Saturday, October 28, 2017

Old Glory

Old Glory
24 x 18 inches
on 2 inch-thick, gallery-wrapped canvas
This painting will be on display during my NHTI solo show
November 2 - December 7.

 The light is key in this painting.  From the bright line designs cast on the schooner, to the illuminated light coming through the flag, to the tangle of reflections in the water - the light competes for center stage with the large flag. While working on this painting, I kept thinking of the term "Old Glory" so I looked up the history of the term. 
I was fascinated to find out that it referred to a flag that was flown on a ship before the Civil War that then became a source of contention and a symbol of Union loyalty throughout the war. Its owner, sea captain William Driver, from Salem, Massachusetts, relocated to Nashville, Tennessee just before the war.  Despite his southern wife and relatives, his defiance of flying it made national news.  The story of what happened to the flag thereafter is very interesting. 
This schooner in the painting was designed in 1926 for a Yarmouth, Massachusetts man and was renamed the Olad after the Great Depression.  It left the cold waters of New England to become a charter boat in the Caribbean for a while, carrying Walter Cronkite and others who needed a break from city life on sojourns down there.  In the 1960's, it returned to New England and it's home port is now Camden, Maine. 

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