Josh’s journal

Aveiro Square…finished!!!

Europe 2017

Starting the process Early morning October 6, I finished Aveiro Square.  A painting that took a long time on purpose for various reasons.  First, I usually work fast on a piece because I want to capture the emotional force at that moment.  What I did this time was capture it through drawings, photos and oil sketches.  I worked slow because I knew of the complexity of the piece ahead of time.  This was going to include figures, something I haven’t…

Aveiro Square – A work in progress

Europe 2017

This is my latest painting “Aveiro Square” in progress. I don’t put out enough works in progress like I used to, so I’m starting anew and here we go. Sometimes you will see photos and other times videos. That’s how it will be. A surprise in the waiting is always fascinating. I chose this scene because it’s very picturesque and quaint. Love the old buildings and the lights and shade that filter in and out. Well I know a lot…

My Little Italy, a travel haven (and art everywhere)

Europe 2017

First travel stop in Italy…Camelot? Welcome to my Little Italy!  Ah, Italy…a haven for artists.  Your senses will travel to another time and place. If you were wondering where I was hanging or painting, if you remember last time I posted, I was about to leave my confines of Colorado to Italy for 3 weeks before going to Portugal. It was one big crazy trip just getting to Italy! And that was just through the airports trying to get all…

Time To Fly Again

impressionist painter

I have stayed in Fort Collins for nearly 5 months. In that time, I had an art studio, then I didn’t. I had a student, then I didn’t. I had a few jobs, then I didn’t. Why am I actually admitting certain things didn’t work? Because I have learned in my short time spent in America that failures are not the end of the world.  In fact, I can say for certain that failures are just the beginning of something…

Whatever the Wind Blows

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  Whatever the wind blows, you must be ready for it. There are only two enemies that I consider real in my life, and that’s fear and doubt. The remedy for those villains are faith and action. And thus it came time to do an epic landscape painting that is not just a Colorado painting, but contains something more universal. It’s not just a park, but my interpretation of what I want to see in my park. For when you…

Seeing Joy by the Fountains

impressionist painter

  What I brought on a bike This painting was completed last week during a paint-out I had in Ft. Collins.  There was an art show usually put on by local artists in the town.  What I didn’t know was that there were two locations the show was in.  I was at the old town square, the heartbeat of Ft. Collins.  I soon found out that one other artist showed up.  But today wasn’t meant to be for sales or…

Roman Red Bicycle

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  The second painting of my Italian series just got completed.  I have also painted my first real bicycle painting.  I have led a bicycle-oriented lifestyle since arriving in Colorado a few months ago.  So I look at this as a universal subject.  What strikes me about the subject matter is not just the beauty of the bikes, but the backdrop it offers.  It is undoubtedly Italian to the core.  With its multicolored walls and cobblestone streets, the bike is…

I rode my red bicycle back to Italy

impressionist painter

I took a much needed hiatus to work on my life and art. Last time I posted, I was living in Vietnam as an art teacher. The job didn’t pan out like I hoped. I had such high hopes building a quality art program at a local, private school. I did all kinds of cool projects with my students. However, the school and myself didn’t quite see on the same level about the art program. So we parted ways and…

I’m looking ahead, not behind this time

Asia 2012-2016

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…

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

Asia 2012-2016

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.…