about

JCI am a visual artist living in Vancouver, Canada and working in a wide variety of media.  My art, poetry and photography that you see in my posts, pages and headers is  a growing selection of past and recent work. I like to play with words within my own art and I share, on my blog, the text-based artwork of other artists. My posts also stroll through a miscellany of subjects: seasonal, food based, humorous and reflective.

My personal creativity is strongly influenced by the Surrealist concept of Automatism and also by Shamanic art practices. Both of these approaches involve a ritual journey inside oneself to evoke subconscious images that are then intuitively made tangible.  I work and the images appear. I have no initial judgement and I honour and nourish the figures and forms that emerge. When this process has been true to the vision, the resulting works contain elements of mystery, paradox and magic; and are open enough for viewers to discover and reflect their own story in what they see and read.
I offer my art, writings and posts as a sharing with the hope that you will reciprocate with your own sharing.

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    • Hello John,
      I would like to inform you that I have just completed a new and detailed post dedicated to you and your art. The results, as I hope that you can see, and as time-consuming as it has been to produce, are much better, more worthwhile, substantive, meaningful and satisfying than nominating you for “The Lovely Blog” Award, for example. Please enjoy the dedication and happy new year!

      Hello Tincup,
      In this special dedication, I have mentioned and linked to one of your posts. Cheers!

      • Greetings SE. I have just visited your very thoughtful and detailed post dedicated to art rat cafe. I have left a message for you at your post but here I just want to say thank you again. I honour the time and effort you put into this dedication and because of this I have been able to look at my art in a new way and from a fresh viewpoint. This was a wonderful New Year’s gift to me and I return your New Year’s wishes a thousand-fold. All the best to you – John

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  2. Hello there John – congratulations! I have nominated you for One Lovely Blog Award. Hope you will accept – the ‘rules’ will be on my very next post. best wishes, Philippa

    • I am honoured to accept because the nomination comes from one lovely blog, yours – I will be away from my computer for about 5 days but on my return I will respond to the award – thank you Philippa…

  3. nice words! thanks John. You were one of my early inspirers in this sphere! Enjoy the break, I remember reading about it – the pines and the sea I think will be with you, and friends. Perfect.

    • Thanks Philippa – I feel blessed that such beauty is only a short ferry ride away. I’m actually trying to complete my nominations tonight before I leave but it’s not easy – my choices have either already received this award or don’t wish to receive awards… I persevere…

  4. I found you through a blog (Tom Simard) that liked one of my posts. I liked your photo.
    I really like your blog and your art. I’m happy for you that you’ve been able to use the gift of time you’ve been given after retiring from a long teaching career.
    Your work speaks to me in its exploratory, ‘let’s see what happens’ attitude. I have that with some of my things, but recently in oils, I got all caught up with appearances again. Now I have to start all over with beginner’s mind. Your work reminded me to let go.
    cheers,
    Sarah

    • Glad to meet you Sarah and thank you for your supportive words. Mostly the intuitive approach to painting works for me however, there is usually a stage when I need to call on the rational, especially when exploring new media. Generally, I think that a flexible balance between the two is a viable path to follow. I look forward to getting over to your blog soon…

  5. Thanks John. I really appreciate how you make the effort to answer your comments personally. I do as well, and I think it has to do with not having a mega-following (at least not yet!) responding with each new post. I have a modest following, about half of yours, and I like it that way.

    Yes to finding the balance between working intuitively and working rationally.

  6. What an absolutely fabulous blog, John. As a landscape photographer I am thoroughly enjoying it. I find the topics you cover inspirational (like the Stories of my Art posts), professionally stimulating (like the Art and Photography posts) and reflective (like the Reflections on Art posts). I have added your blog to those I look forward to returning to each week. Many many thanks.

    • Thank you and nice to meet you Heekeow. Glad the Quote of the Week caught your eye, you are the first ever to mention it. Thank you for your visit and follow – I will be dropping by your site tonight to see what you are up to…

  7. Happy to have “met” you by way of “I know I Made You Smile.” How rewarding it must have been to teach art, and now to have the time to pursue your passion. The pieces that Carl highlighted in his post are beautiful.

    • AA – Great to meet you too through Carl and thank you for your kind words. Yes, it was rewarding to teach, and to learn, for my students taught me at least as much if not more than I taught them. If one has to work then this career tops most I have known. Now I am a student again and am giving to my life and art the energy I gave to my students for so many years…

  8. John, Congratulations on so many awards! I have actually nominated you (again) for Blog of the Year Award 2012, which means that you can add another star to your poster. I think it also comes obligation free! Just add another star to your poster and then relax and enjoy the festivities. With congrats also my thanks for your supportive comments and thoughtful responses. Cheers, Philippa

  9. Oops, me again. Thank you for your 60 comments this year! You are a star performer indeed John. I really appreciate your reactions and witty exchanges as well as your ‘enriching’ posts. Thank you so much for your contributions to my blogging experience.

    • 60 comments! – ye gods I do tend to ramble on. Thank you so much Philippa for your generous words and thank you for your own posts that are always a delight. See you next year…

      • Ah you noticed, of course. Mexico is always dear to my heart although I am unable to visit again this year. The reality of everyday life and finances are against me. I must accommodate myself to a Canadian winter and find some solace in my art and in the damp and chilly grey of a west coast season.

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  11. wow I stumbled upon your blog and I must say I quite enjoyed what I saw.

    I look forward reading your future posts!

    Have a great day :)

  12. Thank you for your kind comments and encouragement! I love what your mixed media compositions, how you supplement you art with text, and the Sartre/Beckett references. Have a wonderful day! — Liz

  13. Ah, I am sorry about the email. My post-graduation celebrations with my family took too much of my time for me to even fathom getting close to the internet, let alone blogging. :) I am glad you posted about the award and will respond to that post shortly!

    Dx

  14. Hi, John, are you still living in Vancouver? Sorry I lost touch and would like to get back. Just finished a PhD in Art History at University of Leeds. Now I’m working and contemplating my next move, I’d like to talk more to you about it. All best, Simon – the PhD was on the journal Gagarin, http://www.gagarin.be, in case you are interested and I neglected to tell you – a Belgian journal of artists’ writings- am into some heavy hitters now..

  15. Good Monday morning John. The style of your artworks is really unique and new to me. The colors you use and the brush strokes are so vivid and somewhat intriguing. :) … Keep up the art cafe burning! (with the fire of creativity).

  16. Hi John, thansk for dropping in on my blog. Looking at your about, you seem an accomplished artist. I’m relatively inexperienced in artistic matters, but enjoy doing cartoons of family, just completed one of my girlfriend :) The devil it does seem is in the detail !

    I’ve added you on my links –> friends, you doing the same helps people find our blogs :)

    Keep in touch …

    Cheers

    Don Charisma

  17. Hi John.Wowwww…just I can say wowwww1 I’m really surprised . All of them, poem ,Painting, Photography ,drawing are fabulous. I quiet enjoyed what I saw. You are real artist and I really honored to meet you. Your art is meaningfull,illusion, dream… I don’t know what to say. You must teach students in Emillycarr. Congratulation!

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