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November 25, 2012
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The Trail of Tears by jjpeabody The Trail of Tears by jjpeabody
The Trail of Tears was one of the worst things I ever learned about growing up. This image depicts the hardship and the journey that the American Indians partook. I realize it was probably a lot harder and a lost worse than what I learned about in American History. No one knows how many died during the Cherokee removal. The last journey of the Cherokee took 139 days and spanned 1,200 miles.

The image didn't start out being this. However, as the picture developed so did the art.

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The trail of tears was a terrible part of American History. This image does a very good job of setting the scene for how this atrocious piece of policy was put into action.
The scenario is completely possible. A relatively small number of US troops escorted Cherokee indians West.
This image blends several traditional painting techniques with digital tech very nicely. The thematic sensibility of this is driven by the leafless trees, the absolutely perfect color use, and the organization of space.
This is one of my new favorite images from this time period of US history. It belongs in an exhibit with real history, mementos from Cherokee tribal family history, and well written factual accounts of the ordeal. Great work on the image, hope you will consider doing more historical work.
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This is a beautiful painting! I've used it as the cover for my short story, found here.
LutherTaylor Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
super dope!!
jjpeabody Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey Luther, thanks!
LutherTaylor Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
no problemo! been having some mega computer issues lately. i.e. computer wont come on, shuts down etc. no good at all. luckily been practicing traditionally anyway so not too much of a bother...YET
hope you been well
Sillybilly60 Nov 26, 2012   Digital Artist
Beautifully composition and wonderfully painted.
jjpeabody Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks again for the feedback :)
Sillybilly60 Nov 27, 2012   Digital Artist
You're most welcomed...a beautiful painting it is!
QuirkyBrainiac Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Bifunctional Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so very beautiful!
Love the colors, the composition and ogods, those epic snowy trees! The warmth in the back gives it a nice touch too.
jjpeabody Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the feedback. I appreciate it.
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