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Published:November 13th, 2006 03:34 EST
Bullets and Brush Strokes

Bullets and Brush Strokes

By Jeanae Goss

Imagine being at war and being in absolute danger every second of the day. Now imagine taking time out to find inspiration for a new work of art. It seems almost unfathomable yet for the thousands facing these threats it's a common feat.
Whether it is now or sixty years ago people in the armed forces have been finding ways to artistically express themselves during war time.
Today, with the current war on terrorism soldiers in both Iraq, Afghanistan and all throughout the world have been spending time doing what they love most. Soldiers at war have been passing time through drawing, writing, singing, photography and more.
Since before the Civil War it is known that whenever a free moment was available soldiers would write journals and letters home expressing feelings of both joy and sorrow.
During World War 2 Captain Edward Taggert said, "World War 2 will go into history more vividly documented than any other conflict."

He was certainly right. This is due in part by water-coloring, drawing, and painting by soldiers which depicted every aspect of war. In 1946 the War Department started to document all of the art being done.

Competitions like the one presented by Life magazine in 1942 became very popular. Eight hundred dollars was given to the winner of an artist who turned in a project based on war time that was created during their active duty in the armed forces.
Now soldiers have branched out and have started to do more then just draw and paint.
Just read a short story written by a soldier in Iraq and learn about the everyday challenges they face. Glance at a picture and see much more than a beautiful palace or rundown shack.
Even though any soldier would pick being back home to being at war they sure do make the most of being in life threatening situations.