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Really Missing Summer in 2020


As soon as I finished this piece, I knew what to call it. That’s actually something that is rare for me. Giving titles to my work is usually challenging for me.


This piece just brought on a feeling of melancholy. The deep blues and sand colors brought me right back to the ocean. Living in Florida, I’ve rarely missed a summer of beach-going. It’s one of the few advantages to living here but, it’s a big one. I rarely ever feel as close to nature as when I stand and stare at the waves. The vastness and power of the ocean is like looking into the eyes of God.


I admit that I don’t always know exactly how these pieces are going to look after all the layers of paint have dried. I do know that they all reflect my love of nature. I’ve tried using unusual colors but I always seem to come back to the earth tones. Everything comes from nature. Everything eventually goes back to nature. Even if it takes a couple hundred years. We go back to nature. If we don’t wake up and smell the destruction, we may all be going back sooner than we think.


Spoiler alert: I will never give up the cause for ending the desecration of our planet. I believe that it is so simple for each of us to do our part. Stop buying bottled water and soda! Wear cotton clothing! Drink your drink like a grown-up; without a straw! Take a mug to work! So many small things that are so easy and effective.


One more thing. A few weeks ago I wrote a post about how I thought that these statues that are being torn down could perhaps end up in some kind of politically incorrect museum. I even defined the saving of Mt Rushmore. I mentioned that “some artist” worked very hard on it. Should have done my homework.


His name is John Gutzon de la Mothe Borglum, known as Gutzon Borglum. He was the son of Danish immigrants. He was also a member of the KKK. He was one of the six knights who sat on the Imperial Koncilium in 1923, which transferred leadership of the Ku Klux Klan from Imperial Wizard Colonel Simmons to Imperial Wizard Hiram Evans. His statues of “great men” can be seen throughout the US.


OK. I have absolutely NO problem with this monument being taken down. Not that it will be. At least, not during this administration.


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