Thursday, November 27, 2008

Gettysburg's Remmembrance Day


My wife and I drove down to Gettysburg for it's annual Remembrance Day observance. This year marked the 145th Anniversary of the dedication of the Soldier's Cemetery and Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. Cold is one word that describes our four day stay at our home away from home. The parade that was held on Saturday was pretty nice. Though the authenticity of the groups varied it was impressive seeing a mass of men and women in period dress dominating a parade. This was also a chance to see the battlefield's NEW visitor's center. Though I have many mixed feelings about the whole thing I've decided to NOT comment on it. One thing that was a treat to see was the bottom of the triangular field below Devil's Den without trees. Those guys from the 1st Texas sure had a lot of open ground to cross while under the guns of Smith's battery up on Devil's Den.

Here is what the Triangular Field now looks without the trees. It really gives you an idea of it's appearance during the battle, though there were leaves on the trees.

Friday, November 14, 2008

A Von Steuben Continental


Though I've already painted a soldier from the 2nd Virginia, I wanted a different title. This was more of an exercise in painting large areas of color, in addition to sorting out the benefits and limitations of acrylics. The painting is 8 X 10 and is painted on colored multimedia board.