1/27/16

While touching up the FSB Ripcord scene


Our adventure in Palatka continues.....
 An Interlachen, FL survivor from RIPCORD (middle scene) with that name on his license plate came by with his wife to say hello and share his story. I asked him for names of missing or killed from Palatka.. He said we can find the names on the RIPCORD Association website - ( just under 300 dead!!) 'What about POWs?'  I asked.  Yes, possibly..because they went back to that spot years later and actually found a pair of boots!  This is not just a painting project for us / but a solemn history lesson, given by those who fought there! These memorials are for them..
 A full moon in a predawn sky hangs over Afghanistan cliffs...Flowers and 'boots on the ground' patrolling along crumbling Qalats on the third painting down...very technologically advanced gear for these soldiers... and..upgraded quite some from compared to the Vietnam era....  and now the enemy possess the same....
Unfinished Afghanistan War Scenes. Showing 'Dark Horse'(top), Battle of Keating (middle), and our soldiers patrolling 'Qalats'(Bottom).