April 26, 2011 on 2:48 pm | In General | No Comments

Heres some images from Easter Week and a 100 year old lily that came from Sweden. This plant came with the 100 year old house i had on Lowry Hill.


I SEE YOU                                                                                                                                                    JimJ11


BIRTH OF VENUS                                                                                                                                         JimJ11


March 20, 2011 on 6:24 am | In General | No Comments



Exhibition Sign


Detail – SPIRIT HOUSE # 6


Aberdeen gallery artists: Nick Fisher, Ben Grote, Jake Bosmoe, Jim Johnson, Vic Runnels

at Jim Johnsons exhibit INVISIBLE LANDSCAPES : Can You See Them ?

Opening night March 19 2011 – 6th Avenue Gallery – Aberdeen, South Dakota

Blue Cloud Invisible Landscape

February 8, 2011 on 12:50 pm | In Photographs | No Comments

The Invisible landscape at Blue Cloud                                                                                                   

I caught this scene at Blue Cloud Abby near Marvin, South Dakota.

It reflects the feelings i have after being on retreat at the Abby this last week with my Woolly Mammoth Brothers and the my Benedictine Brothers at the Abby.

A question that is asked at the retreat is ” Where am i headed ? ” Am i paying attention to what God might be telling me ?

For me this photo captures the theme that i am exploring in my art work. This theme The Wildness Within can also be described as finding ” The invisible landscape ” Within.

To me the shape of the soul is an invisible shape. It is the shape when i feel the most alive in – The Contemplation of Beauty – This contemplation connects me with an ‘ interior landscape ‘ deep within my soul, my WildnessWithin.

According to John O’Donohue the Irish poet and philosopher beloved for his book Anam Cara — Gaelic for “soul friend “

John talks of his insistence on beauty as a human calling and a defining aspect of God. John had a very Celtic, lifelong fascination with what he called ” the invisible world. ” He talks about how through the ” aesthetic event of Art ” the inner life is awaken and reminded of a hugh interior life.

Since my retreat from the city, 8 years ago, i have been looking for this invisible world, not really knowing that that’s what i was looking for. I have been calling it the WildnessWithin. I have found that it is Beauty that i have been seeking. ‘ The inner landscape of Beauty ‘ that John talks about. The visible world & the invisible world intertwining in human experience.

“ Beauty is a human calling and a defining aspect of God .”

Spirit House #1

February 8, 2011 on 12:49 pm | In General | No Comments

More on ” The Invisable World “

My Spirit Houses are reminiscent of a common enclosure for Spirits of the Divine Presence. These houses are a deep reflection of the superstitions of the cultures that combines beliefs of Christianity, Buddhism with the faiths of Hinduism, Animism, and other beliefs.

My Spirit Totems that are in the center of the composition are reminiscent of native cultures totem poles. These structures are a way of arranging the energies of that ” invisible world, ” putting a face on the spirits and having a conversation with them
daily or formally in ritual

Spirit houses are worship shrines and structures that are plentifully located all around cities and the countryside in Asian cultures. They believe in things like land gods, ghosts, local spirits, and legendary water snakes and their influence to bring luck and blessings on the people in their daily lives.

Spirit houses are also supposed to house the Lord Spirits of the Land.


Example of a Spirit House in Thailand

In Christian mythology the Tabernacles, a similar worship shrine structure

is also used to house ‘ the Divine Spirit.’


Example of a Christian Spirit House ( Tabernacle/Altar )

The Imagination is the faculty that bridges, co-presents and co-articulates the Visible and the Invisible.’

I invite you to extend Your Imagination to venture into the invisible world of animal and mythical creatures – The Wild Ones


Spirit House #1


Spirit House #1      Mixed Media Painting  2′x 4′              JimJ11

Spirit House #2

February 8, 2011 on 12:48 pm | In General | No Comments


Spirit House #2       Mixed Media Painting  2′x 4′         JimJ11

Spirit House #3

February 8, 2011 on 12:44 pm | In General | No Comments


Spirit House # 3         Mixed Media Painting   2′x 4′                 JimJ11


My Studio in Aberdeen with Sleeping Spirits

Winter Solstice Aberdeen

December 21, 2010 on 3:38 pm | In Photographs | No Comments

May all the light of the Winter Solstice be full of blessings for you this Holiday Season

and the New Year.

day arises
from the sleep
day wakes up
with the dawning light
also you must arise
also you must awake
together with the day that comes

thule eskimo

Poem from:
Changing Light edited by J. Ruth Gendler
A collection of Myths, Poems, Prayers observing the Eternal Cycle of Night and Day.


Winter Solstice Aberdeen #1                                                                                                        JimJ10


Winter Solstice Aberdeen #2                                                                                                         JimJ10

The Samhain Mediator between the Two Worlds

October 31, 2010 on 2:42 pm | In Collage, Photographs | No Comments

This is my first entry since moving from the Ranch to the Wildness of the city – Aberdeen -

One Wildness that i found in my new home is a resident Great Horned Owl ( My animal totem ) who has a nest in a huge blue spruce tree in our back yard. Its as if the owl medicine comes with me – or is this just coincidence – What do you think ?
Ever since one of my shaman teachers Martin’ told me that according to one of my recurring dreams – one of my animal totems or guides is an Owl – i have seen and heard them, where ever i wander.

The Owl is traditionally – The Mediator between the Two Worlds

In the dark of night as is sit in my bedroom i hear — WHOOOO WHOOOOO WHOOOOOing.

So here’s an image for this time of passage of the seasons ‘ Summers End ‘ SAMHAIN


The Samhain Mediator between the Two Worlds
20 ” x 30 ” Photo collage by JimJ ’10

Samhain is a Gaelic festival held on October 31–November 1.

The Irish name Samhain is derived from Old Irish and means roughly “summer’s end”.
A harvest festival with ancient roots in Celtic polytheism, it was linked to festivals held around the same time in other Celtic cultures, and continued to be celebrated in late medieval times. Due to its date it became associated
with the Christian festival All Saints’ Day, and greatly influenced modern celebration of Halloween.

My World

July 15, 2010 on 12:59 pm | In General | 1 Comment

This is my latest inventory of all the creatures here on Caspers Ranch. The thing is i can never get all the elements in a photograph that i want in it. So i have to switch to my collage mode to achieve the desired affect. Its also a way of satisfying my need to ? !


My World                                                                                                                                                  jimj10

It all started back in the Walker Art Center days when i would complete a graphic design for a show and then add to it after it was printed for the public.

See this example in the circa 1970′s NOGUCHI’S : Imaginary Landscapes poster i designed for a show.


The Fallen One

July 15, 2010 on 12:34 pm | In Photographs | No Comments

The part that i never talk about in Wildness in the death part. All living things die in order for the living

to carry on. In our animal families on the ranch. We are always walking over the dead ones to get to the living ones.

In this photo it is amazing to see the concern and curiosity of all the animals for the fallen family member.


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