in april, i crossed the two year point of my four year painting project (Ghosts and Hopes,) with very little fanfare. the project is a Civil War memorial created out of paintings. when it is finished, there will be thirty-six large format panels that illustrate the story of the war. over the last three months, i have not been working on it at all, as i have been completing other work with more pressing deadlines. now that those deadlines have passed, i am again back in full swing with the latest piece for the big project. i am painting a 7’3″ x 4′ portrait of abe lincoln… a monument in itself. i have hung the work again in the studio, and for the next three months, i will be doing the business of trying to secure funding to assist in completing Ghosts and Hopes by the 150th anniversary of the end of the war; april, 2015. i don’t have any experience in getting memorials funded, so… the open road lies before me with so much to learn. i have found a willing assistant in this part of the business, and i am very grateful for the help.
next friday, may 10th, i will be hosting an open studio from 5-9p.m… and, as my birthday is the ninth, there will be cake.