This painting began as a personal study in using alcohol ink. At the time I was working on a new series of six images that in the end didn't work out as planned. It is now late winter 2022 and events in eastern Europe are impossible to avoid for peace and freedom loving people everywhere. I dreamed it into new life as a testament to courage and the willingness to defend life and freedom as Ukraine and her people have shown it. The flow of pure red became an emotional and an artistic surrogate representing the conflict between nation states, the anguish of innocents involved, good vs evil and the goals and values of leadership. Which side you take depends on many factors beginning with individual identity, political affiliation, what you value and know to be moral, one's financial interests and personal inconvenience.
My process began with a personal alcohol ink study that I photographed and manipulated then printed on fine art paper using pigmented ink.
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