Spent some time sketching by the sea today. The sun sets around 3:30pm here in Northern England. The wind was cold so did quick sketches and took reference photos. So many photos to choose from for painting.
The Awiya studio is still in boxes… haven’t unpacked and set up the studio in the new house.
9″ x 12″ oil on stretched canvas
Just in time for the Winter Holiday. This painting was commissioned as a gift.
On break from grad school and in the studio this cold New Years Day. A swan I interacted with while at the edge of the Serpentine lake @ Hyde Park in London a few weeks ago. Swan energy is amazing to work with.
I posted several photos and videos from our recent trip over seas on my Instagram awiyafineart & louewers and twitter @ awiyafineart feeds.
Esk Valley, North Yorkshire, England.
It’s that time again my creatives. Stephen and I are once again doing some international traveling.
Last time I focused on photography and tried out some oil pastels. I wasn’t to impressed with the oil pastels the 1st time I tried them in 1988 and much less May 2017 UK trip.
This time I’m taking charcoal pencils. I want to be able to sketch freely, quickly and focus on the movement of the subjects.
I look forward experiencing the North Sea again. Perhaps catching some of her waves in shades of charcoal.
I believe we’ll spend a few days in London and explore Natural History Museum London.
Bags are pack, passport in hand, backpack of artist supplies assembled …. Stephen has his 40 lb backpack of camera gear ready & were off.
Winter in the North Yorkshire Moors.
Off the easel Awiya Fine Art
Planning another trip to the UK. Passport-check. Airline tickets-check. Car rental-check. Dog kennel-check. House sitter-check. Vacation rental-searching….
I’m looking forward to experience the North Sea again.
I started this piece last year or so. It’s a wet spring day in NYC. I had spent the day, by myself, in the city. This particular scene occurred after I walked across the Pershing Square covered street bridge on E 42nd and turned around to admire the cafe I had just left.
I spent about an hour slowly drinking a cup of tea, people watching and reading a book I acquired from the MMA (the MET) earlier that day.
This past spring I traveled with my companion, photographer S. Smith, throughout Northern England. We spent a considerable amount of time out in the countryside and driving down iconic one lane roads through small villages. One experience that has profoundly affected me as an artist is to visually experience seeing greens & blues differently.
Allow me to fill in some lesser known facts about me.
First, I have MS and as a result a complete visual split. That allows me to see in a panoramic view. It’s a trip for sure.
Second, I have diminished depth perception due to the lack of binocular vision.
Finally, I have tritanomaly color blindness. I have functionally limited blue cone cells. Blue appears greener and yellow and red are hard to distinguish from pink. Apparently Tritanomaly is extremely rare.
Now let’s imagine hiking through the countryside of Northern England and the Moors National Forest experiencing a different light from sun and seeing green in a whole new way. Now imagine standing on the shores of the North Sea and seeing blue in a different way.
It’s been almost 6 months since our trip and I’m slowly exploring the many photos taken for reference while painting. I’ve done a seascape and a land/sea-scape so far. I’m exploring with both oils and acrylics as well as grayscale toning the canvas first then applying color.
I am pushing beyond my limited physical senses and more in a instinctive one as well. Beyond seeing color, beyond visual form and express a new truth within the experience.
Plans are underway now for spending time drawing & painting in the SW United States. I look forward to spending time at Ghost Ranch & experiencing Georgia O’Keeffe’s studio. Also, plans are coming together for a return to Northern England & Scotland. Exploring the beautiful landscapes, architecture & art in France is around the corner too.
Stay on the Awiya side of Life my Creatives!