Welcome to my first virtual online art exhibition highlighting some of my best paintings on my Italian painting trip in July/August 2017. I traveled to Naples and the Amalfi coast where I brought my easel and painted outdoors among the Italian vistas and colors of the landscape. There’s a post below the images explaining further in detail of my trip. I hope you enjoy this exhibition!
First travel stop in Italy…Camelot?
Welcome to my Little Italy! Ah, Italy…a haven for artists. Your senses will travel to another time and place.
If you were wondering where I was hanging or painting, if you remember last time I posted, I was about to leave my confines of Colorado to Italy for 3 weeks before going to Portugal. It was one big crazy trip just getting to Italy! And that was just through the airports trying to get all my luggage on board. And what’s the deal with airlines hitting you with charges for extra weight? Pretty soon, they’ll be charging for being too heavy as a person, and possibly oxygen. This is one of the burdens of being a travel painter.
But I digress. The point is that everything feels like a burden at the airport until you get to your destination. And once I got to Naples, I started to unwind. My first stop was a cool large house called ‘Camelot’. I was there just for a few days but I had an awesome room of my own with a view. And I came up with a painting too. ‘Scafati Hills’ was painted from my balcony at my first stop, Scafati.
‘Pompei Arch’, from my second visit
In the old ruins of Pompei
Next up, two weeks at a local hostel in Sant’Agnello, a small town on the Amalfi coast close to Sorrento. It was a nice hostel, I had a nice bed on the bottom bunk and somehow I still had my privacy. Especially when I painted in the morning and came back to my room in the afternoon. No one was there, I was in heaven! It’s all about using your energy the right way. People came and went as quickly as I was producing art. I walked everywhere, from here to Sorrento which I liked very much. Gelato, beach and art. Really, what more do you need? This time was when I was quite productive.
Power of Pochade
Vacation was an afterthought, more like “a business with hints of pleasure” mindset. I know people who would live it up with partying, food and going to 10 places a day, but let me tell you. That would exhaust the crapola out of me. In my mind, one painting, and one place to visit per day was quite enough. I like to keep my goals simple otherwise I am prone to get exhausted quickly if I’m not careful. It’s a marathon, not a race. I kept the setup simple. My pochade box for smaller works, and my easel for larger ones, especially in Positano where I also had my works for sale too. I turned my easel into an outdoor workstation and art gallery.
Painting in Positano
Ah Positano, one of the main reasons I made this trip here. I wanted to paint and sell art like the famous Positano painters I’ve heard so much about. A full set up with my easel, I lugged my easel and supplies on crowded buses to finally set up at the beach. There were some onlookers and talked to a few people. I advertised my small paintings in a basket and put up my prices on them. And they were in plastic. Much of the work in the baskets were of this trip and some other landscapes mixed in from Asia. Luckily, no one told me I needed a permit or I was intruding somewhere. At some points during my painting there, it was hard to not be enchanted by the beautiful women and landscapes all in one.
My set up in Positano
Why didn’t I paint 4 or 5 per day? Energy management. I want to put all my energy into 1 painting rather than spread it thinly over many. And I wanted to paint quality works, not a bunch per day. That’s just how I am and how I work.
Pompei was especially awesom. That was quite amazing to be there. You can feel the history under the cobblestone earth. And I did two paintings there.
Painting in ancient Pompei Ampitheatre where Pink Floyd played years ago.
My final destination for the trip was in Praiano, a small town near Positano on the Amalfi Coast. It was a lot less touristy than Positano, thank God for that. I stayed mostly in town for six nights, just walking around on the long and winding roads on the Amalfi cliffs was my main transportation. I got to hang at the beaches there and ate some of the best ravioli I ever had. Lemons are the big fruit there, so they put lemons in everything, including the sauces.
One of my main highlights was painting at a local 16th century church called San Gerreno. This is a place worth the burden of any travel. I felt this could be my great big painting there. I started it there, and brought it to Portugal (while it was still wet) and finished a few days ago. Sometimes you can’t finish it all in one shot, some paintings require more time than others. And the results were worth it.
San Gennero Church 11×14 oil
So What’s Next?
So these were the highlights of my trips, documented by the paintings I created. But you’re in luck, because I will have my very first online exhibition of “My Little Italy” with all the paintings from this year’s Italian trip, plus several from last year’s trip to Florence/Rome that I have reworked as well. You can see all of them on www.joshualance.com on September 4 – November 1. They will all be available for purchase.
In the meantime, I will have a special viewing on September 3 for my fans who subscribed to my newsletter. They will have an opportunity to see and purchase one of my Italian paintings for their own collection. I will send out a newsletter in the next few days to explain, so here’s the link to sign up. I arrived in Sao Joao da Madiera, Portugal last week and spent most of my time reworking my Italian paintings now you know what I’ll be talking about next time.
Thank you for your time and see you soon!
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