Tag - landscape

Alligator Mountains

Asia 2012-2016

From the urban setting of my rooftops, comes a tale about find solace in the distance. I am surrounded my the urban landscape, but in the distance lies tranquility. Green mountains and a river bathed in a grey sky very common here in Taipei. I call it Alligator Mountains only because that’s the first name that came to mind when I looked at the mountains. They are various greens and it reminded me of the beast that is nature herself.…

My featured guest spot on “Artsy Shark”

Asia 2012-2016

This article was inspired by a conversation with Carolyn Edlund of the very cool blog Artsy Shark .   It started out as a normal conversation on Facebook as I was asking questions.  She somehow was impressed with what I said and decided to write a blog post about it.  And I’m very pleased how it turned out.  There were many comments.  To date, I’ve had responses about artists visiting places like Italy, Australia, India.  Personally, I’m headed to Taiwan for a…

1.28.12: PAINTING EXPERIMENT INSIDE, PART 3

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  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…

Step One: The mural sketch

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This is my first sketch that I physically put down on paper.  All there was before wee ideas in my head.  Putting it down visually certainly helped a lot. I thought about doing a horse’s eye, but with a New Mexico landscape in the center and an Arizona landscape outside the pupil.  I also want to use desert sand from Arizona and New Mexico in the painting.  The mural’s theme from “The Road Not Taken” is based on deciding which road…

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

Asia 2012-2016, North America 2008-2012

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…

The Girls, Inc show art show review

North America 2008-2012

Last weekend was the Girls, Inc show in the Santa Fe Plaza.  It’s a great organization to help empower young girls as productive, intelligent people who can make positive contributions in our society. Last year was my most successful show, and it wasn’t until an artist who came by my booth at the local farmer’s market and asked me to share a booth, I probably wouldn’t have done the show this year.  The booth fee was a bit pricey for…

New “Santuario Revisited” print now available

North America 2008-2012

Hello my fellow art lovers, travelers and everyone who loves life and the art of life along with it.  Today I bring you my new print “Santuario Revisited”, made from my original print in my gallery.  The image is of a holy church in Chimayo, NM where people migrate from everywhere for its healing powers.   I have made about 7 different prints and have sold a few at my art shows.  It’s a great affordable option if you want…

Rio Grande Red Trees

North America 2008-2012

Here’s a new painting I completed on location recently on the Rio Grande River in Albuquerque, NM.  Beyond the bare red trees lies the Sandia Mountains.  In front is some abundant wildlife and an entire world worth discovering that mysterious and beautiful.

Perfection is an illusion after all

North America 2008-2012

I recently completed this little portrait for my girlfriend’s 14-year old niece, Noel.  I wanted to give her a special birthday present, and I always think the best present to give someone is what you make from your heart and soul.  I truly believe that.  Plus, Noel actually wanted a portrait of herself painted.  So in a short afternoon, I painted this oil painting from a photo from a cellphone camera.  Mind you, it wasn’t easy, so I had to…

Let your left brain be your guide, not your master!

North America 2008-2012

‘Rio Grande Island’ 12″ x 12″  Oil on plywood I painted this on location at the Rio Grande river in ABQ, NM. It was a warm sunny day, where I packed my french easel and limited palette paints. I like to use a limited palette because for one, it’s a lot less hectic than using a dozen. This painting shows these results, and I’m satisfied with it because of its color and brushstrokes. But I have always been consistent in…