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A girl on the Underground

Oh how I wish life was as exciting as the 1st time Lily experienced London and riding the Underground.

These days many of us are doing our part to flatten the curve and remain healthy. I started this painting last Sunday and hope to have it finished this weekend. I’m only able to be in the studio once a week since I’m working from home for my day job.

I ordered a few new colors and hope they arrive soon. I think this painting would benefit from some diversity in colors.

Any way, this is part of a series I’ve named “A girl…”. It’s part of a mother and daughter collaboration with my artist daughter Lily. She’s busy with college still but has completed a couple of paintings so far.

Being in my studio and allowing myself to experience Awiya, creativity to flow through my being is my souls center. It is where I am most connected with myself. It is where my connection to the world around me is clearest. It’s not an escape from reality, on the contrary, it is a space where I am open, clear, vulnerable and honest with myself. It’s where I allow thoughts to flow by and simply acknowledge their presence without holding any of them. In many ways it is similar to an active meditation.

It is my hope, that in these difficult times, that many of you experience Awiya for the 1st time and create into this world some beauty.

Stay safe my friends and be well. until next time, stay in the Awiya side of life.

#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

Sun flower- the left hand series

2″x4″ acrylic on canvas …

New from the easel next door

Jes is busy working on pieces for The Light of Nebraska series. The framed landscape is a warm up piece. When you switch gears from one style of painting to another you also change palettes (the colors you paint with) . So it’s nice to do a warm up piece to get your color theory organized for the style of painting and the subject. I like to take a creative break- Jes calls it yummy baked goods. 😉 Stay on the Awiya side of life my creatives!

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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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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.

No Horsing Around-Updated

The Awiya Project is honored to be donating this piece to a benefit.

Dave is from Nebraska. He had West Nile Virus two years ago. His immune system was compromised and earlier this year he contracted Transverse Myelitis. It has affected his spinal cord. His right side is paralyzed and his speech is also affected. He hasn’t been home since April and is currently hospitalized. He is undergoing several types of treatments and therapies. He is currently wheelchair bound, having minimal movement of his arm and leg. Dave works in heating and air conditioning industry. Dave is also known for his umpiring skills, having umpired for many years at baseball and softball games in the surrounding area. One of his goals is to return to umpiring.

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UPDATE

Delivered the Horse carbon drawing to David’s benefit organizer today. Here’s a picture of the piece framed.

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“Lou my family loves the Picture – My mom said its beautiful – thank you so much it means a lot to us – hope we see you at the Benefit on Saturday, November 10th.”
Susan Walling-
David Codr Benefit

Newspaper article about David…click here

Website update

Jes and I are preparing for our road trip tomorrow. Hope the weather cooperates!

Our website is updated!

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The Awiya Project

Road Trip

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!