Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Having Difficulty Naming This One.
This new painting is for my oldest living friend,
so needless to say (but said) this is a "special" one.
 It is very rare in this day and age to still have a friend around
from about the age of five that you still get on with
and look forward to seeing.
So, Yes...This is a "very special" one.
Suggestions are Welcomed.
by Rachel Jones

Sunday, October 13, 2013

There are many ways to begin the day...
(still a little wet)
Rituals and Revolutions
Oil on Canvas
12" X 24"
by Rachel Jones

Book Detail

Monday, October 7, 2013

Friday, September 27, 2013

Day 27
Like most painters, I have a few items I am just not happy with. They no longer excite me. I hide them under the bed, behind doors, in dark corners...hoping when I next pull them out they will have somehow transformed into something "acceptable". To date, this has not yet happened. So, I've pulled a few of the offenders out and am trying to "rework" them in either an experimental style that I've been eager/hesitant to try OR in the style of whatever mood I'm in Today. This is one of the results. I tried my hand at graffiti over a painting I had higher hopes for. There may be a shine to the photo since it is still very wet (lots of knife painting) and lots of thick buttery oils.
 It is on canvas and 24" X 18".

Thursday, September 26, 2013

I have no idea exactly how, but one morning I awoke and ran errands
and planned a painting session for that evening. But then one thing happened
followed by another and before I knew it, several days passed and
no paint, charcoal, pastels touched my hands. A complete derailment.
So up bright and early with a new plan. I can not let this final leg of this month's
journey fizzle out pathetically after setting a record for myself. So here is a little
drawing I'm working on. Hopefully I can redeem myself the next four days.
And a hearty "Heave! Ho!" to the others as you too finish up the 30.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Tomorrow is the Autumn Art & Wine Festival on @[246618002113231:274:The Deck at House Of Blues]! We have live music all day, plus local artists, vendors, and wine samples from local wineries! Info: http://hoblu.es/1aFOoKA
This is for Our Local House of Blues event that I'm getting ready for tomorrow.

I am really looking forward to it and hoping there will be a large crowd and of course PLENTY OF SALES...so I can continue to buy paints and brushes and canvases and do what I love doing. I just wish I had an assistant to help me pack and unpack. I have things everywhere....and I mean EVERYWHERE! trying to decide what to take, what not to take and how to pack everything as compactly as possible. It's all part of the journey I suppose, but I'd still prefer to have a serf, just for today.

Four Daisies and a Beautiful Weed
Oil on Canvas
by Rachel Jones

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Several More Drawings Have Been Done for the 30 Day Challenge, but in-between I've been
reworking some previous pieces. I just became bored with
them, so decided to try a few things. Here is one that I shall use as
Day 19.
Reworking an older piece
Acrylic on Board
by Rachel Jones

Friday, September 13, 2013

I admire many painters and can stare at their work endlessly. One of these can be found at http://larriva.blogspot.com/. His faces are so rich! As they say, you learn by imitating. So I got myself all set up with one of his signature palettes, copious amounts of tea / coffee, my source material (another friend's beautiful face) and my concentration and determination firm... Well....things were not as successful as I had hoped. He definitely has something 'special'! So here is a painting of my cup of tea instead. There is always tomorrow, right?
Day 13
Acrylic on Watercolor Paper
5" X 7"
by Rachel Jones

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Day 10
A friend of ours had gotten married and we went for a little walk down unknown streets after one of the most gorgeous meals ever. The freshest seafood and the most creative drinks. This is how I remember that walk....
Calle de Santo Domingo
Oil on Canvas
20" X 24"
by Rachel Jones

Monday, September 9, 2013

Day 9

I'm beginning to find it a little difficult to do little paintings daily. It's not the daily painting, it's the littleness of it or the keeping it simple. I want to do something big. Something so big that it can not be finished within 24 hours, but not so epic that it becomes a life's work.
So I'm changing the rules a little and breaking up the illustrations and acrylics with an oil. I am still painting daily though and shortly going downstairs and work on this a bit more until my heart is content. I  hope I've not offended the purist.

A little street scene in progress from one of my most favorite
places in the world, Dominican Republic.
 Oil on Canvas by Rachel Jones

Friday, September 6, 2013

One of the few whimsical paintings of mine...
Chosen for the cover of SASEE Magazine in Myrtle Beach, SC.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Day Five!
OK, I should not really be to excited about day five since I did not actually Paint today, BUT.....I did art related stuff. I've lost my voice (husband has smile on face) and running slight fever while coughing profusely. So actually painting was not an option. However, I managed to drag my bones out of bed for  a moment to deliver paintings to a couple of guys who asked me to do a mixture for their new offices http://www.rdytogo.com/. They come up with great new apps and  recently even got to ring the NASDAQ bell! VERY talented young guys.
These web designers and needed something to entertain their array of clients as they sit in the conference room. This is what I came up with and they were tickled pink ( my description and what a painter always wants to see when they are told to do "whatever it is that you do").



Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Day Three
Wake up obscenely Early, Drive Drive, Doctor's Office, Wait Wait, Dentist Office, More Wait...Come back in 5 days, Rain Rain, Crackling Thunder...Endless Driving.
This is Not an Extended Haiku, but my Day which led me to think...
"I'd rather be shopping" which led to this late evening offering. I think the background needs a wash of blue.
To answer a few of the emails I've received, Yes, I will eventually put these painting up for sale towards the end of the month. If you are interested before, Please send me a message.
Stuff I don't Need
Acrylic on Paper
by Rachel Jones

Monday, September 2, 2013

Day 2
I was quite excited that I awoke with a painting plan. That is progress already.
I've painted my favorite reading chair before, but this time I put it in context...
I wanted to label some of my favorite books, BUT since I'm determined not to get too detail orientated and just enjoy painting, I did not. But that is not to say, I will not return to it another day and add some titles.
The Green chair in the Library
Oil on Canvas 18" X 24"
by Rachel Jones

Sunday, September 1, 2013

I can not count the amount of times I've attempted to do a painting a day and somewhere along the way...well, you know. Basically it did not happen. This time, I decided to actually join a group of painters doing so on http://lesliesaeta.blogspot.com/. So we shall see if the camaraderie will make a difference and keep me on track. I'm off to a good start. I am organized. I decided that week one would be my version of several postcards I've collected from all over the world. The first is a postcard advertising the film The Last September. I know it stars Maggie Smith but, I've had it so very long that I actually can not remember anything about it or even if I've seen it. But I thought it would be appropriate for this 30 Day Challenge in September. I used Acrylic on Watercolor Paper. I've been working on loosening up and not worrying so much about the little details or I'd never get a painting done in a day. So hopefully this challenge will not only keep me on schedule, but also teach me a few other things too. Here's hoping.
That would be my dog in the background wanting out.
by Rachel Jones
Acrylic on Paper
version of The Last September Poster.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Not Quite finished with this one, but the sun
was hitting it just right. I wanted to just step into it.
Oil on canvas
By Rachel Jones

Monday, August 26, 2013

Two thoughts have been constant in my mind as I work on a few items for friends....
  1. Why does it take oils so long to dry? And
  2. Why does it take oils so long to dry?
by Rachel Jones
oil on canvas

Monday, July 29, 2013

A few more little chairs in progress...
I thought it may be time to find a new 'model/muse'. I realized how essential
this little chair was to my daily life and especially my creative days.
This is where the canvas is stared at, where I work out problems,
where I take a break, read a book, think, sip coffee...then wine.
This is where a lot of "figuring out' happens.
It was time to dedicate a little time and energy to capture
its  many moods.

Acrylic on Canvas
Painted by Rachel Jones

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Midnight Readings

Acrylic on Canvas
Rachel Jones
 My favorite reading chair in the middle of the night when I creep
down to my little corner to entertain myself in the twilight hours...

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

My father-in-law's goodbye present. After 2 months, he shall
soon be making that journey back over 'the pond'. Here's
a little something for him to remember our sunshine by.
Acrylic on Canvas
Rachel Jones.

Monday, June 3, 2013

My recent "Paper" display featuring a little painting of a doll
by Sharon Matthews of Sharon Matthews Art Dolls
R. Jones

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Well, It is obvious I've not held to my "Painting a Day" OR my "Blog a Week" goals....But in my defense, I have my father-in-law visiting from England and for an older gentleman, he really really really likes to be on the move at all times. It's great, but leaves little time for painting. HOWEVER, there was a major UEFA match on today which meant several hours of uninterrupted painting time. (That is a major football/soccer event for all of you NOT in the know)
On TheTroddenPath.Ning.Com site, there is a free group to join that encourages one to create what one can within 20 minutes. Whatever you do....set a timer...begin..."ding"...Stop. And what you have is what you have. It is freeing, it is Fun and it is stress free. I really enjoyed it and wondered why I did not begin sooner. I must admit, that by #5 things began to go downhill a little, but even THAT was a little insightful. Here are some of my results.

Acrylic/Ink/Pencil on Watercolor Paper
Rachel Jones

Acrylic/Ink/Pencil on Watercolor Paper
Rachel Jones

The only thing I want to add is my Wax Seal next to signature, but I'm unable to find my signet  stamp...So Maybe these will become my 21 minute paintings as soon as it turns up. R. Jones

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Walking Through Daisies (detail)
This oil painting is  4' X 5'.
The largest piece I've done to date.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Yesterday, I took part in a painting event to benefit the
Culinary Arts Institute. The event was the plan of
Grand Strand Arts, Croissants Bistro and Bakery, and
Coastal Uncorked Wine. We were all to create a piece using wine
The first piece was a watercolor-esque creation on that turned out very
interesting. However, it was really windy. So whoever finds my piece,
I say, "Enjoy." My second attempt below included wine, acrylic, and canvas.
My hands began to freeze before I finished, but an under painted painting is always
better than an over painted painting, right? All pieces were auctioned off in aid of the Institute.

My little wined out dancer...R Jones
This bottom great piece was done by
I just loved it. One really needs to walk
around it to get it's full impact, but this
photo will have to do.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Acrylic on Canvas
painting by Rachel Jones
Still working on this one and haven't a title as of yet. I was venturing into knife painting. I kept going back to the brush but still experimented enough with the knives to realize how freeing and spontaneous it was. I shall continue tomorrow and hopefully have better success and stick with it. Everyday is a learning experience and a journey into something new.

I will be extending the February "week" sale into the February "month" sale!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Last night, our local House of Blues hosted a dinner for the Artist of the Year 2012- a project initiated by Grand Strand Arts and a host of others. Many of our paintings are decorating walls in the restaurants on the Barefoot Landing property in hopes of not only making locals and tourist alike aware of the many artists around, but also to help boost the revenue of some of us "starving" artist in this dire economy. How generous and kind. Later It Will Grow Into... from one of the lines of the torn pages.
We did  live paintings in several of the participating venues. Here I am with the winner Sybil A and our collaborative piece. It was the first time in quite a while that I painted with someone. I forgot how exciting and enjoyable it can be working alongside another painter, even with our completely different styles. Sybil with her lighter content and me bringing my 'doom and gloom' (as was commented on by my other half throughout the evening). However, it worked for us. We were focusing on new beginnings and new chapters. Unfortunately, this photo does not show the collage pages beneath it. In honor of whatever may come, we called this piece

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Working on my new 'fairy tale' inspired series for a group show in Feb which will focus on the things women do in the name of beauty, or fame, or whatever... even if it is to their detriment. Just getting started and having a little fun. Here is Sleeping Beauty in progress.


Thursday, January 3, 2013

Boards primed and ready.
Ideas are brewing.
Things are about to happen...
(I hope)