Art Spirit Village

Imagination – Inspiration – Transformation

  • What is Art Spirit Village?

    Art Spirit Village is a sanctuary, a state of mind that exists within all who are compelled to express themselves through art. Michael Scott’s Art Spirit Village is my own safe haven. Here, I am the Butcher, the Baker, The Candlestick Maker and I suppose I am the Mayor as well. This is where I will share my Artistic Transformation, my imagination and my art work, hoping to somehow inspire others to do the same. I invite YOU to drop in for a visit, stay for a while and come back as often as you wish (PLEASE SUBSCRIBE-It is easy and FREE). Art Spirit Village has an open door policy. It is my hope and intent that the creative world will beat a path to the doorway of Art Spirit Village. Comments, Correspondence and Guest Posts are highly encouraged as long as they support the themes of Imagination, Inspiration and Transformation.

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A Painting For My Daughter On Her Wedding Day

Posted by Michael Scott on July 6, 2014

“Metes And Bounds” – Acrylic on Canvas – 28″x20″

Pause, feel the warmth of the early summer sun, see the beauty of the “here”, reach out and touch the “now”. This moment is your point of beginning and from this place your journey will be like running prose.

You will traverse up hills and you will stroll through meadows, you will celebrate summits and you will pace through valleys. At first you will “zig”, thence you will “zag” in degrees and minutes yet not determined.

Monuments will be discovered and Markers will be placed from hence you stride for new hopes and dreams.

Terrestrial Law says that seasons will change and night will follow day. So too, in Metes and Bounds, the compass never forgets the point of beginning.

The landscape immediately to the East of I-25, between the cities of Pueblo and Trinidad (Colorado) is uncomplicated yet stunningly beautiful. Horizontal lines give way to plateaus, hills and canyons and the clouds of summer seem to reach up to heaven. There is something etherial and romantic about the High Plains. At first sight, the Pioneers of yesterday must have sensed more than ever that they had departed their old life, that their dreams of reaching the Rockies and beyond were coming to fruition, that anything was possible. For the same reasons I chose this scene as a way to express myself as I come to terms with the significance of my Daughters wedding day. This painting is for Casey and her new Husband Nace. I can’t help but to feel great about their future together when I visualize them working together in the field, harvesting crops or building fence. I rejoice when I see how happy they are simply being together, the best of friends.

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The Ramblings of an April Fool

Posted by Michael Scott on April 1, 2013

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April Fools!  Another winter has passed, another opportunity to prepare the batch of seed that will yield a harvest of completeness and yet we find ourselves sowing for the most part, more of the same strain.  Habits are not unlike the roots of a tree, they keep us grounded yet tethered in the same old space, good or bad, right or wrong, healthy or unhealthy.  Too often, despite our best efforts to find true and lasting transformation, we find ourselves grappling with the same old demons that we did yesterday, last month and last year.

While there is a humble, if not cynical humor associated with the first day of April, there is also a wake up call, a reminder that transformation doesn’t happen without effort.  We all have the ability to engage our minds in original thought and to realize meaningful and lasting shifts of our own consciousness.  It is the  uncovering of the truths from within that render the past irrelevant and the opinions of others unimportant.  The hard part is maintaining a vigilant watch over that truth to keep it from withering away.

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Fire In The Sky

Posted by Michael Scott on November 11, 2012

“Softly the evening came.  The sun from the western horizon like a magician extended his golden wand o’er the landscape; Twinkling vapors arose; and sky and water and forest seemed all on fire at the touch, and melted and mingled together.” ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

To the person who first likened being unrealistic to having your head in the clouds I say this; there is nothing more real, more perfect and more original than a cloud.  To sit and stare for hours if you wish, witnessing what has never been before and what will never be again is a better use of your time by far than memorizing tables and formulas for it teaches us that possiblities are endless.

The thing that I love about painting clouds is that there is no right and wrong.  One might say that a cloud is ominous or unusual, but never ugly or unrealistic.  A couple of days ago I was hiking under the most amazing lenticular formations and I estimated correctly that when the sun dipped low to the west that they would light up like fire in the sky.  The resulting sunset brought inspiration, which manifested an application for the encaustic (wax) paints that have been sitting on a shelf for almost a year.

“Fire in the Sky” my first encaustic painting

It took a while to figure out how to apply the wax and move it about using palette knives, rags, heat gun and torch.  In the end, I’m pretty happy with the way my first wax painting turned out.  After all, I’ve never met a cloud I didn’t like.

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New Mexico State Of Mind

Posted by Michael Scott on October 21, 2012

 

The Palisades of Cimarron Canyon, New Mexico

If you happen to follow my other blog, LocalTouristColorado.com, you know that I often share some of the same material on both sites.  Usually I do manage to switch caps however and write something that might be meaningful to the audience that I’m addressing.  The Local Tourist Colorado is all about experiencing things that are close to home.  No matter where one might live, there is always a new adventure right around the corner.  Art Spirit Village is entirely different.  This is where I share the things that motivate me to release my passion for creativity in hopes of somehow connecting with others who have the same passion.

Canyon Road – Santa Fe

All too often however, both of these missions converge and I find myself totally confused about which blog to post the content to.  The New Mexico border is just a few miles south of my home and every time I go there, I get inspired to create.  After returning from an incredible weekend in Santa Fe, I have to share.  Great artists will tell you how important it is to surround yourself with people who stimulate your imagination.  I’m here to tell you that being surrounded by states that inspire is not a bad deal at all.

One of the many windows along Canyon Road

Saturday “Art Walk” Entertainment

Tammy and Charlie “Art Walkin”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rays Of Hope

Posted by Michael Scott on October 13, 2012

“No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it” – Albert Einstein

Look around this crazy world of ours with open eyes and you will likely have cause for great concern.  Human conflict is certainly nothing new, time and again we have faced seemingly hopeless contention and time and again we have overcome it in spite of the odds.  This time however, it’s as if the entire world has become like a tiny dysfunctional town where everybody is into everybody else’s business, the willingness to find a common agenda is rare, greed trumps compassion.  We seem to be sitting at a great crossroads, looking hopelessly at all of the routes that we have taken, wondering how in the world we will move forward.  Perhaps it is time to step back, think bigger, roll up our sleeves and carve a new path.

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Reflections Upon The First Frost

Posted by Michael Scott on October 11, 2012

Last week’s first hard frost

“Autumn is a second spring, where every leaf is a flower” ~ Albert Camus

So fitting is this quote to this photograph that I had to enlist it, despite the fact that I had no idea who Albert Camus is or was.   Annually, I suffer from a bit of sadness this time of year as the trees are stripped bare and the the world around me becomes seemingly void of color.  It’s almost cruel how nature saves the most vivid colors for last, only to let them fall to the ground.  I find myself wishing that I could rewind the weeks back to spring and start the process over immediately, without waiting through the hardship of winter.  Only after the last leaf has perished do I set my sights forward and begin to anticipate winter with eagerness, comforted that a new spring will follow.

As for Albert Camus, my conscience wouldn’t let me complete this post without a google search.  Camus was a French author, journalist and philosopher who took home the Pulitzer Prize for literature in 1947.  He is best known for his contribution to the rise of the philosophy known as Absurdism.  Wikipedia says about him, “Camus presents the reader with dualisms such as happiness and sadness, dark and light, life and death, etc. He emphasizes the fact that happiness is fleeting and that the human condition is one of mortality; for Camus, this is cause for a greater appreciation for life and happiness”.

“Manataka” (place of peace) – Cuchara Pass, Colorado

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Looking Up

Posted by Michael Scott on September 7, 2012

Stars Over Manataka

I know that creativity is alive and well within me when I awaken in the pre-dawn hours with ideas that I cannot let go of, when I am inspired to rise and begin my day holding on to that consciousness rather than releasing it back into the ether to vanish like some forgotten dream.

When I was much younger, I spent a great deal of time outdoors, quite familiar with the vastness of space.  I completely understood that if I removed myself from sources of interference on any given clear night, I could see into the universe ad infinitum.  With age, it became more difficult I suppose, to simply remove myself from the interference and look up.

Lately, I’ve been looking up again as if I have stumbled on to some new revelation and I’ve got to tell you, I’m excited about it.  You see, I am beginning to understand that there is a repeating pattern in all of nature.  Think about the seasons, there is spring, summer, fall, winter and then spring once again, ad infinitum.  There is day, night and then day again, ad infinitum.  There is awakening, sleep and then another awakening, ad infinitum.  Can the same be said of life and death?

This is heavy stuff and it probably should remain in the pages of my private journal but this is afterall 2012 and there are plenty of reasons to ponder weighty subjects these days.  I often wonder what season it is within our country, there is so much anger, fear and division and it seems as though people really don’t listen to one another.  On a global scale a lot of scary things are happening, what season is it?  If life as we know it no longer exists, then what? Somehow, some way, I believe that we, as the human race are about to remove ourselves from all of the interference and look up once again, to awaken in a cycle of infinite possibilities.

Ad Infinitum

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Once In A Blue Moon

Posted by Michael Scott on September 1, 2012

Full Moon Over the Spanish Peaks and La Veta, Colorado

“Every Artist dips his brush in his own soul and paints his own nature into his pictures” ~ Henry Ward Beecher

There is something powerfully captivating about this land, where high alpine twin peaks stand alone between the Rocky Mountains and the Great Plains.  The Ute, Comanche and Apache tribes called these mountains the Huajatolla(breasts of the earth) and considered this aesthetically poetic region to be sacred.  Today, these mountains are known as the Spanish Peaks and artists are drawn here from all over the world to become inspired.

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Stepping Out Of The Box

Posted by Michael Scott on August 22, 2012

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment” ~ Emerson

We all have the necessary ingredients within our own imaginations to formulate the existence of our choosing.  Why is it then that so many of us struggle through so much of life trying be something that we are not?  For me, I suppose that it had much to do with fear of failure, fear of success and perhaps a false notion that material success is somehow on par with creative independence.  Blessings counted, I can now say that I’ve stepped out of the box.

If you find yourself trying to be something that you are not, my best advice is to surround yourself with people who thrive in their own originality.  It doesn’t take long to understand that the happiest people are those who fix their imaginations on a self defined purpose and then proceed to work tirelessly toward that end.  I hope you will take a short minute and a half to watch the artist profile that my wife and I just completed for one of the most original creatives that I personally know.  Annie Enke is an out of the box artist who makes of all things…boxes…and much more.

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Looking Beyond

Posted by Michael Scott on August 21, 2012

Moon Sliver

It is so easy to give the beauty of this world and this universe a passing glance, occasionally pausing to admire long enough to frame a pretty picture in a  camera or in the mind.  It is more difficult, yet well worth the effort to look beyond the surface, to access imagination, to search for information that is something closer to the truth.

Looking Beyond

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