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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Plaid celebrates Memorial Day!

Last year I posted this panel around July 4th, but maybe it's even more fitting as we move towards Memorial Day Weekend. We will also be celebrating Flag Day on June 14th to honor the United States flag and to commemorate the flag's adoption. Flag Day falls within National Flag Week, a time when Americans reflect on the foundations of the nation's freedom. The flag of the United States represents freedom and has been an enduring symbol of the country's ideals since its early days. During both events, Americans also remember their loyalty to the nation, reaffirm their belief in liberty and justice, and observe the nation's unity.
In 1777 the Continental Congress replaced the British symbols of the Grand Union flag with a new design featuring 13 white stars in a circle on a field of blue and 13 red and white stripes - one for each state. Although it is not certain, this flag may have been made by Philadelphia seamstress Betsy Ross, who was an official flag maker for the Pennsylvania Navy. The number of stars increased as the new states entered the Union, but the number of stripes stopped at 15 and was later returned to 13.
To celebrate Flag Week and as a build up to the 4th of July, I chose to create a Gallery Glass interpretation of an oil painting by Childe Hassam, (1859-1935), Allies Day, May 1917. I found the line drawing in a Dover book entitled Color Your own American Paintings by Marty Nobile, which features line drawings of 30 American masterpieces. ISPN 10: 0486445267. You can order this book on for $3.95.


  1. GORGEOUS GORGEOUS GORGEOUS as always Miss Carol....2 questions...what did you use as an extra fine tip for all of the TINY lead parts? and what did you use to get the paint into all of those microscopic places?

  2. Now that is something. What a great piece, thanks for sharing.

  3. I am so glad you are back! We have missed you. You can't go on vacation any more--if you aren't going to check in more often!