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Friday, March 20, 2020


"Over the rainbow," 5 x 7 watercolor, 140 lb Fabriano Artistico cold press paper
"Wish  we'd see more bluebirds," said my wife Susan today, on a blustery, cold, sometimes gray day.
To me, they're symbols of freedom, of the beauty of creation, lifting spirits...especially needed in these unhealthy, uncertain days.
 You can count on bluebirds.
Glimpses of color, swiftly fluttering amid  the trees and yards...
That's all you get sometimes, but how the colors stand out amid the gray of the days  in these troubled times.
How we need to be reminded of the colors, of  life...
Got me to thinking of a famous song, and thus a splash of watercolor today.
"Somewhere over the rainbow 
Bluebirds fly..."

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