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Sun flower- the left hand series

2″x4″ acrylic on canvas …

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.

“Whitby Beach” 

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

Poppies at the Train Station 




Location: Goathland, England aka Hogwarts Station 

Photographer: Lou Ewers 

One of the stops on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway is to a small village named Goathland. Hidden amongst the beautiful landscape of the Moors National Park. This little village of just over 400 is also known as Hogsmeade Railway Station as seen in Harry Potter Movies. 

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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. 

Pinch me

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. 

Throwing it Back a few hundred Thursdays

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I’m sitting here taking abreak from organizing some photos from 2015 and I came across this lovely one. I remember the moment I first saw this Van Gogh in person at MET in NYC. Titled, 

“Wheat Field with Cypresses “

 

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What struck me first, was the movement he captured through the direction of blobs of paint and the choice of colors and paint strokes. I am looking forward to viewing Van Gogh’s Self Portrait and Sunflowers at the National Gallery in London.

 

What I am finding of another inspiration is the way I might be able to use oil pastels in directional strokes as well as scratching some off to give finer detail on my paper. I am excited to explore the medium in the field with some Plein Air painting.