HOPE you All Have/Had a Safe Fourth of July!
Back in the 90's I painted this vest for Mom to wear at all the summer events in my hometown.
Like many of the Depression area, she believed in making your own fun, celebrating hometown America, and waving the Flag--and the Sacrifices behind it.
Everyone wore red/white/blue and lots of flags were flown.
Parades meant marching scouts and drum corps and sometimes 'Buggy Parades'.
Every Memorial Day, Veterans Day and the Fourth of July, my Dad would take me to the flag raising ceremonies for the VFW. This cannon blows out stars and fireworks.
Of course Uncle Sam appeared in every parade, this painting was a reminder of the Buggy parades we had in my hometown. Wagons, bicycles, buggies were all decorated for a 'kids' parade. Pets often participated, too.
Here the neighbor's kitty chases tin cans tied to the bike. Remember playing cards clothes pinned to your bike spokes....what a racket we made, horns our our handle bars and bells you pressed with a thumb?
An Oatmeal box became a drum...Gosh we had fun. I remember playing kazoos, tooted tin horns, and combs/with wax paper folded on them. You puckered up your lips and hummed on the combs,
the paper made a great buzzy noise.
I remember home-made flags, and streamers woven in our bikes' spokes, and some of us had balloons trailing behind us!!
I hope your FOURTH of JULY was safe and filled with hometown
FUN and Memories!
The vest was heavy cotton-duck cloth.
I used watered down acrylics with fabric medium.
Micropoint permanent pens, not sure what brand
Gold sparkle fabric paint
metal star studs, plastic buttons, and porcelain buttons.
I drew the characters freehand to fit the space and then added color and enhanced afterward.
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