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Journal-"I made this drawing of a soldier crying":

I made this drawing of a soldier crying using a variety of colors because for me at this time, at the beginning of my research into what the war and its impact on soldiers was having plus the complexity as well had begun to really hit home for me.

At first, my research was mainly You Tube videos created by soldiers/veterans returning from our war.

I saw this soldier, this war veteran’s photograph many times…and for me his face, his emotion symbolized for me the pain, frustration, exhaustion that I have seen in many troops in our war today.

His face is one I have seen on movies of previous wars…who is he? He is the face of the pain, the emotion, the sadness, the despair, the resilience and the bravery and the experiences of war that I will never know-his face (not him, this man) is what war means to me.

I wanted to create my own image of not a realistic portrait of this U.S. Soldier but an abstract realistic bordering on surrealistic war portrait to show how I was feeling for him and to show visually my own perception, my own interpretation of how for me he represents many soldiers, many cultures who are part of our war.

  1. A side note: Part 00 series began prior to the official series that I started on August 1, 2010. Therefore, the “Part-00” series title is my way of distinguishing my war drawings as either prior to or after that date. I started Part-00 in part as a way to mentally and emotionally prepare myself for my brother’s deployment.


  • ArtLacoque
    ArtLacoqueover 4 years ago

    With this additional text I better understand your subject “our war”. Very interesting , important and human.
    A great painting.Ruth

  • Ruth, thank you. my work gets very gestural at times and without the text to explain why I was compelled to create the drawing I can understand why it would be challenging to realize why I made the portrait, why I felt the subject was important, etc. I appreciate it that you took the time to read the description and to send me your feedback. Take care, Cara

    – Cara Schingeck

  • Joyce Ann Burton-Sousa
    Joyce Ann Burt...over 4 years ago

    You just got it right on with this one. Nicely done.

  • tori yule
    tori yuleabout 4 years ago

    ’ He is the face of the pain, the emotion, the sadness, the despair, the resilience and the bravery and the experiences of war’

    Your work is heartfelt. I cry for your brother and all the soldiers that are suffering. I cry for you, Cara who is also suffering. I pray your brother returns home safely.

  • thank you.

    – Cara Schingeck

  • Catherine Berger
    Catherine Bergerabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful work and accompanying words! Aptly conveys the anguish, sadness, and exhaustion experienced by those who are touched by the war.

  • Catherine Berger, thank you for your kind words of my artwork, my work. Your words of support are so welcome. Enjoy your new year.

    – Cara Schingeck

  • Catherine Berger
    Catherine Bergerabout 3 years ago

    Have a wonderful new year!!

  • Catherine Berger, A wonderful year to you too!!

    – Cara Schingeck

  • Ray Jackson
    Ray Jacksonover 2 years ago


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