Old pouch Friday has been moved from my blog: www.americanfrontierart.blogspot.com
to this site. Watch for it! I have developed this new and separate blog just to post my pouches on it. I will continue to retain the American frontier art blog for my paintings and other visual artwork.
- Ken Scott American Frontier Artist
- I am an artist and illustrator whose work has an intensely historical, even biographical concept to it. As an artist, I see the objects that I paint through the eyes of a 18th century limner, or traveling artist and naturalist. I’ve always been drawn to things that have a history and a story behind them, things that show signs of wear or age. My goal as an artist is to create every item with an historical past with an aged look and feel to it. Each of my paintings resonates with an historical perspective upon its completion, a look and patina of having been loved and handed down from generation to generation, hinting at ownership by a long forgotten person. Pencil notations and marginalia are often added to give an additional appearance of age and prior usage. My artistic versatility has helped me achieve status as one of the top craftspeople in America. Early American Life magazine has thrice named me one of the top traditional craftsmen in America. My work has been featured as movie props, used in TV documentaries and videos and seen numerous times in magazines and on their covers. Thank you for visiting my blog.
Thursday, September 23, 2010
I had the great privilege of providing several prop items for the movie "The Alamo," starring Billie Bob Thornton and Dennis Quiad, among others. I made the hunting pouch that Davey Crockett (Thornton) wore in the movie. Actually I made three of them in case one became damaged. I also provided ink wells, writing journals, pens, pencils and pencil boxes. Below is a close-up of the pouch.
I made this pouch and based it on "The Dark Day in New England, May 18th,1780."
On that date, the sun was obscured at sunrise. Extraordinary darkness occurred shortly before noon. Peak obscurity was reported at noon. The blackened sky remained for the remainder of the day. The sun became red, the sky appeared to have a yellow cast and the moon became as red as blood. Schools were closed, children sent home. Cattle lay down to sleep, chickens went to roost, and many people believed that the world was coming to an end. Communications of the day were primitive and most people thought the darkness to be inexplainable, so they applied religious interpretations to the event. Many thought that the Dark Day was a supernatural event caused by God. The cause of this phenomenal event has yet to be throughly unexplained.