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Today I created an abstract realistic gestural portrait of a soldier gazing out onto either the landscapes of the Middle East or South Asia contemplating Our War…

My mixed media pastel and graphite painting/drawing portrait of a combat soldier comes from my soul which I first conceived of as I read the Saturday newspaper U.S. War Causalities section-

Today’s abstract expressionist gesture drawing came about because of the pain in my soul, the empathy and frustration and also my feelings of respect, pride, empathy for all of our war soldiers.

Frustration is another strong feeling that created my painting/drawing today.

Our soldiers…still in our war…my desire to give them strength and hope and not knowing how best to do this which is a frustration with myself and my frustration to not be able to help our soldiers and to help end this war and to not be able to help all involved is why I chose to just express myself instant, gestural…the colors I chose just happened to be the ones nearest to me because I was in a state of action and focus on the image in my mind’s eye…I have a bowl of hard pastels and I just grabbed them and moved my hand…I did make one conscious decision as far as color and that was to make sure to grab white for highlights…

So, what I read that inspired my painting/drawing portrait of a brave soldier today noted that:

  1. Afghanistan…at least 1,449 members of the U.S. military have been killed in Afghanistan since the invasion of the country in late 2001, according to statistics compiled by the "website”:http://icasualities.org/
  1. Iraq…at least 4,432 members of the U.S. military have been killed in the Iraq War since the U.S. invasion in March 2003, according to statistics compiled by the "website”:http://icasualities.org/

MEDIUM: hard pastel, graphite on bond paper



  • RickGeorge
    RickGeorgeabout 4 years ago

    I feel the frustration…strong piece Cara..

  • Thank you Richard

    – Cara Schingeck

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