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Recon Dogfight Illustration

  • 08/27/2014
Recon Dogfight Illustration

Novel:  “Fine Line” – Illustration:  “Recon Dogfight" "Recon Dogfight" is the third illustration completed for Jerry Slauter's next book; "Fine Line".  The scene shows Daryl with a Graflex camera photographing German positions on the Western Front in June of 1917 - from the rear cockpit of a French Dorand AR A2; a reconnaissance biplane in use by Americans flying in the French Lafayette Escadrille prior to America entering the First World War. Dogfights frequently erupted as Allied and Axis fighter aircraft tried to prevent recon birds from gathering crucial intelligence about enemy...

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Marmon Win Illustration

  • 08/13/2014
Marmon Win Illustration

Novel:  "Fine Line" - Illustration:  "Marmon Win" "Marmon Win" is the second illustration for Jerry Slauter's sequel to "Woodcutter's Revival" - entitled "Fine Line"... ...hence the connection with the "fine line" drawing style of the illustrations. The Christian Adventure Novel "Fine Line" presents Christian messages as the characters track through the 1905 through 1920 historical timeframe. "Marmon Win" shows the Marmon "Wasp" (note the wasp-like tail) driven by Ray Harroun winning the inaugural Indianapolis 500 in 1911. Harroun's average speed was 74.602 mph - a speed maintained to reduce...

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Wellspring Jail Illustration

  • 08/03/2014
Wellspring Jail Illustration

"Wellspring Jail":  an illustration for a New Novel entitled "Fine Line" by Jerry Slauter Wellspring Jail "Wellspring Jail" is the first illustration for Jerry Slauter's sequel to "Woodcutter's Revival" - entitled "Fine Line"... ...hence the connection with the "fine line" drawing style of the illustrations. The Christian Adventure Novel "Fine Line" presents Christian messages as the characters track through the 1905 through 1917 historical timeframe. Therefore, in the illustration "Wellspring Jail" we see a still life (with damaged 1905 Kodak Camera, period Derby and Billy Club) played...

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Buford’s Stand

  • 10/17/2013
Buford’s Stand

On the morning of 1 July, 1863; the first of three days of battle at Gettysburg, Union General John Buford, Commander of the 1st Cavalry Division, anticipated the arrival of Confederate General Henry Heth’s infantry division west of the Town of Gettysburg.  After quickly assessing the surrounding terrain and knowing the acute value of taking the high ground, Buford chose a defensive position, dismounted his troopers, and began fighting a delaying action with Spencer repeating rifles against ever increasing numbers of oncoming Confederates. Buford’s stand allowed General Reynolds’...

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BAYONETS !!!

  • 10/11/2013
BAYONETS !!!

Colonel Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain   Even among the many recognized Northern and Southern heros of Gettysburg Colonel Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, Commander of the 20th Maine Volunteer Infantry Regiment, stands out. Having held the extreme left flank of the Union Army on Little Round Top until ammunition had almost ran out, Chamberlain ordered the 20th Maine to perform what many hold to be the most famous bayonet charge of American History. During the afternoon of 2 July, 1863; the Second Day of Gettysburg, General Hood’s Division of Longstreet’s Corps had made repeated...

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Snapper Meade

  • 10/11/2013
Snapper Meade

  Described by his men as a “goggly-eyed ole snapping turtle, Major General George Gordon Meade had a reputation for having a prickly personality and a volatile temper.  Nonetheless, just three days after assuming command of the Army Of The Potomac, Meade faced Lee at Gettysburg - wisely relied on the consensus of his staff - stayed in his strong defensive position - let Lee advance - and won.   Meade was a good organizer, had effective subordinates, and could easily shift units and supplies within the Union “fishhook” - countering Lee’s efforts.  Though the battle seesawed...

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150th Gettysburg Reenactment Illustration: “Saddle Sniper”

  • 08/23/2013

  A LOT of Research and Thought on This One... Sometimes, I feel their valiant excellence... Scene is 4:30 Pm, 2 July 1863 at the southern end of Rose Woods tree line above and behind the Devil’s Den. The three Confederate Snipers from Hood’s Division are firing east-southeast at Union Skirmishers and Snipers on General Sickles’ extreme southern flank which have been pushed back to the northwest face of Round Top. Little Round Top, where the Union will flee, is visible behind the trees center to upper left. The Saddle Sniper, like the other two, is equipped with a captured Sharps...

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Confederate Commander Trilogy

  • 07/22/2013

Confederate Commander Trilogy This Trilogy of Confederate Commanders was a place to start and precedes three Union Commanders and three more of each.  I did some soul searching - and decided to recreate each from classic period photographs rather than draw re-enactors playing their parts at the 150th Gettysburg Reenactment.  Cheating?  Maybe. But I went further; knowing the history of key moments for each Commander, I decided to portray them at their best or worst, strongest or weakest moments during the battle - bringing the human side of each before viewers in a way that is sometimes not done. However...

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150th Gettysburg Reenactment Illustration: “Culp’s Hill Assault”

  • 07/11/2013
150th Gettysburg Reenactment Illustration: “Culp’s Hill Assault”

"CULP'S HILL ASSAULT" 150th Gettysburg Reenactment Battlefield Illustration Converted from a 12-minute battlefield sketch and support photographs, this deepened dusk scene shows the 8th Tennessee / Cleburne's Division / Ewell's 2nd Corp assault on the northern Union Defensive Line on Culp's Hill at the top of the Fishhook; the night of the first day of the Battle Of Gettysburg. Both North and South Reenactors who took part in this event were struck by the frenzied loud power of the musket fire from both sides, and the thickness of the blue-gray smoke drifting through the shadowing trees...

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Maroon Bells Illustration Wedding Present

  • 06/18/2013
Maroon Bells Illustration Wedding Present

Maroon Bells Colorado; Wedding Present Landscape So, why does a seemingly common landscape belong in our Patriot Illustration Series?  Well, my Son Jason and his Bride Brittany love America - as do Dixie and I and all our family - and Jason and Brittany requested a Maroon Bells Landscape specifically - as it is a very special place for them.  A review of the Illustration Inventory below may help you better understand the connection to patriotism. On a personal note, I felt inspired to use my artistic gift to complete a unique wedding present illustration for Jason and Brittany - one that...

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Wiley Studio – 150th Gettysburg Reenactment Beginning

  • 05/15/2013
Wiley Studio – 150th Gettysburg Reenactment Beginning

150th Gettysburg Re-Enactment Wiley / Ash Family Adventure: My Nephew Dennis is a Confederate Civil War Reenactor... ...and a Cancer Patient... ...which is why I was inspired to illustrate Dennis, his son Brian, and their Dog Carmela in "Gettysburg:  Ash's At The Angle" out ahead of the 150th Gettysburg Re-Enactment - done in late June.  Dennis was in the movie "Gettysburg" and fully participated in the 150th - because health allowed. Dennis - in "Gettysburg:  Ash's At The Angle" - is left center with 3-Strap Enfield, Son Brian is the Drummer, Carmela their dog.  General Armistead...

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