This is one of my special paintings. It has my dear friend, Larry McCluney in the picture as well as my daughter, whom has been great to pose for my paintings. That would be the downfall of having a mother as an artist. My friend Mike Whitten provided the photography for the event that soon led into a painting and a print.
Casualties of War was going to be a series of prints and paintings. It still might, one day. This casualty was the bride that saw her new groom off to war and did not see him return. Other casualties of this war was the burning of the south. The many home places that were robbed of everything the family had of any value, including the food. The mothers that saw all sons go to war and never return. The nurses that held a dying soldier in the war just to comfort him.
I do love painting from a photograph because I can capture so much detail. In this painting, Brittany borrowed a reenacting dress from a friend. We would have love a black dress, but most do not use those dresses unless they are specifically dressing the part of the widow. I changed the color in the painting process. Mike Whitten added Larry in a very transparent method on the photograph that I used.
Different tombstones, different poses. Make lots and lots of pictures to find the one that draws you in at the end of the day. You never know until you look at the files in a different way.
Now! All day, everything was serious. Getting that correct feeling about the picture. The sadness. The distress. You can only imagine the times that we had to take a break because everyone was laughing for whatever reason. Mostly because we did not NEED to laugh.
And then the mood just goes plain silly from time to time and the photographer is anxious to catch those moments too.