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.
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.
“Never forget that you are one of a kind. Never forget that if there weren’t any need for you in all your uniqueness to be on this earth, you wouldn’t be here in the first place. And never forget, no matter how overwhelming life’s challenges and problems seem to be, that one person can make a difference in the world. In fact, it is always because of one person that all the changes that matter in the world come about. So be that one person.”
R.Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983) architect,engineer,inventor
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 email@example.com . Introduce yourself & let me know if you want to receive future introduction emails.
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.
Jes & I have initiated the 2 nd crowd funding phase of The Awiya Project.
While the 1st campaign only generate $100 , none the less, it helped us purchase items needed to put the final touches on 2 paintings & 2 tubes of paint contributed to 1 new painting. All of which were donated. Check out our latest video!
Well, a few quick updates. The last couple of weeks have been particularly challenging for both my wife and I. First, I tore my meniscus pretty severely, and the next week my wife had to go to the emergency room with Kidney stones. Oy. Well, we are back at it, working harder than ever.
We were, sadly, disappointed with the results of our initial Indiegogo campaign, raising just a fraction of what we had hoped. However, neither one of us are the types to give up easily, much less to give up on a life’s dream. So, we are launching our second attempt, though a much smaller, narrower in scope version, From Palette to Canvas. This particular campaign leaves out our efforts to help benefits, fundraisers, charities and the like, but focuses solely on Nebraska public libraries. Last year, Lou and I held a month long free public art…
Jes and I are building upon the success and popularity of our Palette to Canvas: The Colors of Wahoo we did in September of 2011 and launching another in the series called “Light of Nebraska”. You can become a Contributor today by clicking on the side bar links . More to come in the next few days as we are updating all our websites and starting this new series. Stay on the Awiya Side of Life my Creatives!
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.