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'Western Serenity' oil on pastel paper 9x12


Glad you stuck around for the third installment of this series of experiments.  If this was “Return of the Jedi”, then you would think this was the very last time I’ll ever paint like this again.  Or is it?  I don’t know and neither do you, and that’s why life can get so interesting.  It’s always unexpected.

So without any delay, here’s my landscape painting that I created out of my head.  I’ve lived in the New Mexico desert for the past 5 years and feel like I can interpret my own version of this style of landscape.

What I see essential of what I want to put into it, such as mountains, water, huge fields to run around in, distance, foregrounds of flowers.   Touches of bright lights bring the painting to a new level.  This is everything I adore of a great landscape painting.  How I executed the painting itself, I only had one thing in mind.

Fewer strokes, more emotions.

That’s it.  To express yourself under these strict guidelines can alter your creativity in different ways.  It makes you get off of auto-pilot and your right brain will think of different solutions in achieving a certain goal or look for a painting.  I don’t even think it looks like a finished painting, doesn’t have to.

Fewer strokes.  More emotions.

If you set certain rules or restrictions prior in creating a painting, it helps you achieve things in a focused manner.  And being focused is a hard thing to do.  Especially in this ADHD world we live in.

So please experiment with your work.  There’s a lot you can do in a short amount of time and attention span.  Just show up and let your creativity take over, you’ll thank me.  More importantly, you’ll thank yourself.

Feel free to respond, it’s your free will.  If you like this post, show some love and pass it on.   – jl


'Pears in the Kitchen' oil on pastel paper 9x12


Last time we met, I discussed the core essence of my painting in two simple words (cause I love simplicity).  And that phrase was:

Humanly Intimate

Pretty cool phrase?  But maybe you expected more?  If I have to brand my blog or artwork, it would be “More for less”.  

My goal is to trim the fat and cut right into the essence of the blog, into the artwork.  

It’s part of my new outlook on everything in life, because life is so short as it is, and it’s time to create more time for ourselves by…trimming the fat.

So if you’re still with me, and I hope you are, let’s get down to this painting I posted above.  The pears were beautiful objects to paint and this experiment involved using a primary color palette (red, yellow, blue and white) and expressing more with less.  Fewer brushstrokes, more emotion.  It was done on a grayish pastel paper because I liked the paper color toned the whole painting down, and to put more focus on its complementary color: orange.  See the orange in the pears?  Without it, all the other colors would be lost.  There needs to be a dominant color whenever your painting.  It’s like the colors need a leader.  Bring that leader into your painting, and you won’t go wrong.  A simple tweak is all you need.  Masterpieces are irrelevant.  Showing up at your easel, you’re already halfway there.

Feel free to respond, it’s your free will.  If you like this post, show some love and pass it on.   – jl

Part 3 coming this week, stay tuned…

1.22.12: Painting experiment inside, part 1

'Cat Relapse' 9x12 oil on pastel paper


With just a few paints such as yellow, red, blue and white, I wanted to experiment on different surfaces.  There’s a cat I live with named “Reba”  Such a cute little brown/white cat.  This painting was intentionally created in an abstract because I felt like having more fun with the abstract element.  This will be a very short post because I want to create posts from now on that will be the essence or “core” of my painting.

My blog is now a creative journal.  It sounds more human and intimate, and I like that as much as the core values of my artwork.  Humanly intimate.

The verbal side of the right brain.  If that exists.  I do know for one thing.  You cannot BS your way to a good painting.  A good painting shows its raw emotion, use it to its full strength and don’t hold back.

Feel free to respond, it’s your free will.  If you like this post, show some love and pass it on.   – jl

Part 2 and 3 coming this week, stay tuned…