The Fourth of July is “Independence Day” in the United States. It is the day we celebrate the 1776 signing of the Declaration of Independence. That Declaration proclaimed to the world our separation from Great Britain and our emergence as a new sovereign nation.

The Declaration stated unequivocally: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed."

Those few words sum up the divine source of our unalienable rights and our philosophy of government. Nothing quite so revolutionary had been proclaimed anywhere by any people. Affirmation of those beliefs has been a long on-going struggle. Even so, it has been said that the United States of America is the freest, most creative, productive, and richest nation in the history of mankind. That’s an accomplishment that U.S. citizens of all races, genders, and heritages can and should be proud.

The Declaration was a statement of principles, including principles that were clearly anti-slavery. Slavery was not originated in the United States. At the time the Declaration was written, indentured servitude and slavery were centuries-old worldwide practices that could not be done away with overnight. The realization of the Declaration's "self-evident truths" that finally "all men" could be free is at-hand, but there still  are impediments to overcome.

The United States isn’t perfect, and many may question why equality has taken so long to be realized. I don’t claim to have all the answers. I do believe that the destructive riots like we are now experiencing have only hurt the stated quest of equality and justice. I find it difficult to accept – as some have either stated or supported by inaction – that destruction of any kind is required or justified. My view is destructive rioting have caused decades if not centuries of setbacks in acquiring equality and justice. Communities all over the country made up of those the rioters claim to be representing have been destroyed by those very same rioters. Years of rebuilding are needed and often never done because of lack of interest or funding. Additionally, those that might have been supportive of the change sought become angered, suspicious, and reluctant to provide future support. The final result has repeatedly been communities become more dependent and impoverished.

Leaders of one organization leading the current riots proudly proclaim to be Marxist trained and are followed by several as they hijack causes  and then riot and destroy in the name of those causes. They blatantly proclaim their hatred of this country that ironically provides them the freedoms to perform their  acts of destruction and hate.

Please take a look at the makeup of people in the photo collage of Fourth Of July celebrations. People of all races, genders, ages, and while it can’t be confirmed by the collage pictures, I’m certain there are people that have differences of political and religious beliefs in those photos. Yet, in spite of their differences they are united in their celebration of their country.

The people and organizations that are attempting to turn us against each other in the name of change are using tactics of Marxism to bring about change not for equality and justice but for destruction of the fundamentals upon which this country was established. As stated previously, our nation is not perfect. Improvements are welcome. The questions are: what changes are needed to truly make our country better – and just as importantly how should those changes be brought about? Do you want the Marxist rioters’ destructive method that results in poverty and dependance, or the method and proven results provided by the U.S. Constitution that offer opportunity and independence?

I know my preference.

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I hope everyone will have a safe, fun filled Fourth of July. However, it might also be a good time to take a few moments to have a discussion with family and friends regarding what is going on and what this country is really about.

The above  painting is titled "Momma Fox And Her Kit".

This painting is based on a screen saver photograph randomly supplied by Bing. In this photo, it appears as though mom is taking her kit for a leisure walk along the edge of a wooded area. Mom is no doubt teaching as they walk.

I love animals of all kinds and thought this scene would be a good subject for a painting. I typically do not include people or animals in my landscape paintings but thought I’d give a try at painting the foxes to see if I could handle the challenge. Hopefully, I didn’t mangle the beauty of the animals and the overall painting is pleasing to those viewing it.

Developing the painting

I’ve included a collage of photos (shown below) taken as I progressed through the painting from rough sketches of the foxes, surrounding background trees and foreground high grass, and wild flowers to the finished painting.

You can see in the first sketch my drawing probably would be better defined as scribble. However, I’ve found it beneficial at times to rough out an idea on paper before going to canvas and paint. The second sketch was to establish a basic idea of where I wanted the foxes located in the painting and decided what colors to use for a base under-painting of the foxes. The third photo shows a print of the photo used for reference.

The middle row of photos shows a quick filling in of the background and foreground. I had two objectives at this point: establish base colors, and more importantly establish focal point lines within the painting. Notice that the roughed in background colors and lines (eventually tree trunks) point in the direction of the foxes. The same is true with colors and direction of the foreground grass and soon to be wild flowers.

The last three photos show the progression of the background with trees, color variations, tree limbs and leaves highlighted to lead you to the foxes. The foreground was then developed with fuller color, defined grass lines and wild flowers all designed to take you to the foxes.

The final photo is the finished painting. It shows shadows from the treed background that add a variety of color to the painting. The foxes were finished by blending a variety of colors for the fur and to give accent at strategic body locations to give them shape and dimension.

The following colors were used for this painting.

Lamp Black, Prussian Blue Hue, Raw Sienna, Flesh Tint, Unbleached Titanium, Burnt Sienna, Yellow Ochre, Phthalo Green, Cadmium Yellow Hue, Cadmium Yellow Medium, Chromium Oxide Green, Permanent Green Light, Phthalo Blue.

 The list is in no particular order. I can’t tell you how much of which paint was used, where it was used, or which paints were mixed with which. I mix paint on the palette and on the canvas as I paint and blend. I can tell you that I’m almost certain that the final colors on the canvas will not match any of the colors as they came out of the tube.

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Exhibit Information

I would like to thank the Maryland Federation of Art for including the above painting titled “Solitude” in their online “Six Feet of Separation” exhibit.  The exhibit can be seen by going to Once at their home page you will see an option for “Exhibitions”. If you don’t see the “Exhibitions” option, you will see a menu symbol (three small lines} on the top right. Click on the menu and “Exhibitions” will show under “Home”. Click on “Exhibitions”. Current Exhibitions is shown about midway down. “Six Feet of Separations” is the first exhibit image shown (a man playing a violin with a child looking up at him). Click on the image.

You’ll be presented with options “Head To Curve Gallery”, and “View Sales Gallery”. The “Head To Curve Gallery” gives you opportunity to view each exhibited item by scrolling from one to another left to right. The “View Sales Gallery” allows viewing of multiple items per page and scroll top to bottom.

 The Arts Council of Anne Arundel County (ACAAC) has an online exhibit of weekly featured artist. Six of my paintings shown below will be featured starting June 24, 2020. Titles of the paintings starting at the top left are: "Snow Moon", "Dispersion of Light", "Buddies", "Severn Tranquility", "View From Behind The Waterfall", and "Rails To The Sun". I'd like to thank ACAAC for their support by this exhibit. Here are links to this exhibit - and facebook link

Prints of all my paintings shown here can be obtained for very reasonable prices by going to the "Shop" page.

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