Yesterday, I drove across the Province of British Columbia. A trip literally from the shoreline of Georgia Straight to the Great Divide at the Alberta border, and then I continued to Calgary. It took 13+ hours for the journey including stops for fuel, road coffee and a bowl of chilli.

Darkness at the beginning and darkness at the end brought definition to full grey tones of a day filled with slush, compact snow and clouds of dirty road spray on the windshield. Only once did the sky open, allowing sunshine to touch the earth as a breathless whisper of light at the summit of Rogers Pass.

The moment seems so very paintable. But painting isn’t possible. There is nowhere to park: nowhere to open the paint box. Not enough time either.

The alternative is to stop to take a photo. A quick shot with my phone camera as I stand beside the car. “Click”, and at once the moment spoils: I get back into my car just as a large truck passes spraying a monsoon over everything.

The grandeur, simply the grandeur, makes the camera image: snow white brilliance with blue sky showcasing magnificence. Dazzling.
Don’t know if the mountain has a name. Certainly, the mountain won’t know my name. Simply a connection during a flash of sunshine.

Trees With Ideas

May 4, 2012

Trees with ideas.Trees that express themselves. They test the limits with trunks and branches and leaves: we can only guess at what happens underground. And sunlight becomes a partner as the day proceeds: bouncing light and splashing shadows over the ground.

Trees with ideas share loudly in the quiet of spaces. They love to surprise. And they touch me with teasing.

 

 

 

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

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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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.

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I’m soon travelling to Paris where I’m a Canadian delegate at an international art exhibition of paintings and sculpture: the prestigious Salon 2011 de la Societe Nationale des Beaux-Arts (SNBA).

“Antarctica Shoreline” is a juried selection by the SNBA to be displayed at the Carrousel du Louvre in Paris, France, from December 7th to December 11th. Needless to say I’m honoured to be a delegate and very pleased the SNBA jury chose a work from the Antarctica series.

 

Following the exhibition in Paris, I travel to Florence, Italy, with paintings for another international exhibition: “Symphony of Colors” from December 10th to 17th. This too feels an honour.

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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.

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