The painting above is titled “Celebration of Independence”.

John Adams, 2nd president of the United States, wrote the following to his wife, Abigail Adams on July 3, 1776:

“The date will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more. "

He may have missed the actual date but his vision became an American tradition starting with the very first Independence Day fireworks display in Philadelphia in 1777.

“Celebration of Independence” is my impression of a scene that is enjoyed by many each year across this country as we celebrate the independence and freedoms we have. I hope you enjoy the painting and hope it gives you opportunity to reflect upon celebrations of freedom you’ve experienced – and more importantly ponder just how fortunate we are to have the freedoms we often take for granted.

Have a happy and safe Independence celebration.

Staying with the fireworks theme, I’ve posted a digital painting of fireworks by Artist Jeffery Kolker on the “Interest-And-Influence-Photos” page.

His painting titled "Fireworks" demonstrates terrific artistic skills and understanding of digital art techniques.

Please take a look at his work. I’ve included a partial bio from his web site along with a link to his site.

I think you’ll find both he and his work to be interesting 

The Arts Council of Anne Arundel County has selected “Stretch Run” a painting inspired by the 2018 Preakness in Baltimore, MD for the BWI Thurgood Marshall Exhibit 25, titled “Movement”. The show officially opened March 18, 2019 and will run until July 17, 2019. The exhibit is located at BWI airport between concords “C” and “D”.

"Stretch Run" is shown below

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