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‘Apple on Tea’

‘Apple on Tea’ oil on board, 6×6 $75

Back at the easel on Wednesday in Korea.  I bought this green apple last night, waiting to eat it for breakfast.  I promised myself to not eat it until I paint it.  That was the deal.  Paint or starve.  Ok, so I had to work for my food today, I accepted the challenge.  I also had this silver canister of green tea that I thought would be interesting to put in my painting I got in Kyoto, Japan last spring.  I had this rustic piece of wood I found near a construction site by my house.  There were many scraps and I wanted to find some panels to paint on.  It’s hard to find good supports to paint here in Korea.  So these scraps I picked up are the next best thing.  I sanded it and put gesso on it so the paint wouldn’t be absorbed by the wood.  I have always like the rough, rustic look of supports because it has some kind of authenticity and soul to them.  The support is like a backbone to a painting.  Like a drummer to a band.  It sets the tone and mindset to the work.  A strong support makes for strong art I believe.

I also painted vertically for the first time.  I saw this technique painting pools of paint upright by this artist named Tony Ryder while working in Santa Fe.  His technique fascinated me, says that when the palette is placed upright, you don’t have to bend over to look at the palette.  Your eye will be on par with the painting and will take less effort to observe and match colors.  It must have meant a lot to me, because I have remembered this tidbit for 4 years.  I enjoyed it very much,  and makes me feel more organized and here are the results.

My easel set up with painting in my studio.

…from the sketchbook 6.3.12

Imaginary sunset over Korean swamp

I’ve been fiddling around with different styles, as getting down to work in a new environment has its challenges. But I’m starting to finally get comfortable in my new environment in Jinhae, Korea. I’m near the water for the first time in years, so I’m sure it will be a recurring theme in my work. I don’t have canvas or boards yet, still looking for some. So for now I have paper to paint from. It felt good painting again, I’m not looking for perfection, just a real voice to come through.

Notice the red stamp on the bottom right. It’s my name in Japanese, my own stamp custom made by an artisan in Kyoto, Japan. I think I may have my new logo!

…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.