Once while on a patrol in and around Delaram, Afghanistan back in 2009, as we were nearing the edge of town, I looked over to our left and saw a group of local kids watching us as we passed. They weren't afraid or angry, but seemed interested in these exotic American Marines walking through their neighborhood...! We were the local entertainment, I guess.
The sunlight falling on the adobe buildings and the children's colorful garb stood out to me, and I knew one day I'd try to depict the scene. I applied color with intentionality of stroke, and the buildings lent themselves to palette knife application... almost as if I was spackling real stucko!