|Hello from Ottawa, Illinois! I decided to post some work in progress photos of the mural my son Jared and I are painting here.|
Ottawa is a pretty little town of about 18,000, located southwest of Chicago at the junction of the Fox and Illinois Rivers. It was here, in August of 1858, that the first of seven debates between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen O. Douglas was held. Douglas at this time was a widely popular Senator, while Lincoln was a relative unknown. Though Lincoln lost the Senate race, the debates made him famous and launched his political career.
Our mural is right across the street from Washington Square Park, where the debate took place. It was a raucous affair with a carnival atmosphere, an estimated 12,000 people crowded into the small park.
|Here we are up on the scaffold for the first day of painting. That’s Jared in the foreground (in case you couldn’t tell which one was older :) You can click on the images to enlarge.|
|The right side of the mural after four days. I know what you’re thinking, “Where’s Lincoln’s beard?” Well he didn’t have one in 1858…read your history!|
|The wall is 92 feet long. Here’s the left side after Jared rough-blocked in the tree shapes. Lots to do…sigh.|
|Jared in front of the high wall gives a sense of scale. I’ll post some more shots in a few days.|