Tuesday, October 22, 2013

The Making of "Mr. Lincoln Comes to Gettysburg" Phase 1

This is the first phase in the creation of Mort's latest painting, "Mr. Lincoln Comes to Gettysburg". These preliminary sketches are quite rough, drawn with charcoal on trace paper. Stay tuned for the rest of the progression of what Mort considers “…perhaps the most difficult painting in a long career of difficult paintings.” The completed painting will be posted this Saturday. The official release and print signing is scheduled for Saturday, November 16, from 11am to 3pm at King James Galleries in Gettysburg.

Even the final compositional sketch, done on brown paper, is rough. Note the grid lines he drew to enable him to easily transfer the sketch to canvas.

Mort did this live sketch (from a model) to help with a small detail in the painting.

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