This is a detail of a painting I did for the picture book about Francis Marion. It's still very much unfinished. I have yet to add smoke and other elements to it. It depicts Marion directing the last cannon volley from Ft. Sullivan at the British fleet in Charleston harbor during the first British attempt to take the city from the sea. I'm pretty pleased so far. This represents a day's work--I hope to have it finished by the end of the day tomorrow. I really want this book to be a slam dunk--pictures, words everything... Y'all let me know what you all think.
Visually, I am really channelling the spirits of N. C. Wyeth and Fredrick Remington--two of my most favorite historical illustrators. The drama that both artists bring to every scene they paint--the way that they are able to tell a whole story in the space of a single canvas. It's just amazing. I consider the turn of the century up to about the 1950's to be the golden age of illustration. Remington, Wyeth, Pyle, A.B. Frost... These wonderful illustrators were not just painters, they were storytellers as well. They were also, some of them, flamboyant adventurers and travelers.
While I was working on CHASING THE SWAMP FOX, I had the opportunity to spend some time with some reenactors, riding horses and stuff (I'm the portly gent in modern dress in the foreground). It was amazing fun. I have few material needs in my life--I don't need a lot of stuff. However, if I were ever to have the means I would definitely get myself a horse or even a couple of horses--maybe move out to the country... I don't know... Maybe I'm too citified.
Anyway, I'll be posting some images here from time to time and I want to welcome all of you to toss yer two cents in with any constructive comments you have about the pictures... Thanks y'all!