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…behind the art, there are stories, and stories were meant to be told…

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Let’s start here.  I’m Josh.  I paint, blog, teach, travel.  I love the art of simplicity.

I am very driven to create the best works of art to no end, and it’s killing me! (In a good way)

The only way to jump back on the horse is to realize that you actually fell off in the first place.  I’m human, and I’m trying not to beat myself up.  Sometimes when I’m feeling so stressed out, I have to remind myself what I truly love about life.  Here’s a few examples:

  • Genesis music. Especially the 1970’s stuff.  Can’t explain, but it’s the most wonderful music I’ve ever known.  I still get chills hearing great art.
  • A great sunset. Living in the southwest, I’ve seen so many of them.  I can’t get enough of them.
  • A PB&J sandwich. A classic that never goes away.
  • Blue jeans. I always wear them, will never go out of style.
  • Corvettes. My favorite is the 67-73 models, very sexy machines.
  • The ocean. Ever float in the ocean by yourself.  I miss the water.
  • Yoo-hoo chocolate milk. It never gets old, especially with PB&J.
  • Green Tea.  Matcha, the real health medicine that tastes great and I always carry with me.  I feel it’s the ying to my yang.


So there’s a few examples of my non-chaotic life, what’s yours?

When I write this blog, I will try to give some insight on the artist’s life, mostly mine.  I’m not a leader in my field, just a leader in my life.  I can only lead by example.  I still go through mood swings, procrastinate and through it all, I still manage to hold on to that creative self that defines me, and I go and do art.  Even if it’s for 5 minutes.  It’s what you do with your time that so important.  Make the best of that time.

Painting by the river makes for a nice afternoon

Sandia Red River
Sandia Red River oil on canvas board  11×14

It’s a nice day out in ABQ, NM and decided to paint outdoors, even though I don’t have a french easel yet (but I just ordered one), so I went to the Rio Grande River to paint.  I know some secluded spots and walked to a different spot I haven’t visited before.  This spot happened to have some red mud, like the earth was cutting into the river, and the reflections of the mountains were in the river.  And even though I didn’t have an easel, I brought along a smaller easel which was more like a stand, put my blank easel board on it and started to paint away.

I was sitting on the ground too, normally I don’t do these harsh conditions, but sometimes you do what it takes to get the scene down.  I started using a Permanent Rose color instead of my bright red color, just so I can mix it up a bit and try something different.  I also used a yellow ochre and created some great peach/orange colors in which you see in the mud.  It also worked for the mountains too, and I feel I’m learning how to use the purples for shadows more effectively.

The whole piece took about 2 hours to complete in the late afternoon.  It seemed like a softer piece with a whole lot of less brushstrokes.  I like saying more with less, and I saved the more textured areas for the foreground where the mud and trees meet.  It was a nice effort towards capturing this cool scene.