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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Red Tape of a different kind

"After the battle," 5 x 7 watercolor
There is a different kind of red "tape."
Not the kind that free people hate, the scourge of all administrations, organizations and institutions that stifle individuality-government, the military, higher education, religion--take your pick.
The bigger the entity, the more tangled the mess becomes, designed to protect administrators' jobs by finding new ways to delay action or  to say "No." A bane of creativity, the refuge of the rule makers.
Instead there is the red tape of "The Red Badge of Courage," the bandages that staunch the flow of blood from those wounded in combat.
Today's watercolor is something new as an experiment for me, responding to the color-a-day monthly challenge, "Red Tape." I think it is inspired by the approaching 75th anniversary of D-Day, when a different kind of red tape saved lives on that horrible day.
Thus "After the Battle," 5 x 7, 140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold press paper.

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