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Path to Sanctuary of Trees

Path-to-Sanctuary_of_TreesAfter spending an hour scraping my palette with a scraper, it was time to do something about that blank canvas pad. Maybe the act of scraping old paint to make for something new can shift the perspective of painting something new, but I believe something did happen. Some things are hard to put into words, but it’s a certain power that you tap inside that brings something amazing out. That’s how the “Path to Sanctuary of Trees” painting came about. I’ve been to this place before. The trees in Taiwan are old and there are unique little surprises lurking about in the area. A shrine seems like it can pop up in the least likely of places. Though the red mark looks like a balloon, I will let the viewer decide that. I made this picture to look as a whole. My confidence in the color mixing and using the knife at the end are growing more each time. It’s an exciting time for me, it feels like a rebirth.

Red Flames of My Heart

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Red Flames of my Heart
Oil on Panel
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Once in a while, you get up out of your bed and you’re thinking, “Ok, what should I make today?  Not sure.  Time to procrastinate and listen to some rock music on YouTube.  And the strange thing is, is that something comes over you and you decide to face your little easel with a little bit of courage and see what happens.  “Red Flames” is what came out of it.  Now sunsets are nothing new to me, but there are always challenges.  If you’re not careful, they will easily become just another mediocre painting.  But if you are using both your conscious and subconscious mind as a team, something interesting may come out of it.  I think hard about what to paint, what to do, but you have to turn off your mind and make room for the subconscious to take over too.  That’s where the love and passion come in.  To express what your rational mind cannot.  And you have to trust yourself completely, even if you’re unsure.  The most important thing is to trust the process.

I have started to use new colors, such as Napthol Red and Indian Yellow from Gamblin.  They were sent by my dad for the holidays, as I wanted to try out those colors and I have always loved those colors.  And the results were impressive, not just the technique, but the color of the sunset was exactly the way I wanted it.  Not just close or something else, but the exact shade, color, and feeling all worked at the same time.  The river is a constant source of inspiration and the composition was very simple, but the way to paint it to make it interesting and different than before is always the most challenging.  I can easily become bored of the subject and not afraid to repaint the whole thing.  Seems like when you get older, your standards for everything goes up.  Though my tastes may have matured, my passion has grown stronger.  My curiosity to explore and push the envelope has remained strong to this day, and that’s a good thing.  I believe an artist should always push his/her boundaries and risk failure or success.

There’s a thin line between failure and success.  The artist first decides it, then the public.  And if I’m fortunate enough, there’s someone who wants to own it.  It’s a win-win, because now you have spread your love, your art to other people and places in the world.  You have no idea whose flames you will lift higher.  That’s why I keep painting.

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I’m no liar, Creativity is the fire to go higher

"Acoma Church"  oil on board

"Acoma Church" oil on board


Creativity is the fire we must light our ass to get the results we want.  Do you want results?

But we have to get off our butt to get anything done.

Damn, that stinks to high heaven!  I’m going to try a different approach what creativity means to me.  I never did it this way before.  I’m a poet, always have been, maybe it will evolve into a new style of writing, who knows.  But here it goes:



What we reach in our soul

we take the best we want to control

but fear will be our master

if we allow hell into our hearts.

To the devil’s delight we lie face down

to the ground of discontent and brutality.

Here comes now the cinema show of ugly reality.

Who can look it in the face will determine

the fate of the human race.

Try if you must, try to escape

there’s none for the heartaches.

The only tonic that I know is to light

a match to overthrow

the evils of devil’s delight

that burn through your soul

night after night.

But now it’s your turn

to let that fire burn

to ignite the flame that’s

deep in your heart

to breathe some life into

a life without some spark.

And if you want to get to heaven

if that’s your desire

light that flame and go higher.


The point is to get off our asses and do something creative, and I mean anything…right now!  I was inspired to write this post from this article.  Create or perish!