SeaHawk – I am Graceful, I am Armored

This painting I call SeaHawk was made of a Hawksbill Turtle to be the background of a 40-gallon aquarium. But then it occurred to the artist that it would be counter productive to hide most of the painting behind decorations in the tank. And in time, the beautiful painting would be hidden behind algae. So instead I framed it with a cedar frame to be displayed. The creature seems to be yearning to search the entire sea, floating gracefully in the depths.

19″ by 30″ acrylic on panel board
mounted in a cedar frame


SeaHawk represents STRENGTH and GRACEFULNESS. Yet when they are out of the water they are slow and cumbersome. They are hatched in the sand on beaches, and upon hatching they are extremely vulnerable. But mostly, I marvel at their strength.

I will not fail to speak of Leviathan’s limbs, its strength and its graceful form. Who can strip off its outer coat? Who can penetrate its double coat of armor? (Job 41)

The sea is always a wonderful thing to generate inspiration. This painting is of a turtle under the waves, but I have also painted a scene after Van Gogh above the waves. It’s called Seascape. It portrays the rugged sea with ancient ships navigating the waves.

We know the sea turtles are predators seeking prey. Years ago I learned that truth the hard way. I purchased a small slider turtle and an expensive cobalt blue lobster. Both looked ferocious, and they both were about three or four inches in length. But after one day in the aquarium all I found of the lobster was pieces of shell and severed legs. The turtle seemed content and satisfied. That was a $20 lesson I will never forget.

ABOUT the artist, Ed Lowe . . .
Text: 407.267.6977
KellGrace Salon / 110 S. Park Ave / Winter Park, FL 32789

Survival Village – We Will Live Another Day!

This painting is about an apocalyptic event. Survival Village is sort of doomsday, but not a human-species-terminating one. The sky section uses the RT techniques seen in other works using fluid dynamics. The hills and village are painted with gesso and acrylics.

Why Did I paint Survival Village?

Actually, this project began as an “extinction event.” I was immersed for months studying and experimenting with fluid dynamics (see RT paintings) when the idea sprung to mix techniques. So I thought to make the sky section RT, and rest of the work acrylics with blades and brushes. Survival Village happened out of the fourth trial! A few versions were much darker, no one would survive them. When I finish them I suppose they should go on the black market for those focused on death.

16″ by 20″ acrylic on canvas
on a MightyWood stretcher


What Does it Mean?

Jesus had a few strong warnings about the end times, but my painting isn’t so much religious as it is contemplative. Whatever you believe, or whatever your faith is, it’s natural to think about perilous times and the hope to get through them. The background skyscape in Survival Village is frightening and threatening, but not lethal. The previous trials are red-based and unsurvivable.

Survival Sky

If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened.
Matthew 24:22

Yep, let’s cut those days short. That’s why I went with the blue-based sky for now. Don’t worry though, the day will come when I’m in a really sour mood and I’ll finish and publish what I will call, “Extinction Sky.”

ABOUT the artist, Ed Lowe . . .
Text: 407.267.6977
KellGrace Salon / 110 S. Park Ave / Winter Park, FL 32789

The Life and Inspiration of Vincent van Gogh

Hearing his name invokes a plethora of impressions, thoughts, and feelings. More than any of the great masters, there is poignancy to the name, Vincent van Gogh. It has become a name that has gone far beyond the art community, penetrating every lane and byway of social consciousness. Some imagine a very strange man. Others envision an earnest painter or an ethereal visionary. Some think of a committed believer, or pity a demented man. Some admire a creative genius. ALL are correct!

The Paradox of Vincent van Gogh

One of the most beloved artists of all time, Vincent van Gogh is among the most influential of all historical figures. His paintings and sketches sell for millions around the world. On November 13, 2017, one of his painting titled, “Laboureur dans un champ” sold for $81.3 million at a Christies auction. But, sadly, during Van Gogh’s short life of 37 years, he saw none of the benefits.

Vincent Willem van Gogh / 1853 – 1890

During his brief career, he did not experience much success, because he sold only one painting, lived in poverty, malnourished and overworked … In spite of his lack of success during his lifetime, van Gogh’s legacy lives on having left a lasting impact on the world of art. Van Gogh is now viewed as one of the most influential artists having helped lay the foundations of modern art. Van Gogh Gallery

The Genius of Vincent van Gogh

He truly was the living embodiment of persistence, stubbornness, and inspiration. He did not “play well with others,” as his biography illustrates, yet he inspired future generations. His pursuit of pure art drove him to follow, almost stalk, many of the leading artists of his day. Some of them are also known as great masters today. Yearning to glean from their acumen, Vincent always ended up in personal conflicts.

He was bullied by locals, outcast by most of his family, outlawed by a parish priest who sanctioned the villagers against posing for him, rejected by a proposal of marriage, and confined for a time in an asylum. Yet through it all, he painted everything around him. He would go out into the fields, the cities, the cafes, and even in his room to put the world on canvas. Somehow, despite his many obstacles, he was productive.

In just over a decade he created about 2,100 artworks, including around 860 oil paintings, most of them in the last two years of his life. They include landscapes, still lifes, portraits and self-portraits, and are characterized by bold colors and dramatic, impulsive and expressive brushwork that contributed to the foundations of modern art.

The Legacy of Vincent van Gogh

On 27th July 1890 a gaunt figure stumbled down a drowsy high street at twilight in the small French country town of Auvers. The man was carrying nothing; his hands clasped to a fresh bullet wound leaking blood from his belly. This was Vincent van Gogh, then a little known artist; now the most famous artist in the world. His tragic death has long been known, what has remained a mystery is how and why he came to be shot.

Alas, that cannot be done, and perhaps it would not have changed a thing. One thing I believe: Vincent is loved and admired by more people in the world today, on every continent, that lived on earth in his day. In 2017, an animated film was released about his life and untimely demise. It is entirely composed of oil paintings by living artists. The European Film Academy bestowed upon it the Animated Feature Film Award. Throughout Europe and around the world, it is inspiring lovers of art.

The Fame of Vincent van Gogh

Despite a tragic life, Van Gogh became one of the most recognized artists in history. His experiences with poverty, mental illness, and social reclusion did not diminish the greatness of his artistic depth. Most creative souls start off as “starving artists,” so to speak, but they take great comfort in Van Gogh. I wish I could take one of his paintings back in time, hand it to Vincent, and tell him, “Do not despair, this painting just sold for several million dollars. Here’s the money. We now have your oeuvre. Go and build your art colony!”

Each of the film’s 65,000 frames is an oil painting on canvas, using the same technique as Van Gogh, created by a team of 125 painters.

I consider myself one of Vincent’s fans, and I always love doing paintings, “after Van Gogh.” His genre is fun and alive. As much time I spend drawing off this great artist’s impact, there is never a bottom to the well of inspiration. By sharing my art with the world, I feel connected to post impressionism. My meagre collection can be viewed online.

Ed Lowe
Winter Park, Florida


Windmills were Inspirational to Van Gogh

Vincent loved to paint the world around him. Wherever he lived or traveled, he painted what he saw. Local people thought of him as a strange man, and had no idea he was a great artist. Viewing windmills on his travels were an inspiration that he wanted to capture.

Set of two paintings (diptych), each is 24″ by 18″ acrylic
oakwood panel and frame
#17-029 / #17-030
On display at Volusia County residence


A few years ago I drove through central Illinois and Indiana and observed the massive, skyscraper-ish windmills churning away in the fields. They stretch on into the distance like gigantic dominoes. They seem silent but I’ve heard people say the whooshing is annoying and it disrupts wildlife and livestock; as well as killing many birds that fly into them. I like the idea of clean energy, but I’m glad I don’t live on a farm or ranch near one.

The windmills Vincent painted were equivalent to a 2 or 3 story building. Todays modern behemoths are closer to a 10 or 12 story skyscraper. If we brought people from Van Gogh’s day into the future to see these structures, they would be smitten in fear.

Today the windmill rests atop a Paris cafe.

“The wind blows to the south and turns to the north; round and round it goes, ever returning on its course.” (Eccl. 1)


Le Moulin de la Galette is the title of several paintings made by Vincent van Gogh in 1886 of a windmill, the Moulin de la Galette, which was near Van Gogh and his brother Theo’s apartment in Montmartre. The owners of the windmill maximized the view on the butte overlooking Paris, creating a terrace for viewing and a dance hall for entertainment.

ABOUT the artist, Ed Lowe . . .
Text: 407.267.6977
KellGrace Salon / 110 S. Park Ave / Winter Park, FL 32789