July 4Th . . . .

"Hung Out to Dry"
Oil on masonite, 8" x 6"

It's here again. This is the 26th annual Family Reunion we hold on the 4th. I have made all but three, I think. There is no other event, even Christmas, that pulls the family together like this does. This week is the week when engagements are announced, weddings happen, announcements for the future are made and those who have gone before us are honored. And the awards (roasts!) bar b que, the catching up with each other . . . .all of it . . . it is a blast!

And we honor those who stood and fought when it counted. And those who constucted this fine country we live in . . . .and I ain't talkin hammer and nails . . . .! And we all give very grateful thanks for every bit of it: God, family, home, country . . . .everything!

So, there won't be any posting tomorrow . . . .it's a big deal tomorrow. Nothing is as important . . . . . so, please excuse me.

On the 6th, 7th and 8th, I am going to be giving a watercolor workshop called "Composition for Impact." It will be an intense 3 days when the participants will be painting 5 to 6 paintings in three days . . . .all toward making one idea better and better and better.

Meanwhile, I am sharing this little guy with you so you can see the growth since May 1st . . . . . . . . . ..when I began the painting a day committment. . . . .and began oil painting. You won't have to look hard to see it. (The growth I mean!! ;-) ) I sure can!
Happy 4th, Everyone! Take a moment to reflect on how much this holiday really does mean.