Don't worry, this is NOT a rant about the government shutdown!
It's time for my contribution to Inspiration Avenue's weekly challenge, and this week's theme is "faces". Since I haven't painted faces for a very long time, I can't show you anything here. So I had to think of a different approach to this challenge - and I came up with this.
Abraham Lincoln is probably one of the most famous faces in Washington, one of the most visited (not at the moment, though - but we didn't want to go there, right?). But there are also other faces on display - faces full of pain, sorrow, terror and heroism.
Like the men fighting in the Korean War.
The men of Iwo Jima
Not even faces anymore - just names, ten thousands of names on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
The guards who honor the fallen soldiers who don't have faces and no names either - the unknown soldier.
And the woman who helped finding missing soldiers, giving a face to a name.
After all this gloom, there are also other faces. Faces of hope, but where the gloom is still visible. This dad who with his two sons makes music on buckets in the streets of Washington. Despite the rain they attracted big crowds with their rhythms that were so different from their environment at the National Mall.