WWI Impressions – under construction

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Adding the colours of uniforms on either side and among the lines of the trenches. Long way to go on this one yet and I have to admit that I’m not enjoying this piece half as much as the Particle Collision series that preceded it. Too much baggage, I suppose.

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The Selfies Series – Early Years

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Think my eyes were big enough for my head?

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Patience

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Not familiar with this species and its web is nothing I’ve ever seen before either… so haphazard and without that normal spiderweb design.

Anyone give me an idea of what the name of this spider would be?

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Interview with Gwynne Dyer – Journalist and Military Historian on Canada in WWI

http://www.cbc.ca/thecurrent/episode/2014/08/06/military-historian-gwynne-dyer-on-why-canada-fights/

Running counter to the standard way we romanticize those caught up in conflict, Gwynne Dyer lays it out in much the way I also see it… a useless waste of a generation over nothing but political bombast and nationalistic preening. I know it’s 20 minutes long, but well worth the listen.

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WWI – Impressions (under construction #2 – 100 year anniversary)

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16×20 – acrylic on birch panel.

On this day in 1914, Germany declared war on France. What developed over next four years (as a result of that idiotic decision) is nothing less than the senseless slaughter of many millions.

I don’t yet know where this painting will lead, but its foundation of blood and mutilation has been laid. I hope I have the stomach to do it justice… if not, I’m going to burn it.

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WWI – Impressions (under construction)

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Lovely place names in France and Belgium become synonymous with the horrors of trench warfare. Millions are killed for a few dozen yards of ruined land… and the question in my mind is ‘why?’. Is it nationalistic pride? The glorification of war?

100 years of strife came out of those 4 years and continues today. If humanity cannot follow those threads, then history can, and will, repeat itself into the next century, and the next, and the next.

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Improbable Relationships

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