Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Acrylic on canvas
Daffy Duck first appeared in the "Merry Melodies" short "Porky's Duck Hunt" (Warner Brothers 1937) and became an immediate hit. Directed by Tex Avery and animated by Bob Clampit, Daffy's personality as the crazy duck who jumped around in the water yelling WOOHOO! WOOHOO! was the direct opposite of the more tame Disney charecters and that's just what Warners was looking for. They needed something to compete with the mainstream cartoons of the day and Tex Avery was just the guy to give it to them. From the stories I've heard about Tex, Daffy was his alter ego.
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Friday, November 11, 2011
General George Armstrong Custer was a controversial figure during the civil war. He finished last in his class at West point but because officers were needed during the Civil War was called to serve with the Union Army. He developed a strong reputation as a Cavalry commander and was promoted to the temporary rank of major general. He and his troops played a decisive roll in the Appomattox Campaign and was on hand at General Robert E. Lee’s surrender. After the war he was demoted to his permanent rank of captain.
After the Civil War Custer was sent to the West to fight the Indian Wars and was soundly defeated and killed in the Battle of the Little Bighorn.
Died 1876 (age 36)