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Pursuit of Happiness – Americana

Is our American Constitution now just a bit of ‘folklore’? I think not! The Constitution is alive and well and living for all of us.  The “Life Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” thing is for real. Take the woman in our painting today – what is she doing? Is she driving a T-Bird convertible; or a bumper car? Perhaps it is a speed boat; or an arcade game. It doesn’t matter, really, the point is she has the freedom, here in America, to pursue happiness and can make the choice of what to drive. Not every country can boast the same, especially when it comes to the female gender.

July Bring On The HappyThank you for joining us in July’s review of Americana. Next month we share vacation ideas….some good stuff coming up so be sure to check back in August, the Vacation Month.
All the best to you and God Bless America !

The Old Chisholm Trail – Americana

When my husband and I purchased our home of 27 years in the bay area of Northern California we noticed a hole at the very bottom of the fence in the back yard. We then noticed another small hole in the front lawn fencing. Subsequently, we learned that the neighborhood wild animals, such as skunks, raccoons, possums and the like, were using the holes to get from a distant field to an even more fertile area near a park in our neighborhood.

Late at night we would watch the animals make the trek and use our yard as the major though fare. They actually wore a path in the soil and lawn. We appropriately named the path “The Chisholm Trail”. We never shut it down, it was there before we were.

Years later, here we are in Texas, right on the real Chisholm Trail route. Who knew?
Please enjoy my interpretation of “The Old Chisholm Trail” – Americana, the good old days.

JULY Cattledrive

The Old Front Porch Swing

How many of us have sat on the front porch, perhaps on a swing, a chair or bench? It just seems that at some point in our lives we should do some front porch sitt’n; because that is where memories are made and neighbors are met.
Back home in Montana our front porch was screened in and had a piano where my mother would play fun things like Tiger Rag. She’d sing “hold that tiger” and then run her fingers down the entire length of the key board. We kids just went nuts over this song and demanded she play it faster and faster.
We also counted the cars that drove by our place on the Hiway between nowhere and somewhere else. The game was to guess if the next car would be a Chevy or a Ford. Now that’s iconic America.JULY front porch with flag

July 4th At The Lake

In July we are celebrating Americana which refers to artifacts, or a collection of artifacts, related to American history, geography, or folklore. There are many ways to define Americana: paintings; drawings; license plates; antique vehicles; household objects; tools; weapons; flags; plaques and statues; and so on.
Patriotism and nostalgia play defining roles in the subject.  We American’s shout our patriotism to the sky by using fireworks on the evening of July 4th.
Depicted in this post is ‘July 4th At The Lake’.  Where ever you celebrate this great nation’s Independence Day, please enjoy it and be safe.

May God Bless America

Americana July 4th of July at the Lake

Romance In Marriage

Today’s post is a collage using Anne Bradstreet’s poem “To My Dear And Loving Husband”.  I tore it from a poetry book that I had given to my own husband on our first anniversary.  Please note my hand written note to him.  Poor guy, he has been getting sappy stuff like this every year since!  It’s called romance – and he loves it!

Keeping the romance in a marriage is very good for the spirit, doesn’t have to cost a lot, creates staying power, and is what memories are made of.

06 June bride's poem

Collage: Watercolor, colored pencil, a real rhinestone ring, a page torn from

‘A Little Treasury of Love Poems’ by Cary Wilkins

Can  you spot the design error I made?

Thanks for sharing the romantic, wedding month of June with Sweeney Art Center.

Next month is July:  Americana

Marriage Traditions

There are many wedding traditions; from the white dress to the honeymoon. Some fun wedding traditions that I found to share with you:
Jumping the Broom
This tradition is said to have originated with an African ritual in which a broom is used to demonstrate that all past problems have been swept away.
Tying the Knot
In some African tribes, the bride and groom have their wrists tied together with cloth or braided grass to represent their marriage.
Tying Tin Cans to the Back of the Marriage Car
Historically this was done to scare away evil spirits so the bride and groom could get a clean start at life together. Over time the wedding party had fun tying empty tin cans and tin buckets to the get-away-car so it would make tons of noise and everyone in town would look. Of course there is always the attached “Just Married” sign to be sure that everyone gets the picture!

06 June just marriedJust Married

A June Bride

I love June weddings, although I realize many women today are planning their weddings to be held in months other than June. Some months are better for honeymoon travel discounts, while other months coincide more closely with vacations or family reunions dates. In whatever month a young woman marries; when she walks down the aisle she is most certainly going to be a “beautiful bride”.
Please enjoy my depiction of a young, beautiful bride as we celebrate June –  the month of weddings and everlasting marriage.

06 June brideWatercolor with colored pencil