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by derek mccrea
- Artist Notes
- An art customer asked me recently, “Derek, how can a hardened combat
veteran demonstrate such passion in art?” Many have misconceptions
about Soldiers. Soldier support agencies and family members keep the
Soldier’s heart alive. To be successful you have to use the
carrot/stick approach, a fighter with one hand and a helper with the
floral to me represents the soft romantic side that everyone has; they
just have different ways of showing it. Not many people wake up; look
in the mirror and say, “I am going to be a bad person today.” Generally
I believe most people are good but have different beliefs and are
motivated by different things. Notice I said “most people”. For the
life of me I cannot begin to perceive the thought process or reasoning
of a terrorist. I pretty much understand everyone else.
poppy to me also represents life. A flower may only live for a few
days, or maybe a week or two. During that short lifetime the flower
blooms and takes full advantage by being wide open during the majority
of its life. People should do the same. Too often I see small problems
or even large problems take control of someone’s life and affect their
future and well-being. I try to reflect on this when I have a problem
and what I tell younger people is that they will live to 70-80 years
old. You are young and have a long time to live. One year from now this
problem will seem like nothing. Carry on and take full advantage of
life, like the flower.
While painting this floral I used a
series of different techniques to create depth and texture; a hard
thing to do with watercolors. I also used pen and ink and charcoal to
complete this work. I never paint when I am upset. I woke up with this
image in my head and grabbed a brush and did not stop until I was
complete. This painting was painted while I was in a high energetic
spirit inspired by the poppies beautiful bloom and contrast red colors.
More about derek mccrea
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Biography of Derek McCrea
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Derek McCrea is a US Army Infantry Combat Soldier with two tours in Iraq with the 3rd Infantry Division, and this is his stress relief. He has always loved to paint; it allows him to express emotions on paper and r ...
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