At Dayton, OH, we participated some in the celebrations. It was also an opportunity to sketch in the museum.
Here are some of the sketches done so far:
B 25 at Grimes Field, Urbana, OH
Air Force Museum, 1918 flight suit
Maid in the Shade
Then we drove through Kentucky and Tennesee. First stopping at Berea, KY for shopping and then at Sevierville, TN at the Smokey Mountain Knife works for more shopping. Then we drove through the Great Smokey Mountains National Park over the mountains to Georgia.
Plein Aire painters in the Smokey Mountains
In Altanta we visited the Atlanta Fine Arts Center on a Thursday night. The night they have a free jazz concert. They had an electric scooter available which made it more comfortable for me. It is a great museum. The main drawbacks were the loud amplified music and the big crowd on the main floor for the concert.
Remains of the CSS ironclad Jackson
The Museum of the Infantryman
At Pensacola, FL is the Naval Air Museum. Another very interesting place. I got a chance to do some sketching here also.
Driving west brought us to Mobile, AL and the Battleship Alabama museum. There was also a display of aircraft, the USS submarine Drum and various tanks.
While Don went all up and down the ship, I stayed on deck and sketched.
Our destination was Houston, TX. We went to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Where they had an annoying photo taking rules, some of the permanent collection could be photographed but not others. And their security staff was unfriendly and intrusive. (trying to enforce those lousy phototaking rules!)
The same subject done in terracotta and marble
Courbet landscape at the Fine Arts Museum
The next day we visited the Menlil collection. We had wanted to see the Byzantine Chapel but that had been returned to Cyprus. Since this was a private collection, no photos were permitted, but I was allowed to sketch. The collection started out with a nice selection of Paleolithic art, ancient and medieval art and African art. Then they started to collect "contemporary art" which sucks! Most of it is dull and meaningless. And not worth your time to look at.
A sketch of a Roman statuette of a bronze bull
The principle reason to come to Houston was the Battleship Texas. It is the only remaining Dreadnought style battleship. It is docked next to a pleasant park.
We took lots of photos of the stained glass, the mosaics and paintings.
A couple of the many memorials at the Vicksburg Battlefield Park
The hull of the USS Cairo