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A technique I created by experimenting with mixed media in ink pen and watercolor drawn and painted on inkjet semi-gloss photographic paper.


My portrait today is of a U.S. Soldier as he drives himself out of Iraq as part of the last combat patrol and I depict him smiling as he crosses the Iraqi border into Kuwait .

I show him smiling because I feel that he would be smiling as he thinks about going home and seeing his family. This is also why I chose to use vibrant colors that suggest to me positive emotions and feelings and hope and joy-a rainbow of colors.

Thinking of his family and seeing his family and for this reason I used watercolor and ink on inkjet photographic paper because I was able to draw with the ink effectively to create an abstract yet realistic portrait of a soldier in a Stryker vehicle, and watercolor slides around this paper then settles within the lines it is a medium I would describe as free and creates a very dreamy effect.

I wanted to believe as I created my portrait of The 4th Stryker Brigade soldier who is the last to drive out of Iraq that this soldier is dreaming all good thoughts, happy thoughts of home.

I believe he deserves at least this much after serving his country, after sacrificing so much and in such extreme conditions. He deserves respect, honor, and freedom and hope and happiness. All the wonderful things of life that all of us deserve and which he fought so hard for to give to another country and which this soldier is so deserving of now for himself and his family.

He is going to make it home safe. He is golden and his thoughts, his visions are golden.

The memories for now and hopefully from now on of his combat experience are fading into the distance as he drives forward toward home.


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  • rightasrain
    rightasrainalmost 4 years ago

    wonderfully expressive drawing! I can’t see the soldier though.

  • Interesting Hillie…I appreciate your positive feedback of my painting and I find it very interesting as well that you do not see the soldier. Your perspective is always one that is one I welcome reading…if you ever want to discuss my artwork further you may always send me a personal message through red bubble…I am always open to discussing my artwork one on one anytime with a fellow artist.
    Much well being to you and happy holidays to you and all you care about.


    – Cara Schingeck

  • Hillie, you know what? I find it wonderful that you have made me take another look at my painting which I have done after your comment…you see I always saw the soldier in my abstract realistic painting because I felt him inside of me as I painted him but you know reading your comment makes me feel so good because I realize now that I accomplished what I wanted to conceptually from the beginning to send the soldier home…to leave the combat zone…thank you Hillie for not seeing the soldier! He has left the war!!

    – Cara Schingeck

  • rightasrain
    rightasrainalmost 4 years ago

    you know Cara, I just might try your method of painting on the inkjet paper. There’s nothing like something in the media helping me along with spontaneity because I can get caught up in rigidity and I love the feeling of not being in control. For once :-)
    How do you let it dry? Does the paper curl much? do you put it under eg books to weight down afterwards to straighten it? questions questions lol..

  • Hi Hillie, I sent you a bubblemail to explain the method i use and answer your questions…peace and love…cara

    – Cara Schingeck

  • rightasrain
    rightasrainalmost 4 years ago

    Wonderful Cara. Thank you so much. I’ve replied x

  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sedicialmost 4 years ago

    *Features November 30th, 2010
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  • Thank you for featuring my work

    – Cara Schingeck

  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sedicialmost 4 years ago

    Congratulations again for the Feature. Enjoy your wonderful artwork in this great layout (the image it’s an active link)
    ♥ Mary

  • Thank you Mary!

    – Cara Schingeck

  • shapiro
    shapiroalmost 4 years ago

    I love the movements, energy and strength of this powerful work. I have read the comments but I can still see a figure in this drawing and it brings to mind the words of an unknown author…..
    But what it was, alas, I cannot tell,
    Because of it I had no perfect view;
    But as it was, by guess, I wish it well
    And will until I see the same anew.
    Shadow, or she, or both, or choose you whither:
    Blest be the thing that brought the shadow hither……

    Congratulations on your feature…Sending you a healing hug and wishing you a creative and inspiring week!Sx

  • thank you.

    – Cara Schingeck

  • Durham White
    Durham Whitealmost 4 years ago

    love how you’ve worked this together… a powerful piece!! love the colourings coming through here…

  • Durham, thank you for your detailed, constructive feedback

    – Cara Schingeck

  • taiche
    taichealmost 4 years ago

    Just wanted to say what an excellent work of art. It’s a pleasure to be featured alongside you and so I have shared, twittered, tumbled and buzzed our shared success :-) See your works in my Journal and Blog

  • Thank you! Very kind of you and congratulations to you too.

    – Cara Schingeck

  • Enoeda
    Enoedaover 3 years ago

    Brilliant!Interesting technique! Wonderful!

  • Thank you…I appreciate your feedback and positive comment and your interest in my technique as well.

    – Cara Schingeck

  • Marion Chapman
    Marion Chapmanover 3 years ago

  • Thank you for featuring my artwork! Very much appreciated…Cara

    – Cara Schingeck

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