Thursday, November 7, 2019

Turning Virginia Blue

I don't know how the political color system in America changed, but it is fairly recent. Back in the '50s Red was Communist  - the ultimate perversion of leftist belief and action. If you had socialist leanings you were a "pinko" and some of our elderly folk will remember Senator Joseph McCarthy and the "Red Menace." Not to mention the all-red Soviet flag and Red Square. So how did "Reds" become hard conservatives? My state, Massachusetts, is often loaded with "Blue" leftist votes. In Virginia where I now live, the politics are "swing state," a teetering balance of blue and red, held down by a few highly educated and rich blue liberals in Fairfax County. That would be me, and I want the balanced part to stay, so I voted as many times as I could (once) and drew this graphic after the blue Democrats won the state. I incorporated my "voted" sticker as part of a political statement.

Mixed media: Markers, colored pencil, Photoshop, and sticker, 4 1/2" x 4 1/2", November 2019.

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