Water Dancer #1 – New Oil Painting by HAWA-Alleyvision

A huge new original oil painting -Water Dancer

Water Dancer 48″ x 48″ x 2″ oils HAWA 2020 Alleyvision

“Elegance is achieved when all that is superfluous has been discarded and the human being discovers simplicity and concentration: the simpler and more sober the posture, the more beautiful it will be.”

Paulo Coelho

Water dancer started out as a digital drawing by Bill. I loved it so much and I came in, later and added the dancer. We drew the original almost 2 years ago! You can see the digital drawing in the beginning of this works creation video, I hope you can see the JOY that was experienced in painting about 7 bajillion circles 🙂 For real, this was a pleasure to paint, so meditative and calm. Take a look:

Simplicity is the key

As Bill and I explore this idea of simplicity, we discover a rekindled love affair with line, color and shape. Layers of rich color laid, so carefully together, give the impression of gently moving water. This work is very large, 4 feet by 4 feet. It’s stunning up close but has an impressive impact at a viewing distance of 20-24 feet away. The eye stops seeing the circles and the magical movement allows the viewers imagination to enter the scene.

In the gallery over the painted love seat sofa.

The art of allowing

Water Dancer 48″ x 48″ x 2″ oils HAWA 2020 Alleyvision

Our idea of “easy” or in another way of saying it, “don’t push for hard, simple IS hard enough!” we are learning simple is not so simple. Easy is hard to pull off and still look effortless and easy!

Permitting the flow to happen, the work becomes and unfolds, it is and was, a wonderful meditation. The circles felt so grounding and satisfying as they found their places. A sense of calm, confident, peaceful healing ensued. The healing greens and the calm blues against the red, orange and yellow sunset sky, seem to be dancing in tandem with the waters reflections and the dancer gently unfurling, bring the power of play into focus. To allow the natural voice of the work to be felt without hidden meanings or hard to understand associations. It allows the mind to engage in a spontaneous and peaceful exploration. It encourages smiles and generosity of spirit! It encourages joy and hope in the heart and mind. It is a healing work for a troubled time in reality.

We have been experiencing a new lesson:

Peace is not something that is created, rather it is our natural state once our internal war on the present moment falls away.

She has painted sides and is ready to hang. Singed on the bottom of the painting so the image is undisturbed by our signature.

Thank you for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed the new work! Our #PDXgaragegallery is closed for the month of February, we plan to re open to the public in the spring. We are always available for viewing by appointment, so please let us know if you’d like to stop by and take a look. We’d love to see you.

Your friends in the arts,

Heather & Bill

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Perfect for a stay IN date night, The Simplicity Collection, a 3D Virtual Art Gallery (FREE) Get comfortable and enjoy the show

The Simplicity Collection is our newest body of work and we are so excited to share it with you.

10 large format, abstract landscapes, done in oils. 

30 Original poems

10 creation videos (super fun)

Over an hour of entertainment! 

We miss seeing everyone in person and hope you and your families are staying safe and healthy.  

We put together this virtual gallery so that everyone can see the works and enjoy the show from the safest place on earth right now, our couches. 

We love you and are so grateful for your support and love. Stay safe and enjoy the show. 

Your friends in the arts, 

Heather & Bill Alley

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