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.
Where do I begin? Perhaps a pinch in the side would wake me up from this beautiful dream. As you can probably tell, I have returned from my grand adventure to the U.K. and am going through the many photos. I started to post some of them but many more that probably won’t grace the pages here.
This particular selfie I took at a moment of pure disbelief that I was standing in gallery halls of the National Gallery in London.
I discovered the stunning work of Joseph Mallord William Turner. This painting is titled “Rain, Steam and Speed -The Great Western Railroad” 1844
This painting is visually breathtaking & emotionally provacative. Standing in front of this painting and experiencing the surrounding atmosphere of the museum and the steady traffic of viewers that tranversed along from painting to painting added a sense of symbiotic flow which I found hypnotic.
Stay tuned my creatives, there is more to come and as I process all the experiences from my journey I will be sure to share.
As a side note, all my photos were taken on a iPhone 7 plus.
New landscape on the easel. This will be a winter scene from Seward County Nebraska.
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.
Almost done with this landscape for the From Palette to Canvas series. I am already preparing canvas for the next one.
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.
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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!
After 1 sitting- here’s where I am at. Taking a loose approach to this landscape. Will be in the studio later today for another sitting.
The second painting in this series has began! This scene is from NW Douglas County in Nebraska. Found this space off a dirt road & fell enchanted by the light playing through the trees. This is stage 1- toning the canvas. Check back frequently as I will update this paintings progress. Stay on the Awiya Side of Life my Creatives!
What should I paint next?
I have a few picture choices from Douglas County Nebraska. Keeping the Light of Nebraska project rolling along!
Hey if you want to become part of this project and help out…. I’m always in need of paint brushes. Check out our supply wish list for this project.
Thanks you for your gifts! 🙂