The goal of this project is to kick out about 100 watercolors of soldiers from archive photographs of the Civil War. Mostly I am working with old portrait photographs. I’m not doing much to them other than translating them from photos to watercolor on paper. There’s some really interesting stuff coming up with this since I’m able to pick and choose any of the notable characters from this era that I find along the way. I’ll try to post all of them when I’m finished sometime later this year.
“Marshall Walter “Major” Taylor (26 November 1878 – 21 June 1932) was an American cyclist who won the world 1 mile (1.6 km) track cycling championship in 1899 after setting numerous world records and overcoming racial discrimination. Taylor was the first African-American athlete to achieve the level of world champion and only the second black man to win a world championship—after Canadian boxer George Dixon.” from Wikipedia.
About 15 years ago I took part in an art show and did a bunch of paintings based on this man’s life. At some point I lost all of them. At that point in time I didn’t see much done with art about him. Now I see more and more wonderful work dedicated to him. Is there a documentary yet?
A few years later a friend told me that they saw these artworks that I lost in a bicycle shop in West Berkeley. I remember going down to the shop and I asked them where they got the paintings from and they said that they were donated to them. At first I was going to try to take the paintings but then I looked at the shop and said this is the perfect place for them. I don’t even think I told the shop workers who I was. I said goodbye to the paintings and rode my bicycle off into the sunset.