A week ago today, my friends at the National Museum of the Marine Corps had a going away get-together for me at Pancho Villa, one of my favorite Mexican restaurants (I love Mexican food).
They presented me with two very thoughtful and wonderful gifts, which I must confess made me at a loss for words.
The first gift was a personalized Marine NCO sword (I've always wanted one but never bought one...).
The second gift was a custom-made palette plaque, fashioned by the folks in the Museum's Exhibits Department, with the motto, "GO TO WAR, DO ART!" burned in. Attached was a hand-crafted KABAR/palette knife-- a nice touch, as was the "crossed brushes" in the SSgt chevron.
Incredibly thoughtful gifts, from incredibly thoughtful and professional people, which I now display proudly in my home studio.
(And the sword will come in handy when I'm doing any cavalry or pirate illustrations in the future...I've already said "avast" a couple times..!)