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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.