Trees Always Catch The Moment

February 28, 2013

Trees wait quietly all night for the show. And seldom are they disappointed as each morning new sunlight brings colours for the clouds to wear as spectacular fashion.

It begins with a whisper of light spreading loudly over the sky while the sun lifts from the horizon and the clouds swarm through the colours. And then it all fades away.

You miss it if you sleep late but the trees always catch the moment.
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Considered a pointillism master, Jim Pescott paints landscapes of Alberta real estate (and other places). In Jim’s own words, “I paint the land because it touches everyone.” Visit his website http://www.jimpescott.com To contact Jim about a painting or a project call 403-870-0591 or email him at info@jimpescott.com

Standing Ajar

January 9, 2013

Glimmers melt softly into the darkness: each morning holds breathless possibilities.

Then a slight stain appears as a drop of red in a barrel of water would be.

A visual whisper.

From this, sunrise fuels the day with reflections on the possibilities of our heart.

Emily Dickinson may have been sensing a sunrise when she wrote, “The soul should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic experience”.

A magnificent sunrise begins slowly. A radiant process defined by nothing seen before and welcomed as an old friend. And we watch as our souls stand ajar amidst the possibilities.
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A landscape painter, considered a pointillism master, Jim creates in Calgary, Alberta. For more, see his facebook page http://www.jimpescott.com/JimPescottPaintingsinDots

Paris On the Horizon

November 25, 2012

Paris, France, is now on my horizon.

My painting was shipped to Paris today and will arrive early next week. A few days from now I will follow. Our destination in Paris is the Salon 2012 held by the historic Societe Nationale des Beaux-arts in Le Carrousel du Louvre, December 13 to 16, 2012.

Did this last year too. I participated in Salon 2011 with a painting of a glacier shoreline location in Antarctica: the colours were blues and white. The painting was selected through the SNBA jury process.

This year, the SNBA jury selected a canvas predominantly in reds with whites and a splash of green. Very excited for this to be in Paris at Salon 2012: in creation, the image sourced from a place I’ve been but haven’t seen. Want to guess the title from the photo?

A good friend, artist Denise Buisman Pilger, in Montreal, filmed a super video of Salon 2011: includes great views outside the Louvre building, the Pyramid, the Carrousel du Louve and an excellent tour along some of the aisles in the exhibition hall. My painting makes an appearance in the video too. See if you can spot it “http://img.youtube.com/vi/odDmItwpw7Q/default.jpg” alt=””>

Paris in December is windy, damp and chilly. This didn’t hamper my spirits at Salon 2011 and I know my spirits will be running warm and high for Salon 2012. Just pack for the weather and enjoy every minute.

Watch for updates from Paris and Salon 2012!

Blue Coffee

November 14, 2012

Blue coffee tastes much like regular coffee. The same for red coffee. Yellow too.

I’ve tried them all and, while colours haven’t caught on with boutique coffee haunts, I wonder if someday the experience will be available to everyone. If so, the colours will hopefully have a source other than acrylic paint from tubes as my coffee spectrum involves.

Coffee is my companion in the studio: not sure of its role in the creative process but it seems to have opinions. Acrylic paint is water soluble and in this there no preference on water source. If the mug is too close to the palate, a paint brush inevitably will be swished in caffeine for cleaning rather than the clear water close by.

Creativity moves my thoughts to places unknown and a clean brush, when you need one, is a clean brush. The solution is to cover the mug.

Imbibing rainbow coffee happens often at a cafe I enjoy. People go to cafes for lunch: I go to this cafe to paint, make new friends, and joy the coffee as I’ve done for many years.

The small round cafe table means a paintbox is essential for supplies and as an easel. All this in a confined space seems so unavoidably aligned for coffee colouring. A go-cup with a lid is essential.

Given the options available, my favourite coffee is black.

Busy Energy

August 12, 2012

A busy street?

Do you feel “busy” in this scene? Well, maybe not so much as the space seems rather tranquil by urban standards: a solitary taxi is waiting for a traffic signal to change. Bicyclists are waiting too. It is a Sunday morning perhaps with an opportunity to read a newspaper with a coffee in a cafe around the corner.

In suggesting “busy”  my reference is more about energies to explore. It isn’t simply crossing the street as a taxi waits: I watch how the street moves toward me as the buildings endure what has transpired for decades. I touch the trees to connect with life that compels growth from the concrete. I wonder what the windows have seen.  There are very busy energies here and the canvas will want a story told. I sense what this will be but I’m open and will listen with my heart.

We are each different in how we see and how we connect with things. Another artist will approach this location in a different way. It is so cool how this happens.

To be the artist of this scene, what would your focus be?

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Jim Pescott is a contemporary artist who lives and creates in Calgary, Alberta, Canada: his work exhibits internationally.

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Colours For Tree Trunks

March 23, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

Painting often involves pushing into something without fully knowing why. Blind response perhaps.  Thoughts from somewhere, being prone to listening in a given moment and things transpire.

While painting tree trunks, the colour red connected with me. Not any red: a really bright red. I wasn’t sure but I listened and things evolved.

Is there a colour you would paint the tree trunks? I’m interested. There is no right or wrong answer. Something will suggest itself and it is about allowing this to have expression. What colour would you paint the tree trunks if you were painting them?

Would you paint them the colour that reaches out to you? Would you paint them that colour knowing that others would see?

Hoping you will.

Image Junkie !!!

February 16, 2012

I’m basically an image junkie!

I paint on canvas, I take photographs: there’s always, always an image meditation in my thoughts.

The sunrise photo with this blog post was a quick shot taken with my BlackBerry camera a couple mornings ago. And now the photo is saved with a few thousand other images on my mobile phone. Actually the satisfaction is in getting the photo: I might t see the image again except this time I sought it out to share with you.

This is a lot like what happens when I paint from in my thoughts except I don’t go back looking for the photo in my archives for a reference. I simply source an impression of something in my thoughts and the rest happens from there. When the memory impression fades away the meditation of the painting is finished.  

If this Calgary artist were to paint such a sunrise image for you, the impression on the canvas would be from my thoughts and the echoes of the sunrise would be felt vibrantly.

What images tempt you?

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Jim Pescott is an international contemporary artist who lives and works in Calgary, Alberta. Jim paints with dotsI a contemporary pointillist style. To contact Jim directly about his paintings, or about a commision project you have in mind, please phone 403-870-0591, or email him at paintwithdots@shaw.ca. His website is at http://www.jimpescott.com

Something very cool happened back in December when my paintings were in Florence for the “Symphony of Color” exhibition.

First, the VF Agenda section of Vanity Fair magazine, the Italian issue, listed the “Symphony of Colour” exhibition in Florence as one of the top things to do in Italy during September. The organizers of “Symphony of Color” were not aware VF Agenda was listing the exhibition until the mention appeared in the Vanity Fair issue.

Then, the other very cool something that happened is VF Agenda used an image of my painting “Red Trunks” to illustrate their mention of “Symphony of Color”. At the time, this Calgary Artist was in Paris, France, attending the Salon 2011 for the Societe Nationale des Beaux-arts at the Carrosel du Louvre when I learned VF Agenda had used “Red Trunks”. The message I received was through a through a Facebook message that shared the image from the magazine. This is the same image you see with this post so the quality could be better but currently it is the only copy I have.

Arguably, “Red Trunks” was one of the most recognized paintings in Italy last December.

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Jim Pescott is an international contemporary artist, living and working in Calgary, Alberta. He has participated in exhibitions in Italy, France, Spain, USA and Canada including Paris, Florence, Cannes, Barcelona, Ferrara, Montreal and New York City. For information on paintings, Jim may be contacted at 403-870-0591 as well as by email at paintwithdots@shaw.ca

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Just A Few Hours Ago

February 2, 2012

Finally home after travelling in January. Spent some time in New York City with my paintings at an international exhibition in Chelsea. The paintings found a new home as this Calgary artist met lots of people and connected with a gallery in Soho. I walked everywhere and must say that no one walks against signal lights like Manhattan pedestrians who simply go with the flow.

The trip home to Calgary was a long flight. And I arrived back in the early morning to sit in my studio to witness a breathtaking sunrise. It seemed impossible to believe I’d been on the Avenue of the Americas just a few hours ago.

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“Poppy Pageant”

August 20, 2011

The wonder of summer is colour: especially the marvelous colours of both wild and gardened flowers. When I was in Italy recently there were wild poppies blushing the landscape everywhere and I rather suspect this is so for much of Europe: I have the image of Monet’s “Wild Poppies, Near Argenteuil” in mind as I suggest this.

“Poppy Pageant” is a canvas large enough for poppies to seem life size. These are garden poppies that bloom ardently. Do you bond with poppies each summer and feel a sense of loss as they fade? Your passion for poppies will bloom year round with “Poppy Pageant” in your collection.

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