If Not, That’s Cool . . .

November 12, 2012

Many weeks have passed since my last blog post. I’m back to sharing again.

There are reasons for this: none of which involve me being overworked or far, too far, from a keyboard. Simply, I needed to think about the whole experience with blogs.

I realize now that technical issues took the fun out of things.

Not sure where my head was but, in trying to make the blogging experience more effective, I asked some experts for help. While their intentions were very sincere, what I got was a list of “must always do things”, as well “you will never do this” instructions as the quest to be #1 on Google slowly drained all creativity from my being.

Somehow professional help left me out of the equation. It all felt so contrived and my blogging came to a grinding halt. I lost inspiration amidst an experience lamely mired in technical need lists.

Rather than write from my heart, I focused on finding links to hyper. And then, I must have words that are key and very, very searchable. Where’s the art in this. Did Shakespeare have such confinement?

Here’s the thing. I’m an artist, a landscape painter, and I love flowing with each moment into the unknown. Give me colours, a canvas, a brush, and blessings happen: there are no hidden links in the image nor are there “key” colours for scanners somewhere to find in a search. I have endless conversations with a canvas and we literally party.

Examples of my conversations with canvas are on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/JimPescottPaintingsinDots

More information and examples, especially if you don’t have Facebook, are on my website http://www.jimpescott.com

It has taken a while and happily, I’m here to blog again. I will blog as I paint: from my heart, just as I do in conversation. If a search scanner somewhere happens to find something, bonus. If not, cool, I’ve released thoughts to the air currents.

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Love Affair

March 27, 2012

 “You have a love affair with aspens.”

I heard the words and immediately felt so guilty. I’d not ever thought about aspens as an object of love but I knew it was true.

Right now, in my studio, I’m painting a group of seven canvases that include a total of seventy-five aspen trees around the theme “In A Yellow Wood”. Proof enough. Who would do this if they didn’t love aspens?

Aspens are so interesting. Each aspen is an individual: it looks nothing like its neighbour aspen as a douglas fir would. Every aspen is its own shape and this, together with the scars it displays, relates the individual life it lives. How like people this seems.  Perhaps each aspen I paint is a portrait.

What is the tree that you love?

The aspens in this painting are on a hillside that slopes toward an escarpment. They endure a nearby roadway, certainly gravity and people who brush against them. Of course the raw elements of various weather systems throughout the year are a significant endurance as well. This group of aspens seems much like a family as they reach to each other and touch.