Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Stars & Stripes II

In theory, the American Flag was to have another star and stripe for each new state, but this proved impractical.  The design reverted to thirteen stripes in 1818, with only an additional star representing each new state.  The fiftieth star was added in 1969, after Hawaii joined the union, completing the flag we know today, the Stars & Stripes...
Can you imagine how immense the flag would look with 50 stars and 50 stripes?  I think they made a wise decision back in 1818.

12x6 oil on canvas.


Dusty Pines said...

i always enjoy your flag paintings - such a different composition than they're normally done in - and the stars on this one look really three-dimensional! glad they kept it to 13 stripes too - imagine trying to paint a flag with 50 really thin stripes?!

LindaHunt said...

The flag looks as though it is actually moving! I love it!!! Makes me happy to be an American!