oil on canvas panel
©Joshua Lance 2013
Manila was a chaotic wonderland of sights and sounds. Now that I had a week to assess everything I’ve been through, all the sights of palm trees, historic buildings, the neighborhoods, it was time to paint something that meant something. I repeat, meant something. I just don’t want to paint anything, it has to bring a smile to my face, something positive that was stimulating. This historic building was in fact, Manila City Hall, a three-faced red clock that has been an important trademark in the city. Every hour, the bell is rung three times followed by a melody. It is recognized as the largest clock tower in the Philippines. So I spent a few times on rooftops watching this clock and mesmerized by its beauty.
So why not title this painting “Manila Time”? I wanted to keep the color scheme simple, with reds and yellow and the blue sky as its most basic colors. You have to make a point of focus. And part of the buildings are in the sky. The red clock is the heartbeat of the painting. One of a few paintings that will be in a series. Painting my travels helps makes sense of it all.