Sometimes to move forward you have to be willing to knock down walls of fear.

miles2go2Have you ever felt stuck in a rut; turning in  never-ending circles and unable to climb over the wall to get to the other side where you could freely be yourself and move forward?

What have you done about it? Have you mentally wrapped yourself in barbed wire and then just stood there and complained about how useless and futile your life is. That worked, didn’t it? It really got you moving ahead”

Yeah right!!!

Sometimes, we let our fear of the unknown aka ‘the future’ imprison us and keep us stuck in the rut with the feelings of despair and hatred. After-all these feelings are familiar and we know how to deal with them. That’s much easier than trying to figure out new situations and problems that MIGHT occur in the future.

I would be telling a lie if I tried to claim that I had never let my fears of the unknown immobilize me; especially when it came to my art career and life.

These feelings may have helped me create some good art and provided fodder for writers of plays, novels, poetry and gossip-mongers; it has come time that those emotions and their buddies were traded in for some more positive vibes and inspiration.

I am pleased to tell you that I have started to do that. Instead of just constantly complaining that I can’t seem to move my art in this small town or state I have started to seek art venues and experiences in other parts of America and the world.

In the past two months I have started to apply for shows in California and elsewhere, and even for a one month ‘Artist Residency’ in Alaska.

To date I have had one negative reaction to my requests. However, instead of dwelling on the ‘not this time’ I turned around and asked for feedback. I then used that feedback to be the base ingredient for my application to Alaska. I submitted my application last weekend, despite mini fears of rejection, and now I wait, until mid-November for their response.

If I am not fortunate enough to be invited to partake in the residency I am not going to let that stop me from continuing forward; I will ask for feedback on my application and I will use what I learn to craft future applications and I will try again next year.

As part of my newfound freedom from my fears I am also continuing to try and get my art out there in an affordable way for everybody. I am sublimating some of my art onto mother of pearl pendants and glass coasters.

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Art should be affordable and enjoyed by all.

My pendants and coasters will soon be on my website and in select stores as well as on facebook. They will make perfect gifts and they come with their own little giftbox.

Free at Last, Free at Last…or how I choose to fill the world with colour

Rushing quickly from my studio go the colours; eager to run and paly with all the other colours in the big wide world.
Rushing quickly from my studio go the colours; eager to run and play with all the other colours in the big wide world.

Without a doubt I can safely say that I LOVE colour and being able to play so freely with it is one of my biggest passions.

I don’t like to keep it all to myself though because that would be just downright mean and selfish…and that’s not who I am or ever want to be. Sharing my colour playtimes with you brings me endless moments of intense orgasmic joy; especially when you tell me that you like what I have created.

Quite often I will listen to some music whilst creating.  The emotions expressed in the music invite mine to play… and together they chose the colours that they want to dance to, upon the canvas or medium in front of me. It has also been known for them to choose the brushes and dictate the strokes I use; sometimes, I feel quite used by them. That’s ok though; when it comes to art and passion I like to be used as a medium of expression. I love to see what flows through me to the physical medium in front of my eyes.

It is obvious from the piece above that, on its day of creation, I was listening to something upbeat, happy and full of action. Look at the  range of bright colours and the way they play so well together with each other. I LOVE that!!!

In the days, months and years ahead I plan on showcasing more of my art and sometimes divulging what was going through my brain when I created a certain piece of art or why I felt that I had to create it and then share it with you.

You can see more of my art on my website:douglasggordon.com or on my Facebook art page.

Please look at it, enjoy it. I create my art for YOU!

Until we meet again, I wish you the very best of life and passion!

Plug Not included…or is it?

Once upon a time, everything came complete and ready to use…

and it wasn’t that long ago.

Does anybody remember the good old days when you would buy a printer, scanner, software or computer and you would get everything you need with it. With a printer or scanner you would open the box and you would see USB cables, ethernet cables and instruction manuals all waiting for you to set everything up and see how to use your new toy to its fullest potential.

Well these days are gone my friend and it’s all the fault of accountants.

These folks have figured out a way to save their companies thousands of dollars each year, and transfer their savings in to your financial liabilities, by advising their bosses to no longer include the little extras.

A USB cable will cost you between five and ten dollars on Amazon, an ethernet cable will cost about the same if you choose to go hardwired instead of Wi-Fi. The user guide/owner’s manual is still there…as a printable pdf, on the software installation disc.

I recently bought myself an Epson WF-7610 all-in-one printer,scanner fax machine; the pdf manual is 333 full colour pages. That is almost a full set of cartridges  and a ream of paper to print it up so that I can know how to use my new toy that was supposed to save me money. Amazon’s prices for the cartridges are almost $40 and a ream of paper is about $7.00. That’s a total of almost $70, in expenses, that I now need to incur and the printer isn’t really any cheaper than it was a few years ago.

I shouldn’t complain though as they really are helping me learn through their frugality. I’m learning that I should not expect to get everything handed to me on a plate and  that it is also my responsibility to use the resources available to me to learn about the product.

Thank You Epson for your tuition and your encouragement to keep investing in your company by buying your brand of paper and your ink. I will be eternally grateful.

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‘Not A Snowball’s Chance in Hell’

Thank You for visiting my little blog.

Tons and Tons and TONS of Visual Stimulants

Smart phones and digital cameras are great; they allow you to capture a scene in an instant. You don’t need to finish the roll of film or wait a couple of days, or hours, to see if you captured the image that you wanted and you don’t need to spend a ton of money to get the film developed and the photos printed. You’ve got the result within a matter of seconds.

However, therein lies the problem; with no extra costs involved in capturing our memory prompts; we tend to overshoot, over-store, and some even take ‘selfies’ over-galore. I, currently, have three digital cameras and two smart phones so I might have a problem and a couple of photographs too many.

While I was getting photographs gathered and prepared for the website I realized just how much a hoarder of visual stimulants I am. From my IPhone 4, alone, in just over two years I had well over 7,000 photos on one hard drive. ( I have about 8 hard drives that I know have tons and tons of photos on them some from Scotland, some from Grand Rapids, Pittsburgh, Vancouver, Vancouver Island, Florida, Places in between and, of course, my kids, dogs, cats, my art creations and miscellaneous flim flam.

How about you? Do you have any idea how many digital photos you have stored on your computer, the Cloud, separate hard drives, memory cards and flash drives? And how many have you lost because of a hard drive failure or worse? Even more scary, how many of your photos are of the same scene, subject, blurry due to camera shake or somebody moving when they weren’t supposed to?

In the old days,(when I was young) film was expensive and you were limited to 12, 24 or 36 exposures on one roll. You would capture your memories and then you had to pay for developing and printing at a store or do it yourself at home or school. 35mm film cameras, or better, were tricky; you had to learn about focusing, f stops, shutter speed, depth of field and a whole bunch more. A lot of these things are now built in to the computer chips/programs of the new technological cameras and camera apps. However, I still use a lot of the photography skills I learnt back then; especially, the photographer’s eye for interesting subjects and angles etc. I also still have, and use, two 35mm film camera and 1 twin-lens reflex camera.

Do we really need to be taking as many memory stimulants(photographs) as we do? Can we not just visualize what we had for dinner last night or mentally recall the crazy antics of Hamish and Penny at the bar last weekend. Do we really need to take that shot or 20 with our smart phone or digital camera. We all have a marvelous camera sitting on top of our shoulders. Close your eyes for a moment and visualize a previous event in your life, or listen to a favourite song and close your eyes and remember where you first heard it or the person it reminds you of. I know you can do it; we all have that power of recall.

Don’t get me wrong, I am not telling you to stop taking photos; just asking you to think twice or thrice before you take so many of the same subject/person. Try looking at that scene, inhale and close your eyes for a second; there, the photo is now embedded in your internal hard drive.

There are times though in your life when you have to break your own, newly-invented, rules and become a hypocrite; I am already planning my hypocritical moments. At the end of January, I head to Clearwater Beach in Florida. 
I’ve already, mentally, packed my suitcase/camera bag with two camera lenses, a 35mm and a twin reflex camera, two tripods, a bunch of film and my smart phones have 64 gig memory cards in them…and yes, there are some clothes in my suitcase to protect the cameras. My excuse for this hypocracy: I have to share my adventures with you.

Happy Shooting and happy memory hoarding.

Douglas

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‘Riding The Wave’

You can see more of my art on my website

Who am I …and what’s a nice person like you doing reading this blog?

First of all, if you came here looking for Douglas Gordon, the young Glasgow artist that was born in 1966; sorry,you’re not going to find him here.

I’m an older Scottish/Canadian artist who was born in Canada and raised in Scotland; I graduated from Bearsden Primary and Dunrobin Castle. I now live in Oklahoma with my wife, our two cats and our four dogs.

My style of art is always evolving as I learn and experiment more with the different mediums and methods of creating art. They are most definitely in the abstract category and I tend  to use bold colours and involve lots of movement in the majority of my art. My art is created with the same passion that I have for life and Mother Nature. Sometimes it is inspired by music, sometimes by words, sometimes by people I have met in my life or situations I have experienced, and sometimes my inspiration comes completely from far out in the left field. Regardless of where it comes from, I pour my heart and soul into creating my art for you to enjoy and identify with.

Before I started creating art in 2010 I was an amateur photographer and a semi-amateur writer (one that sometimes got paid for his words).

I am a character and most of the time I can be quite pleasant and humorous. My initial character was developed from my scottish childhood, attending a semi-posh boarding school, living and working in scottish hotels, restaurants and factories. In 1977, I returned to Canada with my first wife, an english lass, and I continued to develop my character and gain more life experiences. I lived in Toronto for 13 years before heading west to the beauty of Vancouver and British Columbia.

In 1999, I fell in Love with my wife, Holly, and her two children. Having being single for a few years it was alright for me to do that. I moved down to Oklahoma to be with her and we got married in March 2000. After honeymooning in Scotland we returned to Shawnee Oklahoma where she and her two children, Ryan and Abbi, started to raise me and help make me the man I am today; a lot more mellow, settled and community orientated but still possessing my quick wit. my wicked sense of humour and my occasional periods of orneriness.

Now that you know a little bit more about me it’s my turn to ask you what you are doing reading this blog? Why, oh why would you do such a thing like that? Whatever your reason is, I hope that you will come back and read more as the weeks, months and years move on.

You can see my art on my website,  my facebook page, my art page on facebook. You can also find some of my art available as leggings, capris and other wearables.

Wishing you the Best Always!!!

totally immersed in creation
totally immersed in creation