Category: The Pause Art Project


Welcome to the third installment of the Pause Art Project. The first one was the Pause Art Project – Intro which you can find in the Pause Art Project category button below my banner. It explains the whole idea. The rules are to take shots of interesting TiVo screen pauses when you pause the TV for whatever reason. Must be totally random, ‘cuz pausing at a pretty shot is too easy. [To see the photos up close, click on them. Click on your left arrow key near the upper left corner of your browser to return to my blog.]

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Vive la différence! I’ve decided to form the latest Pause Art post into illustrations for a story instead of just goofing on what they are. Ok, full disclosure, I forgot to make notes of what I was watching when I took PA shots over the past few months and find myself without any context to embellish the art. That will never do. Great art needs even greater captions!

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Out with the old year! And why not out with the imagined rights of one human being over another? And the comfortable patriarchs and their legions, with the audacity to waste time, energy, resources, money and lives on the arts of aggression, war and control,

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instead of the art of PEACE.

Well I declare an Expedition to Find Peace

Well I declare an Expedition to Find Peace

Because great deeds and great thoughts have ridiculous beginnings.

Because great deeds and great thoughts have ridiculous beginnings.

The recent solstice of December 21, 2012 is a great place to start. The rebirth of the sun, bringing forth the light. Births come with fearless innocence, raw needs, and inherent and tenacious coping skills for everyone involved. Yours and my quest for peace can be that energized.

The recent solstice of December 21, 2012 is a great place to start. The rebirth of the sun, bringing forth the light. Births come with fearless innocence and inherent and tenacious coping skills for everyone involved. Yours and my quest for peace can be that energized.

Especially over the next  few decades. If we are to learn anything from those Mayan genius astronomers besides today's great jokes and cartoons about the end of the world, it is that we hold our fate in our hands now more than ever. We are passing from an aggressive age to a potentially harmonious one where the male and female energy balance.

Especially over the next few decades. If we are to learn anything from those Mayan genius astronomers besides today’s great jokes and cartoons about the end of the world, it is that we hold our fate in our hands now more than ever. We are passing from an aggressive age to a potentially harmonious one where the male and female energy balance.

We are starting to spin fast as a species and the art of interacting demands a good dance floor. Unless we quest for peace, the ancient mystics predict that life will get meaner and more miserable, starting now,

We are starting to spin fast as a species and the art of interacting demands a good dance floor. Unless we quest for peace, the ancient mystics predict that life will get meaner and more miserable, starting now.

So while I'm lounging in my own little world, I think I'll grow new thinking processes to include more peace and goodwill. Schedule it in. In ink. With an alert on my smart phone.

So while I’m lounging in my own little world, I think I’ll grow new thinking processes to include more peace and goodwill. Schedule it in. In ink. With an alert on my smart phone.

No more tangled web weaving, unless it is for beauty…and I guess benign. And there's the rub, eh? Someones nice little creative effort to bring home the bacon is someone else's death trap said the spider to the fly. Brute life. But that doesn't mean we have to choose to have conflict. I think we as a species are still learning how to resolve conflict in a productive manner, but if we all want to resolve it, then that's more than half way there already. Too far to turn back. AHA! Too far to turn back on the Peace effort!

No more tangled web weaving, unless it is for beauty…and I guess benign. And there’s the rub, eh? Someones nice little creative effort to bring home the bacon is someone else’s death trap said the spider to the fly. Brute life. But that doesn’t mean we have to choose to have conflict. I think we as a species are still learning how to resolve conflict in a productive manner, but if we all want to resolve it, then that’s more than half way there already. Too far to turn back. AHA! Too far to turn back on the Peace effort!

[Nice idea from and copyright to the Big Bang Theory dude.] That's the end of the first Pause Art Story, now for the small vignettes…stay with me here. These are all random pause art pics. Well, mostly, except for one or two, (oh I hate being honest!)

Ha! Well, you get the idea. [Copyright to the Big Bang Theory dude.]
That’s the end of the first Pause Art Story, now for the small vignettes…stay with me here. These are all random pause art pics. Well, mostly, except for one or two, (oh I hate being honest!)

And two more faces keeping me glued to the NCIS shows, Renée Felice Smith,

Two faces keeping me glued to the NCIS shows, Renée Felice Smith,

and Pauley Perrete. I freely admit that these were not true random Pause Art shots. I dinna care!

and Pauley Perrete. I freely admit that these were not true random Pause Art shots. I dinna care!

Oy. And while we're at it…Anne Hathaway on SNL in November, 2012

Oy. And while we’re at it…Anne Hathaway on SNL in November, 2012

This couplet of pics is called Being Two-Faced. Meet the Stonies. Siamese twins joined at the head.

This couplet of pics is called Being Two-Faced. Meet the Stonies. Siamese twins joined at the head.

Another beaut of a segue, total fluke when I had to pause and deal with something. Love this project!

Another beaut of a segue. A total fluke when I had to pause and deal with something. Love this project!

New series: Places I've Lived

New series: Places I’ve Lived

See me waving?

See me waving?

or Near To

or Near To

Visited,

Visited,

or Both. Hi ya's down undah! This artistic map shows the ancient tribal footpaths going back 40, to 50,000 years when Australia was settled. Major walkabout history.

or Both. Hi ya’s down undah! This artistic map shows the ancient tribal footpaths going back 40, to 50,000 years when Australia was settled. Major walkabout history.

Finally, a Place I'd Like to Live. In this fabulous house. WIth Jean-Luc Picard. Although Gates McFadden, Marina Sirtis or Whoopi Goldberg would suffice. :)

Finally, a Place I’d Like to Live. In this fabulous house. WIth Jean-Luc Picard. Although Gates McFadden, Marina Sirtis or Whoopi Goldberg would suffice. 🙂

Last group…Minerals! Rocks and Ice

Last group…Minerals! Rocks and Ice

Um, Ice and Rock again,

Um, Ice and Rock again,

and Ginormous Crystals!!

and Ginormous Crystals!!

Well that was fun.

I encourage you to start your own Pause Art Project, made easier by the smart phones and tablets so widespread now. Stay true to the random pause! That is what makes it so interesting. Keeping brief notes about what show they are from is good practice, too, since captioning really makes the project.

And please be a Peace Maven with me. Make informed choices and live lightly on the planet. Blessed be.

Welcome to the second installment of the Pause Art Project. The first one was the P.A.P. Intro which, if you missed it either literally or figuratively, you can find in the Pause Art Project category button below my banner.

Have you been aware of the pause art in your life? Maybe even started documenting some? The rules are to take shots of totally random TV screen pauses, as explained in the intro. If you have any particularly groovy ones, email them to me with maybe a little note saying what it is and why it tickles you, and I’ll add it as a guest post for future PAP updates.

This batch of art is mushrooming alien, space and earth references throughout, which are always good for a brain twisting. Wonder and puzzlement are the best exercise for that organ, n’est pas? And good for the soul.

There will be another installment in a few months. Until then, may your pauses be filled with beauty and wonder as you dodge the barrage of commerce.

[To see the photos up close, click on them and you’ll be shifted to a slide show with the captions. Click on that screen’s ESC tab to return to my blog.]

 

Welcome to the Pause Art Project! This project was made possible due to the TiVo/DVR revolution that has changed the way we watch TV. Thank you whoever. Now I can know what that guy mumbled or decipher the cryptic messages that flew by too fast in the old days of just a few years ago. Anyway, I kept noticing that when I paused the TV to go to the bathroom or answer the phone that the image that was frozen was sometimes pretty cool. When I came back I would groove on it awhile until the acid flashback was over and the pondering thoughts snapped back to the present. Enter stage left my nifty new toy, the iPhone 4, and it’s ability to snap a digital photo. One late night I got the goofy idea to begin to document my “pause art” and share it with others. (That’s the other thing about living now, everyone shares.)

The beauty of it all was that it was totally RANDOM. Anyone can pause the TV when something cool is on the screen, so that was totally lame. The unplanned screen freeze was what I was after, and that has been my guiding rule. It’s strict, but that’s where the most fun lies.

However,  there are two small instances when I tip the hand of the Pause Screen Goddess. First is when I have to do something like go to the loo, but can wait a tiny bit. I wait until there is a natural break in the action and then pause it. So if I’m say, watching a Ken Burns documentary where he puts in titles to his segments, I take that opportunity to pause and go do my business. Random, but somewhat planned.

Second is when I’m watching live TV. Commercials are vile and I hate the amount of space they have taken up in my head over my life time. I can still remember jingles from childhood for Pete’s sake! So I usually pause the ads for 3 to 5 minutes until I’m sure the program has resumed. I pick a nice shot from the first ad to freeze and gaze at that in relative peace or talk to Lindsay, then fast forward to the end of them. My rule for Pause Art in this case is that I have to find something in the first five or six seconds or else hit jump back once and freeze it where ever it lands back in the last second or so of my show before the break. I know this is not a purist random freeze but life is too short to be a fanatic about anything except keeping an open mind and loving one another, so into the mix it goes!

I’ve been collecting for a few months now and I watch a lot of PBS and Discovery fare which provide a lot of nice images. Click on them to see them close up. Maybe you’ll recognize some. Maybe you’d like to start your own Pause Art Project. Go on, it’s fun! Let me know how it’s going. I’ll update every few months, maybe quarterly, with the newest batch of images. If you want to see the updates, just click on ‘The Pause Art Project’ category below my banner when you visit Sequitur Journal. PAUSE ART ROCKS!

So ends the first installment of The Pause Art Project. Check back for updates!