Official website for the art of Ava A. Jarvis.
Artworks of strange beauty inspiring us to reach beyond what we know and touch the stars.
Watercolor and ink on vellum paper.
Date: March 23, 2017
For me, Fruit and Fuji-San is an iconic example of my work. The colors are Expressionistic in nature, in my case emphasizing some part of reality I find interesting—in this case, the contrast and coloration of the fruit. The shading and perspective in much of my work is Cézanne-like, because I love the way he worked with color. Behind is an illusion of Mt. Fuji (or Fuji-san). It looks like just a piece of scenery, but is it? There are hints that all isn't what it seems.
This piece originated the previous year, when I wanted to a final work of art in the last days of 2016 and decided that a Mt. Fuji picture would be great after going through Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji by Hokusai. I only had an ink brush pen at the time—color would have to come later. And boy, did color come in later.
Watercolor and ink on cold press paper.
Date: March 6, 2017
The strength of wonderful grannies across the world always impresses me. Wrinkled faces, time-worn, are beautiful to me—sometimes sad, but always indicative of a life well-lived. Yunnan has a saying—"In Yunnan, Grannies climb mountains faster than monkeys." I think this isn't unique to Yunnan.
I never knew my grandmothers. Perhaps they weren't the greatest people, perhaps they were—war tears a family apart in so many ways. I wanted to pay a tribute to them regardless—to them, and to all the grannies out there.
Watercolor and ink on coldpress.
Date: February 25, 2017
I suffer from complex PTSD, a scar of many years of childhood and young adult trauma. I write poetry about it sometimes, and one early morning, after vivid nightmares, I wanted to draw something hopeful. Hopeful and ethereal, the banishing of dreams to a dawn mist as the world wakes up and reality reasserts itself in the wake of dreams.
Watercolor and ink on coldpress.
Date: February 24, 2017
Dawn just isn't the same without a pineapple. I did this such a long time ago in ink when I was just learning the craft, based on a public domain image freely given by the Pineapple Supply Co. who apparently specialize in gorgeous HD photographs of pineapples in scenery and arrangements. Check them out—they apparently also do web design.
Ink on cold press.
Date: February 23, 2017
The recent movie (at the time of this piece) from Disney, Moana, inspired me to draw upon memories of ferry rides from Seattle to Bainbridge Island over a decade. The little sailboats I especially loved to watch as they made their way across the waters—and I like to imagine that dawn and the open waters calls to their sailors at times.
Watercolor and ink on cold press.
Date: February 18, 2017
These fruits were quite colorful in real life, but I wanted to take them beyond reality, into an expressive world of vibrant colors and dream-like shapes. Going beyond reality in my art is a passion of mine—delivering visions that re-interpret the world around us into glowing images.
Ink and watercolor markers on smooth bristol.
Date: February 12, 2017
Kobayashi Issa is less well-known than Bashō in the United States and Europe. I love the bittersweetness of Issa's haikus, and this one I translated myself. Especially in the face of the challenges of 2017, I wanted to make a statement.
Ink and watercolor on smooth bristol.
Date: January 13, 2017
Poetry is the other side of the visual arts to me—intricate word pictures that bend reality and refresh it anew. I love to pair poetical influences with actual visuals, taking them to the next level—in this case, Robert Frost's "Fire and Ice."