Shortly after posting my latest Halloween render I was asked by one of my Members if I had ever considered doing a wallpaper for Remembrance Day. We don't mark the holiday here in the US but after I did a little reading it certainly seemed like a worthy subject. Especially since quite a few of my Members come from Commonwealth nations.
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
by John McCrae, May 1915
The symbol of Remembrance Day is the common poppy. My rendering isn't too flashy or overt but I hope I did the subject justice.
I love all of your holiday works but as I?m sitting here scrolling thru past works there is not a single Thanksgiving Day themed wallpaper. Might be long overdue...just food for thought for next year if you currently aren?t working on one. Thanks for all you do and hope you and your family have a great Turkey Day :-)
Tue November 21, 2017 at 5:02 pm
"The Complete Picture"
Sat November 18, 2017 at 0:54 am
Veterans tend to feel these kinds of topics more uniquely than many, and that doesn't mean that civilians don't, but it's more a way of life between Veterans. I am a retired Veteran and the short of it is that this piece and the quote are genuinely appreciated as well as admired. Good on ya Ryan.
Mon November 13, 2017 at 8:45 am
I love this render and as a Proud Canadian am very thankful that you put this together.
I would love to see a Remembrance day render of California Poppies, as IMHO it would be a better render.
Sun November 12, 2017 at 3:01 am
My late nanas brothers all fought in WW2, my family is a big military one here in Canada, and I really want to say thank you for making this, its beautiful and peaceful, exactly as yesterday was meant to be. <3 Much love from Toronto
Sat November 11, 2017 at 7:56 pm
AWESOME, Ryan. Great to have a tribute to our fallen warriors, and so simple & fitting.
"A fitting tribute"
Fri November 10, 2017 at 3:37 am
Remembrance day and remembrance Sunday have great meaning in the UK and a lot of other countries around the world. Your image is simply amazing and thought provoking. Thank you!
Fri November 10, 2017 at 1:54 am
As someone who commemorates Remembrance Day here in Australia, I think you've done a great job and created a beautiful and respectful image. It will definately grace my desktops tomorrow.
And thank you for taking the time to do this.
Fri November 10, 2017 at 0:08 am
Thank you Ryan, my grandfather served in World War 1 at Gallipoli and later in France, we were lucky, as he came home. We remember this every ANZAC Day. This is a lovely work of art. I felt quite tearful looking at it.
"Thank you so much"
Thu November 9, 2017 at 7:31 pm
This means the world to me. We commemorate Remembrance Day at the 11th hour, on the 11th day, on the 11th month each year, in honor of the armistice signed after WW I. We also wear a poppy as a symbol of this remembrance. Both of my parents served as sergeants during WW II, and this holds a lot of meaning for me. You have my deepest gratitude for creating such a meaningful work of art.
Thu November 9, 2017 at 7:27 pm
The second I saw your rendering that first line came to me - "In Flanders fields the poppies blow...." I could never forget it. It's not all rows of crosses there - there is one common grave with 78,000 names on it. Imagine! 2 of my uncles fought in WWI; both were gassed but came home to east Texas to live long & fruitful lives. One of the greatest things my old girlfriend Suzanne did was to go around pinning red poppies on everyone, me first - I, too, a veteran.... in remembrance....
Thank you. I did not think I could react so emotionally to a piece like yours. I may order a print.
Thu November 9, 2017 at 5:32 pm
Thank you so much, Ryan.
This is a very sacred day in Canada.
My late dad was a medic in the UK in WWII.
For those who are interested, In Flanders Fields was written by a Canadian doctor from Guelph, Ontario, which is located about an hour and a half west of Toronto. He died after the Battle of Vimy Ridge.
"Perfect! Thank You!"
Thu November 9, 2017 at 4:30 pm
It's flawless, absolutely perfect!
THANK YOU for doing this.
I'm kinda crying over the fact someone from a country that doesn't observe Remembrance Day (and probably hadn't even heard of it before) would do such a beautiful thing for us. <3
"Remembrance (Remembrance Day)"
Thu November 9, 2017 at 2:55 pm
Thanks Ryan, this means a lot to me ... much appreciated.
Thu November 9, 2017 at 1:19 pm
Ryan, being a Brit (and therefore Commonwealth member), I cannot add any more than the comments of @Marlowe, @Joe and @drow.
Thanks for doing this, it is appreciated.
Thu November 9, 2017 at 11:46 am
The request was something for Remembrance Day and the poppy iconography (which is well within my wheelhouse) seems to be more closely linked to this holiday than to Memorial Day.
Thu November 9, 2017 at 10:56 am
ye did good, lad.
"Umm... Veteran's Day?"
Thu November 9, 2017 at 10:42 am
We do have Veteran's Day here in the US... which falls on the same day and is related (Remembrance Day more closely mirrors Memorial Day).
Great screen, btw.
Thu November 9, 2017 at 10:05 am
This is a very nice render and the sentiment behind it is great!
Thu November 9, 2017 at 9:21 am
What a great gesture and a great render!
Thu November 9, 2017 at 8:52 am
A nice gesture
Always worth considering Binyon's immortal lines here
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them
Thu November 9, 2017 at 8:44 am
Ryan, the image and the accompanying poem tug at my heart strings. It couldn't be more appropriate for those who have served and sacrificed all for their country.
Thu November 9, 2017 at 8:44 am
This image means nothing to those who don't know the history, and everything to those that do. Thank you.
Thu November 9, 2017 at 8:31 am
thank you for this gesture. You may not know that the poppy and remembrance has been under attack from dirty politics for their own agenda, whereas the families of those injured( mentally and physically) and lost just want to move forward with their lives, hence the poppy is about raising funds to support them.
Even if the original idea was for remembrance for those of WWI, its use has expanded to remember those of all conflicts wherever they maybe. Even my late grandfather an American serviceman wore a poppy to remember those of his extended family from both sides.
Thank you again...
Thu November 9, 2017 at 8:26 am
Thanks for doing this Ryan! It means a lot to your commonwealth members. It is a beautiful and understated render.
Thu November 9, 2017 at 8:22 am
Ryan, I think this is definitely a proper/adequate homage to Remembrance Day.
Thu November 9, 2017 at 8:15 am
I'm not ashamed to say, brought a tear to my eye. Thank you for honoring our heroes.
Thu November 9, 2017 at 8:13 am
This is a great start, but to me, the color looks off on the flower pedals. It's the like they have no depth, and it's hard differentiate one pedal from the next.
Thu November 9, 2017 at 6:43 am
Thanks Ryan for a very poignant image
Thu November 9, 2017 at 5:36 am
Simply Beautiful, Love this
"Simple yet elegant"
Thu November 9, 2017 at 4:54 am
My dad and my uncles served. My brother-in-law serves.My wife serves. Most have lost a "brother" in the line of service. While we have our timing off here in the US (we celebrate the Fallen in May with Memorial Day and celebrate all who have served with Veterans Day this month), we all look to honor those who keep us safe and those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice. Thank you Ryan, for adding a little more beauty and notice. That these "holidays" mean more that what most understand. May the world never again have to see struggles on a global scale, as many did, over the past century.