Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Kolene Spicher Original Ship Painting - Coast Guard Cutter - Part 1

Revenue Cutter 

"The Pickering" 

Yesterday afternoon, I started a Ship painting for an order where I have been sent a beautiful gold leafed frame.  This customer wanted a specific ship's portrait.  It's called The Pickering!  Its a Revenue Cutter and was part of the United States Coast Guard (USCG).


The Frame is beautiful and in  near perfect condition.  I love the little fox marks that you can see on the frame.   This painting will be placed behind Antique Glass! 
A little history on the USCG.  It was created by Congress on August 4, 1790 at the request of Alexander Hamilton.  It is the oldest continuous seagoing service of the United States.  As Secretary of the Treasury, Hamiliton managed this branch of the government; it's main job was that of collecting custom duties in the nation's seaports.  By the 1860s, it was known as the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service.  Today, we know it as the USCG,  and it is actually one of the seven branches of the United States uniformed services.   The Coast Guard's roles include maritime safety, security, and stewardship.  

Back to the painting! 

I sort of faked the water but will add that tomorrow.  I don't really need to sketch that! The Pickering, I believe would have been one of the earliest cutters to be part of the Coast Guard.  

The three flags that you see flying on the cutter will be as follows!

This will fly on the Forward Mast 

And of course the American Flag!  

Tomorrow or Thursday I will add some additional photos of my progress.  It may take a while to completely finish but this is a good start! 


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