A haunted look and a story to tell...

So many haunted looks from children who suffer and cannot voice the atrocities they have witnessed so far in their young lives.  It is troubling to watch the news and see the despair in their eyes and in the eyes of their mothers. (This post was first published in 2017.)

"Becoming a mother makes you the mother of all children. From now on each wounded, abandoned, frightened child is yours. You live in the suffering mothers of every race and creed and weep with them. You long to comfort all who are desolate." ~ Charlotte Gray, Canadian writer and recipient of numerous awards.

mixed media portrait of young boy
mixed media boy with haunted look

(Mixed media sketch: micron pens, charcoal, pastel pencils, and coloured pencils in Strathmore Toned Tan Sketchbook)

I can't help but wonder...

What has this boy seen?
What are his memories?
Does he have someone to love him?

Why does he have a haunted look?

The boy I have painted is the second portrait in a possible series in which I am exploring poverty, suffering, ageing, loneliness, and so on.

The portrait began as an experiment much like the elderly man in the scribble art piece I posted a few days ago.

What might his story be?

One Response

  • Beautiful Louise. I know we have feelings about immigrants into our countries, but I am sure we all have our hearts broken by the trauma a lot of them have had to endure.

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