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Monday, August 10, 2020

Peace in the valley

"Peace in the Valley," 8 x 10, 140 lb Fabriano Artistico extra white cold press paper
"There will be peace in the valley for me, some day
there will be peace in the valley for me, oh Lord I pray...."
A walk in the woods brings peace these pandemic days of virus, racism and political idiocy, I discovered in Martin Park Sunday.
Suddenly some of the verses of an old spiritual came to mind, and I found my self saying, "There'll be peace in the valley." 
That overcame the Bible verse that seems to fit the days as well: "They have healed the brokenness of My people superficially, Saying, 'Peace, peace,' But there is no peace."--Jeremiah 6:14
The lyrics vary, but here is a version that inspired today's watercolor, for our journeys. This is another study in complementary color contrast--yellow oranges and blue violets greens. 
And while you're at it, if you look at my last five watercolors, do you see a common theme?

"Oh well, I'm tired and so weary
But I must go alone
Till the Lord comes and calls
Calls me away, oh yes
Well the morning's so bright
And the lamp is alight
And the night, night is as black
As the sea, oh yes
"There will be peace in the valley for me, some day
There will be peace in the valley for me, oh Lord I pray
There'll be no sadness, no sorrow
No trouble, trouble I see
There will be peace in the valley for me, for me."

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