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?


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

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The Year On The Coin

May 21, 2012

The date on the coin I’m holding is 1981.

So. .  . what was I doing in 1981?

Here’s the game: look at the date on a coin and ask yourself what you were doing that year. Something, or even a list of things, will reach out from your memory. And sometimes you have an idea you were doing something but you aren’t entirely sure it was exactly during the year on the coin. This too may lead you into another adventure.

Try it. Look at the date on a coin and ask yourself what you were doing that year. Your memory is like a diary and random coin dates from a pocket full of change will trigger much more that you might expect. (Personally, I’ve been able to remember things in response to coin dates back to as early as age three. How about you?)

Then there’s the unknown: those dates prior to your time on this earth. What might you have been doing then? Just let the imagination wonder a little and don’t worry as it is all meant to be fun. An alternative might be to ask yourself about sports and politics during those prior years.

One thing I do know is memories generally fascinate us: we try to remember things all the time.

My clients often bring memories to be painted: people and places that mean so much to them. Maybe a date on a coin will trigger something like this for you.


Jim Pescott is an international contemporary artist who lives and creates in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. To contact Jim directly about his paintings, or about a project you think about, please phone 403-870-0791 or email Jim at paintwithdots@shaw.ca Jim Facebook page is http://facebook.Jimpescottpaintingsindots Visit his website at http://www.jimpescott.com  

Old Cookie Jar

February 21, 2012

“I have this picture of a boy and his dog I really like. Can you paint it on an old clay cookie jar?”

While I wasn’t sure what my approach would be, I knew immediately I was excited about the project.

First, the opportunity to paint a boy and his dog felt so personal: I’ve been this “boy and his dog” many, many times in my life. And as I looked at the picture I remembered the soft looks of all those dogs who shared their lives with me.

Then, there was the old cookie jar. It was made by Medalta, an Alberta pottery maker located in what is now the Historic Clay District in Medicine Hat. Back in the 1940’s my grandfather worked at Medalta: who knows, maybe he handled this very jar. And as I held the old cookie jar, it seemed I could hear his voice.

There were many departures in my creative process as I painted the image on the clay surface. The experience held many blessings for this Calgary artist.



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

Raw Human Communication

January 26, 2012

Finding balance in life this week, for this Calgary artist, involves painting in my studio and seeking pathways of solution with my desktop. What I definitely know is computers are not empathetic. Not sure they are even kind. Painting is so much the opposite.

Over the years I’ve painted uncountable dots on what seems acres of canvas space and everything is always happy. My desktop has 3TB of space and declines to save an edited photo image of a painting because there is not enough space “on the card”. What?

So, the image of the painting with this blog is virtually uneditied. Actually it is a photo from my BlackBerry, not my Canon EOS 50D, that I emailed to myself hoping it would be useable without editing. Well, reasonably so.

Painting has no edit tools and no “are you sure you want to” messages. Mostly, painting is raw human communication.



Trees Downtown

November 6, 2011

“Trees Downtown” is where trees, amidst the energies of concrete, vehicles, and people, ask for their lives to be witnessed. Evergreens huddle close to big walls: deciduous occupy solitary space like lamp posts.

Trees share selflessly and listening brings much to know while understanding may perhaps be another painting. Always, this depends on what the canvas seeks as I’m simply the messenger.


A “Walk In The Sunshine” is always a cure if you are feeling blue. I remember this painting pushing me as I listened and responded to its diretion as though it wanted to get things done and move out into the sunshine. By pushing, I mean the canvas is energy filled and directs what it wants virorously: yes, some paintings are more relaxed in the creatiion process. This painting brings joyful sunlight if you have a place that feels blue. Perfect addition to your collection.

Reading Italian

May 13, 2011

I’ve been in Ferrara, Italy, for over a week (also managed a day in Florence). The primary reason for being here has been to follow my paintings to the successful “Here Now” exhibition that ends today. Then again, any reason to be in Italy is a good reason.

Otherwise, I’ve been walking the city streets: buildings, people and art and everywhere I see something to paint. I’ve also been absorbing the Italian language but as I’m mostly a visual person, a painter, the written word holds better with me (at least for now). Today I met up with some sculpture that allowed me to read over a shoulder. Much fun. Ciao!

Downtown streets are busy places: people with agendas, people with destinations and energies that seem to absorb everything. I watch a man walking across the street. He was jaywalking and seemed simply intent on getting somewhere. The day was warm and he was carrying his suit jacket. Just as he’d appeared from the sidewalk across the way he melted into the scene on the other side when he reached the curb.


October 6, 2010

I was in Boston a week ago and must have been enjoying this as I missed my flight home. Found another flight to Phoenix, Arizona where I managed to spend a whole 39 minutes before boarding a flight to Calgary.

Apparently the temperature was 100 Fahrenheit in Phoenix when the plane landed but I was never outside to confirm this. This is not how I like to experience new places as my feet always need to touch the soil. In Phoenix my feet touched only the airport floor.

In Boston I connected well as I did with Arkansas earlier this year. Back in April I was in New York City for five days where I walked and walked: while the city holds so much, Central Park will always be with me. 

Recently I painted “Alone” (36″x36″) from memories I have of walking in Central Park. It is the fourth canvas I’ve painted from this experience and I very much feel there will be more. For all the people living in New York City, I found being alone is possible in Central Park even with the buildings of Park Avenue watching. How we are alone seems a personal thing.

A family asked if I would paint them as they walked along a favourite place they have on the shores of Prince Edward Island. Yes! Of course! No question!

And so I did:):):)

This moment, in a family’s life, may now be savoured  for generations to come in a much different way than buried images in a photograph album or in a digital archive. It is simply an everyday moment for this family as they return to this place often. Everyday moments matter so much. And for me it is an intimate moment as I seek out a tactile intimacy in a canvas: intimacy dwells   significantly for me in this 16″x20″ painting.

A request like this shakes my focus to bring new meditations and take my palate to new places. Moments that influence me more than anything.