- written by Joshua Lance, 11/3/2018
Taken from an older post never published on my current website
Welcome to my office!
I relocated back to Lambertville, NJ two months ago because of a few important factors. First, I wanted to reconnect with my old hometown that I lived in as a child. I am most familiar with this place than mosts. Even when I was in far-away lands I have always told people about this place. They must have thought that I was talking about Neverland. But I would never do that. In my eyes, it’s a small, magical town by a river. And when you walk across, you’re in New Hope, PA. It has so much charm and an ambiance that’s hard to find anywhere else. Now that doesn’t mean I enjoy Lambertville better than Santa Fe or even Taipei or Kyoto. Every place has its own special qualities and it’s different to live here rather than be a tourist. I got tired of traveling and wanted to settle down somewhere familiar. I knew people in this place that helped me, my family lives close by too.
One of my main purposes of being here was to rethink my art and business, to do different things and experiment. Also, to create a ton of art. I bought an authentic french easel that was made in Paris. I wanted something that will last more than a year, I hope I have it for the rest of my life. It’s that good! Now owning a gallery would be nice, but it’s quite unaffordable where I currently reside, so I did the next best thing. I created my own mobile gallery using a dolly. I put my easel, two baskets full of art, and a small bag on my back that I got from my painting trip to Ireland. Bungee cords keep it all together and I can roll this whole gallery to any location that is deemed acceptable. I also work six days a week, three in Lambertville and three in New Hope. If I have framed work, I place all on the dolly to create my own wall of art. I set the larger basket of plein-air art next to my easel, and a small basket with very small plein-air artwork from my travels. So I have about 20 works with me. If it rains or is too sunny, I can put up my black umbrella where I have my website on. I have a small wooden palette I clip to my easel to keep it sturdy too. It takes me around 10-15 minutes to set up and about the same to break it down. Far less than 1.5 hours for a canopy tent I used to do when I was doing many art fairs years ago. Plus I have my postcards and phone with me. Some locations have Wifi due to restaurants which help me use my phone and could show my website or sign up for my newsletter. Technology can be cool!
New Hope Red Canal Bridge!
Most important why I’m doing this is so I can not only paint a new inventory of local work to sell, I can also meet people and do business in person. You have to have thick skin and patience with yourself in public settings because there will be all kinds of people watching you, taking pics, getting up real close, making kind or strange comments. I take it all in stride with a sense of humor. The cool thing is when people say that they’ve seen your art on social media or painting outdoors before. In a small town I’m in, I’m learning how to develop a good reputation and it helps that most people I’ve met are quite friendly. Maybe it’s the magical aura of this little river town, who knows. But for now, it’s a good place to be. I’ve created nearly fifty paintings since I arrived in late-September. I could already see the progress I’m making, and it’s helping me take my skills to the next level. I’m not joking, it’s always good to improve and refine your craft. So I’m becoming a better artist and entrepreneur because I’m finally putting the time I need to, then it was worth coming back to Lambertville.