The Carroll Arts Council is having another call for artists. This time the theme is the Civil War and I couldn’t be more excited. My dad’s dad, Bill Joyce Sr., was a Civil War nut. When Terry and I first moved into our home back in 1995, I thought of him time and again. We knew our house was on one of the routes to Gettysburg and we soon discovered that both the Northern and Southern troops marched past this very house. The dust from their boots would have drifted in our windows. During the Gettysburg battle, no doubt the panes of glass that are still in these old windows shook with the vibrations of the cannon blasts. Too exciting for a girl who grew up learning to love history.
Over the years we have had dozens upon dozens of trips up to Gettysburg, which is only about 25 miles north of here. We visited the old 1950’s style National Museum, with its low ceilings and dim lighting. Then celebrated when a new beautiful museum was built in 2008. We went on Ghost Tours, climbed on the rocks at Devil’s Den (which are now roped off) and Terry and the boys climbed the old observation tower before it was demolished 10 or so years ago (terrified of heights, I couldn’t even watch). Eddie even went trick-or-treating as a Union soldier twice (a member of the NY’s Fighting 69th, to be exact).
Now it is the 150th anniversary of the battle and the whole town is gearing up. I started a series on the barns of Gettysburg in honor of this occasion, and then decided to try my hand at a sepia toned Lincoln portrait. An interesting side note: I am actually related to the man who took this original photograph. My husband is a descendant of the famous photographer, Matthew Brady (his dad’s mom was a Brady).
I am including here some close-ups so you can see the detail on the stitching. The finished piece is larger than my usual 11×17, measuring 36×46. I like the grandeur of it – it lends itself to the larger than life view we have of Abraham Lincoln.