I’m looking ahead, not behind this time

‘We Watched After Christmas Day’ 8×10 oil on board $250

The last day of the year means something to me as I’m sure it does to you. Like every year, we tend to review in our minds the highs and lows, the dramas, and the circus of life we go through in our strange highlight reel that purges our brains.

But this time I’m not backing down so easily, whimpering another year of my life away hoping next year will be better.

No, I’m out for something different.  I new and improved mindset of conscious action, of replacing old, worn out beliefs that have held me back for too long.   In 2017 and beyond, I now expect something different.

I have never said this before a new year like this, so I not only want to end 2016 on the right foot, I want to start 2017 on the right and left foot.  To stay grounded while my dreams fill the skies without any ceilings.

  • I plan to do better paintings.  Scratch that.  They’re already good, I will improve and work on my craft with pride and honor.
  • I will live in a nurturing environment and surround myself with positive artists and other people who want to be with me.  I can’t live life without people on my side.  We are social creatures.  Though instead of partying this year into 2017, I am relaxing in my own place writing my blog and watching Star Wars.  But then I’ll get busy soon.  For example…
  • I will get my first portrait commission.  How?  By creating more work and finding the right clients.  Those right clients will love my work and want to keep it in their families  for generations.
  • I will visit or possibly live in the USA again.  It’s been nearly 5 years since I was last back.
  • I will take care of myself so I can take care of others.
  • I will learn how to have faith and trust myself.

This is my business plan.  It’s also the blueprints of my life plan.  Maybe this time, next year I won’t be alone by myself wondering where has my life gone?

The main reason I haven’t been keeping up my blog is that I’ve relocated to Danang, Vietnam in October to teach art at an international school.  I learned to teach art projects on a shoestring budget.  In the end, the job didn’t work out.  I’m faced with a future of options that seem endless.  But I won’t step backwards this time.  Whatever moves I make will be forward and deliberate.  I owe that to myself.  Life is all about progression, not regression.  Maybe you can relate?  So anyway here’s to a wild ride of painting and travel in 2016.

And to my audience who have been following my adventures, thank you for keeping up.  Life always seems to get in the way of everything, doesn’t it?  Just don’t forget the important stuff.  Family, friends, love, nature, and art.  These are the finest things in life.  I have exciting things coming up in 2017.  I will do some videos.  New paintings from Vietnam.  And I’m just getting started.  Here’s my first one available

‘Marble Mountain’
Oil on paper
6×8
$100 usd

and last but not least…

 

Blog Challenge (Day 7): One breath at a time to freedom

101_in_middle_Joshua_Lance HP
I’m taking a 10-day blog challenge by Natalie Sisson, the suitcase entrepreneur who is an inspiring artist of a lifestyle I would like to attain. Let’s go!

Day 7

I have to pick one imperfect action that will lead me to the life I want.   It would be easy to pick something creative, but I want to go even deeper.  I love meditation but I do it sporadically.  I haven’t done it on a regular basis when I should.  So I will spend at least 5 minutes every morning so I can start my day off right, and on a positive note.  Meditation is a source of spirituality that I embrace.  More than anything, it is the foundation of what I want to accomplish.  It is my sanctuary, my temple, my breathing space.

My mind can easily be scattered and cluttered with the garbage I want to toss.  I need a  way to help purify myself like water coming down a mountain stream that lovely animals would take the pleasure to drink on a sparkling sunny morning.  Drawing or painting for 5 minutes would be too easy, give me some meditation, which even done for 5 minutes, now that’s difficult.  Try to keep your active mind calm for 5 minutes.  Well, I will try and do just that, cause you know why?  Because it’s worth it, I’m worth it, and I love how I feel after I do it.  Enough said.  Time to beat procrastination one breath at a time.

Blog Challenge (Day 6): Reach Out and I’ll Be There

Thai_Door_Joshua_Lance-LR Small

I’m taking a 10-day blog challenge by Natalie Sisson, the suitcase entrepreneur who is an inspiring artist of a lifestyle I would like to attain. Let’s go!

Day 6

There’s a lot of artists I love and enjoy who inspire me.  Not just the quality of their art, but how they lead their lives.  They are not just successful, but happy with their lives, doing great.  So when it came down to figure out which artist has had the biggest impact on my life and what they stand for, I had to do some serious soul searching.  And they have to be living artists as well.  Artists such as Fechin, Monet, Renoir, Zorn, DaVinci have been true mentors, as I studied their art and lives.  And I certainly have respect for many living artists who are living the dream.  So I had to pick someone I haven’t met in person that I can ask one question in person, what inspires me about them and why would I love to be part of their tribe.  This was tough because I admire so many artists who are living their dream and doing it the right way.  So I’m picking two artists because of two different subject matters.

The first one is Scott Christensen, a landscape painter from Victor, Idaho who paints extraordinary landscapes with just a limited palette.  I love how delicate and soft his colors are, and how down-to-earth he appears.  He truly connects with nature and it shows.  He really lets his painting do the talking, but he’s a natural teacher as well.  I would ask him about his business plan and pick his brain while painting with him outdoors.   That would be so valuable to my own education.  I’d love to be part of his tribe and circle one day.

13227122_1014526925249654_644768983171403010_n

The second one is Cesar Santos, a portrait painter who has a classically-trained background with a modern touch.  His techniques are awe-inspiring and awesome, something I aspire to be.  A very high standard indeed.  He is also a gifted teacher with a dvd of his techniques that’s beyond compare.  He is very passionate and easy to listen too.  I would love to ask him about him running a success portrait business.

leo-h-lohrman-46x29in

So there you have it.  Not so easy to pick two main ones.  And certainly I have many artists I respect and still learning from.  I look at these particular two artists mainly because of adopting their art techniques and teaching abilities will help me get to where I want to go.   This was a tremendous exercise to put into words too.