Step 2 - sketch "Flight of Freedom"
“Flight Of Freedom”
acrylic on raw canvas and newspaper. 30” H X 30” W
"Flight Of Freedom"
This piece is modelled after an oil pastel on paper from the series “Flights Of Freedom” 17” H X 13” W.
I started the painting by adding the articles to the raw canvas. I then stretched the canvas onto a wood frame and sketched in the drawing and proceeded to paint it.
I always feel uplifted viewing this image of the peaceful face seemingly being moved by the spirit of the dove.
The underlying articles show through celebrating the powerful resistance.
Headlines, subheads and poster captions…
“Massive Marches Confront Trump” More Than A Million Join Women’s Rallies In US” “New protest era may be emerging, but sustaining unity could prove difficult.” “In L.A., “a sea of humanity” “Demonstrators send message of defiance” “New Era Of Turmoil” “Show Of Resistance” “Democracy Is Not A Spectator Sport”
The Women’s March On Washington - Creating Change
Marching raised and focussed the energy of those who participate in the march. Gloria Steinem’s words, “putting our bodies where our beliefs are.” The organizers of the Women’s March on Washington planned 10 actions over the first 100 days of Trump’s presidency. Marching fosters solidarity. The Women’s March brought together those who cared about a wide spectrum of causes: ending violence, reproductive rights, LGBTQ rights, worker’s rights, civil rights, disability rights, immigrant rights, and environmental justice. All of these causes are interrelated. The Womens March sends a message to those in power. It is a way of speaking truth to power. It also sent a message to the people at home. Media coverage and social media let people who didn’t attend know how momentous an occasion it was.
As Martin Luther King, Jr. explained in his Letter from a Birmingham Jail:
“‘Why direct action? Why sit ins, marches and so forth? ... Nonviolent direct action seeks to create such a crisis and foster such a tension that a community which has constantly refused to negotiate is forced to confront the issue. It seeks so to dramatize the issue that it can no longer be ignored.”
Marching changes the narrative. The Occupy Movement generated a national conversation about income inequality, which has now been taken up by people on both sides of the political spectrum. And the Women’s Movement is doing the same.
Marching is an exercise of our rights to assembly and free speech. This is why we chant, “This is what democracy looks like!” Sometimes our rights need to be exercised so that we don’t forget that we have them and so that those in power don’t forget who is really in charge.
Marching is a challenge to people who are doing nothing. encouraging them to get engaged.