Friday, November 28, 2014

Rachel Jones has been awarded a grant by the South Carolina Arts commission for the 2015 fiscal year. This support which is funded in part by the John and Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina has allowed Rachel Jones to attend the 2014 Fall Springmaid Watermedia Workshop. 
The Springmaid Watermedia Workshop is a long standing institution in the area bringing world renowned instructors and painters from all over the world. This workshop has been educating and propelling the careers of artists for over 30 years.
Rachel Jones who has been involved in the arts of Horry County for over 20 years, has been a member of Grand Strand Arts, displaying artist at Mad Hatter and Company, and a Seacoast Artists Guild member among many other local projects. She was instructed along with 20 others by portrait painter Janet Rogers. (
Through the generosity of this grant provided by the South Carolina Arts Commission, Mrs. Jones was not only able to augment her own education, but as a local instructor, can also continue to share her studies with those in the community.
Local residents can see how the Arts Commission grant has benefited Rachel Jones by visiting her blog at Also on Facebook at In the next couple of weeks, she will be sharing insights from the workshop along with new works. Updates will also appear concerning where her works can be seen and upcoming classes.
Want to know more about SCAC?
The South Carolina Arts Commission is the state agency charged with creating a thriving arts environment that benefits all South Carolinians, regardless of their location or circumstances. Created by the South Carolina General Assembly in 1967, the Arts Commission works to increase public participation in the arts by providing services, grants and leadership initiatives in three areas: arts education, community arts development and artist’s development. Headquartered in Columbia, S.C. the Arts Commission is funded by the state of South Carolina, by the federal government through the National Endowment for the Arts and other sources. For more information, visit SouthCarolinArts. Com or call (803) 734-8696.

This project is funded in part by the South Carolina Arts Commission which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts. This project is funded in part by a generous award from the John and Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation of SC.

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Thursday, November 27, 2014

I almost did not enter into a local show. This should be a lesson learned in not giving up, not doubting yourself, and not painting what you think others want to see, but painting what you want to see. More to come soon.

Monday, November 24, 2014

(Beholding detail)
by Rachel Jones
Though I aim towards some sort of realism, my present objective leans more towards eliciting an emotional response. This doesn't mean I'm after a specific reaction, but raising a few questions or kicking off dialogue is the intent.
So in a time where people create a persona by sharing hand picked moments (mostly successes or spontaneous high jinks) for all the world to see, what part does an observer play? This and a series of thoughts that followed (some random, some conflicting)  were the catalyst for the painting Beholding Jubilation.

More to follow.

Beholding Jubilation
Oil on Birch
by Rachel Jones

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The final of the "blue" painting. Title awaiting...
I think I am finished with her for now.
Untitled "blue"
Oil on Canvas
by Rachel Jones

Friday, November 14, 2014

Currently at Seacoast Artist Gallery in Market Commons, Myrtle Beach, SC.
3032 Nevers Street 
(843) 232-7009
Mon.-Sat. 12 pm -8 pm/ Sun. 12 pm -6 pm

Paintings by Rachel Jones

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Beginning November 1, The Cultural Council of Georgetown is presenting an "uplifting exhibition featuring several area artists and the paintings they selected as representing "Personal Triumph." This exhibit opens on Nov 1st, in conjunction with "A Taste of Georgetown" and will run through the month at 922 Front St., Georgetown."  Below is my contribution to the exhibit. It is oil on canvas - "Not Lunacy but Love". In order to read the entire story behind the painting, please visit the venue.

Not Lunacy But Love
Oil on Canvas
by RachelJones

Friday, November 7, 2014

Ophelia Frump

In The Addams Family, Morticia has a sister named Ophelia. She was a blond flower child who had troubles keeping a man. I looked forward to her "guest appearances". Being quite young at the time, it took me a moment to realize it was Carolyn Jones playing both parts. No doubt the character is loosely based on Ophelia from Hamlet. She is quite one dimensional, but oh, how I loved her. Here is my little tribute to Miss Ophelia Frump.     I apologize for a the glare/dark spots. It was still a little wet.

Ophelia BC (before courting)
oil on canvas
by Rachel Jones

So why did I decide to name this painting Ophelia BC instead of Ophelia Frump?
1. Very few people I spoke with were familiar with Ophelia Frump.(including those old enough to      have seen it the first time around)
2. Many thought the "Frump" part of the title was a comment on Ophelia as a person.
3. I grew tired of explaining stuff.
4. It came to me that Hamlet's Ophelia and The Addams Family Ophelia both had issues with their   love life. There must have been a time in their lives where they were entirely blissful before falling head  over heels in love with someone. Since I could not make AD work and there isn't a historical BL (before love) time period to correspond, I went with BC since it appears their last remaining peaceful  times were before they both went a'courtin'. 

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Progress shot of  "That Blue..."
There is still enough of that electric blue remaining in this stage of the painting still.

Oil on Canvas in progress
by Rachel Jones