It’s hard to believe that a year and a half ago, Mr. Obama was sworn into office as the 44th President of these United States. Sometimes though, I feel that a whole year and a half has elapsed… especially when I look back at all of the photos I’ve taken since then… and even more so when I think about the fact that it took me over a year to paint the cover of my President Obama scrapbook/photo album. I guess time and energy got the best of me… All of my intentions to sit down and paint eluded me as work, school, family, friends, and cleaning became the priorities in my life. Well, this month, I have decided to take weekends off (unless I have a project to photograph) and use those times for some R&R and taking care of all of the things I meant to do a while ago.
With this spirit, I decided to finally paint something on the cover of my Obama Book… and though I am no Picasso, Da Vinci, or Michaelangelo, I will have to say that my representation of that Obama painting/stamp does not look too bad! There is something in his campaign message of HOPE that still inspires me. Perhaps it stems from the fact that before he won the primary in Ohio, I did not believe that his presidency could ever be a reality. In 2010, I still see levels of racism and segregation… sadly… Maybe it was that he took this hands-on approach to the White House campaign, and did so many other unconventional things… Whatever the case, I was so involved in the whole political process during the 2008 election, in a way that I’d never been before – never cared to be before. I think before his campaign, the run for the White House was “that thing” that happened every 4 years, but in 2008 as Mr. Barack Obama made a bid for the Oval Office, it became a once in a lifetime moment filled with possibilities, hope, dreams deferred, and everything else that gives you a reason to dream again!
I have included pictures from my painting experience below….
And for the Throwback Moment, here is a link to view a slideshow of my Inauguration 2009 Images.
KEEP HOPE ALIVE! CONTINUE TO DREAM! CONTINUE TO PURSUE YOUR DREAMS! Remember: With GOD, ALL THINGS are POSSIBLE!