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Communicating with sincerity builds strong relationships

"Forcefield" by John Andro AvendañoFiguring out how to talk with people, and making friends begins in childhood. When you’re a little kid you’re looking for friends. It might feel like you don’t have enough friends, or maybe you don’t have any friends. And you start to wonder about it. Why do some people have a lot of friends, and some don’t have any? Without knowing it, the people who have a lot of friends have stumbled upon the fact that if you start being interested in other people and start sharing with them, you’ll make people feel better. I’m talking about being sincere, looking them in the eyes, and listening to their stories. Someone is listening to them, showing an interest, commenting on the positive things they have going for them. Everyone wants to hear, “Hey, that’s a pretty good thing you can do.” Especially when you’re young and it’s true. All of this has to come from a sincere place; it can’t be faked. When you get to a place where you’re sincere with people, you become naturally motivational. You become a magnet for like-minded kind people. It’s all about giving back and helping people in a way where you don’t expect anything in return. One of the best things to do is help someone who isn’t in a position of helping you. And all this applies to making and selling art. When you approach a gallery, talk about what you can do for them, not the other way around. You want to offer something, and it will lead to them having the right, proper motivation to help. When you want to help a gallery owner or collector, with sincerity, you’ll get tenfold back. I see this as a universal law that can’t go wrong.

Art is a search for your inner truth and a fight against inner lies

"Imagining" by John Andro AvendañoI find in my searches it comes down to believing or not believing what other people are telling you. Too many people believe lies, or are living lives based on lies, and it might not have even started maliciously. For instance, our parents believed certain things. Due to either how they were raised, or circumstance they grew up with. My dad and I used to go scuba diving in Palos Verdes, and as we drove home past all the large mansions, he’d ask me, “Isn’t that a beautiful home?” I’d say, “It sure is.” Then he would tell me, “There’s a criminal living in that big house. He’s stealing all the money that the rest of us have to work hard to get.” Over time, I figured out that was a lie. And I had to find a way to overcome that lie. Lies like that are passed along, in families, and in society, every day. Someone’s out to get you. You’re not good enough, you don’t look this way, you don’t sound this way, you’re too large, too thin, too old, too young. All of these daily judgments are lies. What do you do when someone you know is a liar and they tell you something? It doesn’t bother you, since you don’t believe anything they say. But, growing up, you believe people who love you and so you’ll just believe certain things. And they believed lies they were told, and they think they are helping you. So, in order to accomplish your dreams, you have to stop believing lies telling you that you aren’t good enough, and you can’t do it. Start listening to yourself instead. Which sounds easy, until you realize it also involves un-conditioning your mind and to stop believing all the lies you grew up with and accepted. You have to discover within, which are your own lies and truths. Everyone has to figure out what is real and what is false. I’m not saying this is anything new. I’m just saying, as an artist, it’s something I had to discover on my own through search. And that’s why searching and looking and being curious leads you to places where you’ll find answers that you can apply to your life, and to make art that comes from deep inside yourself. This is what worked for me.

In the studo today


ART Santa Fe

All set up at ART Santa Fe, 2016.



ART! Vancouver

Ready to meet the public at ART! Vancouver, 2015



Richard Dawkins

I am very comfortable with the idea that we can override biology with free will. ~Richard Dawkins

Vincent van Gogh

Whoever lives sincerely and encounters much trouble and disappointment without being bowed down is worth more than one who has always sailed before the wind and has only known prosperity. -Vincent van Gogh

Christopher Morley

There is only one success–to be able to spend your life in your own way.
Christopher Morley


First, have a definite, clear practical ideal; a goal, an objective. Second, have the necessary means to achieve your ends; wisdom, money, materials, and methods. Third, adjust all your means to that end. –Aristotle


Finally made it. Just waiting on FedEx to deliver my painting gear then off to work.

Aix en Provence

"Gentle Breeze" by John Andro Avendaño
OK guys, I’m of to Aix en Provence. To work…nothing but glorious work. Painting, drawing, studying.
You might say, I’m going to visit my second father of my latter years, Paul Cezanne. Ill be back in a month. Follow me on Facebook for updates and sign up with your email to be notified about upcoming exhibitions. Cheers, John Andro Avendano

“Cover the canvas at the first go, then work at it until you see nothing more to add. ”
– Camille Pissarro

Cleaning my pallet day


You know, cleaning this (considering I made this palette around 1983)…removing the layers of old paint, I can just make out the colors I used at that time. It was a pivotal time for me.