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#American Zed

Finished 16” x 20” acrylic on stretch canvas

So I spent about a half an hour writing a blog post about this latest painting. Unfortunately when I pressed publish it disappeared. I have no idea where it went and I was like darn it that was a great blog post if I do say so myself.

Here I go again. A couple of years ago when my daughter Lily graduated from high school and at her graduation party we created a photo booth that included a handheld Polaroid style type frame made out of white eraser board. Guests could group together and write on the bottom with dry eraser markers on the bottom of the Polaroid goofy, cheesy, wise sayings or hashtags or the what not and then hold the frame up and then take a picture.

Well one of the pictures that was taken is represented in this painting. When it was taken I thought it was cute but it wasn’t until I saw the picture a few days later that it really spoke to me on so many levels.

First, this picture immediately reminded me of American Gothic painting by Grant Wood. It is said that Grant Wood in the 1930s went back to Iowa where he was from and saw an old farmhouse. He was inspired and wanted to do a satirical painting about the architecture of an old Iowa farm house. He titled the painting of the old farm house & its farmer & wife “American Gothic” as in reference to the lack of Gothic style architecture and it being the Midwest’s version. It’s further written that he utilized his sister and his dentist as models for this painting.

So now this is my version of a satirical painting of what I envision of a young Generation Z couple would look like on the World Wide Web posting on different social media sites, sharing their selfie’s.

I give you #AmericanZEd

Seeing through a layer

This is a work in progress … #America Zed

This is a portrait of my daughter Lily (Oriana Designs) & a classmate at her graduation a couple of years ago. It reminded me of America Gothic by Grant Wood. However, in this modern rendition, the couple is holding a Polaroid style photo frame, in classic Generation Z (or Zed) style selfie posing. The bottom of the frame will have the Hash tag #American Zed.

My style of painting with acrylics is likened to water colors. However, the paint fluctuates in thickness. Through thin layers of color applied on top of each other, I get a hybrid color. Instead of a solid mixed tone or color and blob it on. It’s a bit more time consuming, but the effect is visually dynamic. This is stage 3 layers of thin colors… cadmium red, medium yellow hue, Payne’s grey, and white.

Hope to have time to paint in the studio this Sunday… my sanctuary time… I am very excited about this painting.

Stay on the Awiya Side of Life my loves.

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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