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A Woman of Sakura – Completed


~ A Woman of Sakura  8.75×11  oil on board
©Joshua Lance



Let’s see the process with minimal words here…



It all started with a trip to Kyoto, Japan…


Mixing the palette for the right color combinations


Filling in the hair and face set the stage for everything else.


Painting the kimono was a technicolor delight! One of my most colorful paintings ever.

‘Apple on Tea’

‘Apple on Tea’ oil on board, 6×6 $75

Back at the easel on Wednesday in Korea.  I bought this green apple last night, waiting to eat it for breakfast.  I promised myself to not eat it until I paint it.  That was the deal.  Paint or starve.  Ok, so I had to work for my food today, I accepted the challenge.  I also had this silver canister of green tea that I thought would be interesting to put in my painting I got in Kyoto, Japan last spring.  I had this rustic piece of wood I found near a construction site by my house.  There were many scraps and I wanted to find some panels to paint on.  It’s hard to find good supports to paint here in Korea.  So these scraps I picked up are the next best thing.  I sanded it and put gesso on it so the paint wouldn’t be absorbed by the wood.  I have always like the rough, rustic look of supports because it has some kind of authenticity and soul to them.  The support is like a backbone to a painting.  Like a drummer to a band.  It sets the tone and mindset to the work.  A strong support makes for strong art I believe.

I also painted vertically for the first time.  I saw this technique painting pools of paint upright by this artist named Tony Ryder while working in Santa Fe.  His technique fascinated me, says that when the palette is placed upright, you don’t have to bend over to look at the palette.  Your eye will be on par with the painting and will take less effort to observe and match colors.  It must have meant a lot to me, because I have remembered this tidbit for 4 years.  I enjoyed it very much,  and makes me feel more organized and here are the results.

My easel set up with painting in my studio.

Why retreating is good (& coming back strong is better)

'Taos Pueblo Dog'


Why is my website changing again?  And what was I doing the last few weeks?

a – did the “caveman” thing and retreated to my cave.

b – went senile and found myself…in a thriftshop.

c – quit the art life, now I’m a certified monk.

d- changed my last name to “Picasso” so I’ll finally get some recognition!


If you answered any of these, well then I must be pretty convincing, but no.  None of those things are right.  Though the Picasso idea did cross my mind, hmmmmmm…..

The last few weeks I was going through some major life changes.  There was a time where it was very difficult to do my art.  I “allowed” myself, perhaps for the first time in my life, to make art without expectation.  Expectation can be a dirty word, as you may set yourself up for failure.  Failure of what?  Being a lousy artist or fraud?  Some of those ideas popped in my head, and I made it pop out once I grabbed my graphite and started drawing.  Seems like art can wash away the grim and crap of the material world.

But other changes were not physically done, more of a mental questioning of my beliefs.  Why am I working a day job thatis making me miserable?  Why am I still in Albuquerque?  Why am I still doing art?  Should I do landscapes or portraits?  Or both?

 These are just a few of many, but they all seemed to bombard my mind at the same time.  That’s what made it so tough this month.  I’m grateful I sold a small painting, and even my old Mac that I wasn’t using anymore.  I have also been throwing out or donating stuff that I don’t use anymore.  Rather small things like some clothes or other junk in my home.  The present moment can be real difficult to be, I can understand why people always focus on the past or future instead.  It’s relief from the present pain.  But is it unhealthy to focus away or deal with it head on?

And last I redesigned my site to a “no-frills” theme.  It suits me just find, very simple and uncluttered.  No fancy logo or type.  Just what you see is what you get.  I love the warm white color, it helps humanize the feel of my site.  I love that my name and description are up there and quite a simple font.  The art and words are bigger than my name, that’s the point.  That’s the way it should be.  My landscapes and portraits are now separate pages.  I used a new plugin called “Extend Images” which blow up the image after clicked.  It’s a nice, cool surprise.  You can even move it anywhere in the site.  The presentation of my art has never looked better.  Especially this pueblo dog painting I recently did.  And yes, commissions are available!  Give me a shot at your pet, let me amaze you. 

I feel very proud
of this latest incarnation.  A timeless
website full of great art and writing.
That’s all I really want.  That’s
all I really have to offer.  Hope you
still follow me.  You can’t stop
evolution, and that’s where my life is now.