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GPV's Journal
GPV's Journal
July 3, 2023

30 years of wedded bliss today. Spending it

looking for a second car, but we're together.

Family photo album: https://photos.app.goo.gl/knko6J6TEvtCR9sa6

July 3, 2023

"Celebrating July 2, America's other Independence Day"

Fifty-nine years ago today, legal apartheid in America came to an abrupt end. President Lyndon Johnson addressed the nation from the East Room of the White House:

"I am about to sign into law the Civil Rights Act of 1964 …. Let us close the springs of racial poison."

Afterward, ours was a changed nation, prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, and national origin. The back of Jim Crow, with its false promise of "separate but equal" public accommodations, was broken, as America fulfilled its most sacred ideal: "All men are created equal."

Since then, the Civil Rights Act has become as fundamental to our national identity as any of our founding documents, deeply rooted in the fabric of a nation that strives to be "more perfect" and to move ever forward.

June 27, 2023

Which painting to put in the show?

So I'm doing a library fundraiser. The rules are my painting has to be done within a certain locale and painted within 6 continuous hours. I have done 2, both of which will be in the online auction, but only one can be in the library show. Which one is more likely to sell?

June 26, 2023

Today's Paint the Peninsula piece.

I thought it was dead, so someone went out to collect it only to have it wake up in the Art room. Sorry, li'l buddy!

June 24, 2023

Why I'm proud of this watercolor

*It's for Paint the Peninsula and had to be done in 6 hours, which made me nervous.

*I didn't have my best supplies with me, though my friend provided me with great paper.

*I only had about 4oz of water with me. I had to use a water brush on the sky. (I didn't want to use saltwater on my good travel brushes.)

*I only erased twice. Usually my perfectionism kicks in and I wind up redrawing the same line for an hour, messing up my paper surface.

It might not sell at the show, but at least I got it done. Phew!

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