Saturday, May 29, 2010

We remember on this Memorial Day

More than 50 years after the Allies liberated Paris a bronze statue of Winston Churchill by French sculptor Jean Cardot was unveiled in Paris in 1998. Paid for by the French people, it is one of the few in Paris to depict a non-French public figure.

It is modeled on a photograph of Churchill marching with France's wartime leader General Charles de Gaulle down the nearby Champs Elysees on 11 November,1944. 


Mr Cardot said: "I wanted to show Churchill's strength, his determination, and also his humour. "This is a man on the move, a man who won't stop."
Its plinth bears the words: "We shall never surrender."


On this and all Memorial Days, I always give thanks and have such respect for those with courage and determination who have served for freedom and peace. 



If you have never seen video of President Ronald at Pointe du Hoc please take a moment to watch it click this link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rBeyZAmmJNg

Friday, May 14, 2010

Blue Skies



Blue Sky Cloud Study
Oil on canvas
The English artist John Constable was well known for his study of clouds. To the sky studies he added notes, often on the back of the sketches, of the prevailing weather conditions, direction of light, and time of day...so this one is for you John Constable. Bright sunny day in Florida, 10:40 am on a Monday in May, 2010.
And to all of you who are flying to far away places soon. Hoping your trip is filled with lots of blue skies...smiling at you.