Monday, October 8, 2012

Lydia Leister's Orchard - A Gettysburg Farm

Lydia Leister's Orchard                     8"x 8"           oil
During a tour at Gettysburg, we stopped awhile at Lydia Leister's farm. Lydia was a widow raising six kids on her own, and one of them gone to the war. Her 9 acre farm was everything they had. General Meade commandeered the property to further battle plans and the Leister's had to vacate the property. On her return, every bit of her garden and orchard had been stripped of all food along with much of the portable property in the house which made for the beginnings of a very difficult fall and winter. This is one of the trees in her Orchard.
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martinealison said...

Ma chère Mary, Vous avez immortalisé un des arbres de ce verger et lui avez redonné la beauté de son existence initiale... L'histoire qui le lie est triste mais grâce à vous il est majestueux. Une peinture où les couleurs se mêlent aux sentiments et lui apportent une certaine puissance. J'aime la manière dont vous avez traité son tronc. Votre touche manifeste de façon évidente le poids des ans.
Gros bisous.

hmuxo said...

Just got back from a wedding in North Carolina so I'm trying to catch up with my blogging...LOVE this one Mary.. The texture is wonderful..Loving the greens!!

Julie Ford Oliver said...

What wonderful movement. I especially love the wildflowers indicated, but not detailed.

Kathy Collins said...

Very interesting but sad story about the orchard and love the textured fruit in the grasses.

☆•.¸.Mildred.¸.•☆ said...

A sad story about these people and their orchad!
But your painting is simply fabulous!
Thanks for sharing.

Have a nice week****