Olivia Heisterkamp Art and Design stylized logo, script font, blue lettering.
Placid, Swell, and Effervescent all detailed below

adrift: (adj.) not anchored; moving with the sea & wind; floating without being moored or steered

Defining this collection has been a long process. When I began, I didn't have clear intensions - and I didn't want to. I was waiting to see where the waves would take me, so to speak. Below each image you will find a sentiment that relates to the time I created the piece. Rather than concretely defining each moment, I wanted to leave it up to the viewer. Allow each pairing to inform your headspace. Step into each piece. Then close your eyes, feel the wind, the sand, the waves.

Paintings are hard to visualize!! no wonder they 
            say picture’s worth 1000 words. Forthis portfolio, I’ve chosen one 
            word that captures the essence of each piece. This one is Placid. It 
            is an ocean painting with teals, greens, and beige. There are two 
            bands of foamy waves. The piece gets lighter as you move into the 
            foreground eventually blending into white ripples and wet sand. The sky 
            is brushy with a mix of off-white, greys, blues, and a pop of muted 
            yellow. Placid is on a 5 inch by 5 inch canvas. Created with acrylic 
            paint, retarder, and matte medium.

"may this be the season you keep on creating. even in uncertainty. even in the waiting"
morgan harper nicols

Paintings 
            are hard to visualize!! no wonder they say picture’s worth 1000 words. For this 
            portfolio, I’ve chosen one word that captures the essence of each piece. This one is 
            Swell. It is an ocean painting full of movement with sharp waves flowing into the 
            foreground. Foam is flying off the whitecaps in this moody piece. The water is a deep 
            blue with contrasting white and light blue patches. As you move closer to the 
            skyline, the waves settle before they blend out into a warm blue-grey sky. Swell is 
            on a 4 inch by 4 inch canvas. Created with acrylic paint, retarder, and matte 
            medium.

"life has a way of testing our anchors and tempting us to drift. nevertheless, if our anchors are correctly placed in the rock of our redeemer, they will hold no matter the force of the wind, the strength of the tide, or the height of the waves."
dieter f. uchtdorf

Paintings are hard 
            to visualize!! No wonder they say picture’s worth 1000 words. For this portfolio,
            I’ve chosen one word that captures the essence of each piece. This one is 
            Becoming. It is an ocean painting cut into thirds. The top third is the sky - full
            of dark grey clouds near the waterline of the left half of the painting. The 
            middle third houses rich blues and greens before the bottom third builds in 
            ocean foam and a striking straight wave that crashes on the mid-left side of 
            the piece. The shoreline is bright and sandy with the coral red underpainting 
            slightly showing through. Becoming is on a 5 inch by 5  inch canvas. Created 
            with acrylic paint, retarder, and matte medium.

"sometimes we are taken into troubled waters not to drown but to be cleansed."

Paintings 
            are hard to visualize!! no wonder they say picture’s worth 1000 words. For this 
            portfolio, I’ve chosen one word that captures the essence of each piece. This one 
            is Effervescent. It is an ocean painting taking you to warmer days! The sky is 
            light with subtle washes of warm and cool blue. Small amounts of yellow are 
            delicately placed throughout as well. The teal water is inviting with a few bubbly 
            waves. The beach evokes a carefree vibes with watery paint drips down the right 
            center of the piece. Bright white and animated, the tide is inviting you in! 
            Effervescent is on a 8 inch by 8 inch canvas. Created with acrylic paint, retarder, 
            and matte medium.

"and he said to me, daughter you are in a desert but i will send rain. there is aching, there is wandering but my love will come in rushing. you'll be swept up in the waves of grace and you have no idea just how far i'm going to carry you."

Paintings are 
            hard to visualize!! no wonder they say picture’s worth 1000 words. For this portfolio, 
            I’ve chosen one word that captures the essence of each piece. This one is Crashing. 
            It is an ocean painting is full of layers. The sky take up the top three quarters of 
            the scene with dancing brushstrokes of warm grey, a range of blues, and subtle corals. 
            There is only one wave, zoomed in the foreground. As the water gets pulled up into the 
            barrel, its range of colors are revealed. There is foam outlining the wave altogether 
            as it crashes into bubbles of white and coral. Crashing is on a 5 inch by 5 inch canvas. 
            Created with acrylic paint, retarder, and matte medium.

"you have a masterpiece inside you, too, you know. one unlike any that has ever been created, or will ever be. and remember: if you go to your grave without painting your masterpiece, it will not get painted. no one else can paint it. only you"
gordan mackenzie

Paintings 
             are hard to visualize!! no wonder they say picture’s worth 1000 words. For this 
             portfolio, I’ve chosen one word that captures the essence of each piece. This one 
             is Drifting. It is an ocean painting was created in layers, with each color 
             settling on top of the last. The main color palette is filled with mid-tone blues 
             and the water is calm. This is not to say it is without movement. Each brushstroke 
             was applied with precision and a small ripple cuts through the bottom quarter of 
             the painting. The sky is bright blue with a dark cloud settling in on top of the 
             waterline. Drifting is on a 6 inch by 6 inch canvas. Created with acrylic paint, 
             retarder, and matte medium.

"and you've only just begun..."