Bernie's Ramblings: Shepherd's Battery... Fort Fisher... Living History/Plein Air Demo
Saturday, January 12, 2008, I had the privilege of attending the 143rd Anniversary Commemoration of the Second Battle at Fort Fisher. The Living History program included artillery and infantry demonstrations, period music, fort tours, and a living history/plein air demo by yours truly. I have migrated from soldier to civilian in my hobby of Civil War reenacting... actually I have taken on the role of a period artist. My impression is based on a combination of two artists... Alfred Waud (probably the most noted of period sketch artists) and Winslow Homer who painted scenes from the war and became one of America's most famous painters. One of his most famous works was "Sharpshooter on Picket Duty" pictured below.
I spoke with several people about the history of plein air painting and how the invention of the metal paint tube in the mid 1800's made it possible for painters to go outside and paint "en plein aire" for the first time... a French term which means "in open air".
Fellow artist and dear friend, Jeremy Sams, and I recently completed the first mural in the Downtown Jacksonville, NC Mural Project.
Click HERE to read the article featured in the Jacksonville Daily News about the mural project. Awesome photo John Althouse!
In the span of one month, I was honored and humbled to be awarded "Best of Show" in the Council for the Arts Spring Juried Art Show and 2nd place in the 5th annual Art Block Plein Air Paint Out.
It's with a sad heart that I make this post...
Lisa Fletcher, a fellow Onslow County teacher, suffered the devastating loss of her beautiful 15 year old daughter, Riley, this week. Lisa was one of my Clinical teachers during my junior year at ECU. Riley was one of my art students during the time I taught children's summer art workshops in 2012-14. She was a true artist with an Art Spirit that was contagious! My heart breaks for Lisa and my mind cannot even grasp the concept that Riley has left us.
Riley was a CFIES eagle for her entire elementary career. She then went on to be a part of the Swansboro school community where she was a 9th grader at Swansboro High School. Riley was active in the arts; singing and playing her guitar, writing poetry, and she enjoyed drawing and painting.
With Lisa’s permission, Jennifer Askins and Melonie Shepard, have created the Riley Fletcher Arts Scholarship. This scholarship will be open to an OCS graduating senior pursuing a degree in the arts. The selection criteria is still being worked on. Lisa will select the student from the applications submitted.
For my contribution... I wanted to do something special to help get the word out about the newly created Riley Fletcher Arts Scholarship. I am auctioning off a 20x16x1.5" original oil painting on textured gallery wrapped canvas that I created recently. 100% on the proceeds will go to the the scholarship as my tribute to sweet Riley Girl. The piece is titled "Dawning of the Day" because I was moved by the lyrics of the Mary Fahl song with the same title.
The auction is launched on Facebook... please personal message me with your bid. Bidding will end March 1, 2018. The painting will be on display at Swansboro Middle School next week through March 1st. Again, 100% of the winning bid will go to the Riley Fletcher Arts Scholarship. Click HERE to go to my Facebook page.
Anyone wishing to make a contribution to the scholarship honoring Riley may forward their donation to Jennifer Askins at the school address below. She will provide each contributor with a receipt. She will also give Lisa a list of contributors who made this gift of education possible in the name of her sweet daughter.
Carolina Forest International Elementary School
141 Carolina Forest Blvd.
Jacksonville, NC 28546
(910) 347-2108 (fax)
Please keep Lisa and her family in your thoughts and prayers...
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Growing up in Jacksonville, NC... one has a strong attachment to the military... especially the USMC. I never tire of painting at the Lejeune Memorial Gardens... home of the Beirut Memorial. Here are a couple of plein air paintings I did there this week...
Plein air paintings from the past at the Lejeune Memorial Gardens....
Maybe you saw me along the roadside, on a mountainside, or along the marsh painting and wondered what the heck I was doing... Now you know.
If you feel one of these paintings tugging at your heart contact me today at
Tami, Olivia, and I were blessed to spend 22 days in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina this summer. Summers off... Definitely one of the perks of being a teacher and being married to a teacher!
I painted 22 paintings (mostly on location en plein air) on our adventure... here are a few of them...
BTW... Most of these small studies are for $ on my Etsy Online Store.... Check it out HERE.