Friday, February 7, 2020

Thursday, March 12th, Calabash, NC will be the next floral workshop I will be teaching with Waterway Art Association. This one day all levels workshop will focus on still-life and floral watercolor play. Whether creating small embellishments or masterpieces, we’ll focus on thinking beyond the traditional with the medium. As always, lots of sharing, fun, and tangent art conversations are expected.  Hope to see you there. Contact Waterway for more details. 

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Here is this week's TBT.
Just looking at this one makes me feel relaxed and stress free.
This is oil on mylar.
The final on the left shows a slight shadow change from when I first painted it. 
A work of art still in the studio is never safe from adjustments.
 As Leonardo da Vinci reportedly said, " Art is never finished. Only abandoned."
Unplugged  by Rachel Jones

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Thursday, January 23, 2020

Tensile Strength is defined as the resistance of a material to breaking under tension or the force required to pull something apart like a rope or a beam until it breaks. There are various nuances  to the definition, but you get the point. As much as it is a structural term, I think it equally applies to relationships whether it be familiar, romantic, friendships.....  Should a tensile strength exist is relationships? Yes? No? Is the idea of a "breaking point" taboo? In this day and age has that 'line' drawn in the sand receded? So many questions and so many circumstances. What I do know is that any sturdy structure requires a sturdy foundation. It's the little things that are important and strengthen that bond. Here is one of my favorite little things. This is today's TBT Throwback Pricing for 48 Hours. Great for gifting.

Tensile Strength by Rachel Jones
Oil on Panel
5” X 5”

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Thursday, January 16, 2020

On this TBT, I'm throwing it back  a bit to a show I was part of at William H Miller gallery where the theme was Forgery. My little contribution was this Mucha rendition of Moon and Stars. He painted several in this series from around 1902. I visited Prague once, and the city definitely embraced their own Alphonse Mucha (if only for us tourists) as much as he embraced Art Nouveau.
Image result for mucha moon and stars 

On this Throw Back Thursday, I'm also throwing back the price on my art study.
It is oil and silver leaf on panel and framed. Approximately H 24 inches X W 12 inches.
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As always, Local Delivery available at no extra charge. 
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions. 
And as always...tell a friend.

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Mucha Moon and Stars Study
by Rachel Jones


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Wednesday, January 8, 2020

In preparation for a couple of larger watercolor pieces, I’ve been warming up that creative side of the brain with smaller postcard pieces of art. These never really go to waste. In addition to warming up, they make great small framed works, postcards, or collages. Everything will not be a masterpiece. But it may turn into one.  Or the process of actually painting may spark the idea for that signature piece. So create without the pressure.  Grow and have fun along the way. - r. jones

Watercolor by Rachel Jones

Watercolor by Rachel Jones

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Fresh off the Easel
I worked on this one into the wee hours of the night. As the music continued to play in the background, thoughts, ideas, memories continued to float through my mind down my arm onto the canvas. I began to think of the power of words and how it conjured up things. In the end, I had to stop. It could have gone on forever and ever- an endless rabbit hole.
In case you’re interested, I Listened to:   Cate Le BonNeutral Milk Hotel  and Afghan Whigs


The Power of Words
Oil on panel
12 in X 12 in
by Rachel Jones

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Ode to The kitchen table.

More than just a place for keys or dinner plates as we stare at each other between chews. 

Sometimes it’s much more of a creative place than the easel. 

Kitchen Table art by Rachel  Jones 

Saturday, December 7, 2019

On the Easel...
This process is a little different for me. I’ve always been interested in having 
multiple figures in my work (though it’s often more visions than reaching fruition). 
There is a lot of harmonizing that must be done. It’s like making a little commune. 
The effort that goes into making sure all get along. 
I’ll keep you posted.

Oil Work In Progress by Rachel Jones

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

I usually have several projects going on at once. It often creates harmony if I am working on a body of work. It is also useful when I do not want to get too rigid. I know it is often considered the norm for artists represented by prominent galleries to consistently create work that is very similar in style. It makes them easier to market. However, I am not in that position. As a small studio working artist I am able to experiment and expand a bit more as I continue to learn. I am interested in several avenues of creation. I like watercolor. I like oil. I like charcoal. I like building. I like clay. I wholly believe I have a recognizable style which carries onto each endeavor. However, I feel each turn informs, influences, expands the other. One may think that a medium is to be handled a certain way. Though there is nothing wrong with that, I find that if I treat charcoal like oil in certain ways, the results can be pleasantly surprising. With this piece I just finished (pictured below) I experimented more with the traditional watercolors. I felt joy and excitement as it went from the 'what on earth am I doing?" to the "Ooooh, that's a bit interesting" stages.
In March, Waterway Art Association will be hosting a workshop where I will expand on the floral still life. I hope to share some ideas, my thought process, a few poetic words and a listening ear. In the meantime, feel free to tune in here to keep up with my latest endeavors. And if you like,  tell a friend
Thanks. -rachel

DEEP ROOTS  by Rachel Jones

Watercolor and Silver on Arches Paper
12in X 12in