Monday, May 27, 2019

Stars and Stripes

5/26/19 Sunset Hills Memorial Park

According to my personal and family tradition, we use the opportunity of Memorial Day weekend to both pay our respects to family members who have passed away as well as honor those who have given their lives for our country.

Sunset Hills Memorial Park, where my parents and sister are interred, puts up a stunning river of flags for the weekend on the inclined drive into the cemetery. I have sketched this same view numerous times (as examples, here’s 2018, 2016 and 2014), and it never gets easier. Despite the formidable challenge of capturing the constantly changing shapes of all those flags, I keep making the attempt, thinking about my own loved ones and the loved ones of others who are gone.

I think I like the small Field Notes practice page (below) better than the larger composition.


  1. I like the bottom sketch too. Flags are so hard. I obsess over the stripes and then they move and make everything look wrong. lol Good for you that you did so many!

    1. You're right that it's the stripes that make the US flag so hard! I've sketched other flags, and if I just scribble in the right colors, it looks OK, but the stripes are very challenging!


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