Buttercups and Cannon: Day 11-Creating a Special Journal...

Jul 5, 2017 by

Thursday, May 11, 2017 Today I am working on a journal that will be a record of my time here at the battlefield. For this project, I started with an old book I found in an antique store.  It was falling apart, but had good “bones” so I rescued it and will give it a new life.  Sometimes this “gutting” process is painful, as I am a lover of books!  If the book had a note from the owner i.e. an inscription, I save that and put it on a page in the new journal. See the photo here. Next, I took the pages out and created my own using lots of different papers I had on hand, mostly scrapbook papers and some handmade paper.  As I go, I add in cards, maps, sketches,...

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Final Thoughts on my Manassas National Battlefield Artist-in-Residence Experience...

Jul 5, 2017 by

As I reflect on my two weeks at the park, I remember the people, landscape, history, and animals that came together to make the experience so meaningful. Each day the park introduced me to something or someone new – the golden field of buttercups at Hazel Plain, the singing meadowlark on Henry Hill, the knowledgeable and kind rangers who helped me, and the interesting German couple whom I met at the Visitor Center – to name just a few. I learned more about the beautiful and serene landscape on Henry Hill that has so many stories to tell about what happened here. Through diaries, letters, and war documents I learned about people who lived through the war and its consequences including the Robinson and Thornberry families whose farms saw troops of both sides marching...

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Buttercups and Cannon: Day 8-Mixed Media Day...

Jul 5, 2017 by

Monday, May 8, 2017 Mixed media day!  I was excited to begin work on a fun new project that combines history and nature with images and words from the battlefield.  I’ve been thinking about this idea for a while and was anxious to get all of my “stuff” out and get started. Mixed media is fun to work with as it gives the artist so much freedom to explore avenues of expression. I set up out on the back patio of the park headquarters building where the staff was kind enough to give me temporary studio space. For this project, I began with a blank canvas treated with gesso.  Then I combined copies of old battlefield maps, diary extracts, bits from letters, and quotes – all layered on the canvas. After trying several layouts, I settled...

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Cannon and Buttercups: Day 4- Sketching on Henry Hill...

Jun 28, 2017 by

Thursday, May 4, 2017 It was a bit breezy this afternoon on the terrace of the Visitor Center, but the view is so inspiring for any artist.  I am fortunate (as is everyone else here) to join sculptor Cynthia Rusnak who is the other Artist-in-Residence for these two weeks. She is creating a Bobwhite Quail from alabaster for her project.  It was so interesting to hear about the process she will use and how she sees the quail in the stone already. The beautiful, solemn space on Henry Hill provides so many ideas to write about and draw, but today I chose this wise old multi-trunked Eastern Red Cedar whose actual age has not been determined, but most here agree it was probably here during the battle on July 21, 1861.  I couldn’t resist...

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Butttercups and Cannon: Day 10-The Thornberry Family...

Jun 28, 2017 by

Wednesday, May 10 It is a glorious day in the park today – blue sky, a few white cottony clouds.  I would guess the temperature to be about 65 degrees. I hiked up to the Thornberry House today, one of my favorite places here in the park.  I wanted to be sure to capture it in words and pictures before my AIR time is over. On the way to the house itself, the Sudley Loop Trail rises high above the waters of Bull Run.  Pink forest phlox danced on the light breeze and Red Spotted Purple butterflies flitted about.  I found the perfect spot to set up.  My trusty camp stool precariously perched just off the trail, I sat down to do a quick painting.  Today I challenged myself to do an exercise in...

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