Journal Entry 07.27.2016

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Journal Entry 07.27.2016

Here’s my latest painting…another scene from Singleton Beach, Hilton Head Island, from a photo taken last winter.  Due to tropical storms and at least one recent hurricane, the beach was stripped of much of its natural sands and is now mostly mud flat and tiny grass-covered islands.  There are dead trees and shrub, plus storm wrack lined up in piles before the start of the indigenous live oak and pine forest of the island.

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As you can see, my “style” is getting looser and more impressionistic.  When the weather cools down a bit for my northern blood, I want to get outside and do some Plein aire (open air) painting.  And apparently, there is a local art cooperative that teaches that style of painting.

Usually I do a preliminary sketch on a small pad, but for this painting I made a few outlines of basic shapes with a light pencil and then went right into the brush work, adding light layers and then building upon the basic background color.

Since the photo was taken in winter on a foggy day, the colors were quite muted, so I toned it up a bit by adding more blue to the water (which was quite shallow in depth) and purple and blue to the shadows.  It’s called artistic license… since a painting is merely a rendition of nature, not nature itself.  It’s fun teaching myself to paint.

As my old teacher said, “It’s the doing, the act of creation, that is important in art ( or any kind of art form).”

My landlady, who is an empath, has noted that my energy is very “high” when I’m engrossed in painting.  It is to me a living form of meditation, bringing me further into alignment with Higher Self.

As always, I encourage everyone to find some form of art or creative expression that brings joy to your heart and “lightens” your life.

Namaste,

Eliza Ayres

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P.S. For those who are curious, my color palette is fairly simple: Ultramarine Blue, Titanium White, Burnt and Raw Umber, Yellow Ochre, Purple, Sap Green and Cadmium Medium Yellow.  Grays are made by blending purple/blue with Umber and White.  This painting was done on stretched canvas with acrylics.

Journal Entry 07.23.2016

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Journal Entry 07.23.2016

Here’s a couple of paintings that I’m working on.  They’re works in progress.

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“Yellow Flag” (from photo taken in Pioneer Park, Walla Walla)

 

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“Singleton Beach, Winter Afternoon” (from photo taken, Hilton Head Island)

I enjoy sharing my work.  I hope I inspire a few readers to try their hand at various creative projects.  An art instructor once told us, his students, that a piece of art is a process.  It’s the doing not the result that matters.  And if the result is pleasing, that is a plus.

Enjoy your weekend,

Eliza Ayres

 

Journal Entry 07.08.2016

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Journal Entry 07.08.2016

Worked on yet another painting, this time in acrylics.  The scene, taken from one of my photos, is of Singleton Beach in a late winter afternoon.  This is another beach located on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.  The beach faces a vast estuary that is filled with sea birds.  The tide was low, so the mudflats were exposed with shadows from some of the taller nearby shrubs overhanging the beach.  There are low-lying islands covered with rough grasses used by the birds for nesting and shelter.  The beach is very shallow and the muddy flats go out quite a ways.  There are also a lot of oysters.  The whitish dots in the painting indicate piles of shells, mostly oyster and scallops piled up in heaps and cast into lines by the tides.  It is a beautiful place and not as heavily used as some of the other beaches on the island due to the muddy sands that can suck at your feet as you cross them.

Looks like I’m really getting into the painting thing right now.  Feels good.

In Joy,

Eliza Ayres

 

Journal Entry 07.06.2016

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Journal Entry 07.06.2016

Here’s the next stage of my landscape painting.  It was taken from a photo of mine, “The Folly at Hilton Head Island”.  The landscape is muted as it was winter time.  The marsh grasses become quite green and colorful with late spring and summer.  The Folly is a brackish waterway that cuts HHI in half and is surrounded on one side by marsh and on the other by a white sand Atlantic Ocean Beach, Burke’s Beach.  I thought the reflection of the cloudy sky in the calm pond water was stunning and have attempted to capture that magic with paint.  Hope you like it.  And I may do some drawing on the painting once it has a chance to dry.

The great thing about art is that it is always a work in progress.  As I’m blending paints and observing my subject, I’m always learning, although not in an intellectual fashion.  I do have a book on color blending but very seldom read it.  I tend to work from observation and intuition and practice.

While I did have formal art training in college, I really haven’t done a lot with the art for years, so this is a voyage of discovery every time I sit down or stand in front of a blank canvas.

Committing to doing something creative, whatever form it may take, requires a certain amount of courage, trust and a strong need to explore that which is formless and to bring it into manifestation.  In a way, I am utilizing my feminine power of creation from the void (the blank canvas) and bringing a vision into manifestation (the finished work).  It is a wonderful blending of both essences, feminine and masculine, of my being.  And doing artwork or other creative endeavors strengthens one’s intuition and awareness of the world.

I know that I “see” things with different eyes than most other people.  It’s a gift that I am now sharing with all of you in hopes that you, too, will have the courage to do something, anything creative for your own soul development.

Being an artist in our world has been relegated mostly to those who have “talent”.  My paintings are not at a professional level, but cherished by those who have been gifted or bought a piece.  I’m not in this for the money, but for the joy of creation and sharing my gifts with others.

I am still biding my time in Florida, waiting on Spirit to guide me when and where my next move is to take me.  Thank you to those of you who have responded to my query of a week or so ago.  I’m still looking for a place or places to settle and aware that I need to continue to move outside of my comfort zone in terms of possibilities.

I think I needed this time in Florida (since it is where I have temporarily landed) to sort things out, get my paperwork for retirement and social security benefits started and just chill after being on the road and living out of motel rooms for so long.  My days of being a gypsy are not quite over and perhaps will continue for some time until I discover that magic place that I can call home, at least in the physical sense.

Meanwhile, those of you who do have a place to call home, be grateful for what you have as it can be taken away in an instant.  Gratitude for whatever presents itself into your life is the best way to cope with the constant change that is entering all of our world to some degree or another.  Witness the devastation that recently occurred in West Virginia due to severe flash floods.  Weather and geophysical (earth changes) can occur without notice, anywhere on the planet.  This is a living world, undergoing its own cleansing cycles, through the agents of air, fire, earth and water, our beloved elementals.

And yes, I have become very aware that “home” is where the heart is, within…. as well as where my suitcase is presently stashed in a more physical and practical sense.

Blessings to all,

Eliza Ayres

 

Journal Entry 07.05.2016

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Journal Entry 07.05.2016

Well, I survived the 4th of July once again… after listening to a barrage of fireworks from the neighbors for hours last night.  Can’t say that it is one of my favorite holidays and given the revelations that are coming out in regards to American “his” story, the untold and repressed history, not all Americans are pleased with their country either.

I just got done with another painting session.  Now I’m working on three paintings.  Working on more than one allows the others to dry, especially since I’m working in oils these days.  I do get rather lost in the process of painting and seem to get a lot of paint on a canvas in a hurry.

Here’s my latest stage of the portrait of Artemis:

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The bluish tone of the photo is partially due to the poor lighting in my “studio”, the garage.

I’m also still working on my sunrise painting, although any photo I take of it seems to be blurry:

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Shaky arm while shooting, I guess… Still, you can see the colors.  It’s hard to capture the wonderful sheen created by water bubbles on glistening sand…

And I roughed in a landscape, taken from an early morning scene near Burke’s Beach, Hilton Head Island.  I’m not sure why, but I took a ton of photos while at HHI and very few since I’ve been in Florida.

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I’ve been waking up feeling very tired, but still manage to get in a morning walk.  It’s important to get outside for at least part of the day, the earlier the better, as the temperatures are beginning to heat up into the lower 90’s now in the afternoon.

I’ve been pondering over moving to New Mexico, as I find Florida not very appealing to this Westerner’s eye.  Oddly enough, I have a road map of New Mexico in my belongings.  It’s something to consider as I don’t really have any roots right now and options are open.  Any ideas, Universe?

Meanwhile, I’m taking each day as it comes, refraining on making any decisions right now as apparently I’m still in need of a lot of rest.  Walking, painting and some gardening seem to be just right at this moment in time.

I don’t have anything momentous to share and perhaps that is just as well.  I have been a bit pompous in some of my presentations in the past.  I’m really quite a simple, low-keyed, quiet and reserved person on the surface.

I hope this week finds your dreams beginning to take shape and manifest in your life.  From what I’ve been reading and scanning in alternative news, a lot of amazing changes are on the horizon, for this country and many others as well.  And the outlook is positive, despite what you might read, hear or see on mass media channels.

Blessings to all,

Eliza Ayres

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Journal Entry 07.02.2016

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Journal Entry 07.02.2016 – Second Stage

Worked on the portrait a bit more, this time with water-soluble oil paints.  Oils blend better.. and they can get easily muddled if you get carried away.  Still, I like the quality of the paint and the brilliant colors.

I listened to Bill Ballard’s latest video last night.  Reflecting on the past seven years, it seems my life has followed the sequence as well for the Years of Tribulation.  I had just moved into a house before 9/22/09, having been abruptly given notice by a former property manager.  And this past year, I moved out and completely away from the State of Washington.

The years of tribulation are part of the transitional period between the Age of Pisces and the Age of Aquarius.  Bill tells us that this is also the end of all the old prophecies, found in all holy books worldwide.  We are definitely moving into entirely new territory when the final three months of this tribulation end in September 22, 2016.

Be mindful that your trials and tribulations may not end on any particular date; it depends on your dedication to do the work in clearing, releasing all past karmic relationships and debris.  And it depends on your ability to adapt to a rapidly changing world, all the while keeping neutral… and enjoying what life presents to you.

I found myself getting deep into a creative space working on two paintings today.  It feels good… and the best possible use of my days right now.

Best wishes for the holiday weekend and keep safe.

Namaste,

Eliza Ayres

 

 

Journal Entry 07.01.2016

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Journal Entry 07.01.2016

Started another painting… this one inspired by a friend’s Facebook photo.  She is called Artemis.  Funny thing, this is the first “white” person I’ve ever painted.  All previous portraits have been of Native Americans. Artemis has porcelain skin with a slight rosy cast (blue in the shadows), brilliant dark blue eyes and dark, dark brownish black hair.  I enjoy doing portraits, although they aren’t usually very realistic in appearance.  Need more practice with the brushwork or a steadier hand.  I might explore this theme a bit more getting more abstract a la Modigliani.

The nice thing about my “schedule” I can do as much or as little painting / drawing as I want. What a treat!

Have other paintings and drawings in mind.  The creative juices are flowing and it doesn’t matter if other folks do or don’t like what comes out.  I’m enjoying exploring with paint, color and texture.

For Norte Americanos, have a great 4th of July weekend.  Time and dates have little meaning anymore and I left “holidays” behind long ago.  Now I’m living for my writing and artwork, as long as I stick around this imploding planet.

By the way, I have been experiencing intense Kundalini episodes while “sleeping”.  Woke up with a sore spine, which was alleviated by taking my now usual morning walk.  More integration of higher energies, although I am feeling profoundly peaceful now.  Little bothers me right now since the Universe has given me a place to heal and rest.  I am grateful.

Namaste,

Eliza Ayres

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Journal Entry 06.29.2016

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Journal Entry 06.29.2016 – “New Beginnings”

Well, June is nearly over and summer has arrived in Florida… although you can hardly tell the difference.  It’s hot everyday and humid.  Some days are hotter and humid.  Others are slightly cooler, by a few degrees.  That’s not very much variation for someone used to the wildly gyrating weather patterns of the Pacific Northwest.

I’ve read that the planet Mars has just gone direct.  While I know a little astrology, I’m certainly not an expert (this lifetime… been there, done that).  Still, I did notice an upturn in energy this morning.

I got up and did my morning walk.  My pace is getting faster and I’m feeling stronger, day by day.  You need to remember that I experienced another heavy bout of bronchitis last winter, so any gain is a good one.

Another beginning… I set up my new portable French easel.  Once I have wheels I intend to do some plein aire painting, although I can certainly do that in the yard outside.  I have a little space in the garage for a painting studio.  One must start somewhere…  Last week, I had gathered up some of my art materials out of my storage unit and now finally got to work.  I even worked on a little piece, “Sunrise Beach”, 10 x 12, acrylics.  It’s not done yet, but a start.

I’ve never attempted painting waves before, not having lived anywhere near a coast until recently.  My first attempt is a little lumpy, but that’s the joy of painting and expression; trying out new things, including textures, colors and materials.

Also did some laundry, mowed a bit of grass and tidied my room.  Some times it is the little accomplishments in life that add up to make someone feel good.  I love my simple life.

Namaste,

Eliza Ayres

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Photo Credit:  Burkes Beach, Hilton Head Island, winter dawn; Acrylic painting, beginning stages…getting the canvas covered!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eliza: In Process

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Eliza: In Process

I’m working on my fourth ever oil painting.  It’s a learning experience, but fun.  Since I’m working in another person’s space, I’m using water soluble oils, so the result probably wouldn’t satisfy a purist, but does make for easier clean-up and less smell.  Modern oil painting have a lot of new mediums to explore, which I will use in time when we finally get settled.

Hope you enjoy my effort.  It’s drying now and there will be some touch-ups to strengthen the center of the bloom.  It’s a peony, which I photographed last spring.

Eliza

Journal Entry 04.04.2015

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"Sunflower Dissolving into Violet", Acrylics on stretched canvas

“Sunflower Dissolving into Violet”, Acrylics on stretched canvas

Journal Entry 04.04.2015

Don’t know about anyone else, but I’m feeling the stress and compression as the darkness and fear of ages is pushed out to be cleared.  My solar plexus area has been a quiver today and tight, like I’m anxious about something, although I realize it isn’t all about me… only.  And yet it is, when you get down to it.  Each of us is a focus for the Universe and the “only” one here…

The other day I was searching the Internet for local galleries and found ArtWalla, a local art association dedicated to showcasing all art forms, including the performing arts.  And saw that an art show was going to be held at the Pendleton Center for Arts… and that all amateur and professional artists are encouraged  to bring their work to enter.  So, I’m taking a couple of my pieces today.  This is a first BIG step for me, my first step into the world of art interfacing with the public.

I also spoke to a gallery / framer owner today and asked her opinion about my work.  She hesitated for a moment and then told me that I have talent and a good color sense… adding that you either have it or not.  It was obvious that she feels my work needs to mature and I know that, especially when looking at the professional pieces hanging on the walls of the gallery.  I know what’s excellent work.  I just know.  I have talent, but I also need to do a lot of work.  Remember Van Gogh painted every day for several years… and he wasn’t recognized during his lifetime.  Hopefully I will be.  At least I can enjoy myself while I explore this inner road to expression.

I feel that I’m walking through a huge doorway, one that I’ve been afraid to face throughout this lifetime.  And yet, I always had a sense that there was other business to finish before I could step into my joy.  The matter of assisting in clearing the collective energies of humanity and our planet, Gaia…

Today is a HUGE day for all of us, but it is also just a day, another portal upon a long journey that takes us ever higher.  Look within and allow that shadow that has kept you from moving into YOUR joy to dissolve into Violet, transforming into the Light that will en-lighten your entire being here and now.

Human beings tend to like to compare their progress or lack thereof to that others.  Ascension isn’t a race, as I was reminded the other day and again today.  There isn’t even a finish line and we’ll be at this for a long time, so pace yourself, take care of your body, mind and heart.

We are truly blessed to be here during this amazing transformative period in the evolution of humanity.  Even though, at times, it can bring up some momentary anxiety and quivers of the stomach.

I’m also breaking out of my self-imposed shell by going out tomorrow.  I’ve been pretty reclusive for a good year and a half, pretty much since my “encounter” with Joseph on a hill outside the town of Joseph, Oregon (see my posts from August 2013).  Things are changing for me.  I’m sure that things are changing for a lot of people.  How we react or interact, what choices we make from moment to moment, whether or not we can remain calm in the midst of seeming chaos… will determine what comes next in our life.  And remember, dear ones, there are no mistakes, only experience.  You are whole and loved beyond measure.

Namaste.

Eliza

"Hunter at Dawn", acrylic on canvas, 16"x20", by Eliza Ayres, 2015

“Hunter at Dawn”, acrylic on canvas, 16″x20″, by Eliza Ayres, 2015