30” x 60” oil on stretched canvas
I spent a considerable amount of time on this large piece. After more than 50 hours, numerous brushes & different shapes of painting knives the vibrancy and inviting feel of this piece calls you to the shores of the North Sea.
This piece is available for sale. $2,000
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.
Today’s progress! Short session today, my day job beckons. Will be back in the studio tomorrow. I’m really close to being done and am really excited to frame it. It will have to hang and dry for a few weeks before any varnish can be used. Stay tuned my creatives!
This piece is coming along as I’m working on the visual depth, reaffirming the light and any composition/color corrections. After this stage I move into the final detail stage.
Impressionism is the style I’m painting. It focuses on the use of color to express light instead of using line and form.
Painting while having a complete visual split, bilateral nystagmus and decreased visual acuity from Multiple Sclerosis has been a challenge I’ve met head on. Painting is my passion. Impressionism allows me to continue to paint and grow as an artist.
More updates coming soon! See you then.