Now that it’s safe and sound in it’s new home in New England, I can show you my latest commission, which was a fun Revolutionary War ancestor portrait for my friend Patricia!
She came to me with the challenge to paint her many-times-over great grandfather, who joined the New York Militia in 1775. She wanted to show his as the strong, brave, and slightly cocky young man she imagined him to be just as he was leaving to fight the British from his rural New York home. She even researched the correct military uniform he would have worn, and I googled muskets (not my every day art research!) to give him the right Revolutionary look.
We also added some fun personal elements to the painting– it was Patricia’s husband (who happens to be British!) that suggested that we add Isaac’s sweetheart to the mix, so I have created “Dorcas”, the young woman he would marry when he came back to his home. We also added, just for fun, a dearly loved but departed family pet peeking over the fence railing– surely they had pet spaniels in the colonies, right? Well, they do in this particular painting!
Since the area that Isaac lived in was full of apple orchards, I added an apple tree and orchard behind, and a cluster of salt box style homes and some grazing sheep to represent the close knit rural community in which Isaac and Dorcas lived.
The color scheme for this painting sort of organically became patriotic– since Isaac’s uniform incorporated blue and white I felt like a good compliment for Dorcas would be a red dress, especially with the red apples in the trees. The little houses behind then also echoed that red, white and blue theme and voila– a bright and patriotic ode to a beloved ancestor and his contribution to his country is born!
And while this is my last commission for a bit while we get ready for our move– I am looking forward to more! I’m going to estimate that in about three weeks time I will be settled in and ready to start working on some projects. Honestly, I am already missing painting and wishing I was doing that instead of packing 😉 so I’m sure my studio will be one of the first rooms set up to work.
I’m just so excited about all the new things coming for this summer. We’re gonna have so much fun! And I can’t wait to get painting and start creating for the holidays! Honestly, I might go right on in to Halloween and some Christmas when I get things set up again. It’s never too early, right?
Hope you have a great weekend!~