Day 31, the end of August, the end of my brother’s first month of deployment.
Today I am inspired to create a war drawing of a U.S. Soldier in a poppy field in Afghanistan. I have found through my research that some say opium production reaches 6,900 tons.
Some say that opium production rate has soared to 6,900 tons in Afghanistan in the past 10 years even though there is a strong presence of troops in that country for over eight years.
As far as I can tell from the media, Afghanistan produces 92 percent of the world’s opium that has devastating consequences across the globe.
Today, I thought about how I have many friends, neighbors, relatives and relatives of my friends (plus those I don’t even know) who will soon be deployed to Afghanistan. This thought compelled me to create today’s gesture drawing.
I have made a drawing of a U.S. Soldier walking in a field of poppies, the field is full of color however the soldier does not seem to belong, he is stiff, I used graphite and ink instead of pastel and chalk which I used for the flowers to give the field softness…not to imply the soldier is hard and unyielding but to show that he is out of place…he is trying to find, seeking…see he is reaching to smell the flowers.
My portrait is one which I purposely made the soldier stand out from this seemingly peaceful, natural landscape of impressionistic flowers because he does not belong an opium field in Afghanistan only because this is not a field for a picnic it is a field for cultivation of a crop to be sold for commerce. He is on a mission he cannot relax…
The soldier in my war drawing portrait may want to walk peacefully and enjoy all the beauty that is around him but there is a job to be done here because of other forces who have turned beauty into commerce, who have turned nature into something ugly, who have now put thousands of human lives at risk to serve their own purpose and who now destroy a country (possibly their own country) and bring chaos, destruction and death upon many people from many countries, from many cultures due to their own greed.
So many people from faraway places who are far from their home are now in Afghanistan and more are on their way in order to help this country.
Today’s drawing is not just about poppies, opium, but also about understanding other cultures and attempting to show how if a person finds themselves in another country for whatever reason maybe the best thing to do is to stop, look around, and see what is going down
Well, also, I do strongly believe in having a sense of humor as well when addressing serious, important issues, in my opinion this is just one essential element for a very happy life.