Wednesday, August 28, 2013

brothers not forgotten

I painted this on a 9"x12" canvas board on May 27th.

That was Memorial Day, a day for all of us to remember the all of the heroes who sacrificed their precious LIVES so people like you and me can write about whatever we feel, follow whatever dreams we may have and live a life the way God intended--with freedom from control.

My husband Patrick served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve from 2003 until 2010 and was deployed to Iraq in 2004 and 2009. During the time he served, his Nashville-based unit lost five brave men during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

I painted this for Patrick to thank him for his selfless service and the pain and sacrifice of all the men and women he served with, in honor of the five souls who live on in our memories:

SSgt Marcus Golczynski 3/27/07
Cpl Brad McCormick 8/19/04
LCpl Richard Buerstetta 10/23/06
LCpl Tyler Overstreet 10/23/06
LCpl William Spencer 12/28/06

Semper Fi, Marines. RIP.


Thursday, August 22, 2013

inspired dawn for unknown soldiers

this painting is inspired by my father-in-law. he is a songwriter, & quite honestly, a wordsmith. on memorial day this year, he played us a song he wrote entitled 'unknown soldiers.' 

he told my husband & i what had inspired him to write the song. he was by himself, walking through stones river national battlefield & came into the cemetery, humbly paying his respect to all of the fallen unnamed soldiers from the civil war.

it was there, under a beautiful magnolia tree, jim penned a beautiful song.

my favorite part of the song is the last stanza--  

                                                 'but rest in peace in knowing,
                                                 that your names are known to God.
                                                 your names, unknown soldiers,
                                                 are known to God.'  --jim linam


Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Zoo Time in Elephant Land

This is my attempt at an elephant,  based on a personality information page regarding Patrick's personality (ESTJ).

I had some trouble with proportions here as well as positioning body parts correctly...

I like this style of learning, though, in regard to practicing other artists' techniques to learn the concept of things like shadowing and detailing.

What do you think?

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