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"Dome Over Azaleas" ​by Linda Kinney

Patriotic Category

The Capitol Building with its Dome and State of Freedom statue sitting high on its perch is the symbol of America to all who gaze upon it. “Dome Over Azaleas” is an original oil painting on canvas, 24" x 36" (60.96 x 91.44 cm), perfect to display in the foyer of a large office building in the United States, but also in any US Embassy across the world to show ones love for America.

I came across a poem by Ralph Waldo Emerson that makes a strong statement and is befitting my dedication.

A Nation’s Strength ​ by Ralph Waldo Emerson

What makes a nation’s pillars high

And its foundations strong?

What makes it might to defy

The foes that round it throng?

It is not gold. Its kingdoms grand

Go down in battle shock;

Its shafts are laid on sinking sand,

Not on abiding rock.

Is it the sword? Ask the red dust

Of empires passed away;

The blood has turned their stones to rust,

Their glory to decay.

And is it pride? Ah, that bright crown

Has seemed to nations sweet,

But God has struck its luster down

In ashes at his feet.

Not gold but only men can make

A people great and strong;

Men who for truth and honor’s sake

Stand fast and suffer long.

Brave men who work while others sleep,

Who dare while others fly…

They build a nation’s pillars deep

And lift them to the sky.

“A Nation’s Strength” first appeared in Our Little Kings and Queens at Home and at School (Louis Benham & Co., 1891). 

This poem is in the public domain.

One Spring, my oldest daughter took a business trip to Washington DC. She inherited the passion for capturing the beauty of nature from others in our family. At the time, I had not had the opportunity to see the city, so when she returned with many photographs, we looked through them for some to paint. What grabbed my interest in these photos was the pinkish-red azaleas among the green foliage and the beautiful capitol dome against the contrast of the blue sky. I do not have any personal memories of this building, but I hope to take the opportunity in the future. Although I had painted old buildings, I had never attempted architecture before this. It was a thrill and gave me the desire to paint others.

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