It might just be true that there is nothing more soothing and tranquil than to sit next to a high mountain stream on a warm summer day, to become one with the rhythm of nature. There is a sensory renewal, a transfer of energy that takes place within me and I find that for those peaceful moments an abundance of fullness that reminds me that Anything is Possible. The human consciousness is likened to a mountain stream. It ebbs and flows through the seasons of life and it has the uncanny ability to re-generate from a quiet frozen drip to a powerful moving torrent, this is the absolute law of the universe.
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Posted by Michael Scott on June 5, 2011
A near perfect June morning rises from the east and the sounds of the forest are alive and happy. The absence of wind is welcome and in the stillness, the smoke from wildfires two states away has settled in, throwing hues of magenta into the atmosphere. The warmth of the early summer sun is laced softly on the left side of my face and body and I sit quietly in my favorite chair, sipping coffee and soaking up the peacefulness of the moment. This is how I’d prefer to start every day.
For most of us, life becomes so busy and cluttered with responsibilities and worry and noise that we forget to make the time to find peace in the beauty of a moment like this. How different would life be if each and every day we made it a priority to free our minds of the clutter, if even for just a few minutes yielding to the simple side of living, no matter where we are?
Tammy and I have accumulated a great deal of video footage over the course of the last few years while visiting my parents on the island of Oahu in Hawaii. After each visit, we unpack the bags and download the footage into the abyss of the digital archives, and we get busy again with our lives in Colorado. This past week, I finally made the time to pull together some of my favorite images and set them to music for a video Birthday card for my Dad. I was so inspired by the power of that video, that I took another step and put together this five minute video for myself and anyone else who takes the time to watch it. It is for me, a quick meditative escape to simplicity, peace and beauty and I hope it is for you as well.
Posted by Michael Scott on June 1, 2011
Over the course of the past few years, I have often seached for a label for the genre, the subject and the motivation that is in my art and in my Heart. Being relatively new to painting and having such a powerful desire to express myself through art, the experimental stage of my growth has seen me attempting abstract and surreal, portrait and landscape amongst other hybrids of the four. This winter the wings of good fortune lifted me up and I was allowed more time to devote to painting than I have ever had before, and I chose to paint a series of twelve full moon winter landscapes, each one with some element of adventure from my past, my fondest memories.
I’ve painted these types of paintings in the past. Moonlight, Log Cabins, Skiers and even guys fetching water from the stream, and then I went off and tried other subjects, sometimes with success and sometimes with nothing more than a thick textured layer to sand and gesso over so I could try again. The whole process of discovery has been enlightening, but a greater sense of satisfaction comes from fact that I seem to have found my identity as a Romanticist.
I’ve always admired the great moonlight seascape artists. In February, Tammy and I made our way to Oahu, our annual visit with my parents who live in Hawaii Kai. No trip to Hawaii is complete for me without seeing the original brush strokes of a group of painters that I’ve come to admire and respect. Names like Casay, Wyland and Tabora come to mind when I think of art that truly captures the feeling and essence of a Hawaiian sunset, moonscape or seascape. These artist all have a quality that I embrace.
One afternoon, we found ourselves in the Tabora Gallery in Waikiki(taboragalley.com) and it was there that I realized that I am a romanticist. On his website, Tabora says about his work, “I romanticize, The scenes I portray are memories I have imagined…memories of when the footprints of men were not so prolific and deep. Nature alone is the subject of my work. Its allure is exquisitely pure. That’s what I wish to convey. I see Hawaii’s land and sea the essence of beauty itself. It reaches to me with a richness of emotion that I simply must express.” .
Like Tabora, I romanticize some about the nature of the ocean. But it is the richness of emotion that the adventure of the mountains evoke that I feel compelled to express. So as I progress, you will not find me painting portraits, abstracts, surrealism or realism. I am a romanticist and under that label you will find my work.
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Posted by Michael Scott on May 27, 2011
Memorial Day Weekend is upon us and in less than a month the days will begin to get shorter (bite my tongue). It seems contrary to logic that here at 10,000 feet in the mountains of Southern Colorado Spring has barely sprung and that when summer finally arrives, it will stay for 8 or 10 glorious weeks. Up here, a person forgets how alive the forest becomes in the summer. The sound of the breeze pushing it’s way through the aspen leaves, the singing and the humming of the birds, the sound of rushing water, the scent of the grass and the flowers, the shape and texture of the clouds and the warmth of the sun are all things forgotten that must be remembered as if they are being discovered for the first time.
For an oil painter, the contrast of the seasons here is a double-edged sword. So lucky am I to have a new inspiration for subject matter every few months but to paint with the seasons means to change the colors in the palette almost constantly. For the last few months Titanium White, Payne’s Grey and Coeruleum Blue have been the staples of my work and I have so thoroughly enjoyed painting the tones of full moon winter night scenes. I may paint a few more of them in the next week or two but I know that I will not be able to resist expressing the feeling of summer any longer than that.
Posted by Michael Scott on May 23, 2011
“I want to see these houses solid, I want them to feel like houses. I don’t care about your drawings and your values-they are your affair. They will be good if you make me sense the houses and they will be bad, however “good” they are, if you do not make the houses live.” ~ Robert Henri
My fascination with log cabins and wilderness adventure surely began somewhere in my pre-teen years, for the first time in my life I searched for something in my identity that made me unique from my parents, sisters and friends. Yesterday, I found within a box storing the remnants of my sentimental possessions, a book entitled “How To Build And Furnish A Log Cabin” by W. Ben Hunt. The back cover was missing but otherwise it was in perfect condition, just as it was when I carefully studied it’s pages and dreamed of one day hoofing it into the wilderness and building a cabin of my own with my own two hands.
My romantic inclinations of building a solitary paradise in the wild likely started with the release of the 1969 movie “My Side Of The Mountain””, which was a loose adaptation of the 1959 novel by Jean Craighead George. In brief, the story was about a Boy who finds inspiration in the words of Henry David Thoreau before running away to the mountains to live off the land, the animals and his journal being his only company. I’m sure that the part of the story that grabbed my attention was how he built his home, he carved and burned for himself a cavernous sanctuary within the trunk of a giant Hemlock Tree.
And then in my mid teens there was the movie Jeremiah Johnson, my fantasy instantly renewed as Jeremiah put the finishing touches on his log fortress. With these song lyrics that fire inside of me was rekindled. “The way that you wander is the way that you choose, the day that you tarry is the day that you lose. Sunshine or thunder, a man will always wonder. Where the fair wind blows”.
As it turns out, the fair wind blew me in the direction of starting a family and building a career for the next couple of decades. Then in my late 30’s, I read the amazing account of the life of Christopher McCandless in John Krakauer’s book “Into The Wild”. The adventures of Alexander Supertramp and his short lived utopia in “Magic Bus” made me smile from ear to ear and in the end I find that I have personally come to the same conclusion as he, that “Happiness is only real when shared”.
So this is why I am compelled to paint the things that I do. When I paint subjects that are close to my heart, the process ceases to be just an exercise and it becomes an expression of who I am. Somehow, painting my adventurous memories and my dreams gives me the best of all worlds. In this work, I can make my happiness live and I can share that happiness with others.
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