The days prior to the Memorial Day weekend found me back out in the studio as that particular project continues its evolution. This time it was to work on the facade of the building. I've always been a big fan of bunting, and as a red-white-and-blue theme would be quite appropriate for an endeavor called "Toy soldiers Forever!" I decided to install permanent bunting on the front of the studio.
As fabric is so subject to the ravages of sun, wind, and weather, I chose to make mine out of tempered hardboard, painted with exterior paint and sealed against the elements. Painting a 3-D effect was actually quite simple and the effect was very satisfyng.
Two, eight-foot sections were affixed to the eave of the studio, the gap in the center to be filled by...
painted flags and Union shield. This is a favorite motif of mine which I encounter daily at Antietam National Battlefield;
here, on one of the pillars of the Maryland monument,
and here on the lodge building.
The finished product brings a splash of 19th century patriotic color to the structure.
The view from the inside, this time of year, is of an explosion of roses,
providing quite a contrast for one of my pair of cast-iron sentinel guns at the doorway.
The studio has enough ventilation to provide a breeze and refuge from even this very hot weather we are currently having.
Taking advantage of the relative cool are rank upon rank of Union and Confederate soldiers, all in 54mm.
Frequently, in my absence, they'll spontaneously burst into frenzied action, here, attacking the Federals at Fort Stevens outside of Washington D.C. in July of 1864.
Reenforced by regulars the guns of the fort are able to beat back the forces of Jubal Early who had such a promising start to this last Confederate offensive in the east.
Despite the casualties, by the time I return to the studio they are all back in ranks, just as I had left them.
What a wonderful space. What have I done to deserve this?, I often wonder.
See you on the 15th.