Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Plein Air Event
Original Oil Painting
by Claire Beadon Carnell

DAY FIVE - JUNE 14, 2011
Gettysburg Fringe Festival Plein Air Event

Another day of gorgeous weather to paint on the Gettysburg
Battlefield.  Most of us chose to paint at the famous
'Devil's Den', an area of massive rocks that was the sight
of intense fighting and loss during the battle.  I was walking
around looking at the different configurations of rock - there are
so many possiblities there for interesting paintings.  Then I
turned around, and with my back to the Devil's Den I saw
this valley of stone and flowers and lush late
 Spring greens.  Here's my painting from today:

The Rocks Remember
Oil  10 x 8

I only had a minute when I got home to photograph this, so I 
apologize for the glare.  I may take a look at this tomorrow
and clean up some edges and add some brighter brights,
but overall I was very happy with today's work..

While I was painting this, Amy Lindenberger
came over to me and asked if I knew what I was painting.  I 
thought, well of course - this is a really nice area of rock, delicate
Queen Anne's lace, honeysuckle and a great variety of greens.
Then she proceeded to tell me that the area I chose for my
painting is called the Slaughter Pen, in reference to the great 
number of Confederate soldiers killed there.  The rocks that are
in place today are almost exactly as they were during those
three days of fighting in 1863.  The memories they must hold...

Paul Gallo painting the view out to the left of Devil's Den

Sue Gray and Amy Lindenberger

Linda Young taking a picture...of me taking a picture...of her!

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Claire Beadon Carnell
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