Buttercups and Cannon: Day One- High on a Hill...

May 3, 2017 by

May 1, 2017  The first time I looked at the clock this morning, the numbers glowed 4:30 a.m.  Though I was eager to begin the day as Artist-in-Residence at Manassas National Battlefield Park, Civil War spirits might have been the only ones there at that pre-dawn hour.  A bit more sleep, breakfast, and off I went.  I did still arrive at 7:30 to begin setting up my studio space at Park Headquarters.  I won’t actually be staying at the park since I live fifteen minutes away, but will be working there each day. My first artistic adventure this morning took me to one of my favorite viewpoints – the ruins of the Robinson house.  James Robinson chose a lovely spot for his home and garden high on a hill overlooking tree-bordered grassy meadows and...

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Buttercups and Cannon: The Nature of the Battlefield...

May 3, 2017 by

As I began to plan for my Artist-in-Residence experience at Manassas National Battlefield Park, I thought about how and why the park is important to me.  I hike there often and enjoy sketching along Bull Run and at the Stone Bridge, where I also go to admire spring wildflowers. The beauty of this special place can sometimes make one forget, just for a moment,  the sorrow lingering beneath the soil. During my time at the park, I will work to capture the layers of history and nature here –the ways in which the two have coexisted. Battles ripped and scarred this graceful landscape, but nature soothed and reclaimed the land and pays homage to those who perished here. History and nature, sorrow and beauty – all are represented. Samuel Fiske, (pen name Dunn Brown)...

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