"American Dream”   
    newspaper, acrylic on raw canvas 32 H X 26” W

 

Phase one in creation of "American Way" is adhering newspaper articles onto raw canvas

The next step was to sketch the image and text over the newspaper and raw canvas

This painting is influenced by a smaller piece also called “American Dream” from my artwork series “Change." The piece collage-oil pastel, print ( image JFK and Jackie) on clear acetate on colour paper 17” H X 11” W

 The iconic photo of JFK with the look in his eye and his arm extended as he speaks with Jackie looking on in admiration and the crowd beyond dictated the way the piece unfolded with the feel of light pouring. I wrote the text “American Dream” into the painting as the era felt that way inspired by JFK’s sense of vision and his intelligent, humanistic speeches and approach. A different time…a different America..not perfect but a hopeful time..pregnant with possibility.

Headlines on the underling articles “Court won’t reinstate travel ban” “Science entering a new frontier: Politics” “TRUMP ORDER BLOCKED” “A first week both normal and far from it” “Divided families gripped by fear.” The words faintly bleed through the overlaid colours that celebrate what is good about America.

Some inspirational quotes from JFK
As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.

We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch - we are going back from whence we came.

My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.

Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.

If we cannot now end our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity.

Mankind must put an end to war before war puts an end to mankind.

Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.

If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.

The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie, deliberate, contrived and dishonest, but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic.

Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.

In a time of domestic crisis, men of goodwill and generosity should be able to unite regardless of party or politics.

I look forward to a great future for America - a future in which our country will match its military strength with our moral restraint, its wealth with our wisdom, its power with our purpose.

 

 "American Dream"

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