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Chasing the light

About 8 weeks ago, I flew out to California for a vacation with one of my best friends. Many moments of laughter, tears and great stories of extraordinary exaggeration. You see, my bestie is a story teller of magical proportions.

Grand adventures through LA, Long Beach, & Playa Del Rey.

Then, one evening while walking along a beach front community to a friend, a soul sister, one of my art patrons home… to deliver a painted portrait … the setting sun glistening across the ocean…I tripped UP a curb and fell forward onto both hands.

Right (painting) hand, radial head broken in 4 places. Left hand, 1 broken wrist bone.

The love and care from my besties, soul sister and patron got me home. I had no use of my hands.

Once in Nebraska, surgery. 22 stitches and a plate and 10 screws later…

It’s been 4 weeks of physical therapy for both hands. Left hand is now out of the brace. Right hand has a compression glove, compression sock & a custom fit ortho brace. The physical therapists just started to passively move my wrist. It’s swollen, hurts and I can’t move it myself.

I’ve missed being in front of my easel.

I tried painting this last weekend… with my left hand. That was a disaster. I held the paintbrush in my right hand and made a few paint strokes… OUCH.

Time and rest will tell how my wrist will heal. My bestie crafted stories of light weaving and love infused images on canvas in my future.

Until then, I’m a sun flower chasing the light.

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River Esk

Location: Whitby Harbor, River Esk, England

Photographer: Lou Ewers 

Exploring color and form

     Now that I’ve had a chance to go through the majority of my photos from my U.K. Trip I’m settling in to exploring the images in greater depth.  I’ve seen some artist grab a reference photo and as if in robot mode paint the image in expected color combination and with a boring palette. The end result may be “technically” in vogue and aesthetically pleasing but does it have passion? Life? Awiya? 

     As I explore this reference photo of the North Sea I am flooded with memories of how the cool and moist wind felt on my skin. The brilliance of color and how different the light bathed everything. The sea was a blue grey color I’ve never seen in real life. As I explored the North Sea from the beach, on a boat and walking along the peer at different times of day, the suns light changed the appearance of the sea from blue-grey to light pale blue, silver, and liquid gold floating on a silver surface. 

     Living in Nebraska, relatively in the middle of the country, I have grown accustomed to the orange, red and dark yellow sunsets. The coloring of Midwest light from the dust, pollution, and heat within the atmosphere of a heavy agricultural state. 

     I will enjoy every moment as I explore this reference photo, unedited, edited and diving deep into my memory and allow Awiya to flow through me as I prepare for a series of North Sea paintings. 

Stay on the Awiya Side of Life my Creatives. 

Its an Awiya Thing

What does being a creative being mean to you?

Is it the way one thinks?

The different ways one might express themselves or create a tangible object?

Creativity, in my experience, is all of the above and , well, none of the above. Scratching your head is optional at this point. (smiling giggle)

I could attempt to explain the creative process of another person, but, that would be mere guessing with tons of interjected projections of myself. Only you can define, express and let others into your creative experience. So, with that said, lets open the door into my creative world. ( double eye wink)

Let’s back track a few sentences and stop scratching the noggi’n. My creativity starts with the physical sensory input through the usual suspects, eyes & ears. Jes, my artist husband & creative life partner, and I will go into the city to peruse. Something may catch our eye & we stop to explore out of pure curiosity. Living life filtered through MS has altered my vision, hearing & tactile sensory. With that stated, exploring takes on an entirely new definition.

While perusing through an area I may see a color that attracts me visually. I will walk up to it, hold it up in different lighting, if I can, and touch it. If we are outside, the feel of the wind or sun on my face adds to the experience. This allows me more input on a sensory level and if a painting or other creative project is inspired, a richer experience creatively can be expressed.

Now that I have experienced inspiration through my altered senses, it comes time to think it through the artists mind. Art is more than slapping paint on a surface and calling it for sale. Important decisions need to be discovered and complicated choices need to unfold. How quickly this happens is relative to the artist. Just to give you a few areas of the artist mind contemplations: composition, subject, mood, palette (colors), lighting, style, canvas, panel, linen or other surface, size, brushes etc. I am like the sunflower, my face follows the sun… Some things may be right in front of me, but I am blinded from looking into the sun. Some days inspiration to finished piece can manifest within a few days…. Other days…. It unfolds over a couple of months.

Having a complete visual split, bilateral nystagmus with oscillopsia, no binocular vision, very little depth perception & tonal deficits…. MS is not a constant set of symptoms, it fluctuates in severity on any given day. I walk past a painting on my easel and if I “see” a solution to a perception conflict my MS has presented with what I want to create but couldn’t see the day before, I pick up the brush and paint until my “artist sight” fades. Then I move on to other creative expressions…. As Jes calls it…. Yummy baked goods filled with love!

Until next time my creatives!

 

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Spring Stretch Inspires the Spirit

Jes and I took a week of vacation from our work with a nonprofit. Much needed time off to explore the spring art on display and friends. Now back to the studio & work. Here’s the latest finished piece for the Palette to Canvas Light of Nebraska series.

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On my easel

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This current work in progress is for the From Palette to Canvas: The Light of Nebraska series. This developing landscape is from York county Nebraska. Will keep you updated as it progresses along.