I discovered a photographer who has a collection called The Faces of Colonial Williamsburg and I just fell in love with those faces. I wish I could paint them all. He graciously gave me permission to use some of his photos and this is the first one that I chose. I changed my mind several times, but finally got to work on this one. I don’t know who he is or what he is supposed to be doing, but he was on a cart with another man and I cropped him out. He is in pastels on pastel paper, 11×15. I tried to stay loose on this one and I think I succeeded at that.
Please visit the site of photographer David O’Dell and see some of his wonderful work.
“It was muskets that won the Revolution. And don’t forget it was axes, and plows that made this country.” — Father Wilder in the book Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder