Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Once I was home and digested most of the information, I began again in my own space.  My music, my chair... just a very familiar atmosphere. There is much to said for your own studio space even if it is just a kitchen table. I definitely felt less pressure and no need to compare myself to those around me. It was now time to see what I could do on my own and if I actually learned anything at all. I continued to paint at a much slower pace than I had seen the others. One of the keys to this is working quickly once the set up is done. But, that didn't seem to come naturally. After a few sheets made it into the fire, I decided to work at my own pace. Walk before running. It isn't as if I am in a race. So once that was taken on the chin these are the two pieces I created for the day.

watercolor
by Rachel Jones
 They both still need a little work, but I could see progress and therefore did not waste a week of excellent instruction. I really want to go in with inks and define the feather in the girl's hair and add a little more drama to the top painting. I am so used to adding drips and splashes and having much darker paintings that this was just as much an exercise in holding back as it was practicing a new technique. After all, the majority of people wanting portraits want to see themselves more this way (soft and delicate) than what may appear to be in my renditions of individuals teetering on some edge.
watercolor
by Rachel Jones

Friday, December 12, 2014

OOOPS-A-PALOOZA

So when one is in a workshop for a week, and you sometimes 
overexert yourself, or think too quickly you
'got it' and take off running....some serious over working often happens.
Case in Point....

oops X 1000 by R. Jones
After several attempts to redeem her, I realized it
was time to pack up, go to my room, and enjoy
a glass of wine and a Sponge Bob marathon  
and start again in the morning.

It was so bad, that even my camera couldn't be 
bothered to take a decent photo. There was NO 
chartreuse on this paper. I suppose the NIKON just
felt a bit 'pukey' at the sight of it.
This, however is not how the workshop ended...



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.





Sunday, December 7, 2014


The previous Post Shared an example of Janet Roger's amazing work.
Without giving too much away ( I could not do it justice even if I tried...Just take one of her amazing workshops.) I attempted one of my first watercolors. The idea is to do a "wash" then come back 
in for a second pass and add more details and definition. The key is getting the first wash down Correctly the first time.
I struggled with this. I found out that watercolors dry much lighter and therefore should use a heavier touch. I am NOT a heavier touch painter. But I was happy with my first attempts (though I still haven't gotten her hair in)


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.





Southcarolinaarts.com


Springmaid
watercolor 1
by Rachel Jones



Springmaid
watercolor 2
by Rachel Jones
My second attempt was a little more saturated. Still far less than everyone else,
but baby steps...baby steps... I was still able to squeeze a wee bit of 
a narrative in. I could not help myself.

Evenings were a great opportunity to speak with much more experienced 
artists and glean great information especially on the business side of things.
Thanks to those who were so generous with their kind words and advice.

More to follow.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Springmaid

So for those of you have known that I was missing in action for a bit, I was attending Springmaid Watermedia Workshop. It has a three week Spring session, and a three week Autumn session. This has occurred for over 30 years bringing in some of the best instructors and artists worldwide. 
Almost 20 years ago, I was a model for the workshops. What a completely different experience attending as a student.

Being completely new to watercolors, I chose Janet Rogers. http://www.watercolorsbyrogers.com/pages-janet/janet-rogers-aws.html
She was offering a class that was for beginners and experienced painters and also was not too traditional. She uses unexpected splashes of color to create energetic figures and faces. It appears spontaneous and loose. Just what I was looking for!

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





Southcarolinaarts.com

I will share with you the next few days a few details along with photos of works.
I must admit, I haven't completely gotten the hang of the process, but I hope to merge the two styles into something exciting. We shall see.




I had to find a table where this was my view.
I usually paint alone and with music.
Being in a class with others (though very enjoyable
and normal) was  a little challenge for me
since I am used to painting in a bubble.
This view made it all the better.



A little morning loose leaf tea brewing...
This not only kept me 'close to home' but
also got me ready for the day's activities.
The need for rituals, eh?....

This is a work by Janet Rogers.
This was our goal.
http://www.watercolorsbyrogers.com/pages-janet/janet-rogers-aws.html

Next I will show you what I learned and my beginning attempts.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014


 506 ArtSpace is a gallery in North Myrtle Beach.
Nice and cozy and worth visitng.
They recently hosted a small works exhibition. 
I entered a new piece. 



The piece I entered was one I was hoping to paint on a large
canvas at some point and time soon. I thought, how can I shrink the content into something
less than 12 x 12? I needed to do a study anyway and this seemed the 
perfect opportunity, I usually paint  raw and intuitively. Usually studies are NOT the norm. 
But when I say large, I mean I really wanted LARGE. The wisest thing to do despite my avoidance
of painting something more than once was to make a first draft.
I am glad I did. This painting placed Third, I am happy to say.
Please see the show before it ends December 22nd.
Lots of lovely pieces still for sale.
Support local art, Please. 

Each purchase, affords us more paints and surfaces
and all the many other little things we need.

Thank you.


Beholding Jubilation
by Rachel Jones Oil on wood Block
with Ribbon.

Another one that was in the finals is:
 Oil on Canvas
by Rachel Jones


NOTE:
I am currently updating the Available Works page. If there is a particular painting you are interested in that has not been marked sold, please email me concerning it and I will get the details to you. I apologize for any inconvenience during this time. r