Friday, October 25, 2013

The Making of "Mr. Lincoln Comes to Gettysburg" Phases 2-4

"The moment I saw the Gettysburg Railroad Station fully restored in 2006 I knew I wanted to paint a scene of Lincoln’s arrival there. I recognized that it could be a great subject with the president as the center of interest, the background of the station, a grand locomotive, and the excitement of the crowd. Although the inspiration for the piece came easily, the composition for it was challenging and the first thought of doing it was intimidating."
-Mort Künstler

The preliminary compositional sketch has now been transferred to canvas.

More details and figures are building in the foreground. Mort has also begun the underpainting which will set the overall tone.

Details of the train and the Gettysburg Railroad Station quickly start to emerge.

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