World War Warrior

September 29th, 2019

The original photo was found in a pile of old family photos. No one can identify our horse soldier from the first World War. He was looking at the camera but I chose instead to give him a downward glance.

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Grand Memories – Petting Zoo

September 22nd, 2019

We took a lot of photos while at the Houston zoo. I combined several to come up with this drawing for Creating Grand Memories.

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Madison

September 15th, 2019

My grandniece. I managed to finish this drawing while riding in an airplane. An unusually calm and smooth flight.

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Rachel

September 8th, 2019

Rachel Parker Plummer was born 200 years ago in March, 1819. She was married at 14 years old and gave birth to her first child when she was 15. At 16 she moved with the Parker clan to Texas which was still a part of Mexico.

Barely a month after Texas won its independence the Parker family fort was attacked by hundreds of Comanches who had approached under a flag of truce. Rachel, her toddler James, her younger brother John, her cousin Cynthia Ann and her aunt Elizabeth were captured and split up among different tribes. The men were murdered and scalped. Her grandmother was raped. She never saw her son again. Rachel, pregnant with her second child at the time of the raid, was only 17 years old. About five months later Rachel gave birth to her son, Luther. At six weeks old her infant was tortured and murdered.

For 21 months as a slave she was constantly abused until finally ransomed by Mexican traders and taken in by a family in Santa Fe. In February, 1838 she was reunited with her family. Emaciated and covered with scars and sores; her once bright red hair was gray. She was now 18 years old.

In January, 1839 she gave birth to her third child. In March of that year after her father had an altercation with another family they fled in the middle of the night. During that torturous trek, on March 19, 1839, Rachel Parker Plummer died. She was three days short of her 20th birthday. Her baby died three days later.

In 1843, her first child James, now 8 years old, was ransomed and returned to the family. At 27 years old he died of typhoid during the Civil War.

Digital illustration. I have seen only one photo of Rachel. Using that one I tried to modernize it. I also changed her hairstyle and blouse but they are based on 1830s fashion.

OIC

September 1st, 2019

Trinity

August 25th, 2019

Several years ago my daughter brought back from one of her many world travels, a small crucifixion sculpture. It’s very nice. You can take the suffering Jesus off the cross. I like that because it reminds us that the crucifixion was not the end. I hadn’t really noticed until I really looked at it that it had a dove on it. Oh, I get it! It’s the Trinity. I was inspired to do a drawing.

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Momentum

August 18th, 2019

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Turn it down!

August 11th, 2019

Brüste 2

August 4th, 2019

Experimenting with color on my iPad.

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Penelope

July 28th, 2019

Taken from a photograph of a friend of mine.

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