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    Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now

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    Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now is a self portrait that takes its title from a popular song from The Smiths. The tile and the portrait work together to form an overall message about transitioning from a combat environment to a civilian environment. While in combat, all one wants to do is survive and go home. Once home, transitioning often times proves harder than combat. The soldier is depicted in full dress uniform, his medals and stripes tell the story of where he has been. The pride of the uniform and the angle of the view are in juxtaposition with his demeanor. He looks tired, reluctant and uncertain of the future. Thus, Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now is a statement on the challenges of becoming a civilian, rather than a statement on military service.

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    Name of Artist: Aaron Burks
    Width (inches): 24
    Height (inches): 30
    Media Oil
    Country United States
    Painting Genre: Representational: Figurative / Other


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    This is a beautiful portrait. For this viewer that lovely face reflects innocence and purity, although that is perhaps not what the artist intended. Great skill is demonstrated with all the elements of this piece - particularly the textures of the hair and the cap. Overall it is an outstanding image.

    Well, one must read the description with this painting. The artist projects such an enthusiastic spirit and I am immediately caught up! This painting surely conveys the fantastical, a place inspired by dreams of other realms -- yet within this world, shrouded in the lore of history and days gone by.

    I wish there was more socially motivated art such as this one about beach erosion; the concept is well symbolized with falling angles and elements. There is color (life) above but a cold bareness below.

    Very colorful meeting of shapes conveys a happy feeling. Looks like a gathering of boats -- as if they are all talking.

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