Summer Wall Decor, “God Bless America”
Today, July 4, 2020, is somewhat like Thanksgiving, notwithstanding obvious differences. We get a day to count our blessings. Do we deserve it? Do we earn them? Are we entitled…to them? No, my view. But if we are fortunate to think about this topic at all, we realize all our national blessings arise for reasons largely beyond our doing or comprehension. As unfashionable in some quarters as this is to state, my poster below, “God Bless America,” attempts to get at it to some modest extent.
This series of seven original posters was accepted some years ago into the Library of Congress‘ permanent collection. Posters comprising this set also won a Gold Award from Graphis Poster Annual…some time after I first introduced the works following the attack of 9.11.01. Many in this collection have been sold to a wide variety of people…teachers, soldiers, parents, challenging to characterize the real demographic, since, in my mind, so many can relate to the utter simplicity of the image and verse. I have been gratified by this.
I am not in the humor to be told we must “reimagine July 4,” or “rethink” it, or re-anything it such as the popular media, the usual talking heads would have us do. In my humble opinion, our national ideals have come after a couple of thousand years of toil and struggle, at great personal sacrifice to millions, and only after and because our Founding Fathers & Mothers were possessed sufficiently in spirit to lay out what in the history of both Western & Eastern civilization had never been imagined before. The founding ideals are clearly stated, celebrated, and remain for us to live fully into so that we may continue to “form a more perfect union.” Thank you for considering this post.
On this unusual July 4, 2020 wall-art post of 2020, I invite you amidst the pandemic, economic travail, geopolitical upheaval and national strife to reflect, to investigate 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 Live 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– What is it we hold most dear? Are you willing to compromise this? Trash it? Dilute it? Diminish it? Degrade it? Turn it over to others to steward? What is your response? When I was in college, one question of the day for which I was unprepared was, “Are there any absolute values, any more….or, are all things relative?” Today, July 4, 2020, we get a chance to solidly answer this question. Some things are not relative, at all, and are worth preserving at all costs.