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Mixed-media in charcoal,chalk and pencil on bond paper.

Today I made a drawing-a portrait of an afghan boy-I was inspired to draw his portrait by a story I had read of a young man who lived in Kabul Afghanistan. He avoids the ugliness that surrounds him from pulling him in to their lifestyle by making his own way of life that meets his needs…he picks of scraps of trash that may be reused or bartered for in order for him to survive and he gathers up these pieces of scrap materials in a black bag. I show him carrying his bag.

As I have said before and as I have read before from many sources there are many resilient and resourceful children in Afghanistan as well as other countries in conflict. These children choose to make a future for them and seek to learn skills and training that do not involve killing or terrorism.

For me this child does not only represent what is going on in Afghanistan but what is going on in my own country, the United States. There are children who must defend themselves and take care of themselves who are not old enough in my country to get a paying job and they are also responsible for their siblings, they must in some cases make sure that their caregiver (mother, father or foster care parent or grandparent or whomever) is not too high on drugs or alcohol to get their little baby sister or brother to the doctor’s appointment or the child must be sure to avoid the school nurse when they have bruises so as to avoid getting their family broken up.

My point is that in many countries children are facing many adversities and children survive. We, adults, need to help them.


  • Rachel Black
    Rachel Blackover 4 years ago

    This is absolutely stunning. filled with feeling, the lighting and contrast is brilliant

  • Rachel, thank you.

    – Cara Schingeck

  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimageover 4 years ago

    excellent and meaningful…
    please consider an introduction in the Inspired Art group !
    my best, francis.

  • Thank you so much. I appreciate the invitation as well.

    – Cara Schingeck

  • madvlad
    madvladover 4 years ago

    highly charged and emotional art piece
    and the lack of coloration makes it all the more
    stingent to the eye

  • Thank you. Your thoughtful comment which is also insightful means much.

    – Cara Schingeck

  • agnès trachet
    agnès trachetover 4 years ago

    touching and powerful!

  • Thank you so much for your comment.

    – Cara Schingeck

  • TheWanderingBoo
    TheWanderingBooover 4 years ago


  • Thank you!

    – Cara Schingeck

  • ArtLacoque
    ArtLacoqueover 4 years ago

    Cara I’m following your exposition every day and sometimes I ’m so moved that I cannot react immediately. You see me comment on an older one today. All that you describe is more that visible – I feel it in my heart and thank you for your responsability in the world, for your educating people, for being so human. What an important work you do here for all of us!

  • Thank you for your kind, meaningful words-the thought of you caring enough to take the time to provide to me such a comment, such feedback and concern not for the art (which means much to me as well) but for your deep concern for what my art represents and what it means on another level besides the visual means more to me than I am able to express-your soul is one that in my mind and heart feels deeply, your empathy profound, I admire you and respect you always and thank you for your continued support and ongoing consideration of my work and any lessons, stories you have to share as you know I am learning every day about our war and share as much as I can, there is so much to learn. your friend-enjoy this day-laugh-smile-breathe

    – Cara Schingeck

  • carol brandt
    carol brandtover 4 years ago

    powerful piece alongside a powerful piece… both leave me wordless

  • Carol, thank you once again for your supportive comments.

    – Cara Schingeck

  • duncandragon
    duncandragonover 4 years ago

    Powerful image – Great work!

  • Thank you

    – Cara Schingeck

  • LoveringArts
    LoveringArtsover 4 years ago

    Emotional Powerful Creative work ! Cara …… Outstanding !

  • Paul, I always appreciate reading your comments-thank you!

    – Cara Schingeck

  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimageover 4 years ago

    bravo !
    my best, your host (francis).

  • Thank you very much!

    – Cara Schingeck

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