So far, I've only received from Colonial Williamsburg the portrait of George Washington they'd like me to interpret for them. It's a full-length portrait by Charles Willson Peale. Apparently, Peale did several versions of the painting.
Coincidentally, I found a beautiful coffee table book about Peale and all the family members he taught to paint while antiquing on Mother's Day. Peale named his sons after famous painters (Rembrandt, Reubens, etc.) and taught them to paint. Peale was a pretty fascinating character and served under Washington in the Revolutionary War.
Anyway, I'm posting here a version of the painting (this one is presumed to have been commissioned by Martha Washington because George wears his state sword, which appears in no other version) and my GW in progress for Williamsburg. Note the detail of his shirt, which will be permanently hidden by his military coat, which is yet to be made. His boots have just come out of the oven and are not primed and painted and his "pants" are still the under batting. He's been pretty challenging so far -- getting his body posed like the painting is no small feat! Right now, he's leaning on a doll stand ... but we're hatching a scheme to recreate a cannon similar to the one in the painting. I don't usually post pictures of works in progress, so enjoy!