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July 23, 2010
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Sweet Aspirations by jayalders Sweet Aspirations by jayalders
A few months back at the end of our cold winter here in Jersey, I was talking to a friend about summer. It seemed like it would never arrive with the brutally cold winter we were dealing with. It got me thinking back to last summer and the iconic scenes that make summer so special. I got overwhelmed with thoughts and feelings of sweet summer and everything it represented to me. Thus, the inspiration for this painting was born.

Visions of warm water, surfing early morning sessions, the blindingly bright sun rays, seagulls and sexy bikini babes basking in the sun. I thought this was a great opportunity to bring together my love of the female form with my passion for surfing and beach living. After a few sketches, I came up with this and knew it was the direction I wanted to go in.

One of my favorite times of day is when the sun is at it’s warmest tones of yellow, ambers and oranges in the morning and evening. There’s a ten minute window of light that is just magical and I wanted that to inspire my palette.

I really wanted to utilize the reality of multiple perspectives. The woman taking a moment away from her reading to witness the absolute beauty of the sun and the waves manifesting in front of her. The seagull unaware of any significance of the woman’s beauty, whose only concern is enjoying the warmth the sun is so generously offering. The viewer of the painting taking a voyeuristic angle observing the scene in it’s entirety. All elements separate, yet so interconnected.

I played with the sharpness and shadows to direct attention to the strength of the light’s path. Your eye takes a journey through the surrealistic swirling water, the flowing lines and curvaceous nature of the clouds, waves, her body and the bird. Upon closer observation, you may even find some subliminal images in certain areas of the painting.

This painting is now available as fine art giclées and giclée gallery wrapped canvas. I hope it brings you joy of warm summer days and helps you aspire to greatness.
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peepersbird Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I had a very nice compliment from a friend I've known since I was 15 years old.  He said this painting reminded him of me  way back when we were young...more than thirty years ago......I was flattered.  Thanks for bringing back a sweet memory for us beach lovers.  Great work Jay.
jayalders Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013
That's a lovely compliment and kind of you to share with me!
I appreciate it.

PS: I do have prints available :)  Consider supporting us artist-dudes! :)
PAC002 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013
Clearly it's your thing!
morteza-lotfi Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Divine7a Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Awesome attention to detail. Great composition!
jadecilcleton Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
Totally fantastic Jay! lovely composition :D
jayalders Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012
joshbryant Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012
i freaking dig your swooping style dude, like the curvature of the sea foam & clouds. awesome anatomy as well !
jayalders Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012
thanks Josh!!
omer88 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012
awsome style man i love the perspective (also the one with the guitar) and the flow of lines (love the waves foam)
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