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!