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Imagination – Inspiration – Transformation

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Three Ways I’m A Winner, Even Though I’m A Loser

Posted by Michael Scott on February 26, 2015

 

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“Ethereal Autumn” by Bill Wakeley (the only one of my selections to make it to the judging round- Good Luck Bill)

I’m currently enrolled in a National Photography Contest with FineArtAmerica.com. This is one sexy contest with a very big prize. The work is judged by world renowned photographer Anne Geddes and the winners will star in a new flashy television advertising campaign for Fine Art America. Photographers are allowed to enter up to three images and each one that receives 250 votes from the general public advances to the judging round. As you can imagine, this has been an absolutely brilliant marketing campaign for Fine Art America as thousands of photographers are pounding the pavement of social media, scrambling for enough votes to have a shot of glory. On the flip side, what could have been a contest that is solely based on artistic achievement has turned into somewhat of a popularity contest that has left many of the participants gnashing their teeth and tearing their clothes.

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Like I said, this is one sexy photo contest

When was the last time your lips uttered the ugly words “Its Not Fair”? Be totally honest now. We are all guilty of hosting Pity Parties occasionally and when we do, we invite everyone. Misery loves company and having company means surrounding ourselves with other “victims”. The problem is that when the party is over, nothing has changed for the better and the hangover can be hell. Take Kanye West for instance. Fame and fortune are in his grip, yet he has a big enough chip on his shoulder to possess him to make an ass of himself at the Grammy Awards, twice. Whats going through the guys mind that makes him want to put on a whiney baby face on national TV and basically say “Wah Wah Wah, It’s not fair”?

I have to admit, It wasn’t real pretty when I realized that I didn’t have the social moxie to get more than a few votes for my work. Goodbye Limousines and Red Carpet. With two days to go there is very little chance I’ll come up with the 250 vote ante to get into the game. So what do I do now? Do I pull a “Kanye” and whine about the process or do I choose to see the glass half full and find a way to top it off? Finally, I’m able to step back from my blind ambition and see what the contest is really all about. Here are three ways that I’m a winner just for showing up.

1. I have been motivated to ramp up my own marketing efforts. If you have a look at my recent post called “Facebook and the Art of Shameless Self Promotion”, you will see that my wheels are turning.  Welcome to the real world Boys and Girls. Talent and Hard work are admirable but it is Marketing that will unlock the door to success. Marketing is the reason that a particular work of art might sell for $1500 in Santa Fe, New Mexico and only $150 on Santa Fe Street in Denver, Colorado. Marketing is a big deal and I want to get better at it. I want to be a guy who can get that 250 votes next time.

2. Taking the time to work my way through 2500 images with a critical eye has inspired me tremendously. Napoleon Hill said “Just as our eyes need light in order to see, our minds need ideas in order to conceive”. This process has given me a very real opportunity to rub elbows with a lot of talented Photographers there is nothing wrong with letting some of their energy and originality rub off on moi.

3. I’ve realized that its not all about me! Look what just fell into my lap, an opportunity to acknowledge the hard work and talent of a handful of my peers right here in my very own blog. When I started Art Spirit Village a few years back, I envisioned a space that promoted Imagination, Inspiration and Transformation. It’s my hope that the photographers that I’m featuring in this post will feel validated at least a little bit more than they would have otherwise. I think their work is awesome.

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“Portrait of a Snowy White Egret” by Jennie Breeze

With less than two days to go only about 100 of 2500 images have received enough popular votes to advance to the leader board. In other words, 99.5 percent of the entries will not even be considered by Anne Geddes. Hey Losers! Welcome to the Art Spirit Village Virtual Gallery. Come in and have a look at some of the images that won my 22 votes (I only posted the ones that I had permissions for).  Stroll through the halls, look at the walls even have a seat as you really study your favorite image. My selections are skewed toward my preference for landscape and nature.  If you see something you like, click on it and off you go to a page where you can learn about the photographer, see their entire gallery and have a chance to purchase relatively inexpensive reproductions of their work.

If you prefer other styles and genres, head over to the contest gallery, you will be amazed with the diversity.  If you are an Artist and you have never visited the Fine Art America site before, I think you will be impressed.

Which one is your favorite?

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“Virgin River At Night” by Richard Dickinson

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“Boston Snow Day” by Sarah Levy

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“Air Snowy” by Jim Cumming

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“Golden Hour” by Bahadir Yeniceri

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“Green River Overlook” by Michael Ash

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“Rufus” by Rob Mclean

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“Hello World” by Donald Brice

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“Waves In Nature” by Gabriel Gutierrez

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“Real Horse Power” by Mike Quinn

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“Acrtic Splendour” by Ralph Brunner

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“Lake McDonald” by Daniel Wilde

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“Deserted Lighthouse” by Bahadir Yeniceri

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“Tampa Color” by Kevin Ellis

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“Sunset Lightning” by Dwayne Kear

If you have any comments about this post or this contest, please send it my way.  Thanks for the visit!

 

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My World Is A Camera Obscura

Posted by Michael Scott on February 18, 2015

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Tiny Planet Photo – recent sunset

Marketing 101 teaches that a well written Bio and Statement are essential for a successful career of any Artist. It doesn’t teach us that writing either might take us years and once written, the information is sure be out of date. It takes time to identify what inspires us and even more time to learn how to transform that inspiration into something tangible. Personally, I’m Eclectic to a fault and I find it very difficult to find the words to describe myself. Where do I begin my story and where do I end it? How do I write something that doesn’t make me feel as though I’m stuffing my aspirations into a metaphorical “box”?

Actually the “Box” is quite misunderstood. It can be a static and confining environment with a musty smell. A place where the living and the Divine simply do not belong. Yet if you add the right sized whole to the outer wall, the light of day streams through and creates a live reversed image on the opposite wall.

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I’m not making this up. The concept of the Camera Obscura was first conceived by philosophers Mozi and Aristotle long before the Birth of Christ, as early as 470 BCE. In latin, Camera Obscura simply means “Dark Chamber”. By 1700 AD, some of these “chambers” were large rooms where the image outside was projected on to the wall. Some theories suggest that some of the master painters of the time actually traced and painted what was seen by the Camera.

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photo courtesy WikiMedia Commons

My Bio and Statement should definitely include the fact that I became fascinated with photography at a very early age when I received a Kodak Brownie as a gift from my Parents. I knew right away that I wanted to be a photographer. In recent years, my passion for the photograph has morphed into a passion for drawing and painting. Occasionally I paint from real life, more often I paint from photo reference and more often than that, I paint from the enduring images that dance on the walls of my imagination. If I must live in a box, may it be a Camera Obscura.

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photo courtesy WikiMedia Commons

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Featured Artist Ted Garcia: His 365×5 Journey

Posted by Michael Scott on February 11, 2015

“Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire which transcends everything” ~ Napoleon Hill

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Our short video profiling artist Ted Garcia – From the Cutting Room Floor

Once a week or so, I make the rounds in the realm of the Blogosphere, looking for everything that has to do with Imagination, Inspiration and Transformation. My queries are usually weighted toward the arts of Painting and Photography. I do read a lot of posts and I can tell you that something is in the water, or in the Air for that matter. An ever increasing number of painters are challenging themselves to produce 30 paintings in 30 days. Think of it as a diet where old heavy habits are eliminated and light and nimble habits are established, hopefully with lasting results. A lot of people are doing it, maybe I should as well.
It has also become apparent that the recently resurrected Plein-Air Painting Movement has staying power. A lot of painters are turning to the great outdoors for studio space and for inspiration, painting what they see with a naked eye and what they feel through unfiltered senses.

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Daily Paintings by Ted Garcia. Looks like one sold :)

Most of of the daily painting challenges I read about are of the short term nature and occur within the comfortable confines of a studio where a controlled climate and reliable lighting can help a person meet their goals. After all, seasons change, lives evolve and weather is unpredictable. Keep it simple and don’t bite off more than you can chew, right? Apparently Plein-Air Painter Ted Garcia of Evergreen, Colorado didn’t get the memo. Ted has been making Daily Plein-Air Paintings for over five years now. In fact he has gone somewhat above and beyond, completing his 2014th painting in 2014. The results of Ted’s painting challenge are now on display under one very big roof. Ted Garcia’s 365X5 is likely the largest ever One Man Plein-Air Painting Show. We are waiting to hear from The Guiness Book of World Records on that one, seriously.

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Largest One Man Plein-Air show – 365X5

Currently, my Wife Tammy and I are creating a video spotlight for Ted Garcia, an Artist’s Profile if you will that I’ll be sharing in a week or two right here at Art Spirit Village. We think you will be just as inspired as we are by the Passion, Dedication and Perseverance of this Man. Stay Tuned! You can visit Ted on his website, TedGarcia.com and follow him on Facebook where he posts his new work every day.

One Man Show Daily Paintings for five years

Visit the Artist at the Aspen Grove Shopping Center in Littleton, Co. or at his website http://www.tedgarcia.com

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Another Side Note:  I only need a few more votes to push this old truck photo into the judging round of the national Fine Art America photo contest.  Please take just a minute to click on the picture and throw me your vote.  :) I’ll remember you when I’m famous!

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“Back In The Day” –Please click on the photo and give me your vote!

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Larger Than Life

Posted by Michael Scott on February 1, 2015

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“Larger Than Life” (36″ x 96″) Acrylic on Canvas

It always feels good to unveil a painting. A process of letting go of it and knowing its good enough, its finished. The ritual of photographing my work is always a celebration. For precision I’ll engage a tripod, a level and a measuring tape and then I’ll wait to position the painting in the best ambient light possible. The completion of this painting is extra special, significant in ways that its difficult to describe. I recently posted a picture of me at the easel working on this one and I think most people assumed that it was current, it was actually taken about a year ago. Despite the mass of canvas I was working on, it came together very quickly. I have more total hours in many paintings one tenth the size. It took a year to complete because of the events that took place in my life during that time. I’ll try to explain.

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Happy with the progress – a year ago

The year began with the purchase of a new home. We had been living in a tiny apartment for a year and it felt good to have more space for ourselves and for visits from family and friends. The wall of the long skinny living room begged for attention and a very big painting was born. For a long time, it was good enough unfinished to just warm the space up with light and color. It hung on the wall somewhat askew and strips of blue painters tape held the two canvas’ together.

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A Grandfather’s Advise

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Unfinished painting hangs on the wall

Last June, my youngest daughter was preparing to get married and a Bridal Shower took place at our home. It turned out to be the first and last opportunity to bring my Dad to our house. He so much enjoyed being part of the celebration. While the Ladies sat at the dining room table, He and I sat in the living room eating finger foods and talking about life. Dad had really not seen much of my work in person before. He knew about my artistic ambitions and he more than anyone knew what I had given up to pursue them, but he had never felt the space that I create in. He stared at the big painting for the longest time, impressed by the details and the colors, he loved it. On a number of occasions during the following weeks he would ask me if I had finished the painting. Dad died on August 12th.

I procrastinated on finishing the painting for the longest time. I think I was fearful of painting over all of the love and warm memories that had attached themselves to its surface. This week, the finishing touches went on effortlessly in the end and the two pieces are now held together tightly by a border made of red oak. Well, what do you think Dad?

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A side note to all of my readers.  I’ve entered a few photographs in the national FineArtAmerica.com photo contest and I’m pushing one in particular just to make it to the judging round.  If you would be so kind to look at my post titled “Three Inspiring Quotes About Thinking Big” and cast a vote my way for “Back In The Day”, I would be forever grateful.

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Three Inspiring Quotes About Thinking Big

Posted by Michael Scott on January 29, 2015

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“Greatness” – My wife hugs a very big tree

                                “Whatever Your Mind Can Conceive And Believe It Can Achieve” ~ Napoleon Hill

Chances are, you and I are kindred spirits in that we both have something great that we want to do with our lives. If so, we both understand what it is to dream big and we both know how quickly our confidence can be shaken. “What was I thinking?” are the words that the inner critic whispers in my head when fear and doubt sneak up on me. The words of Napoleon Hill have a way of echoing through space and time to reach me just when I need them the most. Three quotes that always inspire me to think BIG and Persevere are:

1. “Most great people have attained their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure.”

2. “The strongest oak of the forest is not the one that is protected from the storm andhidden from the sun. It’s the one that stands in the open where it is compelled to struggle for its existence against the winds and rains and the scorching sun.”

3. “If the winds of fortune are temporarily blowing against you, remember that you can harness them and make them carry you toward your definite purpose, through the use of your imagination.”

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“Back In The Day” – Click To Help Me With Your Vote

Currently, I have a short term goal of getting 250 people to vote for this photo which will carry me to the judging round of Fine Art America’s National Photo Contest. It sounds so easy…its not. Of my three entries, “Back In The Day” is the one that I’m pushing. In any event, you my friend are my greatest chance to get one more vote. If you have the time and want to help me achieve a small goal in a great way, click on the truck photo and give me your vote. I’ll like you a thousand times over.:)

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Living The Dream

Posted by Michael Scott on January 21, 2015

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” Livin’ The Dream” (36″x96″) a work in progress

I’m gonna keep this post short so I don’t insult anyone with one of those embarrassing typo’s that goes viral. I’m adding this post via iPad and I gotta tell you I look like an absolute high school freshman in typing class. Well there I go showing my age. I’m sure the classroom full of Smith Caronas went by the wayside decades ago. My MacBook Pro took a dive and has been sent off for surgery so I’m adding this post via iPad, this sucks.  My seperation anxiety is already leading to desperate thoughts.  How will I fare in the zombie apocalypse.

I know now I could never get work at the Apple Store. The guy who checked me and my MacPro in at the Genius Bar yesterday typed out the case notes incredibly fast on his iPad as he recommended a logic board replacement.   Ok, young people can actually type on these things. Woo hoo! But do they know anything about carbon paper, ribbons and white out?  Do they even know how essential a good set of Encyclopedias are for research and what about a Texas Instuments calculator for productivity?  Do they know how to process film in a darkroom?  No, I didn’t think so.

So here I am feeling like a fish out is water, completely lost and somewhat agitated without my MacPro. To avoid the temptation of visiting the antique store in search of a Smith Carona, I’m just gonna focus on painting. When was the last time you were separated from your favorite computer?

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I Have A Dream Too

Posted by Michael Scott on January 18, 2015

Civic Center - Denver, Co.

Civic Center – Denver, Co.

An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Yesterday was an exceptionally warm day for January in Colorado. My Wife and I celebrated by visiting Denver’s Civic Center to take photos. It was a time to play with art, to get inspired and to take in a good dose of vitamin D. For those of you who haven’t been there, Civic Center is encompassed by the Colorado Capital, the Denver City and County building, the Denver Art Museum and high-rise central. The setting is one that reminds me of what one might find in Washington D.C., it’s a place where a lot of people can gather to express themselves collectively whether in celebration or demonstration. I couldn’t hold back thoughts of Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream”speech. Ironically, just this morning did I realize that Monday is the annual government holiday in honor of him.

When I watch the news about national and world events these days I ponder, Will we ever mature to the point where we deserve to call ourselves ManKind? The current state of human existence seems to be much more about selfish agendas, ideological muscle flexing on steroids. Personally, I’m getting fed up with the polarized extremist factions on both sides of the aisle, on all sides of religion and at the ends of the earth. I’m getting fed up with the radical minority of who ruthlessly kill and destroy to get what they want and I’m getting fed up with the vocal minority who preach Love and demonstrate intolerance.

Paris is a wake up call, even an unfortunate and likely foreshadowing of the future. The pissing match of the extremes will continue to escalate until we find a new world order. MLK was all about overcoming the odds and establishing just that. “Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend” he said a half century ago. And here we are now celebrating the birth of the man, yet in so many ways we seem to have forgotten his message. He said “The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood” and those words created a spark that changed the world. That was then and this is now.

As Artists, we are often the first to stand up and lay claim to the First Amendment. To us, freedom of speech equals an unalienable right to express ourselves through our Art. The thing that Hollywood and perhaps even a partisan satirical magazine seems to have forgotten is that if we use our art to alienate others based on their religious beliefs or ideology, we are guilty of violating the very spirit of the first amendment. If we use our art (and our RIGHTS) to taunt those who are different, how are we any better than the playground bully?

I’ve seen the healing power and the dividing power of Art. Shouldn’t Art transcend Religion and Ideology. Shouldn’t Artists be Peacemakers? MLK said “An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity”. Like MLK, I’ve got a dream too. I have a dream that the world wide web might serve as a world wide venue for a demonstration of positive change. I have a dream that my children and their children will grow up in a more enlightened world. I have a dream that future generations will look back at this dark time and see that the re-birth of Mankind grew from a seeds that were planted by Artists .

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The Golden Staircase And The Demise Of The Self-Taught Artist

Posted by Michael Scott on January 14, 2015

“There is an ecstasy that marks the summit of life, and beyond which life cannot rise. And such is the paradox of living, this ecstasy comes when one is most alive, and it comes as a complete forgetfulness that one is alive. This ecstasy, this forgetfulness of living, comes to the artist, caught up and out of himself in a sheet of flame.”
― Jack London, The Call of the Wild

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Stairway to Heaven (20″x24″) acrylic on canvas

Have you heard stories from the late 1800’s of the Klondike Gold Rush? If so, you’ve probably also learned about how the pioneering prospectors crossed Chilkoot Pass on foot to get from coastal Alaska the Yukon interior? While climbing to the summit, any man who ventured off the path would fall through the snow to his waste, he would quickly discover that the path less taken was not a good thing. The Golden Staircase was the way and step by step the benefit of following the person ahead was indisputable. The Golden Staircase made it possible for each man to go up and down repeatedly until he hauled all of the supplies that would be necessary to become independent on the other side. Every man’s goal was to stake his own claim.

The Golden Staircase at Chilkoot Pass  (photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

The Golden Staircase at Chilkoot Pass (photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

The creative process can also be a slippery slope and we all go about gaining traction in different ways. Some seek out as much instruction as possible. Why re-invent the wheel when if you don’t have to. Some strike out on their own and forge new ground, holding fast to the notion that creative Nirvana is the product of autonomy. Perhaps the person who only imitates others will never experience the joy of expression. Likewise, the person who never seeks guidance or help from others might get bogged down in minutia of the process, never to see the light of day in the land of innovation. Luckily for us, we live in a day and age where we can learn about art everywhere we look. I believe we are living in the greatest renaissance in history thanks to the golden staircase we call the internet. Today, it’s practically impossible to not be influenced by other’s work and not to be inspired by other’s originality. The open sharing of ideas is creating solid steps that will allow us to climb to creative heights that were unimaginable 100 years ago.

A few years ago, I mistakenly considered myself to be a self taught painter because I’ve had very little in the way of formal instruction. In fact I held fast the false notion that the influence of others would taint my independence and originality. Only in the past couple of years have I come to realize and appreciate that greater heights of independence and originality are made possible by participating in the greater whole. The collective body of knowledge, inspiration and interaction that I’ve found via the internet has become my Golden Staircase. Do you think originality will Benefit or Suffer, because of the internet? How have you been inspired by others through the internet?

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Please Vote Yes On The Resolution Rewind

Posted by Michael Scott on January 11, 2015

Finding Balance (24"x36") oil on canvas

Finding Balance (24″x36″) oil on canvas

Hold on, Hold Everything! Has the expiration for New Years Resolutions past? Surely there is a grace period, right? If not I want one and I want it Now. Does 30 days seem reasonable to you? If we had a grace period of 30 days, all of those resolutions that are blown within the first 48 hours could be resurrected for another try. Failed resolutions could be replaced by new, easier to keep versions or we could go back to the drawing board and re-imagine the resolutions that will make a difference. A rule change would be good for all of us, do you agree?

Today is January 11th and I’m gonna make my case for Resolution Rewind. You see, I am absolutely worn out, sick to death of allowing selfish, negative people to influence how my time is spent. We all have a finite amount of time in this life to learn, love and create, yet there are troubled individuals out there who apparently have made it their mission to prevent folks from accomplishing those things. My new goal for 2015 is to learn how to remain calm when confronted with one of these Unfortunate Souls. For lack of a more sympathetic name for the contemptible type that I’m focusing on I’ll just call them PTA’s (People To Avoid).

You can usually identify a PTA pretty quickly when you observe the following characteristics:

1. The PTA is intolerant and has no capacity for authentic compassion and understanding.
2. The PTA already knows everything and has no interest in learning, therefore they make the same mistakes over and over.
3. The PTA spends all of their time looking for faults in others and none of their time looking four their own shortcomings.
4. The PTA takes no responsibility for mistakes that they have made, yet they hold others accountable for theirs.
5. The PTA lives by a social balance sheet, making sure they never give more than they receive.
6. The PTA loves to talk and hates to listen.
7. The PTA is long on talk and short on action.
8. The PTA is short on facts and long on opinions.
9. The PTA prefers complaining to helping.
10. The PTA slanders others indirectly, thereby robbing their slandered victims of a reply.
11. The PTA accuses others of exactly the same things that they are guilty of.
12. The PTA brags about immoral victories, then quotes enlightened words when they feel that they have been wronged.
13. The PTA always has to have the last word.

Normally this blog is a complaint free zone, all positive, no negative. But I am the self proclaimed Mayor of Art Spirit Village and I really think that we need to follow through with this Resolution do-over thing. Nothing could be more positive. In 2015 I will breathe in peace and fairness and I’ll breathe out the toxicity that radiates from these unwanted PTAs. I may discover that Yoga, Meditation and Prayer are the magic ingredients to succeeding in my newfound resolution. Or perhaps just really focussing on compassion for these less fortunate individuals will help me to accept and move on. I’m really excited about the prospect of liberating myself from the tyranny of the PTA. I will reclaim the time that has been stolen to me and I’ll apply it to a greater realization of peace, grace, productivity and above all Creativity.

There is always the possibility some PTA out there might take offense to this post, To that person I say in the nicest way possible…”GET A LIFE, ASS HOLE”. :)

Two Questions: What do you think about the Resolution Rewind concept? Is there a PTA that you need to free yourself from?

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Hang Loose, Make Art

Posted by Michael Scott on January 7, 2015

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“All IN” (10″x20″) acrylic on canvas

For those of you who haven’t heard, The North Shore of Oahu has some fairly impressive waves, especially in Winter. I can spend hours on end there, allowing all of my senses to witness what happens when moving water meets land in the middle of the largest ocean on earth, it’s a spectacular show. The unleashed energy of the tide is rhythmic, yet random. It always catches me by surprise to see a person methodically attempting to harness that power, if even for just a few short seconds. What would inspire a person to strip themselves of most of their clothing, jump onto a floating board and paddle their way against the relentless current in search of an opportunity to surf a really big wave? Apparently the rush of traversing that vertical slab of water over a shallow and razor sharp coral reef is pretty addictive.

Artists tend to approach life much like the surfer. Look at all of the effort we put forth, all in the name of feeding our addiction. Beach Bum…Art Bum, its really all the same. For us, feeding the soul always seems to take precedence over feeding the bank account. We tend to base our decisions, not on good business, but on good faith that finding the right line of expression is what its all about. Like the surfer, our victories are often un-noticed by others. How many surfers have household names and make a living doing what they do? The comparison of those who don’t is easily demonstrated with a decimal point and lots of zeros.
What other lessons do we gain from the surfer? In order to ride a wave, you have to go “all in”, you have to commit yourself to the effort long enough to have a chance at success. We can state all day long that failure is not an option, but the truth is that failure is a distinct possibility and more likely than we wish to admit in any endeavor we pursue. When failure does happen, the thing that prevents it from becoming defeat is our perseverance. A little bit smarter and a little bit stronger, we ride out the turbulence, turn our board around and give it another try.

I’d love it if you would share the things that you are passionate about. Have you bypassed practical opportunities in the interest of feeding your dream? How do you pick up the pieces and get moving again after a crash?

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