The above painting is titled "Family Welcoming".

                   Some thoughts about Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day,                                                             and family gatherings, 

Veterans day is always on November 11th because it is a symbol of recognition of the ending of WWI. WWI ended on the 11th month on the 11th day on the 11th hour. We now celebrate Veterans Day to honor and give thanks to all veterans and all who have served in defense of our freedoms.

Unlike Veterans Day, the date of Thanksgiving Day changed multiple times and for a brief period of time two Thanksgiving Days existed. Celebration of Thanksgiving Day depended on location. Finally, on Dec. 26, 1941, Congress passed a law, making Thanksgiving the fourth Thursday of November.
Thanksgiving Day is a day of family homecoming, hospitality, civility and happiness of the American family. It provides a sense of identity and welcoming home family members.

I wanted to paint a scene that could be associated with family and the celebration of Thanksgiving Day. I started the painting in early November. As the painting developed, I began to think about how close Veterans Day and Thanksgiving Day are to each other. These holidays are not just close dates on the calendar. They have close links beyond being only weeks apart.

Both Veterans Day and Thanksgiving Day gives us opportunity to give thanks for our many blessings, to honor, to express love and appreciation to those that make and have made such celebrations meaningful and possible.

This painting is my impression of a farmhouse or rustic home that can be found in almost any rural area of the United States. The house and barn are large, sturdy, but perhaps a bit weathered. Nevertheless, the scene is one of warmth, welcoming, and love as a parent and child put the finishing touches on their snowman.

The snowman is holding an American flag. There is a “Welcome” sign attached to the fence. Perhaps this is a scene of preparation for a family gathering to welcome family and guests for a festive Thanksgiving dinner where thanks will be given for all their blessings – including the return of members of the Armed Forces to share in the celebrations of friendship and love.

Although this painting portrays the home of a suburban family welcoming others to their home, the same gathering, welcoming, and celebration could be a possible experience in every location across this country.

Veterans Day is quickly followed by Thanksgiving Day. What a wonderful opportunity to give thanks for all who served to preserve our freedoms! What a perfect time to set aside our difference and give thanks for our friends, loved ones, and all of the many blessings we have!

 Even when we experience occasional hard times in the U.S., we are still much better off than many other places around the world. We have much to be grateful for in this imperfect country of the United States.  

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

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Announcements of New and Ongoing Exhibits

The painting below left  is titled "Back Yard Trees". It is part of the Benfield Gallery's exhibit titled "Artist Eye 2019". The exhibit opened October 26, 2019 and will continue until November 30, 2019 

The painting below right is titled “Annapolis Snow Day”. It is part of the What’s Up? Media 9th exhibit titled"Artists Favorites”. The exhibit is located at the What's Up? Media office building, 201 Defense Highway, Annapolis, MD 21401.

This exhibit opened on Friday, August 23, 2019 and will continue until December 18, 2019.

The paintings shown below are part of the "Wonders of Nature" exhibit being held at the Arundel Medical Center located in Annapolis, Maryland. The exhibit is located in the Center's Clatanoff Pavilion near the Healing Gardens.. The exhibit Started August 6, 2019 and runs until December 2, 2019.

The painting on the left is titled "Dispersion of Light". The painting on the right is titled "Canyon River View".


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