Category Archives: North America 2008-2012

Be a creative monk, know your priorities

abstract painting of joshua lance, stage one

Finish what ya started!

Painting is a solitary activity.  You are really a monk of creativity.  Actually there are some similarities in being a monk and an artist.  You’re in a spiritual profession, because painting is a spiritual activity as well as a solitary one.  You must use your monk-ness to your fullest potential.  Of all the bombardment of being “connected” using the internet and all of its social media, the high-pace society we have constantly feel we’re catching up with, sometimes it’s all too much.



we need to slow down…

we need to breathe…

we need to reconnect with ourselves…

You know what I mean?  I wouldn’t be telling you all this unless I was going through the same crap like you do myself.  Fortunately, I’m in a cool profession where I get to not only paint, but to share my life, share my ideas with everyone who wants to see it.

I figured that you have to break your tasks, work, jobs, whatever you want to call it, to not only priorities, but first, second, and third class priorities.

the most complex questions usually have the simplest answers.


We must keep our priorities in order and keep them simple. Sure, we all don’t feel like doing stuff and we do get lazy.  We procrastinate, beat ourselves up, procrastinate, beat ourselves up, and get caught in this vicious cycle from hell.

So let’s break our tasks in priorities, start with mine as an example:

First Tier Priority

This is my #1 priority of the day, which is painting a picture or doing some kind of physical creative activity.  I must create, or my day will feel like it’s fallen short.  I hate that kind of feeling.  So if I’m going to do only 1 thing today, I will create art.  Period.  End of story.

Second Tier Priority

This is the #2 priority of the day.  After the first is complete, then do this priority.  For myself, it is to do my online ESL course I signed up for.  It’s very time consuming and there are times I just don’t want to do it.  But a little bit is better than none, and I will be closer to my goal.

Third Tier Priority

If you have done the first two priorities of the day, congrads!  You are ahead of the game!  Now if you have a third priority, go do it now.  Mine could be updating my website or contacting my clients, or something else.


I’ve read tons of posts about killing your to-do lists and only having one or two things to focus on per day.  All this is good and valuable, but everyone does them differently.  For myself, I like to write them down because they feel more concrete.  Artists must be organized and responsible if they are going to have a successful art career.  I know that I’m on my way, so what’s your priorities?

now I have to get to my first priority; painting!

This post originally was written in 2011, when I was living in New Mexico, USA.  It’s still an important post to me and thought how valuable it would be to my readers if I posted this again.  Thank you for your understanding!

Frame-shops, moments, and courage

Sorry it’s been a while.  I have no excuses to make.  I allowed life to get in the way of my life.  I have been very busy and creative in the past month.  I have been preparing for this show for the past few weeks.  I promise to do better.  I did get new paints, new brushes and found art boards, so now I’m ready to create a few great artworks.  I found a great frames shop in Changwon called the Dowan Art Zone, my favorite frame shop due to price, quality and quickness that I really appreciate.  Plus they’re really friendly.  So I’m giving my props to this place for making my art life a whole lot easier!  I got a very different painting I just completed and will post it up in the next day or two.

another painting in progress….

 Here’s a quote I found you might like, especially if you’re an artist too!

“Artists are some of the most driven, courageous people on the face of the earth. They deal with more day-to-day rejection in one year than most people do in a lifetime.  Every day, artists face the financial challenge of living a freelance lifestyle, the disrespect of people who think they should get real jobs, and their own fear that they’ll never work again. Every day, they have to ignore the possibility that the vision they have dedicated their lives to is a pipe dream. With every role, they stretch themselves, emotionally and physically, risking criticism and judgment. With every passing year, many of them watch as the other people their age achieve the predictable milestones of normal life – the car, the family, the house, the nest egg. Why? Because artists are willing to give their entire lives to a moment – to that line, that laugh, that gesture, or that interpretation that will stir the audience’s soul. Artists are beings who have tasted life’s nectar in that crystal moment when they poured out their creative spirit and touched another’s heart. In that instant, they were as close to magic, God, and perfection as anyone could ever be. And in their own hearts, they know that to dedicate oneself to that moment is worth a thousand lifetimes.” – David Ackert

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Art is the best medication

Beyond Sangria 5x7 oil on board

When you are not feeling well, some people reach for that bottle of headache medicine, or even a presecription.  I’m no doctor, I’m an artist, so I only know what I know by experience.  Nature created me, so I must be a genius for writing this post, right?  And personally  for me, I conclude that art is the best medication out there.  I love music, as it feeds my soul and yes I can’t live without it.  No one can.  I believe art and music can be traced right down to your cells.  Why else can humans resonate with it?  Art on the other hand is everywhere you look.  It’s in nature such as the rocks, trees, grass.  If you look under a microscope, you will see designs and patterns in nature’s creations.  So it’s soothing to know that humans didn’t invent art, nature did.  And I believe we are just a small part of nature.

Very small .

Wouldn’t it make sense that art is also part of our DNA as well?

Therefore, if that’s all true, then art is essential to our lives.  Period.

Art is a natural healer, let us take nature’s presecription and rejoice.  Nuff said.