Mercury One's Restoring Love Rally 2012

I am nearing the completion of a large project that has been my primary focus for several weeks. I am posting some of the photos to show the process behind the work and begin promoting the event, which is at the end of July.

About a month ago, I was contacted by the folks at Mercury One, a charity organization founded by Glenn Beck. I have been asked to create a painting for the upcoming online auction to raise money for the Restoring Love event in Dallas this July. After much brainstorming and communication with Mercury One, I have come up with a design that illustrates their mission and their goals to preserve the integrity of America and our culture.

Here is what I have so far.

Concept Drawing for the first layer of the paintings.

 This is the color layout for the first layer.

Graphics studies for Mercury One and Restoring Love.

This is the final concept sketch for the paintings. A variety of iconography from Mercury One, Restoring Love 2012 and the 1791 clothing line by Glenn Beck have been included throughout the composition.
The finished piece of art will be a triptych, composed of three canvases (30 x 40 inches each).

Photo of canvases 1 and 2 with the completed first layer of the composition. The purple hearts replacing the stars in the flag are the Merit icon from he Restoring Love graphics.

Canvas #1. Blue wash for the sky.

This is a detail of the text in the left hand painting of the triptych. The source is Colossians 3:12-15 from the King James Bible.

This is the center canvas. In the foreground is farmland that I am working on. Text will be added across the bottom. In the center is a buffalo graphic from Beck's 1791 clothing line. There will be text for the Bill of Rights across the top.

The 3rd canvas with Liberty.

1791, the date of the final ratification of the Bill of Rights to the United States Constitution.

Mercury One's logo combined with a t-shirt design from Glenn Beck's 1791 line. Detail from center canvas.

This is the right hand panel in the triptych. The gold circles are the lids of mason jars, symbolizing self-reliance and self-sufficiency rather than dependence upon government.

Detail of Liberty from the third canvas. Working on shading and creating volume.

Full composition approximately as it will hang when completed. The canvases are too large to hang properly in my studio.

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Comment by Rob Stifler on July 7, 2012 at 6:41pm

Incredible! I can't wait for Restoring Love. Counting down the days.

Comment by Frances Byrd on July 2, 2012 at 4:07pm

Thanks Big Dawg! I really enjoyed creating this group of paintings. I think I'll create a series of smaller ones if things ever settle down around here.

I started a series on the Occupy movement recently and am working on sketches for some American eagles right now. I will try to start posting photos soon.

Comment by BigDawg Music Mafia on July 2, 2012 at 2:33pm

  Beautiful work Frances :)


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