this is really pretty. I can't personally relate to your war experience, but my brother could. He also served in Vietnam and was very jumpy when he came back. a car backfiring would send him into orbit. i was too young to realize what was going on though now i know better. May God grant you the peace I see forming in these painted visions.
The cat wasn't there. Nor was the bird. Or even the red roof. A lot of invention here.
Although my PTSD from Vietnam is not full of the common symptoms, I do have one in exuberance--a startle-reflex. I've been told recently by a VA neurologist that much of my energy is sapped by my constant vigilance of all around me.
Just tried a definition of "in country" online and found this:
"In Vietnam during the period of U.S. military operations there."
Well, yes. Naturally, that period of my life makes its way into all my art works. I fight the war all over again in every painting. But now, it results in as you say a "peaceful day".
This "In Country" painting is a lead-up to what I consider to become my great painting, one that is nearly finished, but it scares the heck out of me to just get it done.
Perfect balance... cat, bird, house in the distance. Life/painting is always to be preferred when there are more questions than answers
Question: Do sudden unexpected loud noises bother you? I find that more and more they make me almost irrationally angry, and I've no idea why. If I had experienced combat it would be a bit easier to understand... Probably too much caffiene.
For the philosophy of Life/painting (not to be confused with painting from life). I know what you mean.
Answer: "Unexpected loud noises", or not. They throw me away. Can be a quiet unexpected sound or even a hallucination. Anger. Probably an appropriate response. It interferes with your life, your work, your moment. Caffeine? Drugs don't do this to you. It's something new in your life, I go out on a limb to suggest. Mine, the PTST is old. And that startle reflex was built into our training. A branch in the jungle against the face would be enough to put one on alert. Keep at it. Introspect. Find out why you have this. You don't need a shrink--above all.
You mean you can tell it's by me just by the work? This is a huge compliment.
By the way, not even the posts or wired fence was in the source photo that I took many years ago. Only the house on a hill. The cat is invented, and the bird. My wife worked for years at General Foods where they made cat and dog food among other products. She brought me home one day a little very well done booklet on Dog Anatomy-Illustrated [link] and later I found one on Cats. That's all one needs to invent a cat. Guess you know I harp on the study of anatomy for the artist.
...I do Robert!....One day I will make it my priority...I have the anatomy books but they seem to be hidden somewhere......My additions seem to appear on my page ....uncalled for....Don't know what that means!!!
I have the dogs...cat's and rabbits to watch...and copy....but no time to watch them
Not so simple Robert.....There are so many spikes on the barbed wire......It has such a lovely feeling....a warm ....peaceful day.....AND ....of course the inquisitive cat!!.....Was it really there? ........and isn't it a typical scene A wonderful quick painting