I finally finished last night. Like everything else I learned a few things. Though I like a painting to be tight and have details I tried to loosen up a bit. Now back to painting soldiers.
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
I'm going to be putting a few things together for the Artist Preservation Group and I'll hopefully be handy enough to do some stuff in photoshop that will be of use. I put together this Iron Brigade piece just as an exercise. I thought a picture of the 24th Michigan monument at Gettysburg would make a fitting background. The photo was "cropped" so I would end up with a round image, which payed homage to the brigade being part of the 1st Corps of the Army of the Potomac. I further enhanced the image by coloring the entire image red, which was the color of their Corp badge. It's a simple design which a lot could be done with. I may put it on a T-shirt just to see what it looks like. anyway it was fun to do.
Friday, August 3, 2007
I never come home from Gettysburg empty handed. In addition to a few books I also picked 5 of the Gettysburg battlewalks DvDs Produced by the Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN). These battlefield tours are conducted by Park Service historian/park rangers or licensed battlefield guide. I chose the DvDs that had tours conducted by historians/guides I was was familiar with. The programs run anywhere from one to two and a half hours. There are about 12 walks available for sale in Gettysburg that run in price from $15.99 to $25. The PCN website sells them for $25 and lists 89 different walks! Here is a link to PCN which also has a list of available Gettysburg book lectures.
The Herbst Woods tour pictured is conducted by Park Service Historian Scott Hartwig. This program is 2 hours and 25 minutes long and is an in depth coverage of the fighting that took place on that part of the field. Harwig is not only knowledgeable about the subject but also weaves a human element into his presentation.
Thursday, August 2, 2007
I picked up a book about the Gettysburg National Cemetery which has a number of human interest stories relating to a number of the soldiers that are buried there. While walking through the cemetery I thought I'd look for the grave of a soldier I recently did a study of. The soldiers are buried in sections for their respective states. My search led me to the section for Minnesota which only has a small number of soldiers. Much to my surprise I was able to locate the grave of Alonzo Hayden of the 1st Minnesota Volunteers. Like other graves in the cemetery Hayden's first name if spelled wrong. The name on the grave is Alonze C. Hayden. I also managed to locate three other individuals that will eventually become subjects for future paintings.
I had (as well as the family) a great time in Gettysburg. We did have a little rain the first two days but it did not interfere too much with walking the field. For the most part it was typical Gettysburg in the summertime...HOT! Here are a few photos from my many excursions out on the field. I usually get up around 5:30 am so I can get some photos before it's overrun with tourists. I took a number of pictures to be used for current and future projects. There are always new things to take pictures of as well as take better ones of the monuments and areas I've photographed in the past.