Thursday, November 10, 2011

You're A Grand Old Flag

You're A Grand Old Flag
8" x 8"  Oil on cradled panel
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Last fall fellow Daily Painter Original blogger Karen Werner posted two incredible paintings, Old Glory and Old Glory 2.  They were my inspiration for this piece and I thought it appropriate for Veteran's Day.  Both of my parent's served in WWII, my dad was in the Army and my mom was a WASP.  My grandfather was in both WWI and WWII.

This painting is of the flag that was on my grandfather's grave when he passed away in 1964.  The flag went to my dad,  who later passed down to my son (who was given my grandfather's name as his middle name.)  We don't hang this flag outside, I should probably take it to the VFW and have them ceremoniously fold it.  I'm pleased how this piece turned out.  If I paint it again, I might try to make it look even a little more aged and faded.

"You're a grand old flag,
You're a high flying flag
And forever in peace may you wave."
George M. Cohan

25 comments:

Debbi Smith Rourke said...

Fabulous subject. Gorgeous painting. Perfect for Veterans Day!! What a history this flag has. Quite special.

Marian Fortunati said...

Beautifully done!

conservativelybohemian said...

It is beautiful, Pam. My parents were too young for WWII, my dad born in 1937, my mom in 1941. My dad did serve in the Army, however, but was too young for Korea and had already served his enlistment when Vietnam came around. I am thankful he didn't have to see war. My girls' dad, myself, my husband now all served in the military as well. I'm so proud of my service, even though I was only in 17 months (I was honorably discharged on a pregnancy option to separate). I love when Americans show their love of country.

Nancy B. Hartley said...

Pam, love the painting! Great shodows! Wonderful message!

Celeste Bergin said...

super painting--it is stirring! Could not be better.

Pam Holnback said...

Thank you Debbi! It's a little bit like you Uma paintings.

Marian, Thank you so much!

Thank you Sherry. It doesn't matter how long one serves, just that we love our country.

Nancy, Thanks so much. I loved painting this.

Thanks so much for the words Celeste.

r garriott said...

What a great design, the way you cropped and arranged. And those blue shadows...! Really nice.

carol morgan carmichael said...

Wonderful painting and tribute Pam. Very nice!!
Loved Karen's too.

martinealison said...

Un bel et glorieux hommage à votre grand-père et pour l'ensemble de tout ceux qui ont combattu...
Belle peinture en l'occurrence.
gros bisous

Carol Schiff Studio said...

It's beautiful Pam. You did Old Glory proud!

Pam Holnback said...

R, thanks so much. The challenge was the stars...different values and different directions due to the folds.

Carol, thank you. Yes, a great thing about blogging we can be inspired by each other vicariously!

Merci Martine. Je ne peux pas imaginer combien difficile il doit avoir été pour ma grand-mère d'avoir à la fois son mari et son fils combattre outre-mer.

Thank you so much Carol. We should all be proud of what we have.

Samantha said...

Beautiful, heartfelt painting and words.

Lori Bonanni said...

Very painterly and I like how you cropped it!

Dean H. said...

Absolutely perfect painting and accompanying commentary, Pam!
What a perfect heirloom! What a heritage!
"Forever in peace may you wave"...Amen.

hmuxo said...

I love my Country and when I see this Flag..it gives me goose bumps!! I love how silky it looks and you truly painted it beautifully.

Cathyann said...

Just simply lovingly handled in painting and word, Pam.

Pam Holnback said...

Thank you Samantha, I so love your word "heartfelt." It does describe this.

Lori, Thank you. It gives the affect even while cropped.

Thanks so much Dean. I knew that you would enjoy this piece!

Hilda, thank you so much. I think giving someone goose bumps is a good thing!

Thank you so much Cathyann.

Deborah Elmquist said...

What a beautiful subject and to know where it came from, makes it that much more special. Thanks for sharing this beautiful piece.

Claire Beadon Carnell said...

What a wonderful painting, and a beautiful way to honor the day Pam.
Both my father and my father were in WWII, and I am so grateful for what they did to protect our country!

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

Beautifully done.

Pam Holnback said...

Thank you Deborah. It does give a painting meaning when you know its' background.

Claire. Thanks so much. My thoughts exactly!

Thank you so much Mary.

Susan said...

I really like the unique crop of this compositon and how you have glorified the flag and its meaning in this charming piece. Well done, Pam!

Amy Hillenbrand said...

Pam, this is gorgeous, I think it turned out fantastic. I loved that your Mom was a WASP and wow your Grandfather was in both wars. Really great piece.

Pam Holnback said...

Susan, Thank you so much. Our flag speaks for itself, so even w/ lots of cropping it is so identifiable.

Thank you Amy. It is kind of neat that my parents and grandparents were so patriotic.

farmhousegalleryandstudios.com said...

Beautiful painting and beautiful subject matter. Truly well done.