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Monday, January 17, 2011

HALLOWED GROUND
Gettysburg Battlefield
by Claire Beadon Carnell

'Hallowed Ground'
Oil  20 x 16


The past few years, I've been very fortunate to participate in the plein air
event that takes place on the grounds of the Gettysburg Battlefield
as part of the Gettysburg Festival.  This studio piece is part of an even
larger painting that I would like to create from memories, sketches
 and photographs I took while I was on the battlefield last Summer.

This is a view from Ayers Avenue, near the Wheat Field.  The day
was extremely hot, with a haziness that made things in the
distance appear very blue-grey.It's hard to even comprehend
the death and destruction that took place during the three days
of the Battle of Gettysburg. I just know that everytime I am anywhere
 on that battlefield, I swear you can feel the presence
of the people who fought and perished there.


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Claire Beadon Carnell
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11 comments:

martinealison said...

Ces beaux arbres en sont peut-être les témoins?...
Très bel endroit et belle peinture.
Bisous

Claire Beadon Carnell said...

Martine, there are several trees on the battlefield that are called Witness Trees, because they were living during the Civil War and actually witnessed the carnage. I don't think the trees in my painting are old enough, but I hope they have witnesses the peace and serenity of the battlefield as it exists today.

~mel said...

You are not the first person that I've heard make that comment ~ about the feeling of the presence of people who fought and perished there. It truly is Hallowed Ground. Beautiful painting.

yasha said...

This is great work Claire.

AutumnLeaves said...

Your words gave me goose bumps, Claire. You've honored those that fought here with this gorgeous painting. It is beautiful.

Karen Bruson said...

Beautiful painting. Wonderful atmosphere.

Kimberly Vanlandingham said...

Wow, sounds like it was a very powerful place.

Kat Farmer said...

this is a beauty, love it..

liz wiltzen said...

This has a wonderful feeling of atmosphere Claire, soft and lovely.

Claire Beadon Carnell said...

Thank you all for the comments!

julie davis said...

Claire, you know I like this one! I've been to several Civil War battlegrounds in the South, and definitely can relate to feeling the presence of those who fought and died there. These are special places, and you are fortunate to be able to paint there.

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