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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

Nature of People

Good Evening My Creatives,

I sent out emails introducing the Awiya Project 2: Cycle of Compassion & From Palette to Canvas: The Light of Nebraska this morning.

Here are the links to our campaigns if I don’t have your email address. If you want me to have it, send me an email to awiyalife@yahoo.com . Introduce yourself & let me know if you want to receive future introduction emails.

The Awiya Project 2: Cycle of Compassion 

From Palette to Canvas: The Light of Nebraska

It’s recommended that when running a crowd funding campaign that you make contact with someone 7 times. I honestly believe that is a bit excessive if not borderline wallet stalking. We don’t want that kind of negative energy around what we do. My perspective is that once you hear about it, via email, twitter, Facebook and you go look at the campaign site… Either it resonates with you & you want to be part of it or it’s just not your thing. That’s how authentic inspiration happens. It is my heartfelt wish that you become authentically inspired as we are with every painting we create &  donate.

So, with that said, I do hope that you take the time to at least view our crowd funding campaigns.  We do appreciate you taking the time to visit our campaigns.

Jes and I are in road trip planning mode for picture references to start painting the Palette to Canvas series. Also organizing with benefit organizers for a 9 yr old child with a rare type of cancer. A piece has already been selected &  in the next week or so will be delivered. Details will be forthcoming. Here’s a link to the benefit Facebook page.

All for Paul 

As always, Stay on the Awiya Side of Life and be present in your authentic nature

D.I.G the Gems with an open heart

“It Ain’t Over: The Business 9 Women Kept A Secret For Three Decades”

The Huffington Post brings us this little gem about 9 Nana’s with big hearts and yummy pound cakes. This story really inspired and refueled my dedication to continue painting & give it away mantra Jes & I started. We continue to donate painting to charity and benefits as well as initiating a another Palette to Canvas series. Like the Nana’s who scraped every penny to bake goodies, drop off baskets of hope to those in need… It’s the heart of compassion that’s larger than the self. No matter if you contribute to our campaign or mail us a tube of paint… Or not…. We will continue to paint & give others hope, inspiration & beauty… One painting at a time.

From Palette to Canvas: The Light of Nebraska


Jes & I are very excited to take The Awiya Project to a new level!

We did a “Palette to Canvas: The Colors of Wahoo” last fall. We did a series of impressionist paintings of local images,held a month long Nonprofit art show & donated pieces to local public spaces.

Now we are planning “Palette to Canvas: The Light of Nebraska”. We want to paint 10 impressionist landscape paintings of the diverse landscapes of Nebraska, hold a nonprofit art show & then donate the pieces to 10 Nebraska public libraries. We are in the process of organizing our next project and taking this love & passion of painting & giving to a new level.

We are applying for nonprofit 501c sponsorship from The New York Foundation for the Arts & Artspire for our next Palette to Canvas series. This sponsorship will provide many more opportunities for grants & donor funding for our projects and national exposure for Art that Gives.

Check back frequently as we are in the process of planning our next project & writing our sponsorship proposal for submission.



The Awiya Project~ Thank you

The last painting of the current project has been delivered!

I want to thank our donors, supporters and recipiants for participating in The Awiya Project! We were given an amazing opportunity to share our talents & abilities with others. Connect with other artists, community fundraising events & organizations and lovers of art.

 This experience has refueled our passion and drive to continue to paint and donate our art for the benefit of others.

A Heartfelt Thank you cannot express the gratitude we feel for sharing in this experience with you.


Garden Vision

New Painting ready for The Awiya Project



“Garden Vision” by Lou Ewers for The Awiya Project

A Bridge Returning Home

A Bridge Returning Home.

Your Awiya Perspective

Hello my Creatives!

Jes and I are finishing up another Awiya Project painting and info packet. Now we are looking forward to the next Awiya Project Paintings.

What would you like to see painted? Where would you like it to be donated?

New Video and Updates

New Video and Updates!

What’s Lou up to today?

I’m speaking with a young woman from Alabama today who is in the process of organizing a benefit powwow for Native American Community schools. This is an exciting time to be part of The Awiya Project!

Cycle of Compassion: Igniting the Spin

When we are young children, we learn through experience to share, socialize and make friends. We learned that when we are mean, hit another or be selfish and not share, that child won’t be our friend and less likely to share and even hit back.

As adults we learn this refined art of emotional socialization by being part of our family, community and part of a larger human population. It is part of our greater society that we teach our children generosity, kindness, and the beginnings to understand compassion.

Compassion is generally defined as an empathy and sympathy for the suffering of others, to suffer together. Yet philosophy and the great religions teach us an in-depth understanding of compassion as alleviating the suffering of others,yet not exactly how to demonstrate a compassionate response to the empathy we experience.

One way is to question yourself and ask is “In what ways has my compassionate feelings, in all its depths, given rise to an active desire to alleviate another’s suffering?”

Jes and I feel so passionate about The Awiya Project that we have pulled all our current art work OFF the market and placed our entire collection into The Awiya Project to Ignite the Spin. Also, we have dedicated all print sales of our work through Fine Art America to The Awiya Project as to continue this Cycle of Compassion that is in motion.

The Awiya Project donates time and talent of the artist to create quality art for medium to small individual and organization benefit auctions/sales. So they can generate high dollar funds for their events. This is our Cycle of Compassion.

Your support is greatly appreciated. Thank You!


Lou Ewers Co Founder of The Awiya Project  & Artist

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