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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.

 

Hello My Creatives! Delighted Spring!

 

Winter has faded away into the distant crevasses of our memories and summer is almost shining strong.

 

Spiraling updates to get you back into the cycle of compassion again.

 

I finished another year of college classes and am ready for a summer off to paint.

My mother died this past November and now she joins my father who died 23 years ago. Jes had his cervical discectomy with fusion on c5-c6 April 2nd and continues to recuperate.  It is his hope to be back in front of his easel in the coming months. We rescued a 5week old Silver Pinsche puppy. He is now 6 months old and his name is Lego.

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The paintings from The Light of Nebraska are ready for showing. However, over the winter months, our local library experienced devastating water damage from broken water pipes in the ceiling. They are currently serving the public on a limited basis from another location. Now I am in search of another venue for a showing and then distribution of the paintings to the corresponding county libraries. As soon as arrangements have been made, I will make a formal announcement with all the details and pictures.

 

Stay tuned my Creatives for refreshing updates on our website at Ewers Fine Art and new pieces. Currently select pieces are available for purchase now on our site.  Also available are canvas and paper prints of our entire collection through Fine Art America-Lou and Fine Art America- Jes

 

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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