Sunday, August 28, 2011

Veterans Memorial - Part 2 of 9 - Civil War Art

This completed illustration flows from the first in the series, and depicts events of the American Civil War. 

President Abrahm Lincoln, referenced from a well known portrait of the time, is pictured in front of the Emancipation Proclamation, which speaks to one of the main causes for the Civil War. 

Below, Union soldiers fire a canon, while to the right rides a Confederate soldier.

MIckey Harris, First Responder Truck, Airbrush art...

GM presents the debut of the 9/11First Responder truck designed and painted by Mickey Harris.  GM will be bringing this truck to New York to share with you the brave first responders, on Tuesday September 6th and Wednesday September 7th.  The vehicle will be on display near ground zero at West Broadway and Barclay Streets from 11a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. 

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Veterans Memorial Art, 1 of 9 part series

This is the first of nine images that will be used for reference in the application of a mural on the Lula, Georgia, Veterans Memorial Park standing wall.

Each of the nine paintings are 8 x 10 inches in size, and at a 1 inch to 1 foot scale can easily be transferred to the 8 x 90 foot wall. However, since the project will be done by volunteers, and the skill levels of each individual will vary, I've decided to scan the paintings, and digitally repaint each in a more graphic, comic book style, providing an easier road map to follow. I will then create an outline version of each of the main segments which will make the transfer to the wall even easier to apply.

This first segment relates to the "American War of Independence", or "Revolutionary War", and the content reflects some of the well known icons that have become synonymous with that time period.

The Revolutionary Soldier stands holding the musket, with the flag of the thirteen colonies as a backdrop. The Presidential Seal floats above the flag, while underneath rides Paul Revere sounding the alarm, riding past the church in Philadelphia, with two lanterns lighting the upper windows to warn those watching for the sign.

The symbol of the snake with the words "Join or Die" below was the rallying cry for a call to arms, and to the right the "Military Order of the Purple Heart," the first of which was presented by George Washington, the first President of the United States.

This entire series will be sure to trigger many history discussions, and will be a good learning tool for the children  who visit the location.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

New Military Art prints available

I have created and uploaded a page of available military art prints on the Screaming Eagles web site, and they can be viewed and ordered from this page:

(Clicking on the small image takes you to a larger view and information about the art.)

The first print is titled "Purple Heart", which is a 16 x 20 inch oil on canvas. With the U.S. flag in the background, the "Statue of Liberty" in the foreground, and a large Purple Heart medal floating above, it makes a powerful statement to the interdependence of different elements that are the foundation of our country. 
The composition of the painting reflects the valor of those who protect our country, the strength of our freedom, and the continuity of the republic.

The second offering is of a 1944 CCKW 2 1/2 ton cargo truck, affectionately known as the "Deuce and a Half". During the Currahee Military Weekend, held yearly in Toccoa, Georgia, this vehicle was one of many restored vehicles displayed during the event. I managed to get photographs of many of those in attendance, and this particular one I immediately envisioned as a painting.

The third image contains both the Apache AH-64 Longbow, heavy division/corp attack helicopter, and on the ground below, the M1 Abrams Main Battle Tank, racing across the desert floor. 

The fourth image is of a single Apache AH-64 in a desert sunset scenario, where the coloration of the background suggests night operations.

These are all Giclee archival Fine Art prints, on museum quality materials, and have an eighty year lifespan, resisting color shift or fading.

Available in 8x10 in. or 11 x 14 in. sizes. PayPal secure payments with account or credit cards.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Veterans Memorial - Lula, Ga.

This is the first part of what will be three slideshows. 

The first part is a pictorial of the opening day ceremony celebrating not only the opening of the Veterans Park, but offering the communities heartfelt thanks to all the veterans who have given so much to our great country.

The segments to follow will provide the sequence of images depicting how, from the dedication, a project to memorialize our history with a mural began to take shape, the concept and design, all the way through the actual application of the design. 

I first conceptualized this painting as a community project. During the ribbon cutting I realized that the back of the veterans wall was an area in which trees would be planted, and benches installed, providing areas of shade and quiet in which one could view a history in pictures and contemplate our countries innate sense of the goodness of its people; its strength and resolve in the face of adversity. An 8 foot by 90 foot blank canvas; There is nothing more attractive to an artist than painting a blank canvas, and painting large even more so.

I immediately envisioned the impact it could have on visiting children if the art actually provided an avenue for discussion of key points in American history. 

I was able to talk with Dennis Bergman, Lula City Manager, and Vicki Campbell, historian and council member, about the possibility of such a project first being something of community interest, but also how to do it within city guidelines.

From that meeting, the project grew. As I continue posting, visitors can watch each step of the project as it takes shape, and followers of this blog can post their opinions, ideas, and most of all, those who wish to volunteer to work on this worthy artistic project can easily do so. 

Thanks for visiting, and I look forward to hearing from those who are following.