. in January 2000.


The Marcy Farm

This is a drawing of the Marcy family farm house in Burlington, IL. I spent 7 years living here and did a study of this beautiful farm. Between drawings and sketches I did over 60 pieces of art work not to mention all the other drawnings around the Sycamore area during that period of time.

The farm belongs to the Meisinger family and I was blessed the day I meet them. I plan to go back and do more drawings at this peaceful place.



Liuzza's by the Track

Liuzza's by the Track is located on what is known as the Esplanade Ridge just steps from New Orleans Fair Grounds, horse track, and near Esplanade Avenue. Liuzza's by the Track is the classic definition of a New Orleans neighborhood joint with good food and interesting company.

I have been enjoying this old establishment since the summer of 2000 and started doing some drawings in the fall of 2007.



The Phantom of Westminster

This is a drawing of Galena, IL as seen from under the US 20 highway bridge. The center of the drawing shows the Westminster church without it's characteristic spire.

Look carefully and you can find the Phantom watching over this beautiful place from the old high school. When I drew the work I did not intentionally draw the Phantom but the Phantom was pointed out to me by other friends and artists after I finished the drawing. Since the time I finished this work an anonymous doner has contributed the money needed to have a new Steeple erected and it is rumored the donor lived in one of the condos in the redeveloped high school.


Willow 2005 T shirt

I love the Willow Music Festival! I have been attending on and off for over 20 years. Recently I have been invited to camp at the festival, so I arrive on Friday and site up camp. This is the best way to enjoy Willow. Friday when the musicians arrive they set up their camp sites and pull out their music and start jamming. This goes on until early the next morning. The picture is a drawing I did and was use as this years 2005 tee shirt design.Thank you for the honor Willow.


Willow T shirt 2009

The picture above is five separate drawing from Willow valley near Stockton, IL. I scanned the individual drawings and added them together using Adobe Photo Shop. This picture was used for Willows T shirt 2009.


Green Street

I did this drawing in a very cold Feburary.


The Galena Artist Guild

The Galena Artist Guild invited me to exhibit my pencil drawings in a one man show that was hosted by the Elks Club of Galena, IL. The drawing pictured above was the invitation I drew announcing the show.


Don't Blink it's Wasco

I was compelled to draw this picture in the year of 2000 because the little hamlet of Wasco was changing very fast. As a child I lived in town starting in 1956 for about four years.

Pictured are the Mather's gas station, the Huml's general store, and Post Office.

Mom would send me to the Post Office to get the mail and then I could buy some penny candy at the store or the gas station as my reward.




Mark and Vivian Wissing Ⓒ 2018

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