It’s Independence Day here in the United States, a day to commemorate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. Happy 4th of July to those of you out there celebrating! I figured I needed something red, white and blue in honor of the day, but didn’t really feel like painting a flag. Then I thought I might try our national bird, the bald eagle, as I rather like drawing birds, but changed my mind because eagles always look a bit pissed off about something. Likely the economy. So, in the end, I just opted for a somewhat patriotic dessert that contained roughly the appropriate color palette. I figured even eagles couldn’t scowl when it comes to dessert.
I have mentioned before that I share a birthday with Thomas Jefferson who drafted the Declaration of Indepence, which is kind of cool. Though sharing a birthday with someone is akin to sharing an eye color and not particularly notable when you think about it. Despite this, it’s often fun for people to look up what celebrity they share a birthday with, but I’ve never had to as my celebrity was always Thomas Jefferson. As a geeky little chubby kid I was proud to receive my 2 dollar bill each year, emblazoned with what some artist decided his face looked like. It didn’t make me cool to the other kids, of course, but in my heart, I knew I must be totally cool so I didn’t care much that they failed to notice.
Sure, Mr. Jefferson had a dark side which every politician had at the time and continues to have to this day. But the ideas were strong enough to last over 200 years. It would have been amazing, of course, if he’d thought to write that “everyone is created equal” rather than just men, but that was a side effect of the times. I like the idea of everyone being equal and so I’m going to just assume that’s what he really meant. And since we share a birthday, I’m going to salute that idea on this 4th of July. If you’re one of the thousands of watercolor painters out there celebrating World Watercolor Month, I hope you know that you’re all created equal as well. Equally awesome! Much love and happy painting!