The General Ulysses S. Grant Memorial is located in front of the U.S. Capitol facing the Lincoln Memorial at the opposite site of the Washington DC National Memorial Mall Parks. Grant during the U.S. civil war (1861 to 1865) was a 4 stars General that served under the commands of President Abraham Lincoln in order to preserve the Union. With his armies Grant helped to defeat the traitors slaving forces of the confederacy. Later on Grant became President of the U.S. This collage sketch took several hours during several days in different locations. I did the equestrian statue during a warm sunny late November afternoon which is very unusual and there were diverse groups of people enjoying the memorial. During the following week after work I sketched a map of the Mall near the Smithsonian "Castle". Few days later I was working out in the Join Army & Marines base Fort Myers in Arlington, VA and there were few soldiers practicing a civil war demonstration. I had the opportunity to sketch the style of flag that the Union Soldiers carried to battle as well as the symbols for a 4 stars General. The purpose of this sketch is to learn from the past as well as to investigate the history of great individuals that sacrificed for the U.S. Equestrian Statue 2.0 hrs, Smithsonian Map 1.5 hrs, and Union Soldiers Practice Demonstration 1hr. Total 4.5hrs Black Ink on White Paper.
Monday, December 15, 2014
Sunday, December 14, 2014
Community Orchestra that performs in the D.C. area. Many of the musicians are employees at the NIH, or their friends and relations. For this year's winter concert, they performed selections from Grieg's Peer Gynt Suite, Tchaikovsky's Marche Slave, Kalinnikov's Symphony No. 1, and selections from Handel's Messiah (including the Hallelujah Chorus). I got there a little early and got to sketch them while they practiced - then finished the sketch during the actual performance.
Monday, December 8, 2014
|Bruton Parish Church|
Bruton Parish Church, in Colonial Williamsburg (about 3 hours from D.C.) has been in continuous use as a church since 1715. Many of the Founding Fathers, including Jefferson, Washington, Mason, and Henry once worshiped here, and it is still an active Episcopal congregation today.
This month, the church is hosting a different choir every night for a candlelight concert series. On Friday night, my dad's church choir from Winchester, Virginia sang Christmas songs to start off the season. The whole family came down to support him and enjoy the music in this space. My sister and I are both William and Mary graduates, so we all used to spend a lot of time together in Williamsburg, and it was fun to do that again - and show off Colonial Williamsburg and the College to my nephews.
|Bruton Parish from a visit in 2009|