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'Aveiro Square' 11x14 oil on wood

Aveiro Square…finished!!!

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 done much.  I usually do landscapes by themselves, but I wanted to include some tourists because they were also as important to the authenticity of the scene.

And finishing the process…

The whole process took about 2 weeks.  Some days I intentionally took a break so I could think things through, to get a sense of where it was going.  Relating to music, I wanted to take a lot more time develop the composition.  I ended up including some important buildings as well as not including everything.  As an artist, you have to be selective or the whole thing becomes a runaway horse.  In the past, I have often ignored the importance of composition in hopes that my colors will save the day.  As of now, I learned that that a great composition begins with large shapes, placing the right values in the right places and then color accordingly to the first two.

It’s fun to watch the process unfold slowly and it helped me appreciate the process even more, rather than rush it through without a break.  There’s nothing I won’t try, and this painting has taught me how patience and skill can work together to create something quite special.  I also learning to control my lights and shadows more too, and how dark or light to make my shapes.

Yes, process can be fun if you enjoy and keep that curiosity.

Joshua Lance Aveiro Portugal

Aveiro Square – A work in progress

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 of paintings enjoy this type of subject. I hope I can add my own perspective to this moment. Which is one of the many reasons I paint!

It began with a trip to Aveiro, a small city that is known for their great weather, beautiful buildings and the canals. Dubbed as the “Venice of Portugal”, it is worth seeing. And now it’ll be one of my paintings. Throwing a bit of shade before light is important to establish my values.

Every artist has their own way of doing things, and I’m no exception. I’m trying to create a heartfelt, emotional moment that complements the memory I treasure in my life. And if I succeed at it, great! I’m not afraid to make mistakes, but at least become aware of them and try to fix it when you can. I’m enjoying the process more because I’m not rushing it like I used to. I’ve been at this for about a week now but I’m not keeping tract of time. As long as the result is good, then I’ll stop and call it finished. So stay tuned!

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