Painting outdoors is my favorite past time, especially when in good company. Fortunate to have painted the beautiful coastline of Leo Carillo State Beach. The most exhilarating aspect of painting en plein air for me, is constantly paint the changing light. It is a reflection of the beauty, fragility, of life in flux. Capturing that moment fills me with peace.
The rains have finally come to Southern California, bringing snow and causing panic amongst Angelino’s. I found my way up into the mountain region of Big Bear Lake Community where thousands have flocked to explore in the vast white. It’s the second time in my life I’ve had snow fall on my face, and even more exciting my first time painting it!
Happy 2019 Folks.
Main Street Arts Gallery, New York
So much happened in 2018, its only fitting to share my experience. After Hawaii I attended a month’s residency at Main Street Arts Gallery in New York. ‘Falling Water’ a 5ft. round canvas painting was born from that journey through the finger lakes region in NY.
I decided to go back to school to attain my teaching credentials and Masters of Education. I made this decision after realizing that I’ve been teaching Art for the last four years. I’ve already learned so much Fall semester and am eager to soak up the knowledge.
Feeling fortunate to have exhibited works with Chimmaya Art Gallery and El Comalito Collective.
My heart goes out to the surrounding communities of the Conejo Valley region for the loss of thirteen beautiful souls during the Borderline shootings as well as those who were affected by the Paradise, Woolsey and Hill Fires.
Holiday Break provided much needed painting time. Cheers to an incredible 2018!
During Fourth of July weekend I was fortunate enough to spend a week in Kona, Hawaii. This brief adventure was a great way to kick off the summer. I was able to squeeze in a few plein air water color studies before exploring the vast beauty of the island. The following images are a reminder that life is beautiful. Live it to its fullest!Read More
When spring hits the Southern California landscape, the hills dance with speckled lights of green. There is no doubt you can find me painting at this park several days out of the year. It is quiet, serene, and exceptionally beautiful. Below is a poem I wrote dedicated to the local area of the Santa Monica Mountains Recreational Park called Rancho Sierra Vista. Enjoy!
- Satwiwa -
Pastures of Green fill me to the brim, squeeze my soul til its last drop of freedom.
Pour me a cup of love and more for I cannot contain this feeling.
Those eyes, reflect a green lit meadow waiting to be tasted, waiting to be touched , waiting to roll down the mountains of love.
Potrero those eyes seep tears of joy, thy skin sediment rich, pollinating my mind yearning to be trodden explored and adored. - JOHN GALAN
Interested in seeing more? My Instagram account @JohnGalanArt displays over 400 works of Art. Please follow for up to date stories during everyday life.Read More
Australia is expansive, colorful, and filled with endless inspiration. On July 1, 2017 I arrived "down under" for an incredible artist residency in the Blue Mountains region near Sydney. BigCi (Bilpin International Grounds for Creative Initiatives) hosted myself and four other International artist for one month of inspiration and art making. As an avid camper, I had begun to lose touch with the wilderness, and the Australian wilderness brought that passion back to me. Surrounded by endless landscape and wild bush I lived for one month amongst a forest of Eucalyptus trees. The air smelled sweet and clean, the sunsets equivalent to Southern California's, and the frogs were an orchestral lullaby to put you to sleep. At dawn countless songbirds awoke the sun. Director Yuri Bolotin took me on most amazing unmarked trail walks through the Australian bush and from then on knew I wanted to create art about conservation and preservation. I spent the next month creating a large painting devoted to the experience and preservation of the Australian bush...