charcoal abstract portrait of a gestural hand

a simple painting for a simple request

my hand

I say STOP!

dadaist style, unconventional portrait of a person who knows what it is like to feel all the emotions of having a loved in a combat zone and never knowing from one moment to the next where they are right now.
Are they safe?

I calculate the time…all the time.
Do you know why?
Because I want to know what time it is in my brother’s world.
I try to imagine what he is doing right now.

I sit in my garden soaking up the last fragrant smells of my roses after a few hours in my garden with it’s green soft grass and sipping my tea.

I wonder what he may be doing and feeling and seeing at his hour of the day.

I wonder what his face may feel like right now.
I calculate the time…I realize that there are sandstorms…and in my mind I also realize that he must feel like it is torture as I feel a cool breeze glide across my face.
Sand paper torturing him on his long days serving his country, my country, someone’s country in that incredibly hot sun.

I wonder about his feet.
Yes, his feet
I can’t even imagine how hot his feet must feel.

I ask you to imagine it
Please all of you try to imagine it
Feeling what it must be like to be standing all day
(I mean all day in the hottest place on the planet…and I mean for a person who was not born and raised acclimated to such weather)
Imagine, standing in the shoes of a soldier
Hot sand, hot tarmac, all day long…
Hot! Hot! Hot!

You must be strong
You must be ready
You cannot complain
You cannot be distracted by these trivialities
You must FOCUS or you or your fellow soldiers
Your “family” may die

I say STOP!

a simple painting for a simple request

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