'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