This Gettysburg National Military Park location holds personal interest for me, so I've photographed it many times, from many angles. It's a large area known as the Triangular Field; here's a view of the entrance from "behind" the Devil's Den upper road. It's done from a photo I took on one of my endless tramps among the park lands. My fine art website is: South Mountain Sketchbook
A few years ago I got tickets to the July
Gettysburg Battlefield re-enactment celebration
for my husband's birthday. We were actually watching
a re-enactment of one of the battles when I turned
my head and saw these two women (and the little girl)
re-enactors coming up over a hill. It was one of those times
where I was so grateful to have camera in hand!
Such an amazing thing to walk through the
gardens of Claude Monet and to see how he
planned each aspect of the design with a painting in mind.
It's an experience I will never forget!
If you would like to see more, this painting
will be available at Brath and Hughes Fine Art, LLC - Gallery
in November/December of 2014 when I will
be having an exhibit of my French Series paintings there.
Today is International Women's Day. The
theme for the 2014 celebration is: “Equality for women is progress for
all”. The day is a clear reminder of how far we have come...but yet we
still have a long way to go. When I look back on the opportunities and
resources available to my great-grandmother, grandmother, and mother I
can appreciate there has been progress. But just not enough, not fast
enough, and not globally enough.
is a Song...Sing It", is a passage attributed to Mother Teresa I
read in the Grand Circle Corporation book of quotes. It inspired this
Artist Trading Card and I feel it is echos the spirit of today's
celebration. We all have a unique voice and together we open doors for
each other, not only on one day of the year, but every day, every year.
My life is shaped by so many
women. I imagine my Muse to be a woman as well. She isn't a singular
being, but rather bits and pieces of the women who have influenced my
life. She has the business savvy of my maternal great-grandmother; the
intelligence and forward thinking of my maternal grandmother; the
fortitude of my paternal grandmother; the work ethic of my paternal
aunt; and finally the nurturing compassion and sound judgement of my
Artist Trading Card is a mixture of a vintage photo, Distress Inks, and
acrylic paint stencilled and rubber stamped on to the illustration board
International Women's Day draws to a close, show your appreciation to
all of the powerful, influential women who make a difference in your
life. Women are inspiring. Who inspired you in Art and in Life?
Some of the most memorable places I saw while in France
were the beaches of Normandy. It reminded me so
much of the Civil War battlefields I have visited because
there was such a contrast of exquisite beauty with
the realization of the tragedy and heavy loss of life
that took place here during a war (World War II).
Both my father and my father-in-law were soldiers
in France during the war, and I painted this
in remembrance (and love) of them and all that they
did to preserve our freedoms.
There is a stretch of bare trees along North Highway A1A, near where we stay in Fort Pierce, FLA. For the past five winter seasons I've driven past this "forest" of twisting trees. I don't know what kind of tree they are or how they died. No one has removed them. I'm glad, because I've always wanted to paint them. I finally drove myself to the site on a beautiful sunny morning, with a bright blue sky and nice shadows and painted one of them.
If you look out the window of the train, as you ride from Philly to New York, you will see more than one of these small buildings along the tracks. Not sure what their use is. Could be small people live there to make sure none cuts too much of this rich grass or goes swimming in the freezing water? Storage house for skis? Playhouse for lost children?