Painful Times, “Declaration of Independence” Might Help
Trying times at home, in the USA. I’ve seen this before, back in Nixon’s America. It wasn’t fun, it wasn’t pretty, it wasn’t easy. But we made it through. There are similarities between then and now, and of course, differences, too. Interestingly, the space missions of the era held us together, mesmerized and captivated as a viral pandemic and civil unrest took their toll. Back then, as now, when we failed as a Nation to live up to our ideals, some of us decided the best way to go forward was to trash those ideals, to discard them, to compromise, dilute, slander, fault, or rewrite those ideals. I am not in this camp— just so you know. On the contrary, I find times like right now call upon us to live more fully into the ideals expressed by our Founding Fathers and Mothers.
To double down, to amp up our determination to bring those ideals into reality more so now for our children and their children’s children, as did our Founders…is the challenge at hand. What better expression is there anywhere than in the Declaration of Independence, particularly in the phrase, “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 heir just Powers from the Consent of the Governed…” The resonant quality is deafening, these days. Here is Spring wall decor that sets forth this most noble ideal in understated fashion, as contrasted with the raucous, violent, painful times in which we find ourselves.
Cities burn across the USA, tonight. We don’t know, yet, who is responsible for what seem like coordinated attacks by anarchists, and others. These are clearly not people grieving. Lives damaged as a result seem incalculable. We will know before long what is really going on.
However, our hearts are broken over the whole tragedy of this past week and the interminable quality it carries in our national conscience. We grieve the brutal, unnecessary death of George Floyd and so many others short-changed, tragically so, by the failings of our Justice system, and by the long history of racial strife that undergirds this country and undercuts her ideals. But this is why we most hold close these ideals, right now. To abandon them is to fail to steward our Nation’s historic experiment and to turn ourselves completely over the the wolves, the furies of history. I won’t do it.
This Declaration print is simple in its composition, use of typography, color, and presentation. It is not an 18th century reproduction, but a work with a contemporary graphic style while holding true to the language and meaning found in the original. Let each of us make it our personal resolve to live more fully into the Ideals that founded this country, which, not coincidentally, happen to have a great deal in common with the Two Great Commandments, the second being, ‘Love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two verses hang all the law and the prophets.” Need we more? I hope you like this work.
Funny how the Covid 19 Virus has suddenly taken a back seat. Certain Mayors and Governors are coming around, though we know not their true motivation; I confess, I am still overdue for a haircut. But our grass is cut, the garden is coming along, including a new one designed to make our pollinator friends happy, Hummingbirds, Butterflies and Honey Bees. I am happy about this. In fact, I’ve undertaken a new series of paintings, “Bee Art,” which, if I’m lucky, I may present before too long.
Amidst our current trial and tumult, you are invited to take this opportunity to explore all sections of George Delany Art, prints of various visual themes: Instagrams, Photos, Drawings, Paintings and Americana Posters.
I call your special attention on GeorgeDelanyArt…try two neat features on my site: The first– WALL Review, a capability that visualizes your art selection in your specifications as seen in different settings; living room, bedroom, sitting room, conference room, these sorts of things, as referenced, above. Secondly, the L I V E Augmented Reality feature that allows you to see your chosen art work on YOUR wall…in your setting. Pretty exciting stuff. This is my “business advice,” for the week– in addition to your families, treat your job, work, income the same way Momma Hens treat their chicks. In the chicken-coop of life, rebirth is happening, now.