Friday, December 28, 2007

December 28, 2007

Another brilliant, clear morning. The earth was washed sparkling clean by the rains. There was stillness about everything as if the mind of the planet was in deep silence, or meditation. The highest form of meditation is simply awareness. Awareness of everything being aware here now, beyond this and that or time and space, utility, survival or pleasure and pain.

Pure meditation is fulfillment of self knowing, absolute value, without reason or motive. The thinking mind describes things. The knowing mind lives everything as itself. All there is, although new in appearances each moment, is eternally the same pure identity.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

December 26, 2007

December 26, 2oo7

It is one of those incredible mornings filled with beauty. High vaulted tender blue skies, deep long shadows running like cool rivers beneath dazzling diamond lighted trees. Everything has an exquisite sharpness to it. This quality of atmosphere is perhaps what has influenced my art the most. Many artists are solitary people, the very passion to see and feel things as they really are drives out this characteristic in them. One almost feels as if you have to use all your cunning to get away and be alone within your solitude. The market place of the world is the noisy jabbering of one’s mind, with its wanting and not wanting, duties and obligations - but the kingdom of joy always lays in the source of solitude. Wonder and joy is the engine of art.

Sunday, December 9, 2007


This is my new painting called WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE.

Chet and I: a father and son in love with an art that chases demons and angels across a vast mind of infinite possibilities. For us, creation is the essence of all life and we are drunk with its adventurous joy!

Friday, December 7, 2007


Sitting on the upper slope of my backyard at twilight, suddenly one realizes that on a vaster plane of being, nothing in or of this earth happens that does not move through my entire body or being. In Alaska a shard of ice breaks free - I am there. The smallest creature form in Africa registers its dream in my life’s intricate web. Somewhere in the South Seas the currents of warm winds touch quiet pure atolls in the fauna and flora of my mind. How can this be true? Yet somewhere in the Vast mystery of my heart it is so. The first movement of all life is love.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Something new

I'm hot on the trail of a new painting to post - be back soon.

Sunday, November 18, 2007


The painting is complete. Every object or element has been treated with all the care and attention that I now possess. And since I am pleased with the outcome I can release it.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Are you being thought?

I can only effectively comment on the painting from this point until it is completed! So here’s something to think about in the meantime: are we thinking or are we being thought?

The meditative or quiet mind, free from shouting, sensations or sentiments notices we do not originate ninety-nine percent of our thoughts, but rather follow them about helter-skelter, now happy, now sad, now frightened, now arrogant. I must say that very few people on the face of the earth, including me, are the masters of their fate by being the masters of their minds. The master thinker discards all negative thoughts and chooses only thoughts that serve him or her in love, abundance and joy. Therefore, some people’s lives are creatively active and successful while some are confused, disordered and reactive!

Saturday, November 10, 2007


I’m moving to the central figure and developing her and the foreground butterflies. This stage is by no means the finished product. Once again I always paint in conscious stages never forcing a completion in one area but bringing the painting alone as a whole.

Friday, November 9, 2007


I’m working the left side of the painting (see November 8); the ship, the girl with the guitar, and the butterfly girl. At this point in the painting I’m working rather quickly, putting down color, separating light from dark with warm and cool values often blurring one into another. Before the painting is finished I usually will paint each object including the background three times. This is not formula but I’m always challenging each aspect of the painting to produce a more vivid experience.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

After establishing the main character I usually start from left to right developing other elements in the painting. I will work the background color schemes to best pop-out the significant objects. Now the beginner usually panics and tries to finish the painting quickly. There are always problems of coordination when dealing with a variety of objects but the mature artist has a highly developed faith that with the right quality of attention to each component in the painting the whole painting will eventually evolve harmoniously.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

O.K. I’ll start showing the evolution of this painting as best I can. This painting is centered around the idea that at the center of our being is perfect balance, beauty, power and poise. To prepare a painting I settle upon the main point of interest. Here the female meditator is the point of power that makes this painting or idea go. I start by drawing the figure upon a gessoed panel, I will also draw in other elements and when the composition seems to feel right I will “fix it” on the board and put a thin coat of burnt umber cut with liquin over the whole board. When the board is dry I start painting into the main figure.

Monday, November 5, 2007

Not Yet

Well after a commercial break the game is afoot. The new painting is going well, now if my mind would stop torturing me with duties, obligations, and pictures of the terrible state of the world I would be able to step out of the war-zone and find the peace I need in order to complete this painting.

Friday, November 2, 2007

I have plans for a new blog in which I’m going to photograph the various stages and
decisions involved in my latest painting. I’m excited about this because as a viewer
myself, I never quite know how the final painting will look. But right now I’m committed to a different project. I’ve been invited to write the introduction for an article for my son, The Great Chet - [] to be published in the U.K. magazine called Dangerous Ink. So don’t turn that dial I’ll be back after the next commercial.

Thursday, November 1, 2007


Only a mind free from the movement of sorrow and fear can decide or act with effiency, this is the dynamic mind. This mind works by integrity, meaning no real feelings of separation from the moment’s total event. Only this mind on fire with light, can be with, or be the thing, it sees and feels. The melodramatic mind is based upon the memory’s resentments and slights. But in pure identity no footprints of this melodramatic mind can be found. The flame of pure identity is the enormous quality of timeless attention.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Attracting Art Ideas

My artwork, especially the fantasy work, is developed out of spontaneous feeling tones. A figure or a scene flashes across the palace of mind and insatiable curiosity draws me into a new adventure. This quality of being in the creative mode attracts great energy to it.

Every new painting is in the womb of this new energy. I believe every self or person is an energy idea. This idea yearns to be expressed. God also yearns to know more about God through this life or expressed idea.

Rarely does the meaning or teaching of a new painting make itself known to me until after it is finished. Then, often it will startle me with, “Oh, that’s what that means!”

Monday, October 29, 2007


Day 5

I thought the female figure in the lower left corner of the painting was just a compositional component. But when I asked her what her function was, she replied, “Well Jim, I’m here to remind you that the mind in the hands of a meditative master can be a garden of ever changing wonders or, in the hands of a blind fool, a nightmare of confusion, self loathing, hate and fear. You are always creating by your thoughts and beliefs. The point of power is always now. Eternal vigilance is the price of peace.

Sunday, October 28, 2007


In this symbol the female face is wearing the crest upon her headdress of the flower of
meditation. From this mind set, creation duplicates innovative intentions and solutions of the highest order. Without the faith which places the task in God’s hands our intentions are usually burdened with the belief that we have to do everything by ourselves, setting into motion opposing situations that can tear us apart. We are learning not to compete with the outside world but to cooperate with the infallible inner laws of creation.

Saturday, October 27, 2007


The symbols of the females mean inspired thoughts or flashes of intuition that contain energy of an enormous quality. In religious mythology they are sometimes represented as angels or in Greek mythology, winged footed Hermes and so on.

Great art or great innovative ideas are always multidimensional in scope.

Einstein’s concept of simultaneous time was one of these flashes.

Friday, October 26, 2007


The sleeping child upon the warm earth sphere, is the symbol of the
multi-dimensional priest, mature and ever expanding. Great illumination comes from a profound innocence. This faith is as simple as a seed or as innocent as a trusting child.

Spiritual trust lays in the unshakable truth that all life is good.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Painting 2 - DAY 1

I usually create my paintings first by intuition or the curiosity of a set of symbols in my
mind’s eye. After the painting is completed I start to realize the meaning of the symbols.

The drawing of the priest with butterfly wings is my symbol of the power and poise of our inner oracle. The self that is beyond the limits of our time and space thinking.

This priest is the mediator between our duality formed personalities and our unified awareness. Unity is absolute value or love. Spiritual unity is the only reality that makes life possible.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Preparation for next painting discussion



This painting completes the cycle of a vision, and the intention to bring that vision into physical reality with its own life force and purpose. The purity of this painting really pleases me; I can hear the thunder of the huge breaking wave. I am exhilarated by the aqua blue sea, glassed off in front of it. The balance, aim and focus of the meditator has elevation and mystery. The pot of gold signifies the absolute value of the meditator’s desire. All is as it should be.

I agree with the statement made by U.S. Anderson where he writes: As individuals in this great God seeking drama we know as life, we have but two main choices: Love or suffer!

Every moment of every day we are engaged in the spiritual force of creating. We hope, plan, consider, desire, act, speak, fear, use our will, love, hate are joyful, embittered – always we are creating. There is only one force in the entire universe; it creates all things according to what we conceive, accept, and allow.

Sunday, October 21, 2007


This composition please me; all the elements I desire are in place.

We are living in the dawn of a new realization. It often frightens us that we can be so powerful, that we can create our own lives the way we want them to be. This power we possess requires nothing but the responsibility of not allowing negative thoughts to take root in our subconscious belief systems. “As you believe so shall it be.”

Let our intentions only explore the possibilities of a rich full life.

Saturday, October 20, 2007


Here I’m developing a symbol of the incubation period. Once the intention or idea is requested in the universal mind, like a child in the womb, the intention is distilled in faith and at the perfect time it is translated into physical reality. Only the universal mind knows how to bring one’s intention into being with all the people, places, and circumstances perfectly coordinated.

Friday, October 19, 2007


In the painting, the sailing craft is the mediator’s intention of abundance, peace, and joy.
Everything seems to arrive in waves, or cycles of experience. The vast mind is like the
measureless sea from which we call forth our waves of experience by our desires, thoughts, and beliefs. Through right thinking we create waves in the universal mind that we experience as abundance, peace, and joy - not fear, poverty and hate. Thus we create our own destinies.

Thursday, October 18, 2007


Today I’m developing the headset and heart helm symbols. If our inner vision is clear, and our faith relentless, we will be guided to the shore of our accomplishment and achieve our intent.

With the vast mind of “all there is” at the helm we can never fail.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007


I’m isolating components and developing their purpose and functions.
The female mediator is the star of this movie. Her hypnotic focus is upon establishing the reality of abundance in her minds eye. What we predominantly focus upon with passionate intent is what we will experience in our lives. Mind is the only mover in the universe. Her head piece symbolizes “holding the thought of cornucopia or abundance.
The two transparent balls of light she holds in her hands symbolize the balancing of the left side of the brain which deals with time and space. And the right side of her brain deals with pure intuition.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007


I’m working with a new painting idea; the painting is called the Law of Attraction. It’s sort of like making a movie, using thumbnail sketches to find the composition and symbol elements that I want to use to express this idea. The evolution of the whole process will be spread out over a seven day cycle.

Thursday, October 11, 2007


I’ve set a goal for myself that in the next seven days I will document on my blog the different stages that I go through with a new fantasy painting. I’ll explain the meaning of the symbols in the painting, there’ll be sketches showing how I develop the overall concept as well as my thoughts as I progress through to the completion. This idea sounded fun to me and I hope it’ll be of interest to you as well.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

You are enough.

It is perhaps the rarest but most significant thing in the world when a person realizes

that they are enough. Right now, right where they are. It comes in a flash of recognition.

It is the first and last freedom! It is Pure Identity.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Daily Journal

We are the world. This I structure creates the universe from an internal idea.

The sun rises, the stars are dazzling light,

The oceans comb their surface with waves of joy, everything created is created

Or co-created by this I structure. We are the world. So which you, which world?

Will we create today?

The point of power is always now. Hard to believe, but this is the basic truth of reality.

Friday, September 21, 2007

The Tide Turns Within:

The tide is in.

The sound is hushed.

The wave of thought well formed,

With ample space between.

Purpose is proposed upon itself.

Across a smooth back-drop,

The sky is clear,

The division sharp.

All things are dispersed

To their proper place.

There is peace within!

Monday, September 17, 2007

About Me

About me. A man or woman is defined by their passion or desire.

As a teenager I was an all-city football player in love with Judy McBride (who became Richelle, Rick, and Chet’s mother). After high school I went to the Pasadena Playhouse. I was on fire to be a great actor. But that fire was redirected into fine art under the loving guidance of Keith Finch (one of the most famous and inventive painters during the fifties and sixties). My study, or learning process, was a long drawn out affair; I loved all styles of art but would vacillate between abstract and realism.

In the late seventies I was contracted by the N.F.L. (through a wild business associate named Mike Brawsen). Over the course of the next five or six years I did posters, game day covers and many other projects for most of the N.F.L. teams, as well as a great many other sports franchises. I also met Arnold Schwarzenegger in the late seventies. He liked what I was doing with my sports art and invited me to help him promote his Mr. Olympia contest through poster art. My wife and I became pretty good friends with Arnold , often visiting him at his home. Arnold was yet to become a big movie star but already he was an accomplished business man. He’s a fun guy and for years we corresponded. I also enjoyed a close friendship with Fred Claire of the Dodgers, a great administrator during the Lasorda/O’Malley era, which some call the golden era of the Dodgers. My work still adorns the walls of their offices. During that time Al Davis of the Raiders hired me often and I worked for the Raider organization for about twenty eight years doing at least one project a year. My portrait of Al Davis is still in the Pro Football Hall of Fame at Canton Ohio.

Of course, during all of this, my children were quickly growing up. Rick, my oldest boy was in his own rock band, Chet was making us laugh with his wild and often bizarre inventions, and Richelle had started the first vegetarian restaurant in town.

The late eighties was kind of crazy, Judy and I met many celebrities, and at times were involved with movie people. I remember Sylvester Stallone having our family up to meet him during his editing of his second movie, Paradise Alley; he was so great with the kids. It was really a fun day with Sly. I did work for him on Paradise Alley.

During this time commercial art was paying the bills but my heart was always pursuing my private visions (my love affair with the Vast Mind - this is the name I still use to describe that presence that is really all of us). In my early forties I studied that vast mind at the L.A. Zen Center but my encounters with the vast mind dates back to when I was in my early twenties.

At fifty years old, I studied acting with the famous theater director Jackie Cowgill. Acting was still in my blood (I studied acting at the Pasadena Playhouse when I nineteen). Jackie Cowgill was later to direct my wife’s one act play The Phone Call’ in Taos, New Mexico.

In my early fifties the kids were out of school; Chet had been awarded as being the best Artist in the L.A. area. He immediately went to Italy to do FX work on his first movie, Rick continued his music (studying with the famous writer, composer Charles Albertine), and Richelle was busy with her restaurant.

Judy and I decided to move from California to Taos, New Mexico where it worked out that the solitude allowed both Judy and I to develop our crafts. I began showing in many galleries across the country and most of the art I painted was classical still life, which I loved; it was powerful. But that inner voice kept saying, “Hey! What about me?”

Judy was creating furiously and she developed one of the most fluent, yet inventive, writing styles I’ve ever read.

But life being what it is, my wife and I felt the urge to return to California (this was in the late 90’s); there were now four grandchildren who were very important to us.

It has all gone by so fast. At my age now (though I’m still eighteen at heart) the important thing is my dream, or speaker, art, and trying to share my vision with as many like minds as possible. That’s why, with the help of the great Chet ( ) I’ve started a blog and web site.

I still wake every morning grumbling my way through duties until I can get to the “magic time”. That’s when anything is possible and I try to capture it in my dream catcher’s net called art.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Inspiration from the Other Side

January 1979

Holistic Civilization

From swollen thoughts

pressed in comported spheres

illuminated dawns

of unconscious days

in diamond-cut light

lost civilizations review their call.

From scattered dreams,

floating like streamers

in epic waves,

a correspondence is whispered

into the hummingbird heart

of he who waits

in suspended thrill

for the sonar echoes

of holistic display

exploding in his brain

in archetype symbols.

Reassembling in zigzag scenarios,

Settling in luminous frames,

ballet dancing

within the dreams

of our 20th century days.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007


The flash of a diving hawk,
streaking across the palace of the mind.
Next, in the depth of an ocean,
Dolphins turn, plowing the night into a phosphorescent fire.

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Daily Journal

To run with the wolf pack of night, to make love with the maiden of dream! - To sit with the elders at the counsel of dawn. Desire and reason teach children to play- and old men and women to sing the song of eternity. This is the tribe of my being – the heart of the warrior, the mind of the poet, the body of a dancer, a soul that sits in the center of all there is.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Daily Journal

God cannot be found in the chat rooms of the mind. God is craftily hidden in each pathos of the moment’s point of power. God or love or pure identity is the flight of the alone into the sacred alone. Here absolute value is explored in silence. This is motionless wisdom. This is the enormous quality of being from which all consciousness forms itself into living beings

Monday, September 3, 2007

Daily Journal

The point of power is now. The point of pure identity is now. One’s life can be changed, enriched healed, only now. He or she who lives in the moment’s total event is free blessed and joyfully fulfilled. We usually live in various degrees of anxiety because our minds are pasting or futuring without being centered here and now, immortality is here and now.

Friday, August 31, 2007


Another brilliant morning. It’s difficult to talk about paining; the How To’s always come out of the artist or would-be artists’ personal passion preferences. There are so many styles and schools of art! I love all styles. Abstract expressionism - at its highest level is stunning and visceral. There is the expressionistic viewpoint, shimmering in broken color contrast. There are the great illustrators, Frazetta, Boris, Chuck Ren, Norman Rockwell. John Singer Sargent was a monster of flowing realistic expression.

I, myself…well…precision craftsmanship set against or set within iridescent color schemes has driven me…Strong draftsmanship was as essential to me as air itself. And then mystical interpretation of form was my desired result. I started copying Michaelangelo one of the most powerful draftsmen of the human machine. For him, the divine spirit was writhing in the muscle and bone architecture of the human body, seeking to express the inexpressible in gestures of power and grace. Drawing to me was always the sole signatures of the great artists.

Fear nothing but the failure to experience your true nature – The Three Pillars of Zen

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Night Flower

The night gave me a gift,

the understanding of peace

that the meditative flower knows.

No thought is its face,

its petals quietly folded in it’s lap.

It gently stirs in the expectancy

of being touched by dawn.

Its mind

is the ear

that listens to the ethereal whispers.

Its pale blue petals,


are its talents and desires

matured by discipline,

displayed in faith,

stemmed and deep rooted

in an everlasting love whose fragrance issues

forth within the circumference of my soul.

Fear nothing but the failure to experience your true nature - and then cease to fear that!

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Fear nothing but the failure to experience your true nature – The Three Pillars of Zen

Daily Meditation

Before one realizes his or her pure identity one searches for teachers, saviors, or holy men. But the holy one sits unfettered in the quiet relaxed vast mind of everyone and everything. The only task is to become the quality of stillness of your true, radiant self. In the stillness, awareness finds itself at the last frontier of camouflage reality. Symbols then drop away. Face to face with one’s own eternal magnificence is the absolute value of your true identity. Actually, everything is love.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007


The world is steeped in quiet thought.

A silent song.

Its total presence is streaming and interchangeable.

Flowing from one distinction into another.

Yet nothing is destroyed, nothing overlaps.

This vast mind, teaching and learning as it goes, is my mind. My true mind.

The innocence of the moment is beyond life and death.

This great simplicity includes all time within it.

To be grasped by this eternal livingness is the true joy of our lives!

Fear nothing but the failure to experience your true nature - The Three Pillars of Zen