Eliza: Inner Explorations



Artwork is all about inner explorations, using color, texture and design to evoke a sense of place, another inner world that only the artist can convey.  As the artist’s technique and dedication grows so does his art.

It seems that with every painting I start now I hit another level of understanding the elements that make up a piece.  By no means settling on one particular “style” I continue to explore the variations on a theme that makes doing art exciting, dynamic and ever-changing.

With this latest piece that I just spent four hours working on, I used a combination of palette knife application and brush work.  There’s still some minor adjustments to make, but on the whole, I’m pleased with the effort.  It’s pretty obvious that I’ve managed to “loosen” up my style, not picking at the details as much as I did in early pieces.

The piece was inspired by a photo that I took on a trip to Costa Rica.  The beach is la Playa Ballena (Beach of the Whale), located on the southeast coast near the tiny town of Uvita.

I encourage everyone to find some kind of creative endeavor that appeals to your senses.  It is a good way to temporarily leave behind any over-obsessing you might be experiencing due to the apparent chaos and changes going on in the world.  Explore YOUR inner world and discover new things about yourself.  Stretch beyond your limits and see what is possible.

Many blessings and love to all,

Eliza Ayres

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Journal Entry 09.22.2016



Journal Entry 09.22.2016

It’s the first day of Autumn, the Equinox, when the 24-hour day is divided equally between night and day.  Now when I wake up, it’s still dark out and I’m doing my daily walk as the sun rises.  Beyond that, there isn’t much physical evidence of autumn in the air, no falling leaves or brilliant color.  The palm trees and slash pine are still etched out against brilliant blue skies; the sun is still shining unless it is clouding up in preparation for a fleeting Florida thunderstorm.  Shorts, t-shirt and flip flops are still the uniform of the day… even as my friends up north are preparing for the coming winter cold and darkness.

It’s been nearly four months that I’ve have been living in Florida.  It is so very different than Washington State sometimes it feels like I have been transplanted to another planet.  The people are friendly and reserved at the same time.  As I do my daily walks, neighbors wave and say hi!  I’ve become a familiar feature in the neighborhood.

I’m still pursuing my art, working on various paintings and sometimes drawings.  My work seems to be getting more refined as I work on each painting.  Yet I still experience a little stage fright when facing a blank canvas, until I start applying the colors.  Here’s my latest painting, “Morning Marsh”, from a photograph taken at… you guessed it, Princess Place Preserve.  It’s an acrylic on stretched canvas, 16″ x 20″.dscn1138

Next day (09.23.2016)… It’s 12:12 EDT.  I just got home from a little trip to Princess Place… which seems to be my favorite nearby park right now.  I’ve actually been a little under the weather this past week, having some light headaches, nausea, fatigue and coughing, typical ascension symptoms with a touch of possible bronchial issues.  So I rested a lot this past week, but this morning I just had to go somewhere and ended up at Princess Place.  Went for a short walk on another new trail, not a very interesting one (no good views of the water) but got to know more about the Preserve.  There is a nice camping area called “the Hill” which was put together by a local scout group.  Camping here is primitive, no electricity, porta-potties (locally called “Knight Jon Boy”) no potable water, although there is one shower house… located off the Loop Road at some distance (near the Moody Equestrian Campsites).


After the walk, I drove to Moody Cut and a couple of other more scenic spots to take some photos.  I like the reflections that come on the water depending on the weather (clouds versus blue skies).  I also tested my new mosquito repellent, “No Mosquitos”, that I discovered at the local hardware store; organic, with citronella, lemongrass, coconut oil, etc.  It worked pretty well.  Only a couple of mosies actually landed and a few landed and then immediately took off, again.  Considering mosquito season is at “extreme”, I thought that was pretty good.

Princess Place Preserve is sometimes used for festive occasions.  There is one such coming up on October 8 – 9th, a Blue Grass Music Festival.  The place will probably be jumping.  Every time I’ve gone there, it has been pleasantly empty of folks, but certainly would be fun with a group of friends and/or family, too.

Going to gather up some of my latest creations and take them to the gallery to trade out if my other paintings haven’t sold yet.  My land lady and roommate, Sonia, says that my painting skills have stepped up to an entirely new level in the last couple of weeks.  I humbly have to agree.  It’s fun being able to be immersed in creativity now and being able to set my “schedule”, which really just flows with how I’m feeling in the moment.  And thanks to Sonia, I have a place to create.

Autumn has officially arrived, but like I said above, you wouldn’t be able to tell by the weather here.  The nights are a point or two cooler, but the days are still quite warm, with the heat index reaching 100 degrees F.  So…if I go out, it’s usually in the morning.

Spring will be arriving, too, in the southern latitudes, so enjoy the increase in light and warmth.

Below are some more photos from my last foray:




Blessings to all,

Eliza Ayres

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Journal Entry 09.15.2016



Journal Entry 09.15.2016 – More Art Work

I’ve been working on some more landscapes.  Got to produce now that I’m in a gallery!  All the subjects are from the Princess Place Preserve.  It is a very pretty place.



All are done in acrylics on stretched canvas.  My painting technique seems to be improving.

Tomorrow is a Lunar Eclipse.  Do take the necessary self-care if needed.



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Journal Entry 09.04.2016



It’s 4:44 as I type this…!  It’s another drippy Florida afternoon, with a thunderstorm raining down on Palm Coast and the surrounding area — a good day to work on art projects.  This morning I did some paintings, both florals. This afternoon I worked on wiring up the previous paintings.  I’m going to be talking to a local art gallery owner.  Hopefully, she’ll accept some of my pieces for display.

Here’s some of the latest pieces:


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The last two pieces are not quite done, but there you are.

Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend.


Eliza Ayres

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Journal Entry 08.28.2016



Journal Entry 08.28.2016

This morning I was debating where to go on my daily walk when suddenly the heavens opened up… a sub-tropical rainstorm.  Okay… well then, I’ll work on some art projects.  I worked more on my swamp painting and started one of a hibiscus.  The flower photo was taken originally in Costa Rica, but since hibiscus are found in lots of gardens in Florida, I thought it appropriate for a piece of “local” art.

After four hours of painting, of course the sun came out to show a glorious late summer day, albeit a bit hot now to go on that walk…


As you can see more detail was added to the second painting.  There are towering pines in the woods here, which are suggested in the painting itself.  My style such as it is, is not particularly realistic, but more impressionistic; that is, suggestions of what exists within a space or shape.  Negative spaces are as important as positive spaces in design.

A quiet Sunday, a time of rest… although rest makes up a lot of my time these days.

Enjoy the remainder of your weekend and find time to relish those things that bring you joy.


Eliza Ayres

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Journal Entry 08.27.2016



Journal Entry 08.27.2016 – Another Swamp (Painting)

It’s the dog days of August in Florida, hot and humid, so I spent the morning painting in the garage… Here’s my latest endeavor after about three hours of painting.  There is still some touch-up work to do, but on the whole… well, I covered the canvas. (Bulow Woods, acrylic, on stretched canvas, 16″ x 20″).


Enjoy the rest of your weekend!


Eliza Ayres

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Journal Entry 08.21.2016



Journal Entry 08.21.2016 – More Art

In between walks and explorations, I’ve also have been working on more art pieces.  Here’s a few…


Pencil Sketch…



The two paintings were inspired by some of my own photos.  The two pencil sketches are taken from some photographs of Native Americans from the late 1800’s.

The “blue” oak tree came from a desire to use some brighter and unexpected colors.  The actual tree is still on Hilton Head Island, complete with leaves and other trees and shrubs surrounding it.

Blessings and love,

Eliza Ayres

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Journal Entry 08.08.2016



Journal Entry 08.08.2016 – Happy Lion’s Gate

This morning, for some unknown reason, I was vacillating on what to do today, whether to venture out towards the ocean, visit an art gallery or… Well, I ended up working on another painting.  There is still some detail and finishing to be done but not a bad effort.  The scene is an inlet at Princess Place Preserve, a large Flagler County park located north of Palm Coast on the Matanzas River or Intercoastal Waterway.  There are lots of marshes and islands in this area so I will be able to get usage of my earth tones, greens and blues.  The thunderhead is actually from another photo taken in Eastern Washington.  I thought the sky needed a little more drama so added the clouds.  It’s called artistic (or poetic) license.

Guess I’m practicing up for Plein Aire (outdoor painting made popular after the Impressionists) which I want to become involved in as soon as the weather cools somewhat.  We’re having 90+ degree F days with 75%+ humidity, which makes for a heat index of near or over 100 degrees F.  I am painting in an open, screened garage, but can go in when I need to cool off or get something to drink.

Hope everyone is enjoying this work.  I’m having fun doing it… getting into that wordless creative mode that is betwixt and between this dimension and the next.

Much love and blessings,

Eliza Ayres

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