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L Skylar Brown
03-08-2011, 04:08 PM
I haven't done an original figurative image in a while. This is something that has been bouncing around in my head for quite a long while. "Viet Nam" is always with me, and losing so many of my good friends and buddies. These Current Middle East Wars keep it all stirred up together. Unjust wars started by Unjust men leave the rest of us suffering for their sins.
In style of oils on canvas. orig.working size 2600x3600pxl. at 300 ppi. One layer, from scratch. Impression from my heart.

Suha
03-08-2011, 06:59 PM
Wars and the exploitation of nations and peoples
Injustice for all
And very bad memories
And damaged by the soldiers and people from children, women and youth and the elderly
It remains Leader instigators of these aches in safety
And without compunction
If we look at some of the love of turning a blind eye for color and religion
Rich and poor
Educated and ignorant
Life would be beautiful
Sorry for my weakness in English but I try to express the beauty of your drawing and this is how I feel

byroncallas
03-08-2011, 07:02 PM
Clearly heartfelt Sky - dipping into difficult territory ripe for many perspectives and interpretations. It's a beautiful painting that requires a viewer to bring their own thoughts forward and contemplate, or even wrestle, with the themes buried in it.

Caesar
03-09-2011, 12:37 AM
Such an artistic and eloquent image!

It's always hard to intervene, even more when unconfessed reasons and poor understanding undermine from start even the best motivations and intentions of the involved dreamers and poor guys. It's even harder when You have to use a difficult to control violence and use deadly weaponry, when You're facing coward criminals and excited fanatic minds who hides and don't respect human dignity, when you're among civilians who end up in the middle of fight to suffer and die and cannot see and realize what You think You're building, sometimes because You just cannot, or You devote limited resources or get scarce results on a different environment or You can only attract by acting well the losers, the ones who apparently cannot decide. Destruction is far easier to achieve than building. It takes just a few crazy, ignorant and evil people on each side to destroy, many more and good willing people to build and re-build patiently, too little to ignite a conflict, too much to grow a just peace.
The irony of a poor strategy selling the illusion of a democratic domino effect after a big ram stroke, is that the renaissance of hopes, justice, evolution, democracy, human right, spiritual and material wealths, civilization defence and restoration (not civilizations wars) against any barbarian attitude are happening now, few years later, independently and internally, in so many Arabian or Middle East countries.
Efforts should have gone much more to understanding and supporting more intensely in their positive evolution those countries rather than merely trying to concentrate on fighting terrorism while keeping alive and relying on state terrorism or accept medieval systems or force changes relying on what money, technology, economics could provide alone. Real changes are made by souls, minds, spirits and bodies when sights are elevated.
What's happening in these days is in way similar to the end of the blocks in the '90ies. There are mundane reasons for sure, but I also see a divine project leading our history notwithstanding and even among the worst outcomes of our free will.
Maybe a deeper faith and unconventional analyses can prophetically enlight us on events and make us act more rightfully and find the sole soul which really unites us all over and can prevail on evil.

justjean
03-09-2011, 01:02 AM
Skylar, the agony and remorse being felt is well depicted in your wonderful painting

Alexandra
03-09-2011, 01:11 AM
Beautiful painting indeed Skylar.

coops
03-09-2011, 04:31 AM
A very moving painting Skylar:)

L Skylar Brown
03-09-2011, 07:19 AM
Suha - Thank you for your beautiful words. I pray for the peoples of the Middle East. There is so much turmoil beginng. Now, Gadhafi is turning on his own people. Disgraceful. They say this shift in consciousness is rippling through the entire region. Saudi Arabia, though a monarchy, seems to be stable for now. I pray you and yours stay safe.

Suha
03-09-2011, 09:48 AM
Thank you for your kindness:)
I'm with you and ask God to help everyone here and everywhere;)

limey-g
03-09-2011, 10:13 AM
A very touching painting and so relevant in these difficult times around the world.
Geoff

Peter Pinckney
03-09-2011, 11:40 AM
His tears are our tears................well done Skylar .......... you touched a nerve in me and that, to me at least , means art!

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L Skylar Brown
03-10-2011, 03:01 PM
Byron - Thank you so much. I often get into a mind-set of just painting pretty things, and steering away from emotional subjects. But, sometimes an image asserts itself in my mind, and I have to deal with it. This is such. As it turned out, it seems rather iconic - which is yet another way I like to express imagry.

L Skylar Brown
03-10-2011, 03:14 PM
Caesar - Thank you. I was hoping this would be evocative.
Unfortunately, my country has been on the wrong side too many times, and Willfully Ignorant of True Issues. Our leaders too often choose "Gain" over being true. Now we see a True and Righteous struggle in places we have used and abused in the past. And because our own priorities are corrupted, we do not know how or when to do the Right and just thing about it.

L Skylar Brown
03-10-2011, 03:16 PM
Jean, Sandy, Coops - Thank you so very much. I am pleased you find it worthy.

L Skylar Brown
03-10-2011, 03:22 PM
Geoff - Thank you. The image isn't perfectly rendered, as I had hoped, but the message is.

Peter - Thank you so much, My Friend! Touching a nerve, striking a chord, speaking a truth - all things worth our consideration.

Jim Walsh
03-10-2011, 05:27 PM
Very very moving. Reminds me to pray and hope for peace, respect for all, and restoration.

pat1940
03-11-2011, 03:21 AM
Skylar, this painting really brings out your emotions of how your heart can ache for these men and women, so beautifully painted and expressed, congradulations

L Skylar Brown
03-11-2011, 05:20 AM
Jim, Pat - Thanks so much! The place in my mind where this sort of image comes from I call my Brooding Place- A place where Things seem to stay in my consciousness for long periods.