Alligator Mountains

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Alligator Mountains  oil on canvas board  7×10  ©Joshua Lance

From the urban setting of my rooftops, comes a tale about find solace in the distance. I am surrounded my the urban landscape, but in the distance lies tranquility. Green mountains and a river bathed in a grey sky very common here in Taipei. I call it Alligator Mountains only because that’s the first name that came to mind when I looked at the mountains. They are various greens and it reminded me of the beast that is nature herself.

I had fun painting this on my rooftops of course.  I’m outdoors yet so close to home.  I feel very comfortable using greens in my art.  This was also very simple to do because of a simple composition.  Of course I’d rather just paint the damn thing and then start critiquing it later, because it’s the process that rules.  If I didn’t enjoy the process, I know my work would look uninspired and dull.  I purposely wanted to use greys, as I enjoy the endless possibilities.  When using greys the right way, it helps make a painting “pop” out their true colors.  Though the main colors are grey and green, there are many other colors in between.  I won’t tell you what they are, but you can take a look for yourself and tell me what you see.  Preferably on my Facebook Fan Page.  Happy painting!

 

 

 

My featured guest spot on “Artsy Shark”

This article was inspired by a conversation with Carolyn Edlund of the very cool blog Artsy Shark .  

It started out as a normal conversation on Facebook as I was asking questions.  She somehow was impressed with what I said and decided to write a blog post about it.  And I’m very pleased how it turned out.  There were many comments.  To date, I’ve had responses about artists visiting places like Italy, Australia, India.  Personally, I’m headed to Taiwan for a possible long-term relocation.  But I want to commit at least a few weeks to see if it’s a good spot for me.  I’ve connected with a few artists and read a lot about Taiwan.  I heard many good things about its culture and landscapes.  Boy, I can see myself painting on the beach now…but here’s a snippet of the article you can check out…maybe these questions you can play around yourself too.  Tell me what you think!

Where in the world would YOU travel to make art?

 

If you had no obligations,

If you had enough money to live for six months,

If you could travel anywhere that would inspire you,

 

Where would you go?

What would you do?

What would you create?

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‘Technocolor Jinhae Bay’ 7×7 oil on board

1.28.12: PAINTING EXPERIMENT INSIDE, PART 3

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'Western Serenity' oil on pastel paper 9x12

 

Glad you stuck around for the third installment of this series of experiments.  If this was “Return of the Jedi”, then you would think this was the very last time I’ll ever paint like this again.  Or is it?  I don’t know and neither do you, and that’s why life can get so interesting.  It’s always unexpected.

So without any delay, here’s my landscape painting that I created out of my head.  I’ve lived in the New Mexico desert for the past 5 years and feel like I can interpret my own version of this style of landscape.

What I see essential of what I want to put into it, such as mountains, water, huge fields to run around in, distance, foregrounds of flowers.   Touches of bright lights bring the painting to a new level.  This is everything I adore of a great landscape painting.  How I executed the painting itself, I only had one thing in mind.

Fewer strokes, more emotions.

That’s it.  To express yourself under these strict guidelines can alter your creativity in different ways.  It makes you get off of auto-pilot and your right brain will think of different solutions in achieving a certain goal or look for a painting.  I don’t even think it looks like a finished painting, doesn’t have to.

Fewer strokes.  More emotions.

If you set certain rules or restrictions prior in creating a painting, it helps you achieve things in a focused manner.  And being focused is a hard thing to do.  Especially in this ADHD world we live in.

So please experiment with your work.  There’s a lot you can do in a short amount of time and attention span.  Just show up and let your creativity take over, you’ll thank me.  More importantly, you’ll thank yourself.

Feel free to respond, it’s your free will.  If you like this post, show some love and pass it on.   – jl

Step One: The mural sketch

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1st sketch for my mural

This is my first sketch that I physically put down on paper.  All there was before wee ideas in my head.  Putting it down visually certainly helped a lot.

I thought about doing a horse’s eye, but with a New Mexico landscape in the center and an Arizona landscape outside the pupil.  I also want to use desert sand from Arizona and New Mexico in the painting.  The mural’s theme from “The Road Not Taken” is based on deciding which road or path to take.  The ideas were pouring out last night.  I may use 3 styles of art:  impressionism, abstraction and realism.  They each would serve a specific purpose, as certain parts of the painting would need to have a certain look.  I call it artistic dynamics.  I also thought about immitating a fresco look as well, like I’m painting part of a wall for a timeless feel.  I will print out some reference photos of different elements and bring them with me to the competition.  But at least I have a clearer vision of what the mural will look like.  I’m leaving for Tucson Thurs morning.  Stay tuned…

This mural project is also part of Kickstarter, a creative project site dedicated to raising funds and helping out a great cause.  Thank you!