Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Walking Papers


It's OH-fishel.  As of last night at midnight, I am no longer in active service with the Marine Corps.

I have my DD214 copies and my orders releasing me from active duty. It's no April Fools joke, and I'm still a bit sad to see it become reality. If I had my "druthers", I'd still be on active duty.

I had the best job in the Corps. No other billet like it. What a privilege it was to be able to do all the Corps let me do, and to represent the Corps to the folks at home (and art world as well).

I met a lot of great folks, went to many great locations (as well as garden spots like Iraq and Afghanistan), and drew and painted a lot of interesting scenes.

"Slice of Life" scenes were a lot of what I did, and now my little slice of life in the Corps and Combat Art Program is over. A new slice is being carved out.

I hope it's got some nice decorative icing on it.

Thanks to all the people who made the calls and did the paperwork to get me on active duty, to keep me on active duty, and finally to send me on my way back into the 1st CivDiv.


Jo Castillo said...

Kris, hopefully this will open new doors for you. It is hard to change directions but your art will certainly continue on. I hope you keep posting on your blog. I don't comment often, but I'm always checking in on you. Thank you for your service and sharing your art with us.

Kristopher Battles said...

Thanks, Jo!

I will continue to post things, especially any military-related art work I'm doing such as the upcoming Marine Aviation Monument, or military portraits, etc...

I also am going to start up a civvy art blog, and maybe even a political blog.

So, keep in touch!

Art K. said...

I also hope you will continue to post about your art projects. I enjoyed following your posts.