Digital Art - Digital Art / Photography Based Digital Hand-painting
On a gentle, almost overcast spring afternoon when the sky is filled with soft clouds, sometimes the sun will momentarily overpower the cumulous layers and cast a warm glow across the landscape. On a recent visit to the American Civil War's Antietam Battlefield, in Sharpsburg, Maryland, I was witness to such a moment. As I gazed up the dirt road, I had a good view of one of my favorite things ... the intricate and beautiful snake rail fencing that is so much a part of the landscape here in our part of the Mid-Atlantic Area.
Also commonly known as split-rail fencing, and sometimes called Virginia fences, they were created by the early settlers in areas where wood was abundant. They are very simple in their construction, and can be assembled with few tools even on hard rocky ground. They also can be built without using nails or other hardware which was often scarce in frontier times. These fences are also popular in rocky areas where post hole digging is difficult. They can even be partially or wholly disassembled if the fence needs to be moved or the wood becomes more useful for other purposes. During the American Civil War, these split rail fences were a major source of firewood for both the Union and Confederate armies.
Directly behind me and to the right is "Bloody Lane" ... Civil War buffs will know its history.
Image painted by hand, digitally, and very loosely based on one of my own photos using Corel Painter 2019, a Wacom tablet and stylus and many beautiful digital brushes, including some of the popular Bob Ross brushes.
Fine art purchases of this image will not include a watermark, and if I may make a recommendation ... it will look its very best on the fine art paper choice of "picture rag."
June 14th, 2019
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