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Sun flower- the left hand series

2″x4″ acrylic on canvas …

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Chasing the light

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.

Church in the Dales


Location: North Yorkshire Dales, England 

Photographer: Lou Ewers 

Exploring color and form

     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. 

Rolling along through the scenery

 

 

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.

http://www.dickblick.com/lists/wishlist/B2XB460GBD72F/publicview/

Thanks you for your gifts! 🙂

Leaving some love

Just leaving some love for the Awiya project and my fellow artisans, Lou and Jes Ewers! Our fundraiser was a success in large part to loving, creatives such as them! Many thanks and much love from our little family….Cory, Crystal and Chloe Vandevoorde

Plein Air River Front

Jes and I have planned our 1st travel date for photo shoot and plein air painting on July 28th. We are going to start with the waterfront areas of Eastern Nebraska.

This is a year long project folks. One that Jes & I are very passionate & dedicated to. The amount of time, travel and preparation for each piece is part of the creative process to capture not only the image on canvas but the light through use of color and the energy of the area.

I’m excited Folks! Our river front day adventure of taking reference photos and setting up at 2 different locations to do some plein air painting is quickly approaching. We’ve narrowed down a list of small community libraries in the areas we will be painting.

If you are not familiar with plein air painting- it mean painting outdoors. We’ve chosen 2 time frames- 1 early morning light and 1 early evening light to paint. That will give us time to travel between locations and set up again. Mid day light washes out everything and not very interesting to paint. So stat tuned as Jes and I continue to do what we love “Paint” and share the hope, inspiration and beauty by donating the paintings to Nebraska Libraries.

Wisdom of Grace

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Spent a couple of hours at the lake today with Grace. We walked a couple of miles. Having MS is a challenge during hot weather as anyone living with it will tell you. Inflammation is not our friend. Sweet Grace kept an even pace & when she felt me lag behind via tension on her lead due to my leg going numb, she would stop, smell around the green foliage and flowers, look back at me with a look of encouragement before walking again. At first I thought it was just her doing her own exploring, but it happened more than once. After we arrived back at our starting point, about a two mile walk, we sat in the shade, drank some water and she nuzzled my numb leg several times. She even laid her head in my lap and snuggled.

Amazing experience with a beautiful soul! As I sat there with Grace, I realized what this gorgeous creature was teaching me.

She was telling me that it’s okay to stop and smell the flowers, sometimes we are hurt & hurting, it’s not a fast paced race through life, it’s about the connections to life we make and those we touch. All experience Grace has experienced herself.

Thank you Grace!