Wednesday, March 4, 2015
In Phase 5 of The Making of a Masterpiece: “Respect of an Army” Mort has begun to paint in some more figures – Gen. U.S. Grant and Lt. Col. Charles Marshall, Lee’s aide-de-camp – and Lee’s horse, Traveller. Limited Edition Artist's Proof prints will be available on our website this Friday.
Monday, March 2, 2015
Here you can see the progress Mort has made with painting specific members of Grant’s staff on the steps of the McLean House. At the end of this progression, we will post the photographs of the actual people who were present. In the detail here, it is easy to identify who is who.
Sunday, March 1, 2015
Saturday, February 28, 2015
“While many artists have painted that event, none that I know of have ever shown the McLean House and Appomattox County Courthouse in the same scene. By walking around the property and studying maps I came up with this viewpoint, which does just that. I then finally decided to at least attempt to emulate Tom Lovell by trying to capture the likenesses of as many of the characters as possible that were verified to have been there. Chief Historian Patrick Schroeder of Appomattox Court House National Park was of immeasurable help, supplying photos, maps, and drawings, and helping me solve the various problems that came up during the work on the painting." – Mort KünstlerHere you can see the gridlines drawn directly onto the canvas with some of the drawing done. Then you can see the canvas completely drawn up.
With just a little bit of the canvas painted on, you can see that the blue sky with puffy clouds set the tone of the painting.