What if you spent every day looking for One Beautiful Thing?

Private Doodles


Victor A. Lundy

In 1944 at the age of 19, an architecture student named Victor A. Lundy joined the U.S. Army’s Special Training Program with the hope that he’d get to help rebuild post-war Europe. Instead, he was assigned to the 26th Infantry Division. And on D-Day in 1944, the division found themselves on the front lines on the beach at Normandy.

Lundy’s name may sound familiar because he went on to become one of America’s most beloved mid-century architects. But as a young man out of his element and thrown into some very adult situations, all he wanted to do was find a way through it. Drawing had always comforted him, so he kept a sketchbook and a pencil in his pocket at all times, capturing daily life, quick portraits, and still life drawings whenever he could. Miraculously, not only did the young soldier survive that terrible battle; he also managed to hang onto most of his sketchbooks, which he donated to the Library of Congress many years later.

From his training in Fort Jackson in South Carolina to his experience of D-Day on the shores of Normandy, France, Lundy kept a faithful visual record that is both sweet and chilling. The sketches serve as a humbling reminder of the youth and innocence that is lost in all wars.

You can see all of Victor Lundy’s wonderful sketches on the Library of Congress website.

Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

11 thoughts on “Private Doodles

  1. I am going to resist the temptation to stand on my soap box. But we went into this war to win, which we did. I just don’t understand going to war if you don’t want to win. The drawing are like looking thru his eyes. I understood each one. Hal

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Loved this post. As someone who loves to draw, paint and use my creative juices, I enjoy looking at others art, especially their sketch books. Thanks for sharing this.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. I know that art is something I utilize as a tool to decompress so I can only imagine that processing his experiences in this way was psychologically beneficial as well as being a visual record.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. These are amazing sketches and a perfect post for the anniversary of D-Day!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Pingback: Creative Juice #246 | ARHtistic License

What do you think?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.