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Portugal Roundabouts

In Portugal, there are some unique things you take notice.  How the homes sparkle with hand-painted tiles, the abundance of lemon and orange trees, and the popularity of pastelerias, or bakeries in English.

But if you’re living in a small town such as Sao Joao Da Madeira, what is quite noticeable are the roundabouts.  Yes, the little circles that makes the cars go round and round.  There are more roundabouts in this town than any others in Portugal.  Because of the abundance of these man-made wonders, there are maybe one or two stoplights in the entire town.

My studio window faces one, and believe me it’s always action-packed.  There’s a poetry in motion of watching cars going around these circles.  Many cars don’t slow down.  They can’t go too fast though because of the pedestrian crosswalks.  Not by law, but by honor the drivers must stop whenever someone crosses the street.  It’s one of those things that just makes you go “I don’t ever see that in the USA”.

Which brings me to painting two different “Roundabouts” paintings.  Two different perspectives.  The centerpiece is the oval-size water fountain in the middle of the circle.  But I wanted to try different things with both works.  The sunlight on the streets, the shadows, the depths of the trees.  “12pm” was done a few days before “6pm”.  Rather than usually explaining, I would like for you to observe and see the difference and make your own conclusions with both paintings.  The only intentional plan I had in mind was to keep the brushstrokes simple in a complex composition.  I also saved the cars for last, as I wanted to add a little life to the roads.  If you ever get to Portugal, you’ll see what I mean.  What do you think?

 

Portugal Roundabout 6pm

Portugal Roundabout 12pm


 

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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