2″x4″ acrylic on canvas …
2″x4″ acrylic on canvas …
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.
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.
Thanks to some generous bidding, this piece, ” Compassion of Souls Lost,” raised $250 at auction for “Frank’s Fight.” The Awiya Project is proud to come to the aid of this wonderful deserving family, and deeply thanks the compassionate giving of the bidders – both the winning bidder and those who’s bids did not. We are dedicated to compassionate giving, paying it forward, an aiding those in desperate circumstance and need…
Jes Ewers Co Founder of The Awiya Project
A “BIG” Thank You to everyone who helped in any way in making the “David Codr Benefit” a success. Even though it was a lonngggg evening for Dave, he enjoyed visiting everyone who came out to support him. Again, Thank You, Thank You, Thank You! Bless you all!
Lori D. Benefit Coordinator
Jes & I will be traveling out to Central Nebraska next week for our 2 nd road trip. We will take landscape pictures for The Awiya Project: From Palette to Canvas: The Light of Nebraska.
Remember My Creatives this is a year long project to travel across our State & create profession landscape paintings. A final showing of all the pieces as a group will happen, location to be announced later, then each piece will be donated to a library in the county we painted.
First round of crowd funding has gotten us this far & 1 painting is completed and Jes & I have a painting each on the easel now. That’s 3 of 10 paintings. We will be doing another crowd funding campaign at the first of the year. Join us in creating art for public libraries to inspire generations to come.
If you would rather contribute in other ways, share this blog, spread the word, you can contribute by clicking the donation button the side bar or the link to our supply wish list. We are 2 professional artists donating our time, talent & supplies to this project.
We need your help with art supplies to see this project to its completion.
During the Palette to Canvas : Light of Nebraska series, Jes & I continue to donate pieces to charity & individual benefit auctions, to inspire individuals & other public spaces with the Awiya Project: Cycle of Compassion.
Lets keep the Cycle in motion & Compassion in our hearts.
stay on the Awiya Side of Life my Creatives!
The Awiya Project delivered a piece of art today for a benefit dinner and auction for a young man named Paul. Paul has been diagnosed with Renal Medullary Carcinoma, an extremely rare and aggressive form of cancer. It is with a warm heart that The Awiya Project wishes Paul & his family all the best.
UPDATE: The All for Paul benefit dinner in Omaha over the weekend drew over 1,200 people In attendance.
Guest Blogger Thomas Klein
From the “never judge people by appearances” file.
Wednesday, I am driving my Grandpa’s pickup truck back from Omaha. I had previously blown the side wall in the passenger front tire and I am driving on the spare. I have 4 brand new Goodyear Wrangler tires sitting at home, waiting to be put on the truck. I get 6 blocks from home, and the spare decides to blow out (not leak, explode). No spare to put on, so I leave the truck overnight, to get a new tire mounted. I take my lunch hour to put on the new tire. It’s about 100 degrees, and my floor jack is too short to lift the tire. Suddenly, about 8 young Hispanic Men appear, that are roofing a nearby house. A couple of the have a 3 ton hydrolic jack, and start jacking up my truck. Another guy starts loosening the lugs. Another guy throws on the new tire. Guy tightens my lugs, and the others let down the truck down, and I am standing there looking stupid (I can specialize in this look). I say Muchos Gracias to my new friends and offer to buy them some beer. They turn me down, but say they would take some “Coke or Pepsi.” I drive Corner Market and buy the guys some two 12 packs of cold Pepsi to say thank you.
I have no idea who these nice, hard working young men are, but want to say “Thanks” for all their help. After all, it’s not who you are (or what you look like) but what you do that defines you.
So, Muchos Gracias mi nuevo Amigos! /blockquote>
You shouldn’t get to live in society and give nothing back. People complain about their taxes, yet they do nothing for the community. That makes me furious. – Kathleen Turner
What Sparks Your Firecracker?
You already know what sparks my passion to paint & give back to others.