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Shifting Perception by jayalders Shifting Perception by jayalders
On March 1th, 2011 the Earth shook and Japan's coastline and population was devastated by one of the strongest Tsunamis our generations have ever witnessed.

I woke up that morning hungover at my friend Luke Thorpe's house in Atlantic Beach, Florida after a night of partying at the G Love show. We sat there like many of you did and stared in shock at the TV as we saw video clips of the massive destruction that our Japanese brothers and sisters just experienced.Those images and those feelings had a deep impact on me, especially after just recently reading Susan Casey's book "The Wave".

About a month ago I walked in my studio to work on my new painting, "Fairy Tails", but the oil paint was too wet to work on for the day. I grabbed a wood panel that I had leaning against the wall and just started free sketching with no particular motive or plan. This painting just came to me with a glimpse of inspiration, a feeling of empathy and a sense that it needed to be expressed.

I decided to paint this piece in Acrylic paints, which I almost never use but I felt that if I was focusing on a new way of thinking, I should put myself outside of my comfort zone creatively too and see what happens.

Despite differences in Global politics and personal and social beliefs, we are all sharing this planet. When natural disasters occur on a magnitude as enormous as the recent Tsunami we need to remember to redirect our focus towards love, support and building a global society in peace.

This piece focuses on the beauty, hope and power as opposed to the destruction and sadness. A shift in our perceptions of each other and our world.
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Rubytski Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
nice bro
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jayalders Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013
thanks!
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lucium55 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013
Quite original! I like your style, pal!
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jayalders Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013
Thanks!!
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fractalhead Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
nice work
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DrewStartsHere Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012
shittin' hell, that's awesome...
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jayalders Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012
thanks !!!!
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Ankelwar Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012
WoW! Awesome! I love it so much! :love:
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jayalders Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012
Thank you!!
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drownedflea Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Love Button !!! ;-))
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jayalders Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012
Woohoo!
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drownedflea Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Love Button !!! I think of Jelly Beans in Candy Castles when i look at your art.. great vibe my friend !! thanx' Jay Alders
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jayalders Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012
Thank you! That's some compliment! :)
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Scoobidoowaaa Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
well, that is great work of art.
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jayalders Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011
Thank you!
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ARTBYTERESA Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011
Fantastic!!!!!
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jayalders Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011
Thank you!
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violetthebest7 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011
dude im youre number one fan and these colors are almost too amazing!!
<33 (:
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jayalders Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011
Thank you!! You're kind. :)
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zebmx Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Good vibes all around man, you are right, that's what we all need. That and food for the hungry.
Peace and love.
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chrisjfry Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011
This is a great painting. I like the colors and the lines.

Outside of that, I work with several Japanese expats so that morning I had to go to work and ask them if they had news from their families. At the time they didn't but eventually they all received good news that at least their families were okay. However SO many other families were damaged or devastated by the tsunami and earthquake.

I also had been considering reading "The Wave" but I haven't actually bought it yet. Sounds like you enjoyed it.

I like your representation of it. The pent-up energy is very evident.
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jayalders Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011
THANK YOU. It was an event that affected all inhibits of the Earth and the Earth itself. It's really monumental. The Wave is a must read book too.
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ierapetros Featured By Owner May 28, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
great work!
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jayalders Featured By Owner May 28, 2011
Thanks!!
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troycarney Featured By Owner May 28, 2011
Wow Jay, first thing I thought of when looking at this was Japan. Must have been the crack.
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jayalders Featured By Owner May 28, 2011
Thanks Troy!!
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troycarney Featured By Owner May 29, 2011
Your welcome Jay, Adove and where just shooting the ideas from the brain bank and I thought it would be a good fund raising party to all dress up as Samurai and Geisha's and eat sushi, drink saki and play Bocce Ball lawn bowling, but come up with new rules and call it Mochi Bocce. The costumes will be hard to come up with....but the idea is on the table. Your works looking great Jay.
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jayalders Featured By Owner May 29, 2011
haha..hilarious Troy!
Cool idea!
They'd have to be nerf swords if drinking is involved :)
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avalanchepark Featured By Owner May 27, 2011
excellent concept with all the elements of your style I love
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jayalders Featured By Owner May 28, 2011
I appreciate that!
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pavalo Featured By Owner May 27, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I totally agree with Lightningbutterflies; After a while of looking at it I started to admire it's humble attitude. I think you've captured it just right without overdramatizing.
It's terrible enough what happened overthere... I have no words for it.

Paul
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Lightningbutterflies Featured By Owner May 27, 2011  Student General Artist
This a really great painting. I like the way you did the lighting and the crack in the sea: it really shows what happened in a different and orginal way. I Think the waves are really good too. I like the style of them!
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jayalders Featured By Owner May 27, 2011
Thank you so much!
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