Earlier this month, I got a call from the San Francisco Chronicle to illustrate the cover of their book review section. The book, "A Great and Godly Adventure, The Pilgrims and the Myth of the First Thanksgiving", was about the historical account of the first Thanksgiving. Most of what we believe was "the invention of tradition". The biggest surprise, for me, was that there weren't any turkeys in the region. Most likely the settlers were dining on venison, raccoon and beaver. Yummy!
On Sunday morning, the art director chose my favorite sketch, the one with the Indians on horse back and the child's "turkery hand drawing". On Sunday night I was informed that the Indians did not have horses at that time. This was another big surprise. Here is the final oil painting and design.