Sunday, July 10, 2011

150 Years Ago this Month: American Families Prepare for War, Part 2

The men who determined to volunteer were faced with a painful moment of separation -- saying goodbye to family left behind. Often we see images created from the point of view of adults, but because of my firm conviction that war and the upheaval brought on by it affects all members of a society, I wanted to create some images that told the story from the point of view of the children. A Promise to Return is the first of those images.

This has been one of the most popular pieces in my Beyond the Battlefield series, and I suspect that is because it conveys a timeless scenario: with our current military involvements we have watched this scene played out countless times in the media and within our own communities and families, as have Americans of many other generations. The clothing changes but the emotional impact does not.

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  1. Excellent painting! Bittersweet... nice work!

  2. Beautiful work, you can almost hear them softly speaking to each other.
    (I sent you an email with a photo of your piece hanging at the CPSA exhibit in Dallas.)
    ~ Liesl

  3. Amy LindenbergerJuly 11, 2011 at 8:53 PM

    Thank you, Linda and Liesl, for your kind commments, and for following my blog!